Woot! There’s another Canadian author in the house! (I should have been tipped off when she mentioned her crush on Toronto’s Tiny Perfect Mayor’s son, Jonathan Crombie.) I grabbed Kris’ bio from her blog/website for you:
Kris lives in the wilds of Northern Canada with her daughter and science geek husband. She spends her time attempting to control household chaos and creating stories for Ellora’s Cave and Carina Press. Kris has been writing since the age of ten, beginning with a Nancy Drew-style mystery story featuring herself and a couple of her friends. Future leanings became clear, however, when she started penning naughty stories for high-school friends, featuring Scott Baio, Rick Springfield or any member of Duran Duran.
Hello, there! Kris Starr here, taking over Leah’s blog for today. I’m thrilled beyond belief to be a part of the Carina Press launch – along with Leah and many other talented names – and am excited to be able to talk to you today about my release as well as a little bit about myself!
Leah gave me a few questions to answer, so let’s get right to those, shall we?
So tell me when you first realized you wanted to try getting published? Was it an Aha! moment? Or was it a dream from when you’d been little? Or were you dragged into it kicking and screaming?
Good question! I’d been scribbling things for years and years, starting around the time I was nine or ten years old, but I never seriously thought about it as a way to earn a living (although in my dog-eared, dilapidated “School Memories” book, “writer” is a chosen future profession – along with “actor”, “teacher” and “lawyer”). In high school, I started writing some slightly spicy “fantasy” stories for friends about their celebrity crushes, which was a lot of fun (and believe me, I wish I had kept some of those stories!). Real life eventually seemed to get in the way of anything else, though, as we all know. A few years ago, however, on a whim, I entered Ellora’s Cave’s annual Caveman anthology competition with a short novella called Virtuosity – and won a spot. It was such a thrill and made me think, “Hey, maybe I really can do this!” And so far, I’m doing okay, I think – my fifth story was just contracted with Ellora’s Cave!
Do you have any writing rituals?
Honestly, no. Although one thing I do need is peace and quiet (an empty house is perfect). I love the idea of book soundtracks that some authors make, but having music playing or other noise in the background would just drive me bonkers.
If your latest release were made into a movie, who would you cast as the hero and heroine?
Umm…my books would likely not be mainstream film releases – more like XXX titles, I think! So I don’t know who I’d cast in the roles. My inspiration for the characters in Lovely, however, were Emmy Rossum in her role from the Phantom of the Opera film as Angelique, and Canadian actor Jonathan Crombie as Alexandre, as inspired by his role as Gilbert Blythe in the amazing Anne of Green Gables miniseries that came out many years ago. (Can I admit to a huge JC crush here? Well, it’s true!)
Jonathan CrombieDo you have a favorite book (someone else has written) that you keep as a ‘comfort read’?
Like most other authors I am also a voracious reader and have a bunch of “comfort reads” that I pull out time and time again, but I have to admit that one of my absolute favourites is Dean Koontz’s Lightning. I absolutely love that story. (I’m a longtime Koontz fan, too, and can only dream of writing characters and dialogue as well as he does!)
When you’re not writing, what do you like to do just to kick back and relax?
Well, not everybody knows that as of this writing I am very, very pregnant, and when this post is published on Leah’s blog, the newest member of the Starr family may just have arrived! Hard to say for certain because my due date is June 23rd, and I have no idea if Junior Peanut will arrive anywhere remotely on time or not. Suffice it to say, there will be very little “free time” once that event occurs! In the meantime, though, I love reading and doing handicrafts (knitting, sewing, miscellaneous projects, etc.) and spending time browsing the ‘net looking at tutorials and project ideas. That’ll all be taking a back seat very soon, though.
I’ll probably start watching more TV (we watch almost zero right now) as something to do while I’m nursing. (Gotta love Zip.ca – the Canadian version of Netflix!)
All right. That’s enough about me. I know you’re curious about the book, so let me tell you a little bit about it.
Lovely is the story of Angelique, a Parisian prostitute, that takes place in the year 1900. A new caller named Alexandre shows up at her door, and changes her life forever.
They call me Lovely. But I know I am not.
Once I had another name. Now, as Angelique, I do what I can to please les messieurs. What would they say if they knew I felt no pleasure? To them I am wanton, insatiable. I alone know the truth.
So I am mystified by my reaction to my latest caller. Alexandre. Handsome. Well-bred. With an air of innocence that intrigues me. And true pain in his eyes. A mere kiss on the hand inflames me as never before. In moments this man disconcerts me like no other, and soon I can think of nothing, no one else. And yet, he barely touches me.
I know my true purpose is to mend his wounds, but I wonder what lustful appetites are buried deep within him. I will do what I can to discover his secrets…
Lovely is available from Carina Press June 21!
Thanks so much to Leah for having me here today! And I do hope that if you read Lovely you’ll let me know your thoughts on the story. Swing by my blog or shoot me an email anytime!