Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.
Now, on with the interview...
ME: What is your favorite childhood book?
KYLIE: Anne of Green Gables.
ME: What is the first book that made you cry?
KYLIE: I can’t remember, sorry.
ME: No worries, I can't remember mine either. Is writing your primary 'job' or do you have another source of income?
ME: Do people around you know you write romance/erotica and what do they think about it?
KYLIE: Yes, most people know what I do. Most think it is cool and enjoy a romance. If not, they’re not my friends. I don’t have time for people who diss my genre.
ME: Fair call. 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.
KYLIE: With me, it’s usually procrastination because it all feels like hard work. If I’m not sure what happens next in the story then I go lie down and think it over, let my brain process things. Otherwise, I get feedback from a critique partner or an editor to help get me going again.
ME: Are you a plotter or fly by the seat of your pants kind of writer?
KYLIE: Mostly a pantser. If I know what’s going to happen then I lose interest in the story.
ME: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
KYLIE: Google, books, asking friends who have experience in the area. I tend to do most of it as I go along. At the moment, I’m talking to a psychiatrist about head trauma, PTSD, etc. And a police officer about investigation methods.
ME: Hmm, are those hints about future works... Would you rather write standalones, standalones with connections to your other works, or multi book series with no true conclusion until the very end?
KYLIE: Depends on the story and the world.
ME: Where do your story ideas come from?
KYILE: I’ve been making up stories inside my head to entertain myself since I was a kid.
ME: Do you ever base your characters, events or locations on real people, events or places?
KYLIE: Generally not characters.
ME: Is there a character in one of your books loosely based off yourself?
ME: I think every heroine carries a little bit of the writer in her. Unlike my heroines, I usually don’t think of a clever comeback until about two hours later.
ME: What process do you use for selecting the names of your characters?
KYLIE: I use some baby name websites and ask readers for suggestions.
ME: Who has been your most difficult character to write so far?
KYLIE: Oh, man, I don’t know. Jimmy and Lena from “Lead”, maybe. They were pretty intense.
ME: Have you ever killed off someone who pissed you off in one of your books?
KYLIE: Absolutely. It’s one of the joys of being a writer.
ME: Got it, don't piss Kylie off... What was your hardest scene to write?
KYLIE: I don’t know. I’ve probably blocked it out.
ME: Does writing energize or exhaust you, and why?
KYLIE: Exhaust, generally. It takes a lot of mental energy to carry a whole story and world around inside your head.
ME: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal, and why?
KYLIE: I think ravens are cool at the moment. Did you know they’re the only bird clever enough to be able to identify their reflection? Plus all black so very stylish.
ME: I didn't. That's pretty cool. Okay, time for some writer's advice. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
KYLIE: Stop messing around and get the job done.
ME: What are common traps for aspiring writers?
KYLIE: Not finishing the book.
ME: What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
KYLIE: Working with mentor, Louise Cusack.
ME: Thanks for your time, Kylie. Looking forward to seeing you again at RTC2018.