Name Kay Phoenix
Age Old enough to know better, still young enough to not care.
Where are you from Las Vegas, NV
Ms. Phoenix is a rare bird herself…a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. She belongs to Las Vegas Romance Writers and has served on the board for several years. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America with PAN status.
Prior to writing, Kay was a Graphic Artist for fifteen years in the casino industry and holds degrees in both Graphic Arts and Psychology. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, traveling and photography. She is also involved in several Las Vegas non-profits, and is the current Chairman of a popular, long-running, local art show.
Kay has been blessed to be able to travel many places, which inspired her to host a weekly author spotlight called “Midweek Escapes” on her blog. It features guest author’s favorite vacation destinations, their travel tips, and, of course, information about their book releases and occasional giveaways.
Please visit her website at www.KayPhoenix.com.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
The First Book in my Daring Hearts series, “Steele and Stone” came out on November 2, from The Wild Rose Press. It’s available in paperback and e-book. I’m also part of the Sin City Romance Writer first anthology “Decades of Love” (I also designed the cover), which came out on February 28.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Probably in the womb.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I still don’t. I consider myself a creative person, be it writing, photography or graphic design.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I wanted to read something that I couldn’t find, so I wrote it.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I can be a bit snarky.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
For “Steele and Stone”, it is the hero’s last name vs. the type of landscape the heroine lives near. Also, the hero is from NYC, home to an abundance of steel, and the heroine is from Denver, near the mountains.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
A general overarching theme of romance novels is to believe in love.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
It’s been said you write what you know, so it’s fair to say that my heroines all have a little bit of me in them.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I can’t place one book above another as far as inspiration. I love reading biographies, and stories of true adventure. Since I’ve started going to conventions, I’ve met a few authors I look up to. Sylvia Day amazes me because she’s got an amazing series, but she also has an e-magazine she publishes, and lots of appearances to keep up with. Same with Diana Gabaldon.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Kay Phoenix is a pretty awesome new writer, and someone to keep your eye on (hehe – shameless plug. I’m actually pretty shy.).
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My publisher, The Wild Rose Press.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
As a creative person, I cannot see myself not being able to create things for a living. So, be it writing, or art, YES!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Of course! I’m a perfectionist and would endlessly teak things if I could. But, I’ve learned to just Let It Go…Let It Go….etc.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Probably because my mom read something while she was pregnant.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’m working on the second anthology with my Sin City Romance Writers sisters. I’ve also got book 2 of my Daring Hearts series and an unnamed paranormal romantic comedy – which is my pet project!
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Fixing the saggy middle. Actually, I’m talking about my saggy middle, the one I get when I spend too much time glued in my chair.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I attend a couple conferences each year.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Wild Rose Press had a cover designer do “Steele and Stone”, but I’ve done my own covers for my other books, as well as the anthologies with my group.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Depends on which one. Each one has its own challenges.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that “awhile” is different from “a while”.
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead
For “Steele and Stone”, I like Heather Graham.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep on keeping on.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope you like my books, and tell your friends! Please review me.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
“Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Good grief, no.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Watching people trip over things or walk on slippery surfaces. I guess that’s mean.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Walt Disney. He’s my hero. He imagined it, built it, and people showed up – and keep showing up.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
“She lived.” Because I try to experience life fully. But, I’m being cremated.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Photography, hiking, camping, exploring.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
“True Blood” was my favorite series ever, but even then there were some episodes I’d like to forget. Currently, I’m enjoying “Man in the High Castle.”
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Mexican, purple, Middle Eastern
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I was and am a professional Graphic Artist.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Amazon Authors pages