Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Kaylee Rose 49
Fiona: Where are you from?
I have lived in the same small beach town in Northern California my whole life
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Sports have always been a huge part of my life. Playing, coaching or simple watching. I decided to step away from coaching about 6 years ago and it changed my life drastically. My husband recognised the change in my mood and sadness I had from losing something I was fully immersed in for most of my life. He took me on a three week long road trip, starting in Disneyland, up to Yellowstone Park in Wyoming and back home. That trip brought me back to me and now we take a yearly trip because we love it so much.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
After being The Redheads Romance Readers Book Blog aka Red for the last two years, I created a new pen name, Kaylee Rose, and just released my first book on Sept 9th. For the Love of Us; Fighting to Keep Our Love Alive.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve dabbled and started multiple stories over the past five or six years. I signed up for NaNoWriMo, an organization set up to help writers get started, set goals and learn. Unfortunately I never completed those stories but they stayed with me enough to know I wanted to publish a story someday.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The day my book published. That’s when I said, “WOW, I really did this. I really am an author now.”
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
This story is very personal and it includes a lot of pieces of my relationship with my husband. The pieces I think a lot of women go through in their long term relationships and nobody talks about. There is a realism to my story that isn’t always the most sexy side of things but not everything is sexy and perfect. That’s what I wanted to show. I wanted to give a little boost to women and say, that’s normal and you’re not alone.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I really struggled with the title. Thankfully a friend said “I got it! For the Love of Us. We are both huge baseball fans as well and being so close to the movie title “For the Love of the Game” I was hooked.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
With this being my first book it’s hard to say I have a style. However looking back at the books I’ve started and even this new one I’m working on, I’d say my style is realism. Those little things that make a reader say, I relate to that or that is me.
The hardest thing about writing a romance book is the sex. End of story, sex is hard to write.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
For the Love of Us is filled with my life. Little things and big things. The storyline is fiction but and scenes are based around discussions my husband and I have had and experiences we’ve had. This is why the story is so special. Not because it’s my first book, but more because when my husband and I read it together we can say, remember when that happened? It might not be exactly like is written in the book, but then again sometimes it is. Only he and I will know the truth.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Currently I have not had to travel for my stories. It would be a good excuse to take a vacation though. I’ll have to let my husband know it’s a required author thing. We all do it.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
A wonderful author and more importantly, amazing friend designed my cover as a favour and supported me through the entire process. I hope to have his help again with this next book so I’ll stay hushed about it for now.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes. Several messages in fact. That things change in a marriage/relationship while raising kids or while earning a living. That doesn’t mean you can’t find that spark again.
Also that not every woman is sexually experienced and are rather naive. My main character has been with her husband since she was eighteen. She was only experienced with her husband and they never stepped out of their comfort zone until Callie decided she wanted more and decided to seduce her husband and try some new things.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Donna Michaels is the first author I ever reached out to after reading her books. Her hero’s are real men and her heroines are women I want to be best friends with.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Without question it is author, Zane Michaelson. Without his gentle nudges I would not have published my book.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Ok, don’t laugh. I don’t see me having any career beyond taking care of my family. Blogging and writing is fun. It makes me happy. When it’s a career it has stress and worries attached to it that I don’t want. Do I want earn money from writing? Yes. but only if it continues to be fun.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Yes, I would have trusted myself more. I made a lot of extra work for myself by changing things and then having to change them back again.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned something new every single day I worked on this book. My editor took time to teach me more about the craft behind the writing. Without her faith in my abilities and her extra attention I would have given up.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Jane Seymour, because so much of Callie is me and I would love to pretend the gorgeous Jane Seymour is me.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. That was one of my downfalls. I was so new and inexperienced I didn’t even know what questions to ask.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I hope you continue to enjoy the stories I write and thanks for supporting me.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Ashes to Ashes by Zane Michaelson
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I remember the first dirty romance book I read. Forever, by Judy Blume.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My husband makes me laugh and smile. He will do goofy things just to make me happy. I cry most for my autistic son, 26. His life isn’t easy and the world isn’t always accepting of someone who is different. They can be down right mean. I cry for him.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet Walt Disney. His drive and creativity would be something I could talk to him about for days.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
The book world pretty much is my hobby at the moment.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Anything to do with cooking. Then there’s baseball and basketball.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Favorite Food, Spaghetti. Color Red, Music County
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I don’t know. Since this is all new, I’m not in deep enough to miss it if it went away.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Playing games with my sons and husband
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
When she knew better, she did better
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
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About Kaylee Rose
Kaylee Rose lives in Northern California with her very patient husband.
Together, they have four amazing sons.
After many years spent dreaming of publishing her own romance book, she finally took the leap with her debut novel, ‘For the Love of Us: Fighting to Keep Our Love Alive’.
After searching for a way to support her favorite romance authors, Kaylee stumbled upon a Facebook blog and decided to try it for herself. In 2017, Kaylee jumped into the romance blogging world with both feet. The Redhead’s Romance Readers Facebook blog page and Red’s Erotic Bookshelf Facebook reader group was born.
This adventure has taught her many of the in’s and out’s of the indie romance book world. The most important lesson, you can’t do this alone. The friends she has made from all over the world have guided and supported her every step of the way.
When she isn’t writing, Kaylee is supporting the indie author community with her blog, and planning ways to take another vacation, probably to Disneyland.