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Author Kimmie Easley

What inspired you to write your first book?

I knew I wanted to be a writer all the way back to nine years old. I wrote my first “novel” (a fantasy story set in a fictional land called Delphinia) on an old typewriter. I used to cut typing paper in half because I never knew how a manuscript came out looking like an actual book. Life happened. I became an unruly teenager, wife, and mother. It wasn’t until my husband encouraged me to get MY story out that I wrote my first book, Souls Set Free. It’s a fictionalized accounting of my life. After that, it was all free game. I started dabbling in the steamy genre, and life has never been the same.

What books have most influenced your life?

I’ve always been an avid reader, still am when I’m not fighting deadlines. I love everything from romance to YA, and have always been a fan of teen fantasy books. That being said, I would have to say A Wrinkle in Time is still my favorite book, as well as the book that made me want to be a writer (way back when…).

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

That’s a super hard question because there are so many amazing authors out there who freely offer guidance. I’m quick to snag up craft books or webinars, especially by Chuck Wendig, Hugh Howey, Liliana Hart, James Scott Bell, and a few more. I have a very tight circle of close, author friends. I pull inspiration and insight from each of them, not only in my writing life, but in my personal life as well.

What book are you reading now?

Your First 1000 Copies by Tim Grahl (suggested by Hugh Howey)

What are your current projects?

I just finished Bourbon St. Royalty and sent it off to my Publisher at Swoon Romance. It’s book #2 in the Jaded series, second to Gutter Princess, which will be releasing on October 19th. I’m excited to say that I’m now starting book #3, Queen of NOLA.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Balance. I’m sure that comes as no surprise. Balance is difficult for anyone, but in addition to being a wife, mother, and author – I homeschool my daughters. I’m also a fairly strict Taekwondo momma. We’re on the road five days a week. Balance has always been a challenge, even before publishing. Good thing I thrive under chaos!

Is there a particular type of scene you find harder to write? ie sex, fight, sorrow

Fortunately, I’m rather comfortable writing sorrow and pain. The majority of my works deal with difficult subject matter. Sex scenes were more of a struggle in the beginning. If I had to be honest (yes, I know… duh), I’d say it’s trying to keep the sex scenes fresh, especially in steamy/erotic romance since they hold a higher number of scenes. It can be daunting, but always comes together in the end.

You’re a hybrid author meaning you write for a publisher and write for yourself. How do you find a balance between the two?

Ah, there’s that blasted ‘b’ word again. I’m fortunate enough to work with amazing people on both sides of the publishing fence. I adore my publisher and her team. My first traditionally published book is Gutter Princess, so I don’t really have anything to compare it to, but I think I’ve hit the mentor jackpot. It’s been virtually stress free for the most part due to a positive, trusting environment.

I’ve had the pleasure of spending two writer’s retreats with you. Our last included way too much Kinky and a trip to Tallywhackers. What else do you do to unwind?

Well, I typically spend the majority of my time looking forward to our next get together – Cheers! I’m only half joking. I spend time with some amazing gals, who just happen to also be TKD moms. We call ourselves the Purple Cobras. That might give a little insight into the trouble we find ourselves in from time to time. However, my favorite time is when I spend it with my family. I’m blessed with a supportive hubby and world changing daughters. We love to travel, fish, go to martial arts tournaments, and spend as much time in Louisiana as we can. One might call us obsessed. Go Saints!

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Just an encouraging word. I know it can be a cutthroat, judgmental world out there. Remember to read and support whatever you choose. It’s because of you that we authors are able to do what we do. Hold your power close.

How can they find you?

I absolutely LOVE to connect with readers. Find me, friend me!

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