I had the pleasure of reviewing my first book by Debra about a year ago for Breathless Press and fell in love with her writing style. She also has books published through Carina Press, Entangled Publishing and Etopia Publishing.
I instantly connected with her McDougal Sisters books because their father was diagnosed with ALS and they had to watch the strongest person they knew become weak and helpless. My grandfather passed away from Lymphomia and it was hard to watch him suffer.
Debra is active on Twitter and Facebook and a lot of fun to talk to. I have gained a lot of respect for her both as a writer and person. I love that she takes time to interact with her fans.
I hope you enjoy the Q&A with her; it was a lot of fun:
Do you have a routine when you are writing? Do you have a set time you write, certain number of days a week, word count, etc?
I write every day, but not a routine. Kids and animals always interrupt! I do love to write when it’s chaotic, so the more noise and action going on in the house lets me zone out and write. Silence is overrated! Lol I also love snacking on Wasabi peas while I write. They’re hot enough I don’t pig out. I learned my lesson after finishing off a bag of peanut M&M’s one night. Oops!
I’ve heard a lot of author’s mention play lists they listen to while writing, do you listen to music while you are working or do you have to have the quiet?
I listen to music, but I’m not aware of what’s playing. Okay, I take that back. Recently while writing a proposal, I listened to I’m Glad You Came by The Wanted over and over. That song fits the mood of the book so well. But, typically, I just want the “noise”.
I’m a Twitter junkie and I’m bad about reading Twitter posts when I am supposed to be working. Do the social networking sites tempt you away from work when you are writing? Do you allow yourself time on them or do you have to stay away from them completely while working? How has social media affected your career as a writer?
Social media sights are total time sucks…I love them! I bounce on and off Twitter all day. I love talking to people, but hate promoting myself, so I’m big on conversations. It’s funny how that works though. When I released a biker series, I started getting a bunch of bikers following me. Who knew bikers had eReaders and would read my book.
Some authors like to read books in completely different genres than the one they write. What types of books do you find yourself reading? Do you think these books influence what you write?
That’s so true. I love writing contemporary, but I also love reading YA books. In fact, reading them helps me slow the romance down in my own books. That first kiss is special whether you’re 16 years old or 30 years old, and has taught me to take my time writing and let my characters enjoy each other first.
What’s your favorite genre to read? Why? Who are some of your favorite authors to read? Where is your favorite place to curl up with a good book?
My favorite is Contemporary. They’re real, and I can imagine myself in the stories. Some of my fav authors to read are Nora Roberts (of course!), Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Diana Palmer, Jeannie Watt and Linda Lael Miller.
I read every night in bed with my Kindle…my little light shining the words. I also try to squeeze reading time in during the summer when I’m sitting on the bank of our creek. I love losing hours of time hearing the water, the birds, and getting sucked into a story.
“Be careful or you’ll end up in my book!” Do your characters have traits of friends and family? Or are they completely new individuals?
I’m sure I have family and friends who have spotted similarities. I write what I know, so personalities pop up in characters all the time. My family has started to look sideways at my hubs lately, because he’s my hero…and a lot of my book’s heroes start to take on little habits of his.
Are you a full time writer or do you have to make time to write? Is it difficult to juggle working, writing and family life?
I’m a full time writer. Between juggling farm chores, kids, homeschooling, and family time it’s nice to tell everyone I’m writing and sneak away to stare at the computer.Lightning round!Favorite color? Pink Favorite beverage? Water
Favorite Food? Shrimp
Favorite animal or pet? Hogs
Sweet snacks or salty? Salty
Morning person or night owl? Night owl Mac or PC? PC
TV, Radio or Nothing when you are writing? Radio
And because you’re a romance author: Sweet or smutty? Both!
Five Ways You Fuel Your Creativity
I’m a huge people watcher. I love creating stories for perfect strangers I see everywhere.
Reading, watching tv and movies. Sometimes a personality jumps out and gives you an idea.
Playing tennis. I think the adrenaline gives me more brain power.
Cooking helps motivate me. It’s such a routine chore for me that I can slip into my imagination while I make dinner.
Twitter gives me lots of unique people to view, and stories that spark inspiration.
Five Fun Facts About You, the Person
Met my husband on a blind date when I was 19 & married him. Still married!
I haven’t worked an evil day job since I was 20 years old
I’ve played tennis since I was 6 years old
I hate ketchup, but love tomatoes
Thank you so much for having me here today! Remember, if Rodeo Rebel reaches the top 100 by August 8th, I’m giving away a pair of cowgirl boots and a cowgirl hat. No purchase necessary! All the details are here http://www.debrakayn.com/2012/07/contest-if-rodeo-rebel-makes-it-to-top.html
When widower and land baron Cole Reardon acquired the Turner Grain Corporation, he didn’t know the company sponsored a bull rider. He refuses to support thrill-seekers dumb enough to get on the back of a crazed animal. He’s not willing to risk his fortune and livelihood when he has his daughter’s well-being to consider. Not even when the bull rider is the sexiest woman he’s ever seen.
Bull rider Florentine McDougal plans to turn pro after the season championship, fulfilling her lifelong dream of succeeding in a man’s world. That is, until Cole Reardon shows up and threatens to break his sponsorship contract with her. Now everything she’s worked for is less than eight seconds away from being destroyed.
Cole distracts Florentine with his sexy mouth and unreasonable demands, and he’s not going to compromise his integrity. But she’s not going to let him loose until she has pro status. And neither will come away from this dust-up unscathed.
Multi-published Romance Author, Debra Kayn, lives with her family in the beautiful coastal mountains of Oregon on a hobby farm. During the summer, she enjoys riding motorcycles, gardening, playing tennis, and fishing. During the winter, you’ll find her outside playing in the snow. A cold weather nut, she lives for the days she’s snowbound and fighting with the woodstove to keep the house warm when the power goes out. A huge animal lover, she always has a dog under her desk when she writes and chickens standing at the front door looking for a treat. She’s famous in her family for teaching a 270 lb pig named Harley to jog with her every morning.
Her love of family ties and laughter makes her a natural to write heartwarming contemporary stories to the delight of her readers. As someone who met her husband on a blind date when she was nineteen years old, she’s a believer of love at first sight and happily ever after.