Authors are hard-working folks, and each Wednesday I’m taking time to honor some of the rockstars out there in the field who are spending long hours laboring on lovely novellas and novels for your enjoyment.
Today let’s welcome Taryn Kincaid!
To kick off the questions, let’s start with an easy one: What’s your favorite quote about writing?
It’s from Mark Twain : “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” ~ The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain
Every writer draws their inspiration from somewhere, so what works for you?
Used to be, I had a burning need to write, no matter what else was going on in my life, day job, personal stuff, whatever. Little fantasy scenarios danced in my head, and I put down scenes, bits of dialogue, descriptions. It started when I was 15 or 16 and had a summer job working in the DMV, THE most boring job ever. (I made check marks in a book when people wanted to come in for a written test. I don’t think they even do that anymore.) Now, I generally have no huge craving to write, except on rare occasions, usually when I want to parody something. But what I do have a burning need for is gorgeous book covers. I live to release those. But it’s tricky to do if there’s no text inside. So…
Obviously when you spend some time with a character you get familiar with them. Is there any character of yours that you feel like you could write about forever?
I always fall in love with the hero. Each book is the same. When I started my saga at the motor vehicles office, the hero was named Alexander “Lexy Ripper” Rippington. It went on and on and on and on. For years. For so many years that the infant daughter he didn’t know about was 21 years old, a journalist, and had a huge story of her own. Which also went on and on and on and on. The saga was written in longhand (many, many notebooks full) never published, never submitted, never a glimmer in anyone’s eye except mine!
Then there was Mark Warren, Viscount Webb, whose Regency tale also went on for an extraordinary amount of pages and has not been published (or submitted) to this day. But Viscount Webb formed a basis (in some aspects) for Adam Caldwell, Viscount Riverton, the hero of HEALING HEARTS, my one and only Regency. HEALING HEARTS is a novella, and I’ve been writing short ever since! Though not here on this blog, obviously! Some aspects of Viscount Webb are also present in the hero of my WIP, HER CAPTAIN, a Tempting Signs story that will release from Fated Desires’ Tempting Signs series in December, 2015.
Every author needs a break and to upload some new surroundings to the mind, so what’s your dream vacation?
Likely a beach on a secluded isle, with plenty of books on the Kindle, fruity drinks on hand, clear water and sparkling tropical stars in the night sky. Although, I wouldn’t mind going back to New Orleans a few more times! The food and scenery are remarkable!
Every author I’ve talked to always has their next project on the burner. What one are you most excited for now?
RAIN, my post-apocalyptic take on the Sleeping Beauty story, which releases soon from Decadent Publishing’s Beyond Fairytales series. I’m also excited about the Tempting Signs story, which I’m still working on. And I really loved writing my last release, IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT, one of my very few contemporaries. It was a foodie romance and just so yummy and delicious. The hero, Derek Dunne was totally mouth-watering.
Post-apocalyptic Sleeping Beauty? Sign me up! Now for some personal questions–what shows are you currently tuning in to?
I’m not sure I can name a favorite. Currently, I am having terrible problems with Sunday night. It seems all the greatest shows are on at the same time! My DVR is getting a total work-out between The Good Wife, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Shameless. Then there’s Thursday night, with The Black List and Scandal. Oh, and Wednesdays with Nashville! And did I happen to mention Chicago Fire and Chicago PD?
How about in the realm of books? Any recommendations?
I’m going through Decadent Publishing’s Black Hills Wolves series. It’s a multi-author series with a shared world, but the books are standalone. They’re short, hot and written by a bunch of really talented writers! (My own, WOLF’S SONG, was the fourth book released, on January 30, 2015.) Except for the 1st book which is the introduction to the wolves’ world, Los Lobos, they need not be read in any particular order. It’s fun to see what’s coming next!
The burning question hits–what’s your zodiac sign?
Capricorn. And I’ve very much a Capricorn. So’s the hero of HER CAPTAIN! The heroine is an Aries and totally incompatible with him! I’m having fun with it!
Ha, I love that! So, everyone’s unique in what irks them while reading–do you have any pet peeves in books?
Cliffhangers. Especially when there is nothing any place in the blurb or intro or copy about the book to lead you to expect a cliffhanger is coming.
Thank you for joining us today! Where can readers find you on the web?
Thanks for asking!
Here’s my Author Page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Taryn-Kincaid/e/B0051R2YEW/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1429374360&sr=1-1
As always, thanks for joining us on Meet the Writer Wednesday! Tune in next week for a new writer!