Crystal Kauffman

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: October 01, 2010

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Latest Release: Saving Lady Ilsa from Ellora's Cave (Legend / Historical) (Oct 6th, 20010)

Please tell us your latest news!

I'm excited about my second release from Ellora's Cave, Saving Lady Ilsa. It's my second historical about an abused woman who is saved by a noble hero in what I'm calling my "Ladies in peril" books, so you never know- it just might turn into a series.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

For me, reading is sort of like shopping at Ross or DSW. (Shoe WAREHOUSE. Does it get any better than that?) There's always something to love regardless of the season or my mood. Rarely do I go into a Ross and not find something fabulous. Reading is the same way. I read a book a week, and there's always something about it that makes me happy, whether it's the romance, the sex, the writing, the plot, or the characters.

Some of my favorite authors are Janet Evanovich, (Stephanie Plum series) because I love the humor, Susan Elizabeth Phillips because I love her complexity, Jasmine Haynes because I love her characterization, Kate Moore because I love her beautiful prose. Of my favorite Ellora's Cave authors, Fran Lee, Kaily Hart, Nara Malone, Brandi Evans and Kele Moon are all must-reads.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I'm one of those authors who is halfway between being a pantster and a plotter. When the story bug bites I'm held captive by my keyboard and I've been known to plunge in head first. But at some point I know the story needs a plot outline, whether it's a brief one-pager or a multi-document dossier with spreadsheets and graphs.

Not too long ago I heard Barry Eisler talk at a writer's workshop and he gave some very sage advice. If you ever have the opportunity to hear him speak, go. One thing he said that resonated with me (and helped me feel less guilty about not outlining) is that we are all plotters to some degree, because even if we don't write down big outlines, we're thinking about that book when we're at the grocery store, or sitting in traffic. That's plotting.

Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely! I'm not established enough to quit my day job and make a full time living at it, but that's partly because I live the San Francisco bay area where the average salary is around $50k a year and fixer upper homes like my tiny 70 year-old bungalow are three quarters of a million dollars. (Of course now I'm underwater) So I tell people I have a job and a career.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I'm one of those "been writing since I was six" authors so I think it's part of my genetic makeup.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write. Write. Write. Workshops. Lectures. Write. Write. Contests. Study the craft. Write some more. And growing a thick skin can't hurt, either.

How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?

My husband is my greatest supporter. I couldn't do it, and wouldn't be where I am today, if it weren't for him. The rest of my family seemed more excited when I was an aspiring writer. My mother-in-law used to ask when my stories were going to be made into movies, but she's never read one of my published books.

Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place

This may sound strange, but I need total silence and I prefer low lighting when I write. No music for me! And I'm not a chocolate loving writer, either. Call me weird.

What main genre do you write in?

Erotica / Spicy Romance

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Crystal Kauffman