Happy Monday to you!
Today on 20 Questions With I’m so pleased to have fellow Indiana author Kyra Jacobs!
About the author:
Kyra Jacobs is a happily married mother of two, who grew up in Indiana. When she’s not pounding out scenes for her next book, she’s likely goofing around with her husband and kids, or elbow-deep in snapdragons and Lamb’s Ear in one of her many flower gardens. She also loves to golf (though, golf doesn’t really love her) and to jam on the bass in Guitar Hero. Be sure to stop by her blog http://indianawonderer.wordpress.com for updates on her writing journey and other musings as seen through the eyes of this Midwestern writer.
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Kyra’s debut romantic suspense novel, Armed With Steele, is available now from Lyrical Press!
Back Cover Blurb:
What happens undercover, stays under covers.
Jessica Hartley is looking for answers surrounding the mysterious car accident that nearly claimed the life of her best friend. She’s willing to risk it all, even her fledgling business, to find the person responsible and bring them to justice.
Nate Steele is more than willing to help Jessica, but for reasons all his own. He’s been watching the infamous Maxwell Office Solutions for some time now, convinced there’s more going on than meets the eye. When his chief issues a cease and desist order yet again, Nate has no choice but to accept inexperienced Jessica as an undercover partner outside the letter of the law.
Will Jessica and Nate be able to flush out Maxwell’s elusive villain, or will their growing attraction for each other sabotage their undercover ploy? Motives aren’t always what they seem when Jessica finds herself armed with Steele.
CONTENT WARNING: Beware drool-worthy men in uniform, touchy-feely coworkers, and vindictive ex-girlfriends.
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How did you come up with the title for this book?
Through a lot of trial and error. Lol The original title, Redeeming Grace, actually drove the writing of the entire book. But during contract discussion with Lyrical Press, my editor suggested we change it to better reflect the romantic/suspense genre.
What did you learn from writing this book?
I learned how much effort goes into writing a full-length novel! It’s not as easy as it may seem.
What made you become an author?
I just couldn’t get the voices in my head to be quiet. Just kidding. No, actually an unfortunate sports accident left me with a broken finger a few years back, and I found myself stuck inside w/ nothing to do except clean. And since I only clean when the mood hits me, that got old real quick. So I started writing, and I quickly found that I loved it.
How do you get the ideas for your books?
They jump out at me all the time, especially when I’m driving. So if you ever see someone in the car next to you talking into their cell held out like a recording device, don’t judge. It just might be me.
What’s your favorite book on the craft of writing?
Probably Hooked by Les Edgerton. If you don’t have a great start to your novel, what’s to say anyone will want to continue on into chapter two?
What’s the toughest criticism you’ve received as a writer? The best compliment?
Wow, these are tough, Traci! Lol Hmm, toughest criticism was probably early on when I was told I’d started the story in the wrong place. And darn if I didn’t love that intro. But several edits later, I’d found a better starting point that got to the action much faster. The best compliment would be that I had a reviewer in tears recently as she read about the heroine coping with the near-death experience of her best friend (car accident). That the story evoked such emotion in her was just…humbling.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Read and study, and then read some more. Read everything you can get your hands on, and find what styles and voices you are drawn to as a reader. Then study to learn how best to bring your own voice out in your writing.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many! Right now I’m loving Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, Shirley Jump, Janet Evanovich, Katherine Center, Cassandra Clare, Charlaine Harris…also love Elizabeth Berg, Stephen King and Tom Clancy.
What’s the funniest experience you’ve had so far in your writing career?
I attended a luncheon a while back, and mentioned I was looking for marketing ideas. Another local author suggested I contact the IndianaWonderer blog for a guest spot since she highlights authors. I got a chuckle out of that, because that’s my blog and she just hadn’t put two and two together. But hey, it gave me a few seconds fame—at least in my own mind.
What are your new releases/projects on the horizon?
I’m just finishing the first draft of another romantic suspense that is in the same series as Armed With Steele. I’ve also got a completed YA draft simmering on the back burner, and a few partial romances I need to get back to soon. Too many ideas jumping out at me and can’t write them fast enough!
Great answers, Kyra! And now for some fun stuff…
Morning person or night owl?
Hmm, I can do either, but I’d rather stay up late than get up early.
What’s your comfort snack?
Ice cream, preferably something chocolate or mocha
If you had to be an animal, what would you be?
A Pegasus? No one catches them, right?
What’s your favorite writing location?
Anywhere comfy and quiet
Top three songs on your i-pod right now?
Brave by Sara Bareilles, Words by Hawk Nelson, and Best of You by the Foo Fighters
E-books, paperback or hardcover?
Whatever’s within reach. Many times it’s my cell phone Kindle/Nook app.
Best vacation spot?
If you weren’t a writer, what else would you be?
If I could be anything else, it’d either be something to do with landscape design, or an actress. I’ve always wanted to be an actress.
What are three things in your refrigerator right now?
Zucchini from the garden , Coke Zero, and 2% milk.
Awesome interview, Kyra! Thanks so much for joining me here today on 20 Questions With…!
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