You HAVE to check out Laney's books. Her June release, Malicious Desire is ranked #1 in its subcategory on Amazon. Congratulations, Laney! And without further ado, it's the interview.
LovRRs: Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
LK: Hi! I'm moonlighting under the pen name of Laney Kaye, published in romantic suspense, contemporary romance, sci-fi romance and erotic romance. (why, yes, I do have commitment issues, why do you ask?).
LovRRs: How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
LK: As quite an adult-adult, I've had a number of careers, from museum guide to accredited Professional Counselor. Regardless of my job, I've always enjoyed writing -- scribbling massive tomes way back in the pre-computer days, when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth. (BTW, hand-written books are a pain to edit! ) Now that I run a private practice, I'm able to devote as much time as I like to my passion, and pretty much spend most of every day writing.
LovRRs: What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
LK: In mid June I released what I refer to as 'the book of my heart' - though I also write Young Adult stories I adore under my real name, so really it has a share of my heart, along with two other books. But MALICIOUS DESIRE is a very important story to me, as it features intrinsically flawed and broken characters who navigate physical and psychological conflict on a journey to empowerment. I'm currently working on (rewriting the mess that is!) the second book in the Bent, Not Broken series.
LovRRs: What is the most challenging part of writing romantic suspense?
LK: Because my romantic suspense is a bit of a mashup of suspense and psychological thriller, with stories based on true-life events and issues, they require a LOT of research for authenticity. As they are very dark tales of redemption and justice, I balance them by concurrently writing light-hearted, steamy sci-fi or contemporary romance. Yes, there are many voices in my head....
LovRRs: What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
LK: It depends on the type of book. Under my real name, I write historical and issue-driven YA, so there is a lot of reading/online research.
Under this pseudonym, though, I write across genres. The psychological bent of the romantic suspense makes use of my professional career as a Counselor.
Contemporary romances make for fun research - particularly 'The Spirit of Ohana' steamy series, which 'required' a cruise around the Hawaiian Islands! So, yay for authenticity and tax deductions!
LovRRs: Do you have any work experience involving the elements of romantic suspense (such as working in law enforcement or in the military)?
LK: My personal experience is more on the medical side of the professions often seen in romantic suspense, although I have close family (aka my brain-pickees) involved in senior-level law enforcement.
LovRRs: Random question, but what’s your favorite holiday?
LK: Absolutely favorite holiday is road-tripping with my teenage daughter (no, I'm not crazy, I swear - although her bags DO take up most of the car!) For the last five years we've used our quarterly road trip to blast music far too loud (Dolly Parton is the current go-to) and to brainstorm book titles and ideas. We generally head to tiny Australian coastal towns and settle in for a lot of bad food and good reading.
LovRRs: Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?
LK: That there is no 'right' way to write. There are so many things you'll be instructed you must (or must not) do, but many of these nuggets of advice go in and out of 'fashion', and are purely subjective. For example, consider the use of first-person pov. That's always a contentious choice, a love-or-loathe-it proposition. But first or third person actually both work equally well, if skillfully rendered. Almost everything - even including the much derided 'head-hopping' - has successfully been employed by some author at some stage. Many people will say "yes, fine, so you can do that when you're a JK Rowling". But I say go forth, young (or not-so-young) writer, and pen your own path! To hell with constraints. You do not need to know 'how' to write before you start. Just put down the story that is in your heart, write it to the best of your current ability. I promise, it'll still be sitting there, on your screen, when you learn something new. And then you'll rewrite it. And it will be better. Oh, and don't sweat it; literally no-one really knows how to comma anymore. :-)
LovRRs: Speed round! Say the first thing that comes to mind!
City, suburb, or small-town? Can we go out of the box and say country? Raised in the country, I consider even small-towns suburbia (though I do love them for a book setting, and have otherwise non-related books set in the same small-town with crossover minor characters)
Dark chocolate, light chocolate, or white chocolate? Monday dark. Tuesday light. Wednesday dark. Thurs..get the idea? Because I'm a grown up, so I refuse to choose.
Alpha, beta, or both? SOOOOOO alpha. But with brains and a sensitive side.
Hot dogs, hamburgers, or tacos? Hamburgers, because I can put salady stuff on and pretend like they're healthy.
Top, bottom, or against the wall? Yes, please.
Cats, dogs, or exotics? Cats and dogs, because I'm greedy and have a menagerie.
LovRRs: Any last words before we say goodbye?
When you read any book, please, please, please consider reviewing it! Many of us are writing in something of a vacuum - we can see by the sales figures that our books are out there, and we can assume that they're being enjoyed - but without reviews, or reader feedback, or simply a reader rating, we just don't *know*. I'm sure I'm not the only author who won't continue writing a series after the first couple of books, unless I discover readers are loving my characters as much as I do!
*Please note trigger warnings*
They think they can break her.
But if life hasn't succeeded,
how can four men?
Now she'll fight for freedom -- and revenge.
~ Terror and forbidden desire stalk the heart of the Australian Outback ~
A trip to the beach with her elementary school class turns into teacher Kayla Petrovic's worst nightmare. Abducted. Held for ransom.
For years, Kayla's believed she's nothing more than the whore of her alcoholic mother's taunts, trading her body for a roof, clothes, and money, using men's hearts to heal her emptiness. But when the kidnappers threaten her students, she'll sacrifice everything, including the last vestige of her self-respect, to save them.
Hardened army veteran, Captain Nick West, bears his own scars--not all of them visible.
He knows how to handle a world turned to shit. He'll get in, retrieve the hostages, and get out, doing little damage--except to the kidnappers. They're fair game. What he doesn't expect is the kick in the chest--worse than the recoil on a sniper's rifle--of recognizing there's something special about the woman he rescues.
But, after years of avoiding weakness, he's sure as hell not interested in her. Love is a flaw he cannot permit.
Refusing to be labeled a victim, but haunted by PTSD-induced nightmares and ashamed of her illicit desire for Nick, Kayla craves the sweet release of a blade. When a kidnapper tracks her down, hell-bent on revenge, will she find the strength to cast off the demons of her past and save not only herself, but the one man she may be able to love?
More about Laney
An award-winning YA writer and professional counselor in her 'real life', Laney loves to mess with heads by day and imaginations by night.