Tricia: Today, it’s my pleasure to welcome Krista Ames! Hi, Krista. Please tell us a little about yourself.
Krista: Sure J I’m a wife and stay-at-home mom of 4 high-energy kids, ranging from elementary to high school. We live in Lower Northern Michigan where it’s taking too darn long to warm up.
Tricia: When did you begin writing?
Krista: Probably 5 or 6 years ago I guess. I actually started fiddling with some ideas and an attempt at a novel which I worked on for a couple years. It got up to about 40k words and got put on the back burner (probably to forever smolder) when I’d seen an anthology submission request from Turquoise Morning Press.
Tricia: Describe your writing process. Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? When and where do you write?
Krista: I really don’t have a specific process. With 4 kids, I can’t plan anything. That would be why I write by the seat of my pants I’m sure. I write as often as I can but usually I open my laptop shortly after my kids get on the bus in the morning and my hubby is off to work. My ‘me’ time stops about 3:30 when the clan storms back in the door from school. Then I also get more ‘me’ time after they’ve all gone to bed. My hubby watches horror movies often so my laptop is my excuse not to have to watch J
Tricia: Can you tell us about your most recent release?
Krista: Absolutely J It’s called Take Me Home, Cowboy. It’s a contemporary erotic western romance and is part of the Western Escape line at Decadent Publishing. Here’s a blurb:
Ally Kincaid returns to Freewill, Wyoming, to see her father after a two year absence. Anticipating a quiet family reunion, she finds herself butting heads with her father’s foreman instead. The man’s arrogance and sexy drawl push all her buttons, making her wonder what he’s hiding beneath his cowboy swagger.
Matt Gentry walked away from the past and shies from the future. No ties means no one gets hurt…until the boss’s daughter, a hot, green-eyed blonde, tempts him to break his own rules.
When tragedy strikes, will building tension and pride destroy their growing attraction or show them the way home?
Tricia: How did you get the idea for the book?
Krista: It wasn’t anything specific, I just love western romances and cowboys and one day the idea just popped into my head. It wasn’t originally intended for the Western Escape line but they were having a writing contest to find the next story for the line so after finding out all the details, I adapted the story to fit and submitted it. Who would have thought I’d actually win J
Tricia: Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
Krista: I actually think Matt Gentry fits that bill. He’s the hero from Take Me Home, Cowboy and I just love the way he developed. He has secrets that he needs to hide but he doesn’t let them get in the way of him living his life. That is until he meets his match.
Tricia: What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
Krista: I think it has to be the edits. Once you get to that process, a little bit of time has passed and with Decadent, they have some very thorough editors that definitely challenged me. The parts where they said, you need a few more paragraphs to explain this or expand that is what got me but in the end I think it just made me more well-rounded, I learned a lot!
Tricia: Which authors have inspired your writing?
Krista: One of the biggest inspirations in the beginning was Linda Lael Miller. I love her western romances and I’ve tried to read almost everything she’s got out. Diana Palmer ranks right up there too along with Debbie Macomber.
Tricia: What projects are you currently working on?
Krista: Right now I am writing book 1 of a series called tentatively Montana Cowboys. It’s about a stubborn cowboy and a feisty independent search & rescue heroine. Then I also have a second in the works to follow up Take Me Home, Cowboy.
Tricia: What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
Krista: Just to never give up. It’s a rough and bumpy road to being an author but its well worth the time. Make sure to take rejections as a learning curve and keep plugging on til you find the right fit for you and your book!
Tricia: Thanks again for stopping by, Krista.