Thursday, 15 November 2012

KD Grace Guest interview #2

I am so excited and honoured to welcome KD Grace as a guest for the day.
After reading most of KD's amazing books I have been addicted to her latest Lakeland Heatwave Trilogy.

Body Temperature Rising was one of the best full length paranormal erotic books I have ever read and now I have also had the opportunity to read Riding the Ether too, I cant wait for the last in this incredible series Elemental Fire.
KD has a magnetic way of drawing us into her books and not being able to put it down till the last page. This trilogy pulls us into this fascinating world of sex magic with dark forces lurking nearby.
Plus how can we forget super hot sex throughout the pages.
Being a reviewer and a fond love of the paranormal it got me wondering how KD manages to make these novels so believable, where did she get her inspirations for such incredible plots and characters. So I was over the moon when KD was more than happy to answer a few questions for this fun interview.

So I welcome The Mistress of Erotica KD Grace as a guest here today for this interview; to share some secrets of the Lakeland Heatwave trilogy.

1. Did you know how you wanted to write this great trilogy right at the beginning or did the story unfold as you began writing BTR?

KD: First just let me say what a pleasure it is to be on your site, Midnight! Thanks for having me and letting me babble on about Lakeland Heatwave.

 Actually the Lakeland Heatwave trilogy was a long time coming. It started as a NaNoWriMo project four Novembers ago. (for those who don’t know, that’s National Novel Writing Month, which is November )It began in the Red Lion Pub in the middle of Avebury Stone Circle on the first of November in a pouring rain storm. It was my first ever attempt at an erotic novel. Up until then I'd had some short stories published, but nothing more. Body Temperature and Rising began its life as 'love Spells.’ I did actually complete all 72 thousand words of it for NaNoWriMo. But then it languished forgotten for two years before I pitched the novel to Xcite under the title of 'Ghost Riders.' Xcite hated the title, but loved the story, and took it on.
I thought all I'd have to do was rewrite it and polish it a bit. I was wrong. No matter how hard I tried, the story wasn’t working. It didn't feel right. After a week of walking the story and angsting, I realised it wasn't working because it needed to be a trilogy.
I was terrified. I’d never attempted anything as complex as a trilogy before, but I proposed it, Xcite said yes, and the rest was not only easy but totally amazing fun! Strangely enough, my new Grace Marshall trilogy had a similar path to print. I always knew I was wordy

2. Where did you get the inspiration for RTE (Riding The Ether)? 

KD: The notorious Mists on the Lakeland Fells are probably the biggest inspiration for all three of the Lakeland Heatwave novels. The summer before I started writing the NaNoWriMo version of Body Temperature and Rising, my husband and I got caught out on a ridge walk in the
Lake District. One minute we were walking in sunshine with great views on all sides and the next the whole world disappeared into a flat, grey mist.

The chances of us getting lost were pretty slim because we were very familiar with the area and we both can navigate by map and compass, but I don't mind saying it was more than a little bit scary. It really was like suddenly being transported to another world. It wasn't hard at all to imagine ghosts and demons materialising from the mist. Nor was it hard to imagine that the Ether would be something like this. And yes, I do have some piccies though nothing as bad as it was when we were there because there would be NOTHING to see.

That was the inspiration for the opening scene of Body Temperature and Rising, and it was the inspiration for the magical Ether in book two, Riding The Ether.

3. Do you have any funny stories surrounding your research into the trilogy, be it people you have met or places you went to for inspiration?

KD: I suppose the funniest story was at the beginning, day one of NaNoWriMo. The whole day was a comedy of errors. I arrived at Avebury with my good writing friend, Helen. We wrote all, day tucked safely in the Red Lion Inn, while a constant stream of very wet Pagans and Druids there to celebrate Samhain came and went. We basically forgot that it was horrendous weather outside until it got dark and came time to leave and we remembered that we weren't parked in the pub car park, but in the National Trust car park on the edge of the village.
We shlogged our way back thru the downpour in the pitch dark by the light of Helen's mobile phone, only to discover ours was the only car left in the dark, LOCKED car park!

Just before soggy panic could set in a National Trust Jeep appeared almost out of nowhere, and a man in waterproofs fought his way out of the Jeep and opened the gate for us.
We'd barely finished congratulating ourselves for our narrow escape before we remembered that we'd forgotten to get Petrol before we settled in to write, and we found ourselves driving on fumes in the pouring rain along the deserted road between Avebury and Marlborough. It seemed everyone else was smart enough to be tucked away safe and dry in their homes out of the downpour.

That particular road crosses the River Kennet. Normally. But it had been raining hard all day. That night the River Kennet was actually crossing the ROAD! And we were in the middle of it before we knew it, with water almost up over the wheels. I don't mind saying I was scared. BUT we made it through! And only a couple kilometres up the road, shining like a beacon in the rain, we found an open petrol station.
Helen and I still laugh about the auspicious beginning of that NaNoWriMo, and we were laughing when it happened, but I think it was our way of dealing with being really frightened at the time.
I still find it strange to think how we were able to so completely let the time and the situation get away with us while we were writing that we nearly ended up in serious trouble. Writing is like that sometimes. And the Muse doesn't really care if you're comfortable as long as you're getting the story down.

4. I love ghost hunting and anything paranormal and as the whole trilogy is based around ghosts, did you come into contact with any paranormal activity while doing your research.? (I’d love to hear of any ghostly encounters I could listen to those for hours lol).

KD: It was ALL happening that day at Avebury, Midnight! And yes, there was a ghostly encounter. Or at least the closest I’ve ever come to one. The Red Lion Inn has the reputation for being one of the most haunted pubs in Britain, and it was even featured on the television series, Most Haunted

There’s a plaque on the wall inside attesting to that fact. There are lots of ghost stories surrounding the pub, but if you’ve never been to the Red Lion, there’s actually a well inside one of the dining rooms. The story goes that the woman who ran the pub, Florrie, waited for years for her husband to come back from the English Civil War, and when he didn’t, she took a lover. Of course then he came back, and in his anger he shot her lover, slit her throat and threw her body into the well, then sealed it. Now that well is covered with glass, so you can look down into it – even use it as a table. 

While you’re there, if you ask about among the wait staff, everyone who works there has encountered the ghost at some time or another. Here’s a link for all the yummy, gory details of the Red Lion Inn
At one point far into the afternoon, my friend, Helen, and I were the only two in the pub, and we were sat back by the hall to the bathrooms, both lost in our writing, when there was suddenly a loud, explosive bang, and the air was instantly freezing. One of the wait staff came running back, looking pale and frightened. She didn’t say anything to us, but we overheard the mention of the ghost among the wait staff behind the bar immediately after. We could only catch bits and pieces of what was being said, but clearly they believed the bang and the temperature change were the work of the poor murdered pub owner. 

MB; Here is part 1 of the Most haunted videos parts 1-5 and their scary findings. 

MB;  Part 4  poor Yvette made me laugh at her fear and Jason who is a disbeliever and finds his not alone! Does this image remind you of another scary witches film lol?

5. When writing such detailed novels you manage to get the feel of a place so we can all share what you are seeing and feeling, do you take photos of a place to help with inspiration. Do the photos come first or do your ideas? 

KD: I have photos of both places. I took some before the writing of the novels, but most of the places I’ve since revisited and photographed in lots more detail, especially as the story has unfolded in my head, along with the possibility of lots of other side stories that could happen. I’m always MORE than happy to share the photos! I have LOTS!

Here are some of the fascinating photos KD has taken and has kindly shared with us all.

 Between maiden Moor and High Spy, where Marie loses her way.

 Anderson may have taken Marie to escape the weather!

Casterigg stone circle inspiration for the room of reflection in Elemental Cottage. Over the edge Newlands valley 

Descending through Rigghead quarry in BTR.

 Ravens Crag.

 The dismantled tramway line in Fleetwith Pike, where Deacon takes Alice.
Moses trod wiskey smuggling route that crossed the old tramline.

Pivotal location for Elemental Fire. 
But you will have to wait for that!

Im so excited to have seen these images as it brings new meaning to the book too, thanks for sharing these KD x

6. Have you met any weird and wonderful people when looking for inspiration for a character.

KD: Actually, most of the characters came from my imagination. I wanted them to be slightly eccentric, but nothing out of the ordinary if you saw them on the streets or struck up a conversation with them in the queue at Sainsburys. I wanted their magic, and their secret lives to be stunning in contrast to their seemingly ordinary existences. Of course Anderson is eccentric, a man out of time, and Cassandra is eccentric because she has had to keep herself separate from the rest of the world, but there were no actual people who inspired these characters. They came into my mind fully-formed and revealed themselves to me as the story unfolded.

7. I feel your trilogy would make a stunning film would you consider going into films or screenplays? If you had the chance which one of your novels would you love to see turned into a movie, for me it has to be the latest trilogy?

KD: If someone made a good offer on the film rights, I could most definitely be persuaded.
That would be a hard call to make, though I do think that for sheer action and suspense, The Lakeland Trilogy has it in spades.

8. Do you have a favourite all time character you have written about that you love best?

KD: I love all my characters, and though Anderson is right up there very close to the top, I’d still have to say the one I adore the most is Tino, from my novel, The Pet Shop. I’ve loved him from the beginning, and I’m still jealous that Stella won his heart and I didn’t.

9. I’m a huge fan of the paranormal would you consider writing more on this subject; maybe vampires, fairies etc?

KD: There are several more novel ideas in my head for paranormal, but no vampires and no werewolves. I don’t think I would be any good at writing either. Fairies I hadn’t really thought about. What I have in mind at the moment involve beings from mythology and the havoc they might wreak if they were turned loose on an unsuspecting population. I’m very anxious to write a novel about Medusa, but Medusa as you’ve never seen her before.

10. Would you ever consider writing crime or horror as you really have the knack of creating suspense within the pages. 

KD: I never rule out anything. And I never really know what will come up in my mind that will have me off and writing, so possibly.

11. I love to immerse myself in a brilliant novel I can’t put down. I've had quite a few sleepless nights reading your work as I can’t physically stop reading lol. Do you prefer writing novels or short stories or does it just depend on your ideas at the time?

KD: Thanks, Midnight! Very glad I could keep you awake all night. I’d much rather write novels. I’m a wordy person anyway, and the stories that come into my mind usually have way too much going on to fit easily into a short story. As you can see from the Lakeland Trilogy, and from my alter-ego, Grace Marshall’s Executive Decision Trilogy, I have a hard time even containing my stories in one novel, let alone a short story!

12. Do you have a routine to help you prepare for a day of writing, do you have to have a favourite coffee, biscuit, drink, music, do you sit in a favourite chair in a particular room. Do you have any house rules that when writing no one speaks to you till you come out?

KD: Actually with me it’s almost anything goes. No house rules. I’m pretty good at shutting the whole world out when I’m with the Muse. As for drinks – strong espresso and endless glasses of iced tea (the one thing from my American childhood that is STILL my very favourite comfort drink no matter how cold it is outside!) I’m also a full-bodied red wine fan if I’m writing into the night. But I can write anywhere, anytime, any way. I usually compose at the computer and edit as I go. I can do long hand, but I’m a lot faster on the computer and it’s my first choice.  I sometimes compose on my BlackBerry if inspiration hits me when I’ve got nothing else handy.
In an ideal world I’d start my day with a long walk, but if I get that a couple of times a week, I’m lucky. I write at the dining table looking out the window at the bird table. Sometimes I’m decadent and write in the recliner with my feet up. 

13. What's been your best most proud moment in your whole writing career?

KD: When my author’s copies of The Initiation of Ms Holly arrived, and suddenly it was all real to me. I was a novelist! 

14. What is the one genre you would love to write about, but haven't eg; historical, sci-fi, fantasy?

KD: Haven’t really thought about it. I’ve experimented in lots of genre, and hope to continue to do so, but I’ve never had a real desire to excel in one over another. 

15. I know you love your gardening, would you ever write a textbook on another subject like gardening or wildlife?

KD: Can’t really see that happening. Gardening and walking and all of the outdoorsy things I enjoy are my ways to access a part of me that doesn’t involve sitting in front of a computer.  Also I’m not really an expert at any of those things and I’m not a text book writing sort. HOWEVER, it’s not unusual at all for my gardening and my love of the outdoors to appear in my fiction. 

16. Which is your favourite all time novel/story you have written?

KD: Wow! A really tough question. I’m honestly not sure I have a favourite. Each has an element that I love about it that’s unique and wonderful (at least to me) but there isn’t any one novel that I love more than the others. And most often I feel that what I’m writing at the moment is my favourite.

17. When I write my reviews I get into my blogger bubble till I've finished often without stopping. What is the longest time without stopping or leaving the pc when you have been so involved and in the flow of writing?

KD: I’ve never really kept track, but I’m now trying to force myself to stop every two hours to stretch and get rid of some unwanted tension in my neck and shoulders. If not for that I usually keep going until my tea glass is empty or until I need a bathroom break. That’s if the writing’s good and I’m in the middle of something and the Muse is egging me on mercilessly.

18. What job did you do before you became a writer?

KD: I’ve worked in television and radio and taught English as a second language. But my passion has always been writing.

19. How do you plan a new story do you have many ideas on the go at once and just see how it pans out, or do you sit down and plan a story from beginning to end? 

KD: I usually start with an idea, then I walk the plot, which results in me writing down a VERY rough chapter by chapter synopsis, always only a loose guideline. Then I write a rough blurb, which evolves as the story unfolds. Once those two things are done, which seldom takes me more than two days, including the walking, I start the novel. 

20. Tell me what you have planned, what's coming up for KD Grace or Grace Marshall?

KD: KD is working on the final rewrite of Elemental Fire, the third instalment of the Lakeland Heatwave Trilogy. Grace is working on the first draft of Identity Crisis, which is the second novel of the Executive Decision trilogy. There is a rough plan in the making for a sequel for Holly, which will happen late in 2013, if all goes according to plan, but we’ll see. First things first.
Thanks SO much for having me, Midnight! It has been a real pleasure to be on your site, and the interview has been so much fun! 

I cant thank you enough KD for joining me today and thank you so much for sharing those gorgeous photos that were the inspiration to this incredible trilogy. We are all looking forward to the last book to find out what else could possibly happen at Elemental cottage.

KD Grace Bio

K D GraceK D Grace believes Freud was right. In the end, it really IS all about sex, well sex and love. And nobody’s happier about that than she, cuz otherwise, what would she write about?
When she’s not writing, K D is veg gardening or walking. She walks her stories, and she’s serious about it. She and her husband recently walked the Coast to Coast route across England. For her, inspiration is directly proportionate to how quickly she wears out a pair of walking boots.
K D has erotica published with Xcite Books, Mammoth, Cleis Press, Black Lace, Erotic Review, Ravenous Romance, Scarlet Magazine, Sweetmeats Press and others.
K D’s critically acclaimed erotic romance novels include, The Initiation of Ms Holly, The Pet Shop, and her paranormal erotic novel, Body Temperature and Rising, the first book of her Lakeland Heatwave trilogy, was listed as honorable mention on Violet Blue’s Top 12 Sex Books for 2011.
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The Lakeland Heatwave series, if you love erotica you need to read these.

More of my Book reviews by KD Grace

Migrations By KD Grace
 Surrogates by KD Grace
 The Pet Shop By KD Grace
 The Initiation of Miss Holly By KD Grace

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