Current Release: Destiny's Mark - The Guardians of Eden, #3
Describe your current release in two sentences?
Tsu Halan, Guardian defense master, has waited over the centuries for the covenant’s promise of a mate to share his soul and no threat will stop him from claiming all that belong to him. Jai Dashkov’s painful secrets and desperate search to reclaim her life don’t allow room in her heart for love, until one man refuses to let her struggle alone.
What have you had to give up to pursue your writing career?
Writing and publishing is actually my second career and as a full time effort it has most of my attention.
I'll admit, I have to work at it to find reading time, which I love, but I make the time because I think that continuously reading fills the creative well. The more I write, the more attention I pay to other author's words and I grow with that experience.
What are you working on?
I am finishing the fourth book in the Guardian of Eden Series, Honor's Quest. As soon as that goes to my editor, I plan to finish the second in the dragon rider trilogy, Dragon Rider's Soul.
What is your ultimate writing goal?
For my career: To deliver books that readers love, remember, and have on their 'keeper' shelves.
For productivity: I would love to be able to write four books a year. That is unlikely given the time it takes to work through editor and proofreader edits and promotion, but that's my target. There are also several books that I've already outlined and written character sketches and I'd like to be able to get to them, but there is only so much time.
Do you have a comfort food? What is it?
I have to pick one?
Actually, I love old-style comfort food. Pastas, roast chicken, mac n' cheese, crusty breads...hmm, I shouldn't have answered this one so close to dinner time.
Where is your favorite place to write?
In my office at my desk. What can I say? The chair, the keyboard, the two monitors, all work for me. It puts me write in to work mode.
What career fields have you worked in?
I delivered the Washington Post at four in the morning, before school, when I was sixteen. I worked in support positions in my university's hospital through college. Then I spent a number of years in telecommunications, computer programming and project management. Tends to make one a bit organized, but that's wonderful for keeping track of plots and world building.
What are your plans for the next year? Any books you are looking forward to?
To interface more with my readers and give them more books to enjoy.
In keeping with that, Honor's Quest, the Guardians of Eden Book 4 should be out in late spring. Dragon Rider's Soul, Dragon Rider Trilogy Book 2 will be out in late summer. Then I'm heading back to my non-romance urban fantasy series to write and release the second in the Thaddeus Kane series.Then I'm heading back to the Guardians of Eden book 5.
Also, in an attempt to give back to other writers, I'm starting a series on my blog, detailing my research process and resources for the books I have published. I'm hoping the road-map will be of value and interest.
How was your road to publication?
I started writing for publication as my second career, so not until I was in my forties. I already had a list of books and series I wanted to develop and spending all my time writing pitches and queries wasn't going to accomplish my goals. I am published with a small press, which has been a good experience. I am also indie published and, while that takes much more work on my part, for now it is very satisfying.
If you could time travel, where would you travel to and why?
If I could travel incognito, in a safety bubble, and leave any time I wanted, I'd travel everywhere. Makes me sound like a bit of a safety freak, but honestly, most ancients lands weren't the healthiest and posed serious dangers. Don't get me wrong, that makes for good stories. But since I write, I can basically travel anywhere with stories on my own! Safely.
If you could live in a world created by an author, which book / world would you jump into?
Mine. I couldn't write all day, every day if I didn't enjoy the worlds I create. Seriously.
However, I love immersion in another author's story. I crave it and it's wonderful escape. I have a list of favorite authors that I routinely acknowledge for bloggers and on my Goodreads page. Of late, I've been enjoying Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid series and Nalini Singh's Angel series (love her vivid imagery and sexy alpha males).
I love to hear from readers and they can find me at www.khlemoyne.com and firstname.lastname@example.org