Please welcome my special guest today, the lovely Kaye Manro, who has just had FORBIDDEN LOVE, her debut book, published with Red Rose Publishing!
Kaye, thank you so much for popping in today!
Thank you so much for having me as a guest on your blog Christina! I’m so excited about FORBIDDEN LOVE, my new science fiction romance (SFR). Now you know we both have to love that title!
Christina: We certainly do! It's an awesome title! And it's a fabulous cover as well! Can you tell us a little about FORBIDDEN LOVE?
Kaye: Forbidden Love is a futuristic sci-fi erotic romance. Yes, there is space travel at FTL (faster than light). But there is also lots of sexy sensual exploring between the hero T’Kon and the heroine Maya, who hail from different galaxies and evolutionary paths. Rules on T’Kon’s planet forbid interspecies mating. But when he crashes his spacecraft on Maya’s world close to her desert home, what else is he to do but let this lovely alien tend his, umm, injuries?
Christina: What indeed?LOL! How did the idea for the FORBIDDEN LOVE plot come about?
Kaye: Interesting you should ask that. I like to tell this little story.
Forbidden Love came about as an experiment in writing erotic Science Fiction Romance and I wrote the first draft in a couple of weeks. Here’s a little inside info—while I worked at creating FL it fondly became known as ‘Lizard Love” by my critique partners –who still call it that-- because my hero, T’Kon has Reptilian DNA. A few friends still call the FL hero, that cheeky lizard. But when an editor asked me to submit it they stopped joking and started helping me whip Forbidden Love into shape.
Christina: Oh I love that - that cheeky lizard! And how exciting an editor asked you to submit it. As you probably know by now, I love sale stories (ok I am just nosy!!) so can you tell us about your road to publication - and your call story?
Kaye: I’m a journalist and I’m always writing something. But i actually didn’t start writing romance fiction until a couple of years ago. Since I wrote the original version of Forbidden Love for a contest that never materialized, the story went back on the shelf. Last fall, I attended The Muse Conference of Lea Schizas. She actually asked me if I had a story I would like to pitch to Red Rose Publishing. At the time, she was the head lines editor there. So I said, well, I have this erotic Sci-Fi. I pitched it to her, and a few weeks later Red Rose Publishing contracted Forbidden Love.
Christina: Do you write every day? Do you give yourself daily/weekly goals?
Kaye: That’s a good question. I write whenever I can find a minute or two. With my busy schedule, that isn’t always easy. But I manage because I love to write romance. I’m in the process of editing more titles in a series of time travel adventure romances with a medieval setting. I do confess I tend to over-edit, probably because of my background.
Christina: I so love the sound of your time travel medievals. Are you a panster or plotter?
Kaye: I am a little of both, really. But lately I find I’m more of a plotter. Yet I still love that intoxicating feeling you get when you just let yourself go and the story unfolds in its own way.
Christina: That is a great feeling, I agree! What keeps you motivated when the writing gets tough?
Kaye: I just push through things and make myself do it. Granted, when you are inside those high creative spaces it is much easier to write. But we can’t always have that space. Life sometimes gets in the way, and as authors, we just have to keep at it.
Christina: Is there any advice or light bulb moment you'd like to share about getting published?
Kaye: About getting published? Yes! It’s such an exhilarating feeling! And stressful as well. Because the story doesn’t end after finishing edits and publishing. Let the whirlwind begin! Now you are on your way to lots of promoting and marketing! It’s tiring, fun and stressful all at the same time. Actually, my advice is to start promoting yourself as an author even before you sign a book contract.
Christina: Yes, the promo side can be exhausting! And that's great advice, Kaye. So tell me, do you have critique partners (CPs)? Can you tell us how you met and about your process?
Kaye: I met my critique partners at different times. My first CP and I met on a Harlequin message board. Then I met a few more when I joined a romance writers group. My standby CP is another journalist who also writes romance. She makes sure my sentence structure is always right. We edited the grammar so much before submission that FORBIDDEN LOVE didn’t need the usual line edits. It went straight from content edits to formatting.
As a romance author, I lean toward the adventuresome in my writing. I love science fiction and all the enticing quantum theories surrounding it. Where characters rush through outer space at FTL, or teleport into another time, and even slipstream into an alternate reality. I like creating sizzling love scenes too with sexy heroes, and captivating heroines. It just seemed natural to combine all these elements together in my stories.
FORBIDDEN LOVE Blurb:
Illicit Sultry Passion...
Maya and T’Kon are Galaxies apart so different yet so much alike…
While Dr. Maya Belle is researching wildlife habitats in the far desert region of her world, a sudden burst of sand engulfs her. She goes to investigate and cannot believe what stumbles out of a massive dune. She soon finds she is in the company of a sexy alien from another galaxy…
T’Kon from the planet Asconage is studying a distant world known as Terrain. His spacecraft malfunctions and crashes into its desert. A female named Maya gives him aid, and a steamy lust grows between them. A sultry interspecies passion neither can resist.
To avoid detection by the warring factions governing her world, he must repair his damaged craft and leave. Can he set forth without her and forsake their forbidden love?