Today at Author Stalker, we have K Webster! She is a USA Bestselling author of dozens of romance books in many different genres including dark romance, taboo romance, contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. Did I say taboo romance already? She wrote some of the most intriguing and griping scenes I have read to date.
Me: Hi Kristi! Do you mind if I ask you a few questions?
K: Yeah, for sure!
Me: Congratulations on your new book, Vlad. How do you select the names of your characters?
K: Thanks! I usually hunt on those baby name sites because often it will share the meaning of the name. Other times, the name is just in my head from the start.
Me: Vlad and your other books have male point of views. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
K: Writing the opposite sex is my favorite. I actually prefer it over writing the female POV ha! In the beginning of my writing career, my husband helped me with the male POV. I’d write something so poetic and he’d be like, “A dude would never say that.” So I learned to shape their dialogue and inner thoughts based on my husband’s insider information.
Me: You have collaborated with Ker Dukey before (love Benny!). How different is co-writing a book with another author compared to writing solo? How do you make the book seamless and flow like it’s written by one author?
K: I love co-writing because it makes a very lonely job something social. When I write with Ker, she and I tend to just write until we get tired. We write all the POVs. With other authors, we each take a POV and stick with it. I tend to pick the male POV because that is my fave. Then, I’m super anal because after we’re done with the book, I carefully comb through the book to make sure the writing flows. Sentence structuring. Character voice in the other person’s chapters. Stuff like that. I’m super freaky when it comes to formatting and stuff so I make it all look neat and cohesive long before it even goes to betas or an editor. My co-writers all know I’m OCD and let me do my thing.
Me: What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
K: I’m friends with lots of authors. I feel the biggest way I become a better writer is reading. I feel like that’s part of my “training.” I can see other styles. Everyone writes so differently. I enjoy reading new stories by my author friends (and new people I don’t know as well) because it makes me strive to be a better writer. I’ll be so blown over by their talent that I try even harder the next time I write.
Me: In all of your books, what was your hardest scene to write? If given the opportunity to do it all over again, would you change anything in your books?
K: The most difficult scene was probably in a book called Crushed. The heroine had lost her baby and the depression was so real. I had to tell the story but it gutted me to do so. As far as changing anything in my books, I won’t. Not ever. I’m 100% proud of what I put out. Sometimes I itch to go to the early books and re-edit them to make them perfect, but then I realize I could spend that time writing something newer and better. Plus, the readers enjoy seeing how an author has grown and evolved, I think.
Me: How do you come up with such crazy characters? What’s your inspiration?
K: I love watching horror, psychological thrillers, documentaries on killers, and those definitely give me inspiration. I’m a huge fan of psychology and have books stacked up beside me that I’m always referring to. Often, a character flaw will kind of define the character I’m writing and it evolves from there based on that defining flaw.
Me: How do you balance making demands on the reader with taking care of the reader?
K: I go into each story with one focus (the characters and their story). I never worry about what other people will like or not like. If I let all that in, it steals from the story. I know not everyone is going to love each story, but as long as I give the characters and their tale 100% of what they’re asking of me, I know I’ll love it by the end. I’m pretty much a HEA girl, so the readers are usually happy by the end.
Me: Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
K: I actually don’t read them. I say ignorance is bliss. I’m not going to change the way I write my stories based on a review and I work extremely hard on making sure they’re well-edited/proofed. So the reviews aren’t going to help me become a better writer as some claim. I’ve read negative reviews and all it did was make me question my abilities while also taking away my drive. If I want to continue to write stories, I have to not read them and just focus on what’s ahead of me. Even reading good ones is sometimes awkward for me. Compliments make me feel weird sometimes hahaha. So I just try not to read anything that will influence me one way or another. I actually squint my eyes when I go on Goodreads to add a book so I don’t accidentally see anything that might impact my mood. I’m a wussy haha.
Me: What one thing would you give up to become a better writer? Do you have any interesting quirks or writing rituals?
K: I’m not sure that I’d give up anything. Each day is a new day. With each word and each book, I feel like I get better. I read and research and stay active in writer’s groups…I do a lot to try and get better. My weirdest writing quirk is that I won’t sit down to write if I can’t get more than an hour in. I hate being interrupted and stopping me when I’m on a writing binge. So I’d rather not write at all than have to stop an hour in while in the middle of a good scene that’s flowing. I’d rather wait until I have 4-5 hours to just write a ton.
Me: Now for some harder questions… boxers, briefs or commando?
Me: If you are going to be kidnapped by somebody, who do you prefer, Gabe or Benny and why?
K: Gabe because he’s a better lover and I know we’d be doin’ it nasty style at every turn.
Me: Beard or no beard?
K: No beard.
Me: If you can have any super powers, what would it be?
K: Shoot lasers out of my eyes. Then, when I am having road rage in the carpool line at the school, I could give everyone flat tires because they deserve it for driving stupidly.
Me: LOL! What do you want your tombstone to say?
K: She was a good person (even if she did write bad things).
Me: Can you tell us about the two new books have coming out?
K: I have a book called Pearson and it’s a taboo story that’s super hot! Then, I have my Mexican mafia book El Malo coming out after that. Both books are sexy! Pearson is an alpha male who dominates his woman…he’s almost hard to like hahaha. In El Malo, Javier is evil but has the face of an angel. It’s so easy to fall for the bad guy…my fave! I’m super excited for both of these. In May, I have some other stuff coming that I can’t wait to tell everyone about!
Me: Any last thoughts for readers?
K: Thank you for always supporting me. I write all over the board so it’s so nice when readers follow me with each book, unknowing which direction I go. It’s so awesome to have that trust that I’ll give them a great story. I sure try hard not to disappoint!
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