An interview of J Kenner by Virna DePaul + Giveaway!
VLD: I am so excited to be talking with the fabulous Julie Kenner today. She’s the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Stark Trilogy but she writes in a variety of genres.
You write different genres. What does writing paranormal bring to the table for you that the others don’t?
Julie: Oh, good question! I’m a fan of both dark and light paranormal, and have been since I was weaned on shows like Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie. For me, paranormal lets me really go crazy with my imagination, while at the same time dealing with the kind of issues that you might see in non-paranormal fiction. In my Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series, for example, the heroine, Kate, is a working mom (albeit a Demon Hunter) trying to juggle the obligations of home and family.
I also think that darker paranormal gives an author the freedom to explore the darker side of characters. In my Shadow Keepers series, for example, I’ve had a great time using vampires and werewolves and other paranormal creatures to explore concepts of morality.
VLD: I love the idea of writing in the same genre but varying the tone in order to cover different themes. Can you talk about Kate Connor and her relationship with soccer?
Julie: Actually, neither Kate nor anyone in the family has a relationship with soccer! Funny story, but we came up with the title of the first book (Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom) to replace my truly awful working title (Demons & Dirty Diapers).
VLD: LOL!!!! Awfully funny!
Julie: About the time my publisher was getting ready to send the book to the sales force and all that good stuff, my editor said that maybe we should change it to “Adventures of a Suburban Mom” since, after all, no one plays soccer. But that title, in my opinion, didn’t have the same zing to it. So I did what (at the time) I did for a living. I researched and advocated (yeah, I was working as an attorney). Basically, I inundated my editor with articles showing that “soccer mom” had become a political and/or socio-economic term unrelated to actual soccer. Basically, it referred to any stay-at-home-mom who still had kids that needed to be schlepped around.
Since that was Kate (and since everyone agreed that the title had more zing with soccer mom) the title stayed. Yay!
VLD: What a fabulous journey to a great title! And I’m so glad to meet another attorney who made the break into writing. Now, who is Damien Stark?
Julie: Le sigh. Damien is the uber-sexy, uber-powerful, uber-enigmatic hero of my Stark Trilogy of erotic romances. He is a former tennis star turned successful entrepreneur with a dark past and a need to control. The stories are told from the point of view of the woman whose heart (and body) he captures, Nikki Fairchild. Here’s how she describes him in the first book, Release Me:
He is Jason and Hercules and Perseus— a figure so strong and beautiful and heroic that the blood of the gods must flow through him, because how else could a being so fine exist in this world? His face consists of hard lines and angles that seem sculpted by light and shadows, making him appear both classically gorgeous and undeniably unique.
His dark hair absorbs the light as completely as a raven’s wing, but it is not nearly as smooth. Instead, it looks wind-tossed, as if he’s spent the day at sea. That hair in contrast with his black tailored trousers and starched white shirt give him a casual elegance, and it’s easy to believe that this man is just as comfortable on a tennis court as he is in a boardroom.
VLD: Le sigh X 2. Wow!! Thanks for sharing that. Obviously your words have breathed life into a character that readers adore. What are you reading now?
Julie: I’m re-reading Glory in Death by J. D. Robb (though I’m doing it mostly through Audible, so more “listening” than reading) and thoroughly enjoying Miss Chatterley by Logan Belle, a modern day retelling of Lady Chatterley’s Lover. I’m psyched, too, because I’m reading the whole thing via an early copy of the manuscript, and I just realized it’s being released in parts. I feel lucky!
VLD: Can you tell us a little about the next writing project you’re working on?
Julie: Just a little tease, because I’m superstitious about telling too much too early! But my next trilogy will be a series of super-steamy romances, each featuring a sexy, enigmatic, and dangerous hero. (I am totally in love with these guys … and so are the women who fall for them).
I’m also excited because Bantam is re-releasing my Shadow Keeper paranormal romances as J. Kenner books, which is a thrill, and because I’m going to be publishing book 6 in my Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series very soon! So lots going on!
VLD: Awesome news for your readers!
Julie: Thanks so much for doing the interview! I have had such fun reading your books, and it’s a treat to get to know you better!
VLD: I’m a big fan of you and your work, so thank you for talking with me. Good luck with all your upcoming projects!
Readers have raved about Julie’s Damien Stark series:
For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes an erotic, emotionally charged romance between a powerful man who’s never heard “no” and a fiery woman who says “yes” on her own terms.
Virna DePaul although new to Loveswept has readers rabidly awaiting her Belladonna series coming in 2014: The Turned; The Awakened; The Revealed - but don’t miss out on these sexy snippets in the interim:
About the authors-
J. Kenner is the author of Release Me and Claim Me. She spent more than ten years as a litigator in Southern California and central Texas, using her rare free time to indulge in her passion of writing. She lives in Texas with her husband and daughters.
Virna DePaul is a former criminal prosecutor and national bestselling author of paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and romantic suspense. She writes for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, HQN, and Random House. In her off hours, she loves broadway musicals, spending time with her family and friends, and connecting with other romance readers.
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