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Erotic Romance Superstar Author: Q and A with Kathy Kulig #amwriting #amreading

Bestselling author, Kathy Kulig
Bestselling author, Kathy Kulig

Kathy Kulig is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author of erotic romance whose works include paranormal, contemporary, BDSM and suspense. Her books are passionate and emotionally-charged, sometimes with a little added humor, but there’s always a steamy romance and a happy ending.

Kathy Kulig speaking at a book festival
Kathy Kulig speaking at a book festival

She’s been featured or quoted in the Chicago Tribune, Writer’s Digest, Romantic Times Magazine, USA Today HEA, Florida Weekly, Bustle Magazine, The Examiner, and several radio shows. She has spoken at national and local conferences, writer’s groups and libraries. She teaches workshops on various writing related topics at conferences, writers groups and online.

51D2ohOgXdL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Kathy has published in both fiction and non-fiction. More than three dozen of her articles have appeared in magazines, newspapers and various on-line venues. Her recent non-fiction book Write to Success, co-authored with seven other authors, has hit bestseller rankings in its category.

Besides her career in writing, she has worked as a cytotechnologist, research scientist, dive master and stringer for a newspaper.

41mX+OjZrpL._SX316_BO1,204,203,200_LP: You are a bestselling author of erotic paranormal romance. Tell us about your writing – how did you get into the erotic genre?

Kathy Kulig:  I’ve always written on the steamy side in both paranormal and contemporary romance. In 2004, an author/editor who was a member of our writer’s group was putting together an anthology of erotic novellas. I pitched a story to her and she said to send it to her. I hadn’t even written it yet! So I wrote like the wind and made the deadline. She accepted it. And that story became my first published work of fiction to a small print press. It’s out of print now.

LP: Ever since Fifty Shades of Grey came out erotica has really taken off – or rather it has become more “mainstream” and attracted a lot more readers – as an author of erotic romance – who’s been writing for years – what do you make of this phenom?

Kathy Kulig: I think it’s great that Fifty Shades of Grey opened up the genre to readers who may not have otherwise tried it out. Although there are many talented authors who had already been publishing erotic fiction for decades, the Fifty Shades books struck a chord with a demographic of readers who are now reading these authors. That’s a win-win.

Kathy Kulig pushes the envelope
Kathy Kulig pushes the envelope

LP: What do you love about writing erotic romance? And in your case – paranormal erotic romance.

Kathy Kulig: I love the depth of edginess and emotion found in erotic romance, and the ability to explore a variety of kink and alternative relationships. These stories can add another element of hotness to the conflict and relationship among the characters not always seen in sweeter romances. I’ve been a long-time fan of the paranormal. I started reading them at a young age—ghosts, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, alternative universes, ESP and more. Add in a heroine you can root for and a sexy hero you can swoon over and what’s not to love?

LP: You are both traditionally published and self-published. What are the pros and cons of self-publishing versus traditional publishing?

Kathy Kulig: I learned a lot while working with a traditional publisher and editor, art department, etc. It’s a great way to learn about the business, and my editors have helped me become a better writer. The downside is you don’t always have a say about book titles, covers or release schedule. And you must work within a contract. It’s important authors know what they’re signing. If they don’t understand the clauses in contracts, hire an expert. Publishers put out a lot of their own money so they must protect their investment too. The pros of indie publishing are writing what you want with full control of your publishing business including titles, series, covers, editing and release schedule. But cost is all out of pocket.

411NtB-hSGL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_LP: You have a science background – tell us about that and how does it influence or inspire your writing?

Kathy Kulig: Yes, science has influenced my writing. Some of my characters have scientific careers. Some stories have scientific backgrounds. While researching a vampire book that has not yet been published, I visited an IVF lab. Quite impressive! I had to don a full isolation suit which took several stages to put on. Similar to the hazmat suit worn in the movie Outbreak. I also used a microscope that floats on liquid nitrogen and practiced artificially joining egg and sperm. (Sheep’s eggs). In my book a lab does research on a captured vampire. The heroine helps him escape.

LP: What is the most effective thing you do or have done on the marketing/promotion front that has worked for you in terms of building readership?

51pDQSjLeQL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Kathy Kulig: I was fortunate enough to be invited in a multi-authored erotic box set titled Spice Box in 2014. My romantic suspense book RED TAPE was included in the set. We did an enormous amount of promotion, ads, FB parties, contests, blog tours, newsletters mailings, etc. We also had a number of headline authors with huge fan bases. The group worked hard together and we sold over 56,000 copies in one week, hit the NY Times at #6 and USA Today at #13.

Kathy's Home (Kathy with her DH)
Kathy’s Home (Kathy with her DH)

LP: You live in a 100 year old Victorian home, which sounds absolutely lovely. And your bio on your website mentions that your garage is constructed from rejected gravestones? WOW! Tell us about that.

Kathy Kulig: Old houses come with lots of charm and

The spooky garage
The spooky garage

renovations. I love this old place. Hubby and I have spent the last 15 years remodeling it and it still needs lots of care. We live near an old cemetery. Some Civil War vets are buried there. And yes, the garage was built in the 1930s or 40s out of reject tombstones, or the extra pieces of stones not used. There are a few that have letters carved or holes drilled for where the headstone would’ve gone. It makes for a sturdy structure.

LP: You’re a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. What are 3 KEY THINGS that newbie authors or authors who haven’t “broken through” should do to boost their career?

Kathy Kulig: Don’t do what I did. LOL. I jumped around in various subgenres because editors and agents said they were looking for a particular genre, then they weren’t interested in a certain genre so I wrote something different. Besides that, I didn’t know where my strength was. I enjoyed reading and writing different things. If you’re starting out, stick to one thing, make a series of several books, at least 4, 5, 6 or more. Another thing is learn your craft and keep learning no matter how many books you have. I learned that from a NY Times author who published over 100 books and still takes writing classes. I recommend a screenwriting course. Many local colleges offer them. I took one at a local community college and it was a huge help with plotting. And the last thing would be persistence. Don’t get discouraged when you feel everyone is more successful than you. Run your own race, set your own goals and don’t give up.

515CRpEFXHL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_LP: Tell us about an up-and-coming author YOU like and why?

Kathy Kulig: I met Rose C. Carole at a writer’s conference. Her first book just came out. Catering to His Needs. It’s an erotic and fun read. She knows how to write BDSM with heart. Rose is an excellent writer and has been writing for a long time. She’s also a really nice person. I can highly recommend her book and future ones. (Contact Rose C. Carole via her website or on facebook).

LP: Out of all of your 20 plus books – which book(s) seems to resonate the most with your readers and why?

desertofthedamned Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000030_00049]Kathy Kulig: That’s a tough one. I’ve probably had more reviews on my shapeshifter book, Desert of the Damned, but my most enthusiastic comments are probably for His Lost Mate. They love the mix of romance and the supernatural and many want to visit the sultry rain forest and ancient ruins. They also enjoy the steamy sex scenes and suspense.

51FpB6ogLtL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_LP: What can we look forward to from Kathy Kulig? What do you have coming up?

Kathy Kulig: I have a number of projects I’m working on. I’ll be releasing a three-book series within a couple months and would like to continue on with other books in that series. I’m also half way finished with the third book in my romantic suspense FLC Case Files series. I have other projects in mind too.

LP: Bonus Question: Define a sexy woman? Define a sexy man?

Kathy Kulig: Love this question! I think a sexy woman is one who’s confident and adventurous, has a strong sense of who she is and what she wants. She doesn’t have to be beautiful or have the perfect body, but she feels beautiful inside and out. Because of that men find her attractive and charismatic. A sexy man has that certain sparkle in his eyes. Charismatic, confident, and strong, but not arrogant. He’s dependable and takes care of himself and those he loves. Hot bod helps, but I know men who have plenty of flaws who are sexy as hell, as well as hunky guys who are jerks with way too many red flags.

Thanks so much for having me as your guest!

Thank you Kathy!

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DEAL OF THE WEEK: UNDERCOVER SEDUCTION by Alexis D. Craig #amreading #erotica #sexycops

UNDERCOVER SEDUCTIONOur Deal of the Week is sultry erotica anthology: UNDERCOVER SEDUCTION byAlexis D. Craig.

You can purchase it right here at Lachesis Publishing for only .99 cents. You can also get it for just .75 cents at amazon, and you can buy it at Barnes and Noble and Kobo.

What it’s About:

There’s a hot, new voice in erotic fiction and she is Alexis Craig.

In this first installment of her brand new Sensual Encounters series—Alexis brings us Undercover Seduction, an anthology about the sensual encounters of men and women in blue.

They may serve and protect, but these gorgeous cops, sultry detectives, and hunky SWAT officers also get down and dirty.

Undercover Seduction explores the steamier side of life in six, super-sexy stories: an enticing seduction after a long, hard day at work; a delectable, after-hours interlude in a bake shop; a dream encounter that becomes oh-so-very real; a rousing chess match that turns into an arousing ménage-a-trois; a rainy night and a lusty, late-night house call; a steamy, one-night stand that goes all weekend long.

You have the right to remain aroused . . . until the next Sensual Encounters.

You can get ALL of Alexis D. Craig‘s books right here at Lachesis Publishing or on amazon, kobo, and Barnes and Noble

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What Inspires Your Writing? by Alexis D. Craig (romantic suspense and erotica author)

Give Me Shelter COVEROur guest blog today is from Lachesis author Alexis D. Craig. Alexis writes sultry and funny contemporary romances (Give Me Shelter and Imminent Danger) featuring the brave men and women in law enforcement.  She also writes super hot erotica featuring sexy cops (Undercover Seduction). By day Alexis is a police dispatcher so she knows her cops!

Our ongoing topic is: what inspires your writing? Take it away Alexis . . .

Inspiration for me is one of those weird nebulous creatures that dances around the edge of your vision, just out of sight for the most part. I see it clearly, occasionally, but it’s fairly ephemeral.

Due to its scarcity, I try to make sure I’m ready to pounce when it deigns to appear. I have a voice recorder on my phone that I use for my notes, also have a sticky note feature for the same thing, for trains of thought with fewer cars.

I’m always writing down snippets of conversations, scene settings, finding a way to translate the world as I move through it into words, down to the smallest detail.

I work in a police department, which is a microcosm of the strange on a good day. You see and hear things that have very little (or deeply appalling, depending) context, and as writer, sometimes you’re moved to record them. I find the conversations to be the best, especially in tiny still frames.

Overheard in a restaurant, a little local joint while on break during radio training:

“He’s dumb as dirt.”

“And hair and rocks!”

“And dirty hair full of rocks!”

This one was on the scene of an assault where the victim was . . . surprisingly dramatic, given the circumstances.  “You have no street cred. You got stabbed in the ankle by a 12-year-old boy who fled the scene with a girl on a bike.”

From my years in police dispatch: “It makes me wonder if English is his third language, after Stupid and Dumb.”

This one is filed under: There’s a reason I refer to my officers as my ‘heavily armed six-year-olds’: “If you’re gonna go all slicey-dicey on somebody, then yeah, it’s a good knife.”

Last one submitted entirely sans context: “It’s a good thing you’re not monkeys. Otherwise you’d be flinging poo at yourselves.”

Just let that last image settle in your brain for a minute. How could you not want to write the story that goes with that?

It’s not limited to phrases. I find the smallest things in life can tell the largest portion of the story. A watch, a necklace, a tie, a scar, it doesn’t matter to me because they all have a story behind them, big and small, that when woven together, provide the whole cloth of a person, or in my case a character.

Once Inspiration graces me with its company, I try to keep it as long as possible, tethering it with an obscenely expansive music playlist and profound aversion to sleep. The idea is to ride the train for as long as possible with the fewest stops as possible. It doesn’t have to be smooth, for me, it just has to go somewhere and the journey is just as interesting as the destination.

The music is different depending on the scene I’m setting, obviously. In my head I’m using the sound like a John Williams score, only I’m nowhere near as cool and I’m usually in my jammies. As a synesthete (someone for whom music is a visual experience in addition to sound, in my case, there are several types), I tend to marry the melody and lyrics to brushstrokes of color that I’m using to move the picture in my head onto paper as words. To that end, I have a playlist for EVERYTHING.

My ‘Sexxoring’ playlist is used for the more sensual sex scenes, more loving and less aggressive. Song selections include “Don’t Look Any Further” by Dennis Edwards, “Yellow Moon” by the Neville Brothers, “Lover You Should Have Come Over” by Jeff Buckley, “Only Love” by Ben Howard, etc. It’s like seven hours long.

As a contrast, when I want to write a more intense sex scene, I have my ‘Up Against The Wall’ list. This is more of a NIN (“Closer”), Stone Temple Pilots (“Sex Type Thing”), Concrete Blonde (“Everybody Knows”), Chris Isaak (“Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing”), and Rob Thomas (“Lonely No More”), among others. I spend a fair amount of time layering and ordering them just so in preparation for when I do write. I need to trust the necessary emotions and colors evoked stay at the optimal levels.

Fight scenes have a ‘Badassery’ playlist, emotionally fraught scenes are accompanied by ‘Sad Bastard Music’. It’s so integral to my process that I tend to take it for granted, at least, until my laptop battery dies. It’s the one thing that feeds inspiration completely in my head, and without sound, there is blankness.

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