Saturday, 25 April 2015

Interview: Jody Holford and Kara Leigh Miller

He’s fighting to forget his past while she struggles to remember hers… 
Doctor Josh Parker lives with guilt about his wife’s death every day. 
He believes himself incapable of ever loving again, but when a mysterious woman arrives in the Emergency Room, brutally beaten and left for dead, he starts to feel something he hasn’t felt in far too long: hope. 
Alessandra Matthews has no memory of the events that led to her being hospitalized. Worse, she has no idea who hurt her or why. Although she’s uncertain of who she is, she is fully aware of one thing—she’s falling for her doctor. 
Sometimes, what you don’t know can kill you… 
As Josh and Alessa work to solve the mystery surrounding her past, she soon realizes just how much danger she’s really in, but Josh refuses to let her face the darkness of her memories alone. With each of them struggling to put their pasts behind them, theirs is a DANGEROUS LOVE.  

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About the Authors:

Kara Leigh Miller

Kara Leigh Miller

Kara lives in Upstate New York with her husband, three kids, three dogs, and three cats. When she's not busy writing romance novels that leave readers swooning, she's spending time with her family or attending one of her many writers groups. An active member of The Romance Writers of America and the CNY Writers Haven, Kara is also Managing Editor for Anaiah Press' Surge and Romance Imprints. She absolutely loves to hear from her fans and fellow authors, so feel free to drop her a line anytime! 

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Jody Holford

Jody Holford

Jody lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters. She is a fan of Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis, Rachel Gibson, and Rainbow Rowell. In reading and writing, she likes characters who are flawed, but driven toward the pursuit of love and happiness. In November 2013, she published A Not So Lonely Christmas with Foreward Literary. In December 2014, she published Forever Christmas through Kindle Direct. 

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What have you had published?
JODY:I have self-published a Christmas novella and a Christmas Anthology. One of my short stories was published in another Christmas Anthology by Fuse Literary. Kara and I have Dangerous Love out next month and Jaded Love following later this year. I also have a children’s book, Sweet Dream Sisters, coming out in January 2016.

KARA: I’ve had some steamier contemporary romances published with various small presses, but am actively moving away from that sub-genre. I’ve had a New Adult book, Death of a Waterfall, published two years ago. Of course, there’s this book, Dangerous Love :) Jody and I have a sequel planned, which will be released later this year. I’m now agented as well, so I’m working on a book for my agent, Dawn Dowdle.

What genre(s) of book do you write?
JODY:I write contemporary romance for the most part but sometimes I feel like there are elements of women’s fiction in there too. I need the happily ever after of contemporary and I love the dual point of view. But I also love the internal struggle and journey that we see in books like The Witness or Fangirl. I like a little suspense too. And I write children’s books.

KARA: I’m a contemporary romance girl at heart. Everything I’ve written thus far has been in this sub-genre, but I’m hoping to branch out this year. Maybe write a thriller or get one of my young adult novels published.

What inspired you to write your first book?
JODY:Getting signed by my first agent. She had signed me for my children’s books and I was so eager to show her my versatility, I wrote a novel. We ended up parting ways since...she signed me for children’s books. But it was a great push forward and it opened my eyes to what I wanted to do as a writer.

KARA: Wow. It feels like ages ago since I’ve written my first book. lol. I’d always had the idea for two characters in my mind: young, teenaged kids who were high on life and low on experience. I wrote one version of the book that was just super fun. I knew it would never see the light of day, but it helped me get started and put me on the path to learning how to write a book that would actually sell.

How long did it take you to write “Dangerous Love”?
JODY:Yes, I think it was four or five months. I don’t know that it takes less time-- I tend to write very quickly and I think Kara does too but what I’ve noticed is that the work we do together ends up being more polished than the work I do alone. We’re constantly reading over each others work so that we know what’s happened and where to pick up and that means there’s a lot of editing along the way.

KARA: Four or five months, I think? Writing a book with another person takes a lot less time than writing it all by yourself. lol.

What is the working title of your next book(s)?
JODY:With Kara, Jaded Love. On my own, Caught Looking.

KARA: As Jody said, together we’re working on Jaded Love, which is a spinoff from Dangerous Love. We’re also possibly considering a third book, Broken Love. I’m also working on another co-author project (with a different author) that’s a YA thriller entitled Warped Remains. And I have a series of new adult books with the first one being titled, Tempting Tanner.

When and why did you begin writing?
JODY:I wrote a poem when I was 11 years old and I brought it home to show my older brother. He liked it and asked me to write another copy for him to have. And since he was 8 years older and I thought he was so cool, I gave him a copy and in some way, I’ve been writing ever since.

KARA: I’d always dabbled in writing as a teen, but never pursued it all that seriously. As a stay at home mom, when my youngest finally started school, I found I had a LOT of time on my hands during the days and needed a creative way to spend my time. So, I began writing again.

Do you self publish your books or go through an agency?
JODY:I have self-published. I have been part of an anthology published through an agency. I have four books (3 with Kara) coming from Anaiah Press. My next step, hopefully, is finding an agent to work with, long term. This journey is better with someone at your side.

KARA: Right now, all of my books are published via small press, but I’m hoping in the near future to get a traditional publishing deal with one of the Big 5.

What part of writing books do you find the hardest?
JODY:Conveying the right emotion with the character’s actions and words is very hard.

KARA: I have to agree with Jody and say character emotions. I have a really bad habit of taking the emotions to the extreme. They’re either too flat or too dramatic. lol. It’s hard, in my opinion, to find that happy medium and keep it consistent throughout the book.

What do you do in your spare time?
JODY: Obsess about writing. :) I spend time with my family, watch TV. I work full time so between that, my family, and writing, it can make the days go fast. I like to cook and go for walks. I like to read. I like to do all things at once cause I get restless if I’ve got nothing going on.

KARA: Read. A lot. I’m also an editor at Anaiah Press, so that takes up a lot of my non-writing time. I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the movies with friends, and walking with my two pitbulls.

Who is your favourite author?
JODY: It’s too hard to just say one. Rainbow Rowell, Nora Roberts, Sophie Kinsella, Rachel Gibson. Jill Shalvis, John Green.

KARA: Ryan Winfield, Stephenie Meyer, Stephen King, Lora Leigh. If I’m being 100% honest here, I’m not sure I have a “favorite author” so much as I have favorite books by certain authors. I mean, I absolutely love Ryan Winfield, but I don’t love everything he’s ever written, if that makes sense.

What’s your favourite genre to read?
JODY: Contemporary romance with some suspense.

KARA: Young adult books with strong romance. I also love romantic suspense and any book that can bring me to tears. Those are the best ones.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
JODY: Get to know other writers: they are your saving grace and, often, your life line. It’s not easy to continually put yourself out there. You can fall into a pattern of feeling almost good enough and some days it is hard to keep going. Your writing friends, and your personal support network, will help you continue. Keep writing. Trust others but also trust yourself. You don’t have to listen to every piece of advice but if you’re hearing common themes, think about how you can strengthen those areas.

KARA: Write for yourself and no one else. I know, it’s every writer’s dream to write the next bestseller that results in multiple movies and crazy amounts of merchandise, but if YOU don’t love your book with every fiber of your being, no one else will either. Write what you want write. Tell the story that is consuming your mind and heart. Don’t worry about trends or what other authors have done. Be true to you and your story. The emotion and excitement will shine through on the page, and that’s what makes a story great. 

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