Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Posted by Saranna DeWylde
Today at Writers Gone Wild we have some very special guests. KevaD and H.C. Brown of the upcoming release Sea Games. I was lucky enough to meet KevaD in person and he's made of all kinds of awesome. So, without further ado, let's get to the tortu--I mean interview.
KevaD - First and foremost, thank you so very much for allowing us to visit, Saranna. I’m very grateful.
H.C. Brown – Yes, thank you, Saranna for having us here today.
Thanks for agreeing to stop by today! I'm excited for the new book!
What inspired you to write Sea Games with a co-author?
KevaD – HC and I both enjoy torturing the hell out of characters before we let them find happiness. Well, that and great sex, and suspense, though not necessarily in the same story. We had discussed working together on a couple of different projects in the future – one a fantasy novel, and the other an erotica concept. I had already started writing Sea Games and asked if she’d be interested in coming on board with it. She not only said ‘yes,’ but conceived the idea of a series, which became ‘Game Play.’ There are three more stories yet to come.
H.C. Brown- We are critique partners, who tell it like it is. So we both knew we could work well together without upsetting each other and to be honest this is the only way co-authoring can work. This is why we discussed co-authoring in the first instance. If I write a scene that David doesn’t agree with and vice versa we tell each other, no harm no foul. We have created a new voice. The blending of two people’s life experiences has produced a multitude of in-depth characters and creative plots.
What was the process of co-authoring like?
KevaD – Simple. As long as HC holds my favorite pair of red pumps hostage, I’m her obedient servant.
H.C. Brown – You’re not getting them back.
Did you learn anything about yourself while writing this book?
KevaD – Yes. Apparently, I like rough sex in the rain on the deck of a cruise ship. Never suspected that. When I broached the subject to my wife, she giggled at me and returned to playing Castleville on Facebook. She giggles at me a lot.
H.C. Brown – Yes. Two dominant personalities can work together without arguing . . . I think we’d do really well in the U N.
Who is your favorite character in Sea Games and why?
KevaD – Surprisingly, it’s Patrice. She has the hardest decisions and the most to win and lose in the story. I say ‘surprisingly’ because when I started this story the concept was to be a fifty-fifty atmosphere of give and take between Patrice and Brian. But Patrice’s strengths, weaknesses, and dreams took center stage for me, and Brian, who initiates the game between them, was thrust into the role of having to counter whatever the decisive Patrice threw at him.
H.C. Brown- Well, mine is Harrison, the gay bodyguard. He is a multi-faceted character. Who on the outside is strong but is vulnerable when it comes to love. I liked Harrison so much we wrote his story. Night Games is the second book in the series.
You’re an award winning journalist. What drove you to make the move to fiction?
KevaD – People pay me to tell lies. What better job is there? In truth: The world is a serious, dangerous, and scary place to live anymore. The latest technology allows us to be bombarded with news from every direction, twenty-four hours a day. My careers involved many of the dark sides of life, the people embroiled in them and the fact many of their stories didn’t end happily for the participants or their families. I want happy endings. Fiction is a way for me to become lost in stories that provide that happy ending, whether writing or reading them. I want to be absorbed in a story that transports me into the pages, makes me worry, makes my heart pound, my palms sweat, causes my mind to work overtime trying to figure out who-done-it, or just simply makes me smile and feel warm and cuddly. And that’s about as sincere an answer as anyone will get out of me.
(Saranna says: Me too!)
I’m sure everyone asks this question, but I know my readers will want to know. What is it like working in a female dominated field?
KevaD – Conventions are kind of a kick. ;-) Jeez, you’re making me get serious again. It’s tough. I’ve been on the receiving end of just about every insult and sarcastic remark that can be hurled, though generally those comments come from people who have never read my work. Let’s be honest: There are people who can’t write a postcard. But that has nothing to do with their gender, and neither does good storytelling, regardless of the genre.
H.C.Brown- I don’t think the readers care about the sex of the author. The problems usually arise from the people on groups etc who used their position to influence others. Where David is concerned, the insults and sarcastic remarks come from people who categories authors into groups. They then validate them to their own criteria, regardless of the author’s success or talent. This isn’t just sex-orientated bias, it’s across the board. If an author doesn’t fit a certain person’s ideal then they become cannon fodder.
(Saranna says: Really? Insults? How tacky. I'll smite them. David is fantastic. Great answers, both of you.)
Who are some of your auto-buy authors?
KevaD – None. No joke. One of the things I do is interview authors famous and not yet famous for a news service. To find authors I’m interested in interviewing requires me to read their work. Obviously, that means I read a lot. I’ve learned there’s a world of talent out there, and I love that “wow” moment of enjoying the writing of someone I’m not familiar with. That said, there is a handful of authors I have purchased more than one book of, yourself included. Mystery/suspense author Sam Reaves is another author I keep an eye out for to see what he has brewing. I critique HC Brown’s work, so she doesn’t count. Oh!!! I do have a copy of everything one author has ever written. Me!
H.C. Brown- Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series but I read about six books a month in many different genres. When an author takes my fancy, I usually read the author’s entire backlist. I love discovering new voices too.
Tell us what else you have in the works.
KevaD – HC and I have Night Games and Jungle Games coming out with Liquid Silver Books, as well as other stories not yet contracted. For myself, I’m currently hawking my full length mystery/suspense romance novel Hearts on a Paper Boat to agents and publishers. That one’s under my real name David Kentner, a first for me. Wish me luck. By the way, KevaD is merely Dave K backwards. Eyes to Die For, a suspense story with romance inspired from events in my own life, recently was published by Decadent Publishing. The second book in that two story series, Iron Curtain Meltdown, is due out this year sometime.
H.C. Brown- As David said above and I have a BDSM/ suspense novel “Hurt Me Good” due for release on 5 November from Dreamspinner Press. The first in a fantasy romance series of super novels, Dragonfae:The Soul Catcher on 21 January 2013 with Total-E-Bound and a Rock ‘n’ Roll, BDSM, novel Make Me, Break Me with Dreamspinner Press in March 2013. I have a paranormal romance novel, Dance to the Wolf ready for submission and I’m working on Sex Games book four of the Game Play Series, the sequel to Hurt Me Good and book two in the Dragonfae series.
Where can we get more of you? (twitter, FB, buy links, etc.)
KevaD – I can be found at Main & Walnut on Friday nights, sans red pumps…. https://twitter.com/DavidKentner http://www.facebook.com/david.kentner.3 http://www.kevad.net/ http://dakentner.blogspot.com/
H.C. Brown – http://www.hcbrown-author.com/ http://www.hcbrownauthoroferoticromance.blogspot.com.au/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/HCBrown-Author/292331631137?ref=ts&fref=tsTwitter: @HCBrownauthor Fan group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hcbrownfangroup/join
KevaD Bio: Bestselling author KevaD is in real life David “DA” Kentner, a prize-winning author and journalist who suspects the letter “Q” was created by a bored caveman outlining grapes in charcoal. That or the government’s first attempt at sex education. He lives with his wife Virginia, mostly because, well, she’s his wife, on five acres outside of Freeport, IL. A retired police chief, Army veteran, auctioneer, and antiques dealer with a college degree in something he no doubt believed important at the time, KevaD is also a former chairman of the board for the local Salvation Army where he and Virginia continue to volunteer. A starving artist, his stick figures draw no line of interest, which probably explains the starving part. He believes in the afterlife and hopes to become a ghost writer.
H.C. Brown Bio First published in 2006, H.C Brown is a multi published, best selling, award winning, author of Historical, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, BDSM, Time Travel, Action Adventure, and Contemporary Romance. In 2011 she was delighted to received nominations in three categories in the 2011 CAPA Awards. H.C writes about strong alpha males in complex settings and all her stories have happy endings. She married her childhood sweetheart and lives close to the beach in Queensland, Australia. Her interests include art, music, and reading romance.
Thanks so much, guys!
Here's more on Sea Games:
Brian Bowers is a man on a mission. Revenge weighs heavy on his mind. The need to punish the woman he once loved above all others falls into tatters the moment he sets eyes on her again. Fifteen years of walking on the fine edge between love and hate ends in an explosion of lust.
Patrice, sophisticated and wealthy, has her own agenda. She knows how to use her body to get what she wants. But Bowers knows how to play the game.
Set in a world of indulgence, Sea Games follows two hearts as they battle memories of the past. Will they win or lose a future together?
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