August 16 – Regina Kyle

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate romantic fiction! Come back every day to read the fun author Q&As – calendar here –  and each weekday in August, we’ll also have an author guest hosting the Romance of Reading FB page. Today Jeannie Moon is doing both the Q&A and the author takeover.

This year is significantly smaller in scale. If you’re interested, you can read about some of the reasons why here. It’s been a crazy year, and a complicated few months.

Happy August. Isn’t life better with #ATouchofRomance?! xo

2018 RARM Questions:

Why do you write books? 

I’ve always loved to write. In fifth grade I had a teacher who made us write a short story every week. I still have some of them, including the legendary All The President’s Women (I was obsessed with Watergate. I was the President, and all my friends were the various cabinet members.) and My Pet Tribble. (All the other kids wrote about Star Trek, but since I had no clue what that was I wrote about a poor girl from the south who ran away with her dog. I wrote the story in first person, using words like “ain’t” and “fixin’ to,” and my teacher, clearly not appreciating my brilliance, gave me a check minus for grammar.) And I write all day in my job as an assistant district attorney specializing in appeals (think Law & Order, but with me sitting at a desk typing away writing legal briefs instead of in court cross-examining witnesses). But I didn’t start writing romance until about six years ago, when my husband was diagnosed with tonsil cancer. He’s fine now, thank goodness. But it made me take stock of my life and think about what I wanted to do with it. I had just gotten an e-reader and started reading romance again, and I decided to try my hand at writing some. Fast forward six years, eight books, and a lot of help from the friends I’ve made in the romance writing community, and here I am!

 

What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

Hmmm. This is a tough one. To be honest, I don’t consider myself particularly brave. Extroverted, yes. Brave, no. I went Ikea by myself last week, bought a bed for my college-age daughter’s new apartment, and attempted to load all four heavy boxes into my SUV without assistance. Was that brave? I didn’t succeed, though, and ended up imploring a strong-looking stranger for help. And I’m not brave enough to try to assemble the thing myself. I’ve hired someone to do that, since hubby, a teacher, can’t make the trip back to school with us this go-round.

 

Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?

I write romance because if there’s one universal thing that every human being needs beyond food and water, it’s love. What’s more honest and relatable than the desire to love and be loved, to share our lives with someone who sees past our faults and accepts us as we are?

 

Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.

Okay, this sounds bad, but in real life I’m like the least romantic person ever. I’m more of a pragmatist. I mean, when my husband proposed to me (in Central Park by the boat pond, I guess that was pretty romantic), he slipped the ring on my finger and said, “Boy, you have hairy knuckles.” (And there went the romance.) I still married him, and we’re at 26 years and counting. What’s romantic – and more important – to me is the small stuff. Coming home after a long day at the office and finding the dishwasher emptied. Or the laundry folded. Or dinner made so I can get to my laptop quicker and get my words in for the day.

 

If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?

I’m a big fan of Dame Helen Mirren, and I loved her interview when she said she wished she’d told more people to f$*k off as a young woman. I spent way too much time in my younger days worrying about what other people thought of me, afraid to disappoint them. Now, in my fifties, I’m learning that caring for and about my loved ones isn’t mutually exclusive with caring for and about myself.

 

Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.

True confession: I joke that I write contemporary romance because I’m too lazy to do the research required for historical or the world-building needed for paranormal. But the truth is, contemporary romance requires a fair amount of research, too. For my book that’s coming out in September, A Nanny For The Reclusive Billionaire, I researched everything from recipes (the heroine is a chef turned nanny), to how to prepare for a hurricane, to when the sun sets in Florida in September (the book is set in the Keys). Did you know there are three different twilights: civil twilight, nautical twilight, and astronomical twilight, and the sky isn’t completely dark until astronomical twilight? I didn’t. But I do now!

 

How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!)

Because I still work a fairly demanding day job, I can’t really concentrate on more than two book projects at once. I’ve taken to using the notes section of my phone to record all those little ideas that come to me at the most inopportune times – like when I’m driving, showering, or just about to fall asleep. That way when it’s time for me to work up a new proposal, I can look back and decide which one of my incoherent musings is worth pursuing. Hopefully, there’s at least one gem worth polishing up.

 
If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?

Well, I’m super lucky that I have a handy husband who insisted we buy a fixer-upper on the beach. I’m really spoiled to spend my summers on the shore, swimming and boating. I’m a warm weather girl, which makes Connecticut winters tough for me, though. So if I could go somewhere nice and toasty for a few weeks in the winter, preferably with sandy shores and drinks with little umbrellas in them, that would be just about perfect.

 

What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?

I’m so lucky to have found so many great friends along my writing journey, from the MTBs (my plot group), to my chapter mates at the Connecticut chapter of Romance Writers of America, to the friends I’ve made online from places as far away as Australia. One of the best things about the romance writing community is how supportive everyone is, writers and readers included. But I think my most memorable experience is probably my hour-and-a-half conversation with Jill Shalvis in an airport after Lori Foster’s Reader Author Get Together. When I first started writing, Jill was one of the authors I looked up to most and wanted to pattern my career after. (I’m still working on that last part LOL). To walk up to my gate at the airport and find one person – Jill – sitting there waiting for the same flight . . . well, let’s just say I was speechless at first, and that’s totally not my normal state of being. Eventually, I worked up the courage to talk to her, and she couldn’t have been more gracious, giving me plenty of advice and encouragement. She even asked me to sign a book for her. And when I saw her next at the RWA national conference in Orlando, she told me she really liked it! I don’t know how I managed not to faint.

 

Regina recommends:

 

Stefanie London   –    www.stefanie-london.com    –    @Amazon

Super hot heroes and spunky heroines make for fun, fast-paced, entertaining reads that don’t skimp on the emotion.

 

Amy Andrews   –    www.amyandrews.com.au   –   @Amazon

Her Sydney Smoke rugby series is my crack. Seriously fun. Seriously hot.

 

Megan Ryder   –     www.meganryder.com  –    @Amazon

From baseball to bridesmaids, she’ll make you laugh, cry, and swoon.

 


Regina Kyle knew she was destined to be an author when she won a writing contest at age ten with a touching tale about a squirrel and a nut pie. By day, she writes dry legal briefs, representing the state in criminal appeals. At night, she writes steamy romance with heart and humor.

She is a two-time Booksellers’ Best award winner: in 2016 for Triple Dare, from Harlequin Blaze, and in 2018 for Billionaire In Her Bed, from Entangled Indulgence. She lives on the Connecticut coast with her husband, college-age daughter, and overly melodramatic cat. When she’s not writing, she’s most likely singing, reading, cooking, or watching bad reality television.

She loves connecting with readers. Find her at www.reginakyle.com.

 

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Authors on The Romance of Reading page:

1   –   Jeannie Moon           💜         2   –   Lenora Bell

3  –    Nancy Herkness       💜         6   –   Kimberli A. Bindschatel

7   –  Cathy Maxwell            💜         8   –   Amelia Grey

9  –  Liz Talley                     💜         10  –  Dylann Crush

13  –  Marilyn Brant             💜         14  –  Sharla Lovelace

15  –  Sally MacKenzie        💜         16  –  Regina Kyle

17  –  Mimi Milan                 💜          20  –  Christine Nolfi

21  –  Susie Orman Schnall  💜       22  –  Caroline Linden

(more to come…)