Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
Hello everyone! My name is Kristal Dawn Harris. I write paranormal, erotic, and contemporary. I was born and raised in a small village in Ohio. My extended family is from Eastern, Kentucky. My dad was a coal miner and my mom a medical assistant. I’ve been married for a very long time to the same wonderful husband! We have two grown children.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
Becoming an author was no easy journey for me even though writing has always been part of my life. I started with small poems, which evolved into songs. I’ve actually cut a few demos, but the music industry is expensive and hard to break into, so I ventured into writing books. I’ve always been a reader, but never considered taking my love of books further until a few years ago. My English professors in college always said things like, “Hey, you can write. Ever consider becoming an author?” I could smack myself now. I was too young and dumb to even consider the career when I should have given it more thought. Would’ve, could’ve, should’ve kind of thing! LOL
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
After several paranormal releases, I needed a break from vampires and werewolves. I’m currently working on a contemporary novel and really enjoying the change of pace. I haven’t decided if I want to take it into the erotic category or keep it cleaner. LOL Most people spend their entire life trying to get in touch with their inner child while I’m working with my inner bad girl and she seems to be dominating!
I do have an upcoming release! “Red Snowflakes,” is a vampire Christmas book that launches November 6, 2019. It should be going up for pre-order soon.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
Ugh! To be honest, I really despise research…lol. With paranormal, I create the world. I might have to study the time period or location, but that’s it. I only ventured into historical erotic because my publisher put out a call for short erotic. I admire those authors who write historical because the research is a tremendous amount of work and time consuming.
Who is a person you greatly admire and why?
As a teenager, I was very troubled. My parents divorced when I was young, and I was moved around quite a bit. Louise Campbell, my mom’s sister, is someone I greatly admire. She was a social worker for the State of Kentucky, but called herself a “baby snatcher” because she worked in the field most of her life rescuing abused children. My aunt worked full-time, took care of her own two children, and my grandmother until her death, but still found time for me. Many evenings, we sat on her front porch and she would listen to me without judgement. She offered some of the best advice I ever received from anyone and loved unconditionally. Louise Campbell is deceased now, but what I wouldn’t give for one of those chats. I wonder what she’d think about the troubled niece turning author? LOL
Please tell us your favorite holiday and why.
Because I love to give, Christmas is my favorite holiday. It’s crazy because as a child I dreaded being passed between families. Both my mother and father remarried after they divorced, so I was introduced to strangers and expected to spend holidays with them. It was uncomfortable. Maybe that’s why I’ve always wrote in some form? It was a means of escape.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you?
I wish someone would have told me to use social media wisely and limit your time. (I know it’s not writing advice, but if you don’t keep that crap under control, before you know it, you aren’t writing, but spending all your time on social media).
It sounds dumb, and I should’ve known better in today’s world, but don’t put your date of birth on anything. I’ve wasted more time than anyone should on credit fraud. Haha!
City, suburb, or small-town?
Dark chocolate, light chocolate, or white chocolate?
Alpha, beta, or both?
Wine, whiskey or punch?
Hot dogs, hamburgers, or tacos?
Boxers, briefs, or commando?
Cowboy boots, biker boots, or flip-flops?
Leather, lace, or silk?
Cake, cookies, or crumpets?
Top, bottom, or against the wall?
Biceps, abs, or buns?
Cats, dogs, or exotics?
Any last words before we say goodbye?
Thank you for the interview LoveRomanceReads! There is something peaceful writing has brought to my life. I only hope my readers find the same peace when lost in one of my books or in another author’s creation.
I know readers want to see where I write, but I do not have a dedicated office space. I used to, but found myself dragging my laptop in the living room or the bedroom or outside constantly, so I did away with it. I like to move around the house while I write!
Thief of Hearts
September 12, 2019
Lord Simon Devon is a thief, but a respected member of The Haute Ton. Cassandra Montgomery is the illegitimate daughter of the Earl of Montgomery, and a maid who has watched Simon steal for years. After the death of her father, Cassandra learns a fortune was left to her in a dowry. When a thief sets out to steal a young woman's fortune, he encounters more than his match in the fiery beauty. Will a marriage of deceit result in true love? Will Cassandra steal Simon's heart or will Simon steal hers? After one night of passion, who will be the better thief?
I've been a romance reader from my late teens until now. My mother and her friends used to keep those thick novels lying around their house (you know....the ones with Fabio on the covers). It was only natural a curious teenager would pick one up and end up hooked for life. There's something about the drama and happy endings that gets to me every single time. I currently live in Ohio with my husband of 27 years. We have two fantastic children. I finished an accounting tech degree from Miami University.