Australian author of the Stella Series, a provocative romance trilogy. Book one, Stella’s Awakening and book two, Stella’s Emancipation are available now. Book three, Stella’s Revelation is due out 2017.
I live with my gorgeous husband, our beautiful daughter and a very cute poodle in a little country town on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia.
My weekdays are spent working my day job as an Auslan (Australian Sign Language) interpreter and running my daughter around to drama classes, tennis lessons and play dates with friends.
Once she’s in bed, I put my author hat on and hit the keyboard, working on my novels and growing my business.
On the weekends you will find me with my family, doing all sorts of fun and interesting things. We love to adventure, rummage around markets, ride our pushbikes or Harley Davidsons and spend time surfing or kayaking on the magnificent South Coast of NSW.
Now, on with the interview…
ME: What is your favorite childhood book?
RK: Playing Beatie Bow.
ME: What is the first book that made you cry?
RK: The Fox and the Hound.
ME: Is writing your primary 'job' or do you have another source of income?
RK: My primary job is working as an Aslan (Australian Sign Language) Interpreter.
ME: Do people around you know you write romance/erotica and what do they think about it?
RK: Yes, most people know that I write erotica and they are completely fine and accepting of it.
ME: Do you believe in writer’s block? If not why not? And if so what suggestions do you have to start the juices flowing again.
RK: I don’t believe in writer’s block per se, but I do believe there are times when the writing can become difficult. My biggest suggestion to overcome it, is just to keep at it. It doesn’t matter if what you are writing is shit, just keep pushing through until the scenes start to flow again. Then, you can go back and edit the shit :)
ME: Are you a plotter or fly by the seat of your pants kind of writer?
RK: I have a general idea of the story in my head, but I don’t plot everything out scene by scene. I like to be free and let my characters take me where they want to go.
ME: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
RK: I generally research on the go. If I start writing about something I have no knowledge of, or no personal experience with, I boot up my best friend, Google to help me out :)
ME: Would you rather write standalones, standalones with connections to your other works, or multi book series with no true conclusion until the very end?
RK: So far I’ve only written a series (currently in the process of completing the third and final book of that series) but I do have plans to write a standalone that is a spin off from the Series.
ME: Where do your story ideas come from?
RK: Real life.
ME: Do you ever base your characters, events or locations on real people, events or places?
RK: Yes, yes and yes.
ME: Is there a character in one of your books loosely based off yourself?
RK: Absolutely! And I’d say a little more than loosely :)
ME: What process do you use for selecting the names of your characters?
RK: I usually just pick names I like.
ME: Who has been your most difficult character to write so far?
RK: The evil ex-girlfriend.
ME: Have you ever killed off someone who pissed you off in one of your books?
RK: No, not yet.
ME:What was your hardest scene to write?
RK: Scenes that were very close to my heart in reality – it dredged up a lot of emotions.
ME: Does writing energize or exhaust you, and why?
RK: Writing energizes me for the most part because I get swept away in the story and lose track of time.
ME: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal, and why?
RK: My dog Chino. He’s always at my side and forever loyal.
ME: Okay, now a little advice for the aspiring writers out there. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
RK: Be patient!
ME: What are common traps for aspiring writers?
RK: Trying to get their work out too quickly.
ME: What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
RK: Buying Scrivener.
ME: Thanks for your time, RK. looking forward to seeing you next year at RTC!