After reading most of KD’s amazing books I have been addicted to her latest Lakeland Heatwave Trilogy.
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.
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.
you know how you wanted to write this great trilogy right at the beginning or
did the story unfold as you began writing BTR?
what a pleasure it is to be on your site, Midnight! Thanks for having me
and letting me babble on about Lakeland Heatwave.
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
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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!
Between maiden Moor and High Spy, where Marie loses her way.
Casterigg stone circle inspiration for the room of reflection in Elemental Cottage. Over the edge Newlands valley
The dismantled tramway line in Fleetwith Pike, where Deacon takes Alice.
Moses trod wiskey smuggling route that crossed the old tramline.
Im so excited to have seen these images as it brings new meaning to the book too, thanks for sharing these KD x
you met any weird and wonderful people when looking for inspiration for a
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.
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?
someone made a good offer on the film rights, I could most definitely be
would be a hard call to make, though I do think that for sheer action and
suspense, The Lakeland Trilogy has it in spades.
have a favourite all time character you have written about that you love best?
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.
huge fan of the paranormal would you consider writing more on this subject;
maybe vampires, fairies etc?
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.
you ever consider writing crime or horror as you really have the knack of creating
suspense within the pages.
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.
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?
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!
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?
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.
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.
been your best most proud moment in your whole writing career?
my author’s copies of The Initiation of
Ms Holly arrived, and suddenly it was all real to me. I was a novelist!
is the one genre you would love to write about, but haven’t eg; historical,
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
know you love your gardening, would you ever write a textbook on another
subject like gardening or wildlife?
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.
is your favourite all time novel/story you have written?
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.
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?
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.
job did you do before you became a writer?
worked in television and radio and taught English as a second language. But my
passion has always been writing.
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?
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.
me what you have planned, what’s coming up for KD Grace or Grace Marshall?
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.
much for having me, Midnight! It has been a real pleasure to
be on your site, and the interview has been so much fun!
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
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
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
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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Body Temperature and Rising
Riding The Ether