Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
Hi, everyone! I’m Eve Kincaid. I’m from Northern California and I write romantic suspense and contemporary romance. I’m a co-creator of the Lost Coast Harbor series with Lily Danes. Lost Coast Harbor is six steamy, noir-inspired, small-town romances set on the rugged Northern California coast. It’s like Virgin River, if everyone was corrupt. I used to be a lawyer, but I figured out that fictional crimes are more fun than the real deal, so most of my books involve some sort of mystery or deception.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I’ve been writing as long as I can remember, but only got brave enough to share my work and get feedback about ten years ago. Joining an online romance writing community and making friends with other writers was the best thing I did to improve my skills. I wrote five mystery novels and two short stories under a different name (Ellie Ashe—come find me if you like humorous, light mysteries with a bit of romance). And discovering Romancelandia also led to meeting my friend and co-creater Lily Danes. Then too many margaritas led us to writing a six-book series!
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
I’m working on a new solo series that is still in the early stages, but I’m really excited about it. My most recent Lost Coast Harbor release was…*thinks hard*…last December. BUT! Right now, the first two books in the Lost Coast Harbor books are available for FREE. Kiss of a Stranger, LCH #1, by Lily Danes, and A Kiss in the Shadows, LCH #2, by me, are both available for free at Amazon, Kobo, Apple, and Barnes & Noble. It’s a great time to get to know Lost Coast Harbor, a picturesque small town that’s full of corruption and dark secrets!
What is the most challenging part of writing romance?
Oh, lord. The emotions! Complex plots? No problem. I can plot crimes, mysteries, and suspense elements in my sleep. But making sure that my characters’ emotions ring true and develop in a realistic way—that’s such a difficult part of writing. But when it comes together (heh), it’s so satisfying (heh heh).
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
It really depends on the story. Sometimes an idea comes to me and the research inspires the story. Other times I just start writing and then research as I get into the story and hit roadblocks or need additional information. For this new series, I’ve researched top party islands, music festivals, and how to fake your death. Fun stuff!
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?
A piece of advice that I often heard when I was just starting was to finish whatever you were working on. I didn’t do that for a very long time. I had many works-in-progress that died premature deaths at about the 30-percent mark, mostly due to a fatal lack of conflict. But I did learn something from each of those abandoned projects and don’t feel bad about not finishing them. So I don’t necessarily agree with that advice. And yet, I also see why it’s important to finish something, anything. Because it feels so awesome that first time you write “the end” on a piece you’ve poured your heart into. Then you’ll want to do it again and again.
Any last words before we go into the speed round?
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City, suburb, or small-town?
Small towns, though I’ll take any tight community, no matter where it’s set—every city has neighborhoods that function as small towns do. That sense of community is what I love.
What’s your favorite type of chocolate?
Dark chocolate! As dark as possible. Dark as sin. Yum.
Alpha, beta, or both?
Beta. As much as I’d love to write an alpha hero, it never works out. Give me a hero who can communicate and I’m in love.
Wine, whiskey or punch?
A nice Pinot Noir for me, thanks! Or in the summer, a refreshing gin and tonic. I won’t turn down a Dark & Stormy, either.
Cake, cookies, or crumpets?
What is a crumpet? I am sugar-free, so I’m…sad. Also, I’m going to have to choose a bowl of berries instead of these options.
Cats, dogs, or exotics?
I’m a dog person who ended up living with two cats. They’re cool, though I’m not sure how I became a cat person. If I didn’t think it would eternally piss off the cats, I’d get a dog. Or three.
Eve's cat, Mona.
Don’t forget to help yourself to the first two books in the Lost Coast Harbor series for FREE!
Kiss of a Stranger, book 1
A Kiss in the Shadows, book 2
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Eve Kincaid (contemporary romance and romantic suspense): http://www.evekincaid.com/
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