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Monday, February 18, 2013

Author! Author! Interview with: K.D. Mclean + Giveaway

The thing I noticed about K.D. Mclean right away is that she's funny. She doesn't take herself too seriously (Have you seen her blog posts?), so I was anxious to ask her a few questions just to see if that sense of humor extends to interviews. I'm glad to say it does, so read on and prepared to be entertained, but first, a little bit about K.D.

KD McLean was born in a dark time- it was 2:00 AM, but with grit and determination, she persevered until the light came. And we haven't been able to get rid of her since.

Having experienced a husband who, as Rachel's ex did- 'drift' led KD to internet dating. Of course that was well after the voodoo dolls were put away. She reeled in her share of eels and carp in the Plenty of Fish pond.

Like Rachel, KD is enjoying her own happy ever after with a intelligent and handsome man- who keeps hiding her eyeglasses so he can stay handsome.

Being single, without a billionaire boyfriend was tough. She's got the guy, and buys Lottery tickets- half a loaf and all that, you see?

The Story of Rachel is her first novel. The topic was inspired by some book she picked up somewhere. It was a wonderful book- the woman who wrote it might make some money, KD hopes. She has tried and failed miserably in this paragraph to create a witty reference to the number fifty for some reason.

Sensuality and laughter are two qualities that make life a blessing. There are many others, of course, but the most important gift of life- love- is deeply enhanced by these two endowments.

She's not saying a word about her research for this novel. Nope. Not a damn word. Kids and grandchildren… need we say more?

Life is good. Life is a gift. KD knows this. 

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Hi K.D. thanks for taking the time to answer a few (difficult, torture) questions for my blog. I'm kidding, I don't think they're too bad (I hope not anyway).
The questions are fine! Barbara Walters and Oprah better start looking over their shoulders! Just so you know- this is my first blog interview. I’m glad it’s with you Adria.

*Aww, thanks K.D. that means a lot since I'm going back to school soon to study journalism.

Okay K.D. can you tell us a little about yourself? No cheating by copying your bio!!! :D
Damn… and I just learned how to copy and paste this past year. I’m really good at it too! Well, I’m 54, and started writing this past summer. The Story of Rachel is the first time I ever completed a novel.

Besides writing, I live a fairly normal life. I’m semi-retired, two adult kids and a grandma. Living here in Canada, I ski in the winter, golf in the summer. I enjoy following American politics, as my Life Partner, Desmond X. Torres is a transplanted New Yorker.

Right now I’m pretty boring in that I’m constantly writing and working on getting good at the craft. I wish I majored in writing in college now! I feel like I have a lot of catching up to do!

*Ah Canada, another place I'd like to visit.

While The Story of Rachel is an erotic, light-medium BDSM romance, it has some pretty funny moments in it. Mostly involving Rachel and her internal musings. Is she based on someone you know?
Pretty much! Me, to tell you the truth. In the book, I presented a character who truly, at 36, didn’t know that vanilla was a term used in other things besides baking. Well, that was me when I met Desmond, for example.

The disparity between ‘Tinderbox’, ‘Ladylike’, and Rachel herself were shaped by my own experiences- too often women battle themselves as much as the outside world when they’re exploring things sexual. I used Freud’s construct of Id (Tinderbox), Superego (Ladylike) and Ego (Rachel) to try to bring this internal struggle out before the reader. Tinderbox loves all things chocolate, Ladylike watches her weight, and Rachel is the one who would go to the gym and have an ice cream cone on the way home.

* I know I studied Id, Superego and Ego a bit in high school and again in college but I couldn't remember exactly what we studied, I had to Google it and got a great refresher. I can agree with your comment about women battling themselves. I know I'm guilty of doing it with almost everything!

What was the most challenging part of writing The Story of Rachel? The most rewarding?
There were two challenges. The first was to decide how I portrayed the sex scenes. That was a struggle to develop a voice in the context of the novel that was consistent for the character of Rachel. I ended up keeping the language more PG than R. I did this deliberately because Rachel has an air of innocence or maybe naivetĂ© about her. The second part was trying to write from a guy’s perspective- how they are with each other when no women are around. Desmond helped a lot with that.

* The sex scenes were steamy and really, the language was fine, I know a lot of authors like to kick the language up to R or even X rated but it's not always necessary. 

The Story of Rachel is part of your Tales of Pandora series, how many books do you have planned and who's story is next?
There are three books in the works right now. I’m finishing up the final manuscript to go out to my editor this week. It’s called ‘Soldier Boi’ and introduces new main characters. With a heavier BDSM theme; and in this one, the woman- Nancy- is a Domme. I also am writing ‘Annik’s Story’, in which I explore her life as a prostitute/ Escort and how she tries to find the courage to love in spite of her life choices.

What authors do you like to read on your spare time?
There are so many! Stephen King, of course. I just finished Colleen Hoover’s ‘Hopeless’. W O W what a book! I don’t usually read YA, but took a look at it when I heard about her phenomenal success this year on Amazon. I read the first few pages online, and wound up buying the book and read it in just a few days. Alice Walker’s work is absolutely wonderful- she dances the line between erotic and funny like no one else- Wallbanger is a book I’ve thoroughly enjoyed, and I’m reading her backlist Redhead series right now.

* Awww, everyone I know has read or is reading Wallbanger! I've been wanting to read it for a long time. Though I will admit, I read it back when it was still Twilight fanfiction. I don't usually read YA but I read Kate Evangelista's Taste. It was a great Paranormal that took me by surprise.

Not too challenging so far right? Okay, how about some quick pick/just for fun questions? Ready?

Chocolate cake or chocolate ice cream?
Chocolate ice cream. With Hershey’s syrup.

* Love that!

Dark or Blond hair on a man?
Dark hair- salt and pepper. With a beard.

Print book or e-book?
Now that’s an interesting question! I’ve been a ‘print gal’ up until this last year. I had to start reading e-books; c’mon, I’m chasing my dreams using them as my tool! Now, I am an e-book addict. I love the convenience of carrying ten or more books with me, I can read at night in bed and not keep Desmond awake, I don’t need glasses, because I can change the font and size of the type, and I don’t have to worry about bookmarking a spot- it remembers where I left off for each book!

Definitely an ebook gal now.

* All reasons why I love my Kindle. I am a book hoarder, I don't like to borrow my favorite books because inevitably I will want to read THAT book at 11:00 at night and I can't go to the library or to a friend's at that time. I have to buy the books I love but before e-readers I had (and still have) four 35 gallon containers filled with books and a bunch of them stuffed every where in the house. With an e-reader I can have hundreds of books at my disposal without taking up room.

Favorite kind of music?
So many genres I like. New Age music, Golden Oldies, 80’s rock, Soft Jazz, Blues. I’m not crazy about rap nor industrial rock. Even so- I love Evanescence- ‘Fallen’ got me hooked. I’m a closet Country fan too. Timmmm McGrawwwwww……

* I love almost all genres, I'm a total music lover. Currently I listen to movie scores, they bring out my creative side. I love country music, not the old stuff but anything from 2000 on to today I love it. Tim McGraw is yummy and so are so many of the men of country music.

Favorite TV Show?
I loved ‘Lost’ and ‘The West Wing’- I have both series. Current TV- Boardwalk Empire, and The Newsroom.

* I'm an NCIS and Castle girl myself. Oh and I love documentaries. That sounds so boring out loud.

Last movie you saw in the theater?
A great film- The Cloud Atlas. I was surprised it didn’t do well; it was an epic film. Oops- and my most recent movie was Skyfall. I’m glad they fixed Bond; Casino Royale was terrific, but they sort of lost their way with Quantum of Solace; Skyfall put them on the right track again. I hope Adele wins the Oscar for it!

* I don't remember the last movie I saw in the theater. So sad.

Is there anything else you'd like readers to know about you or your books?
I’ve had a bit of writer’s block this past week or two. Now I’ve only been writing for a short time, and I so love doing it. This past January, I entered The Story of Rachel into the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards contest. After entering, I saw on a website that it was estimated somewhere between two and four thousand entries in my genre, and only four hundred would go on.

That made me feel kind of down. Who do I think I am even trying?

I just learned about an hour ago that The Story of Rachel has gone on to the second round! It’s the American Idol of e-books, and I got in! YAYYY!!!!!

* Congrats K.D. and best of luck! Thanks for answering my questions!

Well now that you've had a chance to get to know K.D. a bit, you can get your hands on The Story of Rachel. Fill out the rafflecopter below for your chance to win!

Rachel Collins is praying. And not for world peace. Thirty six years old and single, her prayer is self-centered. "Kill me now, Lord," she pleads during her latest attempt to meet Mr. Right via the internet.

She’s not hoping for a billionaire or even a millionaire, just a guy who can strike a spark to her tinder! Is she asking too much? She's a great gal! Just ask her parents! She might be a bit naive about some things, but capable enough- she's a correspondent for a major magazine, after all. So there!

On assignment she meets Michael, 42 years old, also a writer. The attraction is immediate and intense. Rachel, who sees vanilla as only a baking ingredient, enchants him. Michael can whip up some pretty hot delights himself, outside of the kitchen. He introduces a curious Rachel to powerful experiences of sensuality. Her Ladylike sense of propriety engages in a running battle with her now sparked Tinderbox desires.

Michael is an excellent cook and knows how to turn up the heat. Sampling the flavors offered, Rachel experiences humorous hiccups. On a date, Michael ramps up the risqué, resulting in a memorable skirt swirling salsa dance. Rachel's "What the hell, I ain't getting any younger" attitude spurs Michael to take her to the exclusive, adults only club Pandora's. Here, Rachel witnesses even more variations of earthly delights, and begins a lifelong friendship with another guest.

Michael is a realist, convinced that within 90 days, his affair with Rachel will be but another painful memory of loss. He is neither willing nor able to yell 'Geronimo' and fall for her. He can't, and that's that.

Maybe he should just get a damn dog.

This modern, urban, grown up love story is a recipe –three cups romance and one cup of slapdash humor. Blend in spices of eroticism, and beat until smooth.

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