Today we have Kieran Kramer joining us. She's just a fabulous lady and writes delightful historical romances that always leave me smiling. So come check out our interview and be sure to leave her some love! She's offering one of yall a signed copy of her newest book, Loving Lady Marcia today!
We've also got a review up today for her book When Harry Met Molly so hop over and check that out too and enter the grand prize giveaway !
Of the three Brady sisters, Lady Marcia has always seemed the girl most likely to lead a perfectly charmed life. But after a handsome cad breaks her heart, she swears off love and devotes her life to teaching girls at a private school. In spite of her family’s wish for a London debut, Marcia is happy where she is—until terrible news sends her back to the Brady clan…and into the arms of an unexpected suitor.
A dark and dashing earl who knows Marcia’s past, Duncan Lattimore is surprised by what a fascinating and independent woman she’s become. Marcia, too, is surprised—by the fiery attraction she feels for Duncan. But why—why—must he be the brother of the scoundrel who broke her heart? Why must Marcia’s rival at school forbid her from seeing him? How can this lady possibly resist this fellow—when they know that it’s much more than a hunch…?
Hi Kieran! We're so excited to have you joining us today for Authors for the Holidays. We've got a couple questions for ya if that's all right :)
I found your books this past summer and have really been enjoying them. I'm still all aswoon over Duncan from your latest book Loving Lady Marcia. Just *loved* that man. But for the new readers out there could you tell us a little bit about your newest series and how it came about?
I woke up one night at 1 a.m. with the thought that I want to take a Brady Bunch-like family back to the Regency period. I don’t know where the idea came from. But I love the concept of having a blended family—and the cool thing is that while I pay extremely light homage to the TV show, this series is a totally organic Regency series. It’s such a delight to work with, to uncover all the things going on in this family! I always knew I was a family-oriented writer. I love the nuance of relationships—and not just the romantic ones.I loved the whole blended family as well. You really don't see that too often in historicals! Okay, so, I'm a bit of a nosy girl and am always curious what jobs authors have had over the years other than writing. Have you always been a writer? Have any odd jobs along the way?
I’ve had a ton of odd jobs. First, I spent almost a decade in the restaurant industry, starting at age fourteen, when I slung barbecue pork, chicken, and ribs on plates at a family restaurant where I grew up on Johns Island. Restaurant work paid my way through college. Waitressing was my thing. I got really good at it, which is amazing considering I’m spacey and forget things easily. I’d have to remember ten things at one time, and when things got crazy busy, I had to act calm and hospitable. It’s a tough job, which is why I tip an extraordinary amount when I go out to eat. Because I remember. I remember how one amazing tip could make your whole night. And it’s why when I meet a lousy tipper, I know we won’t be good friends (unless they’re from another country that doesn’t have the custom of tipping). I also pulled pints of ale in Scotland at my university pub (I went to the University of Strathclyde for a year). I was also in the CIA and taught middle school and high school English. Oh, and I had a health column and wrote freelance stories for a section of the Charlotte Observer when my kids were small. Yes, I skipped over the part about the CIA really fast. That’s because I tend not to talk about it. It was a great experience, however.LOL. Oh my word Kieran that is just such an awesome list. Love it! Do you have any funny/silly writing quirks or a favorite spot you like to write in?
I write on my walking treadmill, which has an engine designed to run at low speeds so it doesn’t burn out. My cats sleep right next to my laptop as I write. Sometimes I sit back on our recliner sofa, again surrounded by cats, and write there. But I only do that if my legs are sore from too much walking.What a neat writing set up :) Your kitties are so darn cute!! I'd love to know, what's the craziest thing that's happened to you since you've become an author? Best thing?
The craziest thing has been dealing with tight deadlines, not only for the books but for copy edits, blog interviews, and other stuff, like writing workshop proposals. I mean, sometimes it is SO crazy, I wonder how I can keep up. And then I just remember my waitressing days, and I say, “Hah! I can do this! I can juggle a million plates!”
The best thing has been pleasing my readers. It makes me very happy to do that.
Hmmm, I grew up on a rural sea island and helped clear my family’s land and build a house on it. For five years, before the house was finished, my bedroom was a small camper trailer I shared with my sisters.Whoa, that's pretty neat! When you're not immersed in the world of writing do you have a favorite way to spend your time?
Heck, yes! Reading!! That’s my number one favorite occupation, and then watching my few TV shows, playing piano, taking walks with Striker and my husband, playing with the kitty cats, talking on the phone with my sisters, and visiting my parents and sharing a cup of tea with them.Aw that all sounds wonderful! So, I'm a big fan of the holidays. Any exciting plans or traditions your looking forward to this holiday season?
We have family coming in—that’s always exciting. One thing I love is that on Christmas Eve, at my parents’ house, we jump on a haywagon and go caroling to all the neighbor’s houses. I also love holiday baking and decorating the tree. Christmas music and movies make me very happy, too.
LOL That sounds like a blast! Hope yall have a great time with it this year :) I bet those kitties are ready for their mamma to come pay them some attention so how about a quick lightning round before we let you go?
- Favorite guilty pleasure?Watching singing reality shows like The Voice, the X-Factor, and American Idol. But I feel even guiltier about watching a truly raunchy show, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which I love!
- If you could be a character in any book/series which would it be? I would be Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. I wanna do Darcy!!! LOL!!!! He’d be awesome. And then afterward, I’d get to ride around in my fancy carriage all over my big property and then go home and have tea and cakes with my best girlfriends. *omg Kieran, I just snorted my drink laughing!*
- Coffee or tea? Tea!!! I’m mad for tea, but I’m not very creative about it. I like black tea with milk.
- Homebody or social butterfly? Oh, SUCH a homebody.
- Favorite holiday? Thanksgiving. I love everything about it, especially the pie.
- Favorite book? I Capture the Castle is a biggie. I don’t have one favorite. I feel as if I’m betraying my other favorites to name just one!
- Alright. Last one. And it's a really important one... cats *hint, hint, cough, hint* or dogs <crickets chirping>? I’m such a cat lady, it’s not even funny. I have a cat named Benny who rides around on my arm. And his sister Joon is obsessed with lying on my legs. But I also adore our mutt, Striker! They’re all my BFFs when I’m writing. *oh we knew we liked you! <g>*
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by herding cats & burning soup Kieran and for being my first official interviewee (even if yours didn't get published first lol) !! It was great chatting with you :) Have a wonderful Christmas and New Years!
USA Today best-selling author and double-Rita finalist Kieran Kramer writes Regency historical romances for St. Martin’s Press. If You Give a Girl a Viscount, the fourth and last book in her Impossible Bachelors series, is on sale now. Her new series, House of Brady, premiers in August 2012 with Loving Lady Marcia. A former CIA employee, journalist, and English teacher, Kieran’s also a game show veteran, karaoke enthusiast, and general adventurer.
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The Earl with the Secret Tattoo (Novella- Out Dec 18th)
The Earl is Mine (Out Feb 2013)
The Earl with the Secret Tattoo (Novella- Out Dec 18th)
The Earl is Mine (Out Feb 2013)
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