Interview with Cobblestone Press and Wild Rose Press author Kris Eton.
1.) How did you get your start writing?
Oh, the minute the teacher put a pencil in my hand and asked me to write a story, I think I was hooked!As an adult, though, I never tried anything longer than a short story until I was in my early 30s--just a few years ago. My son was 2, and I finally felt like I had the energy to spend on something creative. I read about the NaNoWriMo and thought that sounded like a cool challenge. That was my first attempt at writing a full book. I didn't do the 50,000 words, but I had about 35,000, and I knew that I could finish the book, if I only tried. It was a very inspiring moment!
2.) Can you describe when you got that first acceptance for one of your books?
It was a short story (erotic romance), and it was my first. I'd never written one before. I sent it off after I read on a Yahoo group that this small (now closed) epub needed shorts. Four or five months later, after I was certain they'd either lost my submission or just hated it, I got an email saying that they wanted to buy it! I was shocked. Then, when I knew I could write erotic romance, I tried to write another, and that book was GOING DOWN, which became my first Cobblestone Press release.
3.) I see you write hot comtemporary, is there any other genre of romance you'd like to write?
I'm so totally wanting to write a paranormal romance right now...erotic, of course! I have SO many ideas for paranormals. It is rather crazy to me that all I've written so far have been straight contemporaries. I am in the middle of doing some worldbuilding for a werewolf series I want to write. I can hardly wait to get writing!
4.) Do you have to plot out your books ahead of time?
I started out as a complete pantster...but when I began contemplating writing the paranormal stuff, I realized that I would have to be comfortable with planning out a lot of stuff ahead of time. Mainly, the world in which my characters live. I have to figure out the 'rules' and how things work before I can write a successful story. So I think I am learning to do some plotting. Not complete and detailed, but a basic sketch.
5.) What has been your favorite book to write?
VARGAS GIRL, for sure! I just had the inspiration for that book and wrote it in a couple of weeks. I mean, it just flew out of my head and onto my computer. Plus, it has some of my favorite secondary characters ever!
6.) When is your next book coming out?
My latest book, MOONLIGHTING, just came out March 14th with The Wilder Roses at The Wild Rose Press. My next? Well, I'm in the middle of writing. I should be ready to submit it in a week or two. At least, that is what I am hoping. It is probably going to be much closer to a full-length...once again a contemporary romance. Most likely, I won't have anything new until late summer or fall.
7.) What are you currently writing?
The book I'm working on is called THE OPAL HUNTER. It's about a man who owns a failing turquoise mine in the northern desert of Nevada. In order to save his family's land, he has to find black opals, which are rumored to be on his property. But then a pretty, young IRS agent shows up on his doorstep to do an audit. Uh-oh!
8.) Who is your favorite hero in any romance book / movie?
Favorite movie romance heroes: Colin Firth in "Bridget Jones's Diary," Colin Firth in "Pride & Prejudice," Colin Firth in "Love Actually." Hmm, I sense a theme going.I also love Sawyer type characters (from Lost). Men who think they are no good and don't deserve love. Sigh....
Make sure to check out Kris Eton at http://www.kriseton.com/ for more of her great stories.
Thanks Kris for taking the time to let us know a bit more about you.