Redemption of a Hollywood Starlet is the last book in my Marshall series, and it focuses on Finn, the youngest brother and the black sheep/wild child of the family. Here’s the blurb:
A rich, powerful family that mixes business, politics… and pleasure.
If the US had a royal family —
this would be it!
The tabloids just couldn’t get enough of A-List couple hotshot Producer Finn Marshall and Hollywood wild-child Caitlyn Reese. Then Caitlyn fled the glaring lights of Tinseltown, leaving an indelible mark on the Walk of Fame – and an empty seat on the back of his motorbike.
Now Cait is back! She’s still got the X-factor, and Finn is struggling to banish his X-rated thoughts! Because one thing is for sure…he isn’t just interested in a quick Hollywood retake…To interest him, it’ll have to be a full-budget epic remake…
What draws you to write your genre and sub genre?
I love romance for the joy and optimism of it. I like books that make me feel good and leave me with a smile on my face at the end. Romance is also challenging, because love is the most universal emotion yet also the most complex. I write contemporary romance because I don’t have the voice (or the research patience) to write historicals (which is my second-favorite sub-genre to read), and paranormals just don’t light me up the way good ol’ contemporary does. I write what I love to read.
Do you have any tips for new writers?
Write. Finish the book, and then start a new one. You’ll get stronger and better with each book you write. Learn the difference between criticism and critique. One rips you down and the other makes you better.
What is your guilty pleasure?
I refuse to feel guilty about anything that brings me pleasure and makes me happy, and I don’t think anyone else should either. If it makes you happy and doesn’t hurt anyone else, why should we feel guilty about it? Romance novels, chocolate, wine, bubble baths, pedicures, long naps on rainy days… I’m a big believer in embracing the things that bring you joy because there are too many things in this world that won’t.
Where can your readers reach you?
Through my website (
www.booksbykimberly.com), on Facebook, and on Twitter at @Booksbykimberly
Are you working on another book?
Always! I try to take some time off between books to refill the well and refresh my brain cells, but it doesn’t take long for a hero to start talking. Where it will go, I don’t know yet. That’s the fun part to this for me: I get to go along for the ride.
How did you come up with the title?
I didn’t. I stink at titles. This book was “Finn and Cait” until the editors and marketing people at Harlequin got hold of it!
Do you work on one project at a time or mulitples?
I can only work on one thing at a time. Even stopping in the middle of a new project to do copy edits or promo another book can give me a bit of a headache because I want to be in the project 100% and my brain simply isn’t big enough to hold too many thoughts at one time.
Are your characters a reflection on you or anyone you know?
Sometimes. I think there’s a little of me in all my heroines, but they usually have a character trait that I wish I had more of. And if I’ve given them a trait that someone I know has in abundance, I’ll often ask myself how that person would respond in a certain situation. (For instance, in Girls’ Guide to Flirting With Danger, the heroine was a therapist and loosely based on my BFF who is also a therapist. I could ask myself what the BFF would do if X happened and go from there.) I think that helps keep the characters real.
What do you do to get in the mood to write?
I have to have certain things when I sit down to write: A cup of tea, a Diet Coke (yes, both at the same time), hand lotion and lip balm, some background music (instrumental only), and a big bag of jelly beans. None of it is really a “mood” thing; it’s just practical stuff I need.
How many books have you written? How many have been published?
I’ve written an even dozen to date and sold all of them to publishers. Actual publication lags a little behind, as only nine are out yet. Books ten though twelve will be out in 2013.
Are any of your personal experiences reflected in your writing?
I take the Fifth.
How long does it usually take you to write a book?
Getting started is the hard part for me. Once I get the first few chapters written, I’ll know my characters better and have a better idea of where it’s all going and it gets a little easier after that. In general, about three months.
Do you set timelines when your writing or write when the feeling hits you?
The down side to contracts is that I can’t wait for the feeling to hit. Once I’m in the book, I try to get at least eight to ten pages a day done.
Do you characters talk to you?
Mostly they talk to each other, and I’m just eavesdropping on the conversation.
Who controls the storyline, you or your characters?
The characters, definitely. I’ll often go in with a general idea of plot points, but those rarely stick around. Once I get started, I let the characters lead the way, with only the occasional poke from me to keep them from wandering too far afield. The general concept of the story rarely changes from what’s in my mind, but plotting is a waste of time for me because I just never know what’s going to happen until it does.