Name: Kym Roberts
Age: Over half-a-century;)
Where are you from: Home for me is Oregon, but I’ve lived in so many places that numerous cities across the U.S. have a special place in my heart.
A little about your self -ie. your education, family life, etc: Law enforcement has been in my blood from the time I turned sixteen. I obtained my degree in Administration of Justice before entering my career. Now I’m a retired detective sergeant from Kansas City, MO.
I met my alpha male on the PD and we bought a house together, but life had to change when my dad asked him if was going to make an honest woman out of me. At that point I decided it was time to finally say yes, or there’d be hell to pay for one of us. 😉 My husband and I have a tendency to wrestle more than the average couple and are constantly trying to sneak up on the other one. According my score card I’m up by five, but he says my math sucks, so I’ll let you decide which one of us has the upper hand.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Kym: I just finished my first book in a new cozy mystery series, which is due out December 2016 through Lyrical/Kensington Publishing. I’m half way through a new novella which is part of a series with several authors from Chick Swagger that we will release in September. As a group, Chick Swagger releases a new series once a year. Last September we released our Noble Pass Affaire series in conjunction with RomCon and had a blast at the conference. We will be hitting the dance floor again this year in Denver. Word to the wise, when they play the song, how low can you go—make sure you have stretch jeans on. 😉
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Kym: I was a government brat, so we moved a lot when I was a kid. This developed my love for reading and then writing. I didn’t pursue publication, however, until after I retired from the PD.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Kym: Introducing yourself as an author is hard! For all those aspiring authors, have your significant other or friends introduce you as an author. My hubby forced me out of my writer’s closet and it was the best thing for my confidence. (I’m not going to lie, the first couple times he did it—I thought he might die before the night was over.)In the end, he was right—shhhhh!
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Kym: My first book was inspired by golfer Seve Ballesteros…I know I hear the crickets chirping. How the heck a teenage girl became inspired to write a romance about a golfer back before golf was really popular, I have no idea. But thank you Seve;)
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Kym: I like to have a mix of emotions in my books. Life is full of laughter, sorrow, and times when you just need to kick a little a**.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Kym: For my books, the titles come first, it’s part of the plotting process for me. In my new series, however, another author just released a book with a similar title. My editor came up with the new title, and even though I can’t tell you what it is, I can tell you my first thought was, “That’s brilliant!”
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Kym: In each of my books I hope the reader recognizes the strength of the characters. Life will go on without the love of your life at some point. As individuals we have purpose, and that purpose is constantly changing. Go out and do it with gusto.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Kym: I think there’s realism in every book, otherwise readers wouldn’t be able to identify with the characters. In my book Handled By Officer, I had numerous readers criticize how smart little Jamie was. “A boy that young couldn’t possibly tell a 911 call-taker all that,” they said. I’m here to tell you, kids are amazing under pressure and they give incredible detail.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Kym: There’s a little bit of me and my experiences in all of my books. The key words are ‘a little bit.’ It’s like when something happens and you say, “Man, I should have done that,” or “Geez, if I’d known that, I would have done that.” You look at an event and turn it upside down to make it the best, funniest, scariest, bloodiest, or most emotional scene you possibly can. Then there’s those events that come to you in your dreams…those are sure to scare the crap out of you.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Kym: On my website I list the authors who have influenced me the most: Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich, Suzanne Brockmann, and Karen Marie Moning. I found Sue as a young, single cop full of self-doubt, Janet when I needed laughter as my mom lay dying in the hospital, Suzanne when my husband and I needed to learn to deal with being married to someone who may not come home, and Karen when the real world was a little too dark to deal with.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Kym: Karen Marie Moning’s Feverborn.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Kym: I know this sounds weird, but I really enjoyed reading the other Noble Pass Affaire Novellas, Flirting with Fate, Flirting with Fire, Flirting with Sin and Flirting with Disaster. Elisabeth Cratree writes very funny cozy mysteries—love her Grace Holliday Mysteries.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Kym: I’m currently writing Red Lace, the novella from the series by Chick Swagger. Then I’ll be writing my second book for Lyrical/Kensington and this summer I hope to release Dead Right There, A Malia Fern Mystery. I had to put it on the shelf even though it’s half done, when I got the contract with Lyrical.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Kym: Faith—not just my religion, but faith in my ability, faith in my kids making good choices and faith that my husband will come home safe. And of course, faith that the world will to get its act together and learn to interact in a more positive manner.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Kym: Absolutely. I take online classes and attend conference to learn how to improve my skill. I network with authors, agents, editors, bloggers and readers. It is a very consuming career. And I love it;)
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Kym: LOL, I can change things every time I read my book. Once it’s edited, though, I don’t look back. There’s always another story to tell.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Kym: Praise from an English teacher.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Kym: Here’s a taste of Red Lace, unedited—about Ty Beckingsale, a man with a past she can’t soon forget.
Red lace. His angel wore red lace. Not the innocent kind like the paper doilies kids used for art projects. Not the table cloth kind that was heavy and gave the illusion of being transparent. No, this was the sheer kind that left a hint of mystery as to the exact shade of her pert nipples straining against the delectable fabric. The kind that made a man’s mouth water and his dick stand at attention.
What the fuck had he been wasting his time on? There was a veritable goddess leaning over him. He looked up, thanking the heavens for the vision of red lace within his reach. Her hair, braided in one thick long cord, fell over her shoulder in shades of chestnut, copper and gold, was covered with a white dusting he could have sworn was a halo. Her large brown eyes were so dark, he could wander in them for hours and never find his way out. But it was that bottom lip, the one she worried with her teeth in between whatever she was trying to say, that made him want to get lost in the moment.
Curved and sensual, that mouth could sent a man to straight to heaven…and hell.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Kym: Third person—it gives me fits.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Kym: In 2015 I went to four conferences. So far in 2016 I’m going to one. They are beneficial but can also keep you from writing.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Kym: The incredibly talented Susan Coils from Custom Covers (http://www.coverkicks.com/tablet/index.html) did Handled By Officer, Dead Man’s Carve, A Tickled to Death Mystery and both Dead On Arrival and Dead Right There in the Malia Fern Mysteries. Misty Dietz created the cover for the Noble Pass Affaire Novella series, including my Flirting with the Devil.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Kym: Sitting down at the computer—there’s so much that needs done around the house, and the dog rings the bell to go out every hour on the hour.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Kym: Keep writing, keep attending classes. Analyze your favorite author’s books. What is it that you really like about their writing? The dialogue, the detail, the world? Look at your delivery—the formatting of a sentence, paragraph, page or chapter really enhances how a reader perceives the story—it actually helps tell the story.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Kym: I hope I made you laugh, feel silly, feel heartbreak, feel strong and impowered. But most of all, feel loved. There is a bright spot out there waiting for all of us—but you have to be the one to open the door and find it.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Kym: Dick and Jane readers. I loved Sally and Spot since I was the youngest I could relate to Sally.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Kym: Laugh-Strong men who make fun of themselves, and I don’t just mean muscle bound, Jimmy Fallon is hilarious;) My hubby fits in this category—but he doesn’t need to know that.
Cry-watching others hurt. I was able to handle most tragedies at work, but seeing the pain of a victim or a victim’s family, that fricking tears me up. You swallow a lot of lumps during those moments.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
Kym: Not really. I don’t want the people I put on a pedestal to fall—I’ve put them up pretty high and I like the image I have in my head. Looking toward the future, however, I’d love to meet my grandkids as adults.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Kym: She lived with Faith, Strength, Courage and Love. But since I’m going to be cremated and have my ashes scattered—it’s not necessary.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Kym: LOL, what don’t I do? I carve, do woodwork, paint, refurbish furniture, renovate my house (never-ending job) hike, read, travel and surf—poorly.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Kym: Action, humor and romance. I’m not into cryfests—you won’t catch me there. And of course, the HGTV and DIY networks. (Not cooking-that’s not me at all) Right now, I’m loving the TV show Lucifer.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Kym: I did it—I retired from LE. Professional surfer would have been nice;)
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
You can also find me on FB http://on.fb.me/1QprkPh and Chick Swagger will soon have a FB Fan page as well-totally looking forward to that!
Amazon link: http://bit.ly/KymRobertsAmazon
Look for me on Twitter, Instagram and Tumbler under KymRoberts911 Hope to see you there!
Thank you, Fiona for asking me to visit Authors Interviews—you made me think and I love a challenge;)