Name: Kitt Crescendo
Where are you from:
That’s a loaded question. I’m a military brat, so I’m from so many places. I currently live in Florida, consider Chicagoland area to be my “hometown,” and was born in the Philippines on a military base, so I guess…it depends on how you define the question. J
A little about yourself i.e. your education Family life etc.:
I’m married with a fabulous husband, 2 beautiful dogs, and a wonderfully supportive extended family. I went to college as a history major and still have a passion for history.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I just finished supporting my friend and fellow author, Natasha Blackthorne, as she launched her most recent release, A Perilous Risk. For myself, I’m currently working on my third book.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Gosh, my family says I’ve been a storyteller pretty much all my life. I don’t remember exactly how old I was when I started to put my stories down on paper. I do recall doing some Dynasty holiday fan fic when I was in 6th grade, though. And I’ve been writing poetry almost from the beginning as well.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I guess I’ve always considered myself a writer. I don’t think I ever considered myself an author, though, until I was about 15 or 16 and the local paper published 3 of my poems and I won a song lyrics contest for my school’s 75th anniversary. My words were put to music and became the school song.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Believe it or not, it started off as tinkering with an erotic fantasy sex scene stuck in my head. Somehow I found myself embellishing on it until it was more than just a scene.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I guess I’m what you’d call a pantser. I’ve found that if I try to plot out a storyline I wind up stifling myself because I try too hard to fit it to the exact mold I’d created when I’d started. That becomes problematic because my characters don’t like being boxed in. They tend to take it personally and stop speaking to me. So I’ve learned that the overall extent of plotting I can do is an idea for how to begin and how to end. As long as everything else is hazy, the story comes to life.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Not sure. It just kind of jumped out at me.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
My books are more novelettes than novels at this point. But my message? That everyday people can make their wildest fantasies come true if they’re brave enough to ask. That boldness is rewarded and emotional and sexual honesty is to be commended.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Oh, it could all happen to anyone under the proper circumstances.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
That’s a loaded question. Let’s just say it’s definitely possible, but just because someone writes in this genre doesn’t mean they act out their stories any more than murder mystery writers act out their crime scenes.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
The Bible, The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy, The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson, The Bride by Julie Garwood, A Time To Kill by John Grisham, Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind, and the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. There are so many other books that have influenced me in all sorts of ways, but I’d say these have made the most impact either on me as a person or my writing.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Actually, my most recent mentor and friend is Kaye Chambers. She’s the one who encouraged me to pursue my writing dreams and pushed me when I needed it. Other than her, I haven’t really looked at too many other writers as mentors so much as inspiration. I look up to them. I am often in awe of their creative brilliance and their kind generosity, but someone who has mentored me in the truest sense of the word? Her. And my 7th and 8th grade language arts teacher who challenged and encouraged me to try my hand at all sorts of writing.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished reading Lynda Aicher’s Shattered Bonds. I love her work, and this one is no exception. Such powerful, emotional connections.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Of course! Jessi Gage has a way around highlanders, time travel, and magic that I find both fun and compelling (not to mention I adore her Blue Collar series). Mae Clair has a beautiful descriptiveness that draws you into her stories, regardless of whether she’s writing a romantic adventure or something tinged with the supernatural. L. J. Kentowski writes great characters in a battle between good and evil…and has a way of making you wonder if the men in the heroine’s life are actually heroes or villains. There are so many fabulous new authors out there, and I’m always thrilled to discover one.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on finishing the third and (probably) final book in my series as well as my first full sized novel. Besides that, I also write the occasional article for a Sexual Wellness site as that’s something I feel very strongly about.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Actually, I’ve gotten plenty of support. The people in my writers group are great, the folks at my church have been encouraging, my friends….
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I see it as a potential career. It’s going to take hard work and diligence on my part to ensure it become one. It’s definitely living my dream, though.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Oh, a few little things here and there. That’s the beauty of writing. We’re always learning and growing and improving. If you’re passionate about your craft, you work to hone it.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Probably from my mother, actually. She used to write these long, epic odes of religious poetry and read them in church. I thought it was pretty cool. Since I was always the family storyteller and keeper of the memories anyway, it seemed a natural progression for me.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Keep in mind, this is still very rough. Unedited. But here’s the intro to my last book in my series.
“You think your sister’s going to be able to go through with it?” My best girlfriend, Candace, chuckled as we watched my sister approach a blond, shirtless hottie tending bar in nothing but black spandex and a bow tie.
I shrugged and watched Mr. Baby Oil and Muscles lean over the bar toward my sister. She pulled her face back, obviously uncomfortable with his invasion of her personal space, shrugged, and leaned back in, her hand cupped to the side of her mouth and his ear. A grin of pride broke across my face as the bartender threw his head back with laughter before shaking his head ‘no.’
Merry didn’t waste a moment. Her dark, curly hair practically bounced as she rushed back to where we sat with her friends, a look of triumph on her face. “Nope! He definitely doesn’t wear underwear to bed. Now who’s next?”
“Ladies, ladies, ladies!” The MC guy came on the microphone before anyone had a chance to speak. “We have a special party going on tonight! A bachelorette party. Miss Merry Monroe, would you please make your way to the stage?”
“Danielle!” My sister grabbed my wrist, her dark brown eyes widened. “What did you do?”
I looked from side to side before dropping my jaw in feigned shock. “Who, me? What makes you think I did anything?”
“You’re so full of shit your eyes are brown,” she snickered. “I may not be the family wild child, but I was raised in the same house as you. I know you and your evil ways.”
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Opens are probably my biggest challenge, though remembering other senses besides vision is another one.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I don’t really have just one favorite. I have many. But the things that strike me most about my most favorite authors’ works? Their ability to make you feel. Whether it’s laughter, pain, heartache, love. They draw you in and transport you to these amazing (and sometimes scary) places. The other cool part is that most of them have deeper underlying messages through their characters or their stories. You get a feel for what’s important to the author, especially when you notice the underlying themes through their work. Most of the ones I love most are about empowerment, or embracing who you truly are, or that there’s really no such thing as normal!
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not at this time. But I’m in the unique position to have travelled a lot most of my life, and through that I’ve been able to accumulate a lot of things that I’m now able to use in my writing.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My covers have been done by Melody Simmons at http://ebookindiecovers.com/. She’s fabulous and easy to work with.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
These days? Making time. I am also working a day job.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That you’ve got to be dedicated. Writing a good book takes time. Editing takes time. But there’s such a strong sense of accomplishment when you’re finally finished.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t quit. Don’t let life sidetrack you if this is truly what you want. There are no shortcuts.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for all the support and fun. My various virtual doors are always open and I love to hear from you guys!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not really. My mom said I started reading at the age of 2. I’m pretty sure they were childrens Bible stories, though. Like I said, mom’s pretty religious.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Anything. Everything. Life is all about those moments. (Plus, I’m a sympathetic crier.)
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would like to meet and why?
There’s no set person. I love meeting all sorts of people. I enjoy discovering the similarities and differences.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Reading, singing, movies, TV, cooking, baking, playing board games and card games, collecting shot glasses, jigsaw puzzles
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Movies? I like superhero movies, action/suspense, and romantic comedies. TV shows? Currently I’m into Once Upon a Time, Blacklist, Covert Affairs, NCIS (all of them), White Collar, The Voice, Scorpions, Gotham, Sleepy Hollow, and Agents of Shield. I was mad when they cancelled Revolution and Leverage. All I can say is…. Thank goodness for DVRs because I know that’s not the entirety of my show list.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Foods-pretty much anything my husband cooks, Colors-royal blue, hot pink, emerald green, royal purple, fuschia, red (so the bright, vivid gem tones). Music-I’m eclectic. I like bits of everything, but country and their lyrics draw me in most with their raw honesty and emotion.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I’m actually in retail electronics management. So probably something that utilizes my leadership skills, my teaching ability, and my interpersonal skills.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
I sure do! It’s called theinnerwildkat. That’s where I let my hair down and talk about all my passions from books to music to whatever random thought pops into my head. All are welcome there or on Facebook or Twitter. 😀
“I don’t have a dirty mind. I have a sexy imagination.”