The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview
We would love to get to know you
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
Hi. My name is Kimber Chin and I write contemporary romances set in the sexy world of business. Why? Because I'm a businessgal and I happen to think men in suits look yummy. My first novel, Breach Of Trust, is a romance between a dashing French venture capitalist and a publicity shy business plan coach.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
Oh, I'd love to be one of my heroes. Maybe my arrogant Frenchman Philippe Lamont. It would be SO cool to figure out how a man thinks. They're such mysterious creatures, aren't they? Philippe can cook too so I'd be eating well. And, of course, he has loads of money.
What's your favorite genre to read?
I love reading historical romances, especially with dark, dominant Dukes. If they have scars, even better. I don't think they're all that different from the executives I work with every day (except minus the scars - though I DID work for an exec with a glass eye).
Who or what influences you when you write?
I'm really influenced by the music I listen to. I listened to country for most of Breach Of Trust and the kinder, gentler pace reflects that. For Invisible, my February release, I listened to Nine Inch Nails. As you can imagine, it is a very different book.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
I only write during the summer, the rest of the year I do the business thing (LOVE the business thing). I'll wake up at 6:30, check my emails, put in my stock stinkball bids for the day, check my blogs. 8 am, the hubby wakes up so I'll lay out his clothes and make him breakfast (he is NOT a morning person and this makes him feel loved). Once he's gone, I'll take a shower, get changed from nighttime pj's to daytime pj's. Then I'll write and write and write (taking a break for lunch and chocolate) until about 7 pm when the hubby comes home (around 4 pm, I'll check my stock orders). We'll have supper, yap about our day. Then we go to our respective computers. I'll blog and do some online marketing. The hubby will sing along to the music he's playing, look for travel deals, and work. Every once in a while, a great song will come on and we'll dance around the house like two fools. At midnight, I'll say I'm going to bed. The hubby will bargain for `just one more song.' That song multiplies. Around 2 am, we'll actually go to bed.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
Because I only write during the summer and only complete a novel and novella a year, I haven't yet gotten writer's block. My issue is the opposite, trying to reduce the number of ideas swimming around my brain. I do have days when I don't want to write. I usually force myself to start. Once I start, I'm usually fine.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
Invisible, my second novel, is coming out in February. My hero Hagen (he's Danish - the nationality, not the pastry) has three weeks to find his late and great uncle's deed or risk losing the house. His only help is to be Maeve, a woman with no history. She hides people for a living and has quite effectively hidden her own self. Yes, secrets. We all have them, don't we?
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
My perfect hero has to have a sense of humor. Even Hagen, my angry, grieving hero in Invisible, has a sense of humor. He has to, to put up with messed up Maeve. I can't imagine living without laughter.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I roughly outline my books but I never can stick to the outline. The characters will go off in one direction and won't come back. That's what I get for writing such strong heroes and heroines. The hubby laughs at me because in the midst of writing a novel, I'll say to him `I can't wait to see how it ends!' He thinks I should know. Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
I don't like to submit substandard work to my publisher so I hire a pre-editor. Mandy's primary job is to tell me whether or not the book is good enough to be published. She recently told me a manuscript was good but had no `spark.' I couldn't find that elusive spark so I scrapped it entirely. I write for fun. It is not fun to rip off readers by publishing junk. What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
The best way to get a hold of me is through http://businessromance.com/ Every week, I have a free read and a photo of a man in a great suit. Every month, I give away an eBook I read and loved the month before.
Thank you for this opportunity and it's been great getting to know you.