YOU’RE EITHER GOING TO LOVE THIS OR YOU’RE GOING TO HATE THIS.
I know the tour is for Braeden and Janne, the second book in my Beyond Camelot-Brother Knights series, but the concept for Cynthia and Constantine, Book One, sprang up during a season of American Idol.
I work for county government and we have several satellite offices around the county. Once a month seven of us get together to have lunch. We call it the Lusty Ladies Lunch Group. Other times we keep in touch via email.
During this particular season, Bo Bike and Constantine Margulies were competing. Two of the Lustiest choose these guys as their favorites. While we didn’t agree on who should win that season, we did all agree that they had ‘romance book cover’ hair; the long and flowing kind of hair usually depicted on Knights in Shinning Armor on historical romances.
After one particularly hot and heavy day of emailing (after our constituents were served, of course) I went home and wrote a small piece about a knight meeting his ladylove. The next day I sent it off to the Lustiest and got requests for more. Well one thing lead to another and I began to serialize a story about Bo and Constantine as knights in the Arthurian days. I named my hero Constantine and his lady was Cynthia, one of the Lustiest. I gave Sir Constantine a brother, Sir Braeden and named his lady, Jane, another Lustier. The story just evolved on a weekly basis with email scenes going back and forth until I had 100 pages.
I thought that was the end of the adventure until I decided to flesh out Constantine and Cynthia’s story and turn it into a 55,000-word book. I was fortunate enough to have the Wild Rose Press expressed interest in the novel and then publish it. And yes, you’ll either love this or hate this, but the antagonist of that story is named after one of the American Idol Judges. I’m sure you can guess which. Jane and Braeden became integral characters in Cynthia and Constantine and demanded their own book.
The moral of this post is that you never know when or where inspiration is going to sneak up and bop you on the side of your head. In my case it was with a microphone on Fox-TV.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
She has been a member of New Jersey Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America since 1990 and considers it an honor to have been NJRW President in 1992 and 2001. She is one of the founding members of Liberty States Fiction Writers, a multi-genre writers’ organizations dedicated to furthering the craft of writing and helping aspiring writers move onto publication.
Kathye originally wanted to be President of the United States or an Organic Chemist, but somehow life got in the way and she got married right out of high school and had a set of twins two years later. The Presidency seemed out of reach and night school to get her Ph.D. to create new molecule that would ultimately result in the betterment of humankind seemed a little time consuming while trying to raise twins, so she decided to write instead.
In her "other" life, Kathye is married to her real-life hero Donald and has three grown sons all having adventures of their own and three “bonus” grandchildren. She is a die-hard New Jersey Devils fan and works for Somerset County government (as close as she could get to the White House) and is plotting a novel about a new molecule that will ultimately result in the betterment of humankind.
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- Giveaway -
Grand Prize: Kobo mini E-reader (US ONLY). International winner will get a gift card
5 Runners-Up: $10.00 gift card to Amazon or B&N
Kathryn Quicks's Braeden & Janne Blog Tour Schedule
May 13 - 31
5/13- United by Books (series spotlight)
5/14- Deal Sharing Aunt (interview & series spotlight)
5/15-Curse of the Bibliophile (guest post & review)
5/16- Riverina Romantics (guest post)
5/17- Romantic Crush Junkies (guest post)
5/18- Romance Junkies (interview)
5/19- Book Monster Reviews (guest post)
5/20- Mad Hatter Reads (guest post)
5/23- Bookin' It Reviews (series spotlight)
5/24- Book Lovin' Mamas (interview)
5/25- Fandom Fanatic (series spotlight)
5/26- Offbeat Vagabond (interview)
5/27- Sassy Book Lovers (series spotlight & excerpt)
5/28- Froggarita's Bookcase (interview & series spotlight)
5/30- Toot's Book Reviews (series spotlight)
5/31- The Reading Cafe (guest post & series spotlight)