Help me welcome Kayla Perrin, long time friend. So, Kayla I finally got you here. I had to drag her all the way from Canada.

Kayla is smiling at you, just so you know.


So, Kayla, what was your first published book and to whom did you sell it?


The first book I published was called AGAIN, MY LOVE and it was published by Genesis Press in 1998. That book was just re-released in 2008, so it’s been given a second life!

How many books did you write before selling one?

Well, this is an interesting question. I’ve been writing fairly consistently since I could hold a pencil, and sent my first book to a publisher when I was thirteen. It was a children’s book—not a romance. Then there were the numerous partly started but not finished books. These I all wrote as a teenager. So other than my illustrated children’s fiction, I had written one complete romance novel before I sold my first novel. And that complete romance novel was not the one I submitted (thank God!). Though I’d had children’s fiction rejected, I sold the first romance novel I submitted—which was AGAIN, MY LOVE.

I always thought you were an over-night success. How many books have you published?

I now have 33 books published—this includes 7 novellas—I think!

What themes go through your books?

One of the themes I’ve explored often is “keeping secrets”. How secrets never truly remain secret, and have a way of coming back to throw my characters’ lives into turmoil. I also enjoy writing about the jilted woman who comes into her own and gets a second (or third, or fourth) chance at love. This is such a reality today. Sometimes, we have to kiss many frogs before finding that Mr. Right.

How would you best describe your books?


Hmmm…. I’d say they are romantic and suspenseful. I love incorporating suspense into my work. Or, they are romantic and funny. And some are erotic. I’m a Gemini—something you know all about!—and it’s hard to get me to stick to just one thing. So, I can’t write in just one genre. I like to jump around. That’s why I can’t describe my books as just one thing. I will say, though, that people always tell me I write a fast and compelling read—no matter the genre. That makes me proud, because I love books that you get so absorbed in, you can’t stop reading until they’re finished.

How did you write with kids and deadlines? (Kayla has a beautiful and precocious daughter who is all girl!)


I can’t reveal all my secrets… Ha ha. Well, to tell the truth, I don’t know how. Sometimes, it’s excruciatingly hard. But I have to. I have deadlines, and that means no choice. I get less sleep these days than I’d like—that’s not good, but something’s gotta give.

Which other jobs have you had?

Being true to my Gemini nature, I’ve had several jobs. I’ve been an actress, a waitress, a film editor, a teacher, a customer service rep, a jail guard at a local police station (I kept watch over the prisoners while all the officers were out on the road). Oh, and how can I forget being a film extra? Those days were . . . well, let’s just say “fun.” Not always—but they were always interesting, and being an extra was a great way to make cash while working on my writing.

What do you love most about writing and do you not like?


First and foremost, I believe I was put on the planet to write. It’s what I’ve enjoyed doing since a very young age. So I love the fact that I actually get to do this for a living. It’s a dream come true. I also love the freedom of writing. I literally can write anywhere in the world. I love being able to travel when I want, and not having to ask for time off from work. What I don’t like—sometimes, having all the time in the world to write becomes a curse. Because you literally believe you have all the time in the world . . . so time passes you by, and then you realize that you’re so close to a deadline and you’re up the proverbial creek without a paddle. It doesn’t help if you’re a procrastinator! But, I’ve always done my best work under pressure. Writing is best for me that way. While writing a book is a hell of a lot longer than a college paper, I still get that burst of adrenaline with a deadline approaching. I wish I could change my pattern, but I’m pretty much stuck in it. A few weeks ago, when I was in deadline hell, I reminded myself that I have the best job in the world, that my worst day is better than any other day at another job—and that really made me smile. Because it’s true. And I was able to go back to the computer with a renewed sense of purpose.

What are you writing now?


Right now, I’m working on a suspense novel for St. Martin’s Press called SPRING BREAK. It’s the story about a group of college kids who head to a Caribbean island for Spring Break, and a girl goes missing. Sound a little familiar? Yes, I took the basic premise from the Natalee Holloway story—and many others where tourists have gone missing—but of course my story has its own twists and nothing is as it seems.

What would you write if you could do write anything you wanted to write?

Well, that’s easy! I’d write the next Da Vinci Code, or the next Harry Potter. Then I could retire on a Caribbean island. Heck—I could buy the island!

Seriously, though—I’m pretty much writing what I want to write. Suspense, romance, mom lit, mainstream fiction, erotica. I wouldn’t mind doing a paranormal about a psychic—but I won’t be doing any stories about vampires or werewolves.

Then again—never say never.

Why do you write?

I write because since I was a young child, there were always stories in my head. I love creating. I didn’t know until I was twelve that people got paid to write books—but when I learned that, I realized that being a published author was my destiny. At least, I hoped I could make it my destiny. Being a published, full-time author truly is a dream come true for me.

How do you write?


Ha ha ha. Is that a trick question? What have you heard? Oh, boy—now this is a tough question. I am such a panster, that there is no true method. I sit down and write, hoping my stories will come to me. It’s the only way I know how.

I do start with an idea. From there, I try to map out my story as I go. Just thinking of writing detailed plots has me breaking out in a cold sweat.

Do you write what you know?


Of course. All the hot sex in my books—I’ve tried it all! Just kidding! Truthfully, I do write what I know—at least some of what I know. Have I been jilted? Yes. Do I know football? My brother and two cousins played professionally. So, writing about the football hero is a natural fit for me. Am I a single mother? Yes. So writing my SINGLE MAMA series has been another area I know, even if I’m nothing like my heroine, who still has a lot of growing up to do.

What’s next for you?


In the fall, my erotic thriller was released by SPICE. OBSESSION is continuing to get great reader responses! My latest release is SINGLE MAMA’S GOT MORE DRAMA, a January release from Mira Books. It’s the sequel to SINGLE MAMA DRAMA, which came out in 2008. Readers need to read the books in order, as book 1 ended with a cliffhanger. The third book in this series is called SINGLE MAMA’S STILL GOT DRAMA. Stay tuned for a release date!

In the meantime, readers can check out the video trailers for both books on Youtube.

SINGLE MAMA DRAMA:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mS88pLJe20

My website is www.kaylaperrin.com.

15 comments

  1. Liz Jasper // February 9, 2009 at 9:48 PM  

    Kayla,
    After reading your interview, I think I'm secretly a gemini. : ) Off to check out your books--I, too, like fast reads and these sound like fun.
    Cheers,
    Liz

  2. Mary Marvella // February 9, 2009 at 11:30 PM  

    Liz, Kayla and are both Gemini girls.

  3. Arkansas Cyndi // February 9, 2009 at 11:38 PM  

    Great interview ladies. I'm following Liz to the Kayla Perrin aisle at BN!

  4. Scarlet Pumpernickel // February 9, 2009 at 11:59 PM  

    Another great interview! MM, I don't know how you do it! Just kidding, really I do! MM is the epitome of Southern Belle and no one can say no to her!

    Kayla, wonderful to have you visit the Fuzzies! Enjoyed meeting you in Atlanta for Nationals a few years ago! MM and I were roomies for that one. Your story is very inspirational and inspiring. Tell us how you set the mood to write? How do you get the words flowing? Any special tips you could give us? Again, thanks for visiting the Fuzzies!

    Scarlet

  5. Edie // February 10, 2009 at 12:11 AM  

    Terrific interview! I'm a pantser too. Thinking of plotting makes me shudder.

  6. Cyrano // February 10, 2009 at 1:11 PM  

    Kayla,
    I'm a panster too. I also break out in a cold sweat when I try and plot, but the chilly perspiration is usually followed by thundering heart palpatations (As you can see, I'm also a horrible speller. I don't think I spelled that word right)
    As I write, the story comes to me. I like that alot because I'm surprised by the direction, but it's also hard because sometimes you write yourself into a dead end.
    Thanks so much for the interview!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Tamara

  7. Mary Marvella // February 10, 2009 at 2:04 PM  

    Tamara knows how much plotting I do. (VERY LITTLE) I have an idea or a character or a "what if?".

    I write a few pages of "stuff" about the characters and then jump in. I usually have an idea where I think I want to go or at least end. Then the characters take over.

  8. Mona Risk // February 10, 2009 at 2:45 PM  

    Kayla, waht a great interview. 32 books. WOW, I don't think I'll ever reach half that number. I love your book covers by the way.

  9. Pamela Varnado // February 10, 2009 at 2:58 PM  

    Wow, Kayla. You're one busy lady. I'm impressed. Unlike you, I have to plot everything out. If I just sat down at my computer and wrote nothing would find it way onto the screen. Therefore, I really admire those with the natural ability to JUST WRITE. I've read most of your books but will have to check out the Single Mama series. Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us.

  10. Judy // February 10, 2009 at 3:27 PM  

    I loved reading about you and your Single Mama series. Congratulations! It's always inspiring to hear of someone's success and I love the fact that you're a pantser. Me, too!

  11. Barbara Monajem // February 10, 2009 at 5:11 PM  

    Heh. Another pantser here, raising her hand to wipe off the sweat. Fun interview! Thanks...

  12. Mary Ricksen // February 10, 2009 at 7:36 PM  

    I loved this blog, what fun, and Kayla I love that you are a panster.

    Thank so much for doing our blog today. A great interview by a very special person. Thirty two books, wow!

  13. Kayla Perrin // February 10, 2009 at 10:01 PM  

    Hi, Ladies!

    I've enjoyed reading your comments. I hope those of you who look for my books will enjoy them!

    How do I set the mood to write? Good question! These days, I like to sit in front of the TV with my laptop, put on a movie I've seen a million times, and get to work. This sort of tricks me into thinking, "No pressure...I'm watching a movie!" But because it's one I've seen a lot, I don't have to pay a ton of attention, but when I need a quick mental break I can tune in for a bit. Otherwise, I'll take some music and my laptop to Starbucks and listen to music while I write--again, the music keeps me from feeling like the pressure is on. I'm incredibly productive when I go out and do that.

    Mary, I love playing "What if?" It's the best writer's game!

    Kayla

  14. Mary Marvella // February 10, 2009 at 10:10 PM  

    Sometimes "What if?" is the only way to get my brain moving.

  15. Nightingale // February 12, 2009 at 1:49 PM  

    I'm a Capricorn but I always write while I watch the movie in my head. Sometimes, I throw away pages getting to know the character and the plot, but contrary to my horoscope I'm not a plotter and planner. Books on TBR list Kayla!