Thursday, November 3, 2011

Interview with Kerri Nelson

Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre?

KN: Well, my education and workplace background is in the legal system so a working mom who runs a court for demons in her home seemed like a cool place to start a book. I was inspired to write this genre due to my extreme love for all things paranormal. From the days of The X-Files up to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and onward into my current fave Fringe, I just can’t get enough of this genre.

What is it about the paranormal that fascinates you so much?

KN: I think it really boils down to just a love of whatever can creep you out the most. Not in a horror/gross kind of way but in a “let your imagination run wild” sort of way.

What inspired you to write this book?

KN: I really wanted a way to combine my love of the law with my love of the paranormal. The idea just sort of fell out of the sky. Well, not really the sky, maybe the faucet. As I was in the bathtub when the idea came to me.

Please tell us about your latest release.

KN:

Paisley Barton was already having a bad day before she turned her husband into a rat.

First, she was fired by her boss and then came home to find hubby in the shower with a naked blonde chick. They say that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned but this break-up may just unleash hell on Earth when Paisley casts a spell of vengeance against her philandering husband.

After her spell casting inadvertently opens a portal between dimensions, Paisley finds her family home transformed into a nightly courtroom for settling disputes between demons of the underworld and she’s the judge! If that’s not enough, she’s got to deal with a charming, ancient demon named Camden who wants to be her personal bodyguard while trying to explain her husband’s sudden, mysterious disappearance to sexy police Detective Dalton Briggs.

But Paisley will show them all that an everyday working mom is better equipped than most to deal with the mystical mayhem…and with a tempting demon hottie and a flirtatious young detective vying for her affection, she soon learns that being single again isn’t so bad after all.

Do you have a special formula for creating characters' names? Do you try to match a name with a certain meaning to attributes of the character or do you search for names popular in certain time periods or regions?

KN: I don’t really have a special formula. Usually the names just come to me. Every once in a while I’ll search for name or surname that means something like “dark-haired beauty” or “feisty one” but in this book—the characters sort of named themselves. They seemed real to me. I will tell you that one character is named after my great grandmother but I won’t tell you which one. I think my Dad might not approve.

Was one of your characters more challenging to write than another?

KN: One of my fave characters to write was Mrs. Chow. She speaks in broken English because I thought it would make her character funny. I went through several drafts with my husband and I reading her dialogue out loud. He told me “you either have to go all the way with her or just forget the broken English—you can’t do it half way”. So, I went all the way. Hopefully it won’t be off putting to the readers and no those aren’t editing mistakes!


Do you have a formula for developing characters? Like do you create a character sketch or list of attributes before you start writing or do you just let the character develop as you write?

KN: Again, I really don’t have any formulas. I recently took a class on creating character sketches. I took the course, although character sketches seem like a foreign language to me, because I thought it might assist me with a certain historical novel I’m struggling to complete. But really, it made me feel like I was working really hard and losing all my creative flow. So, no…I just let the characters speak for themselves.

What is your favorite scene from the book? Could you share a little bit of it, without spoilers of course?

KN: This is a tough question. Let’s see. I love any scene between Mrs. Chow and Zelef. They are absolute polar opposites. He’s a demon and she’s a witch and they despise one another but are both loyal to Paisley. Perhaps the scene where they first meet in the magic shop. I love this scene.


With the book being part of a series, are there any character or story arcs, that readers jumping in somewhere other than the first book, need to be aware of? Can these books be read as stand alones?

KN: I am working on the sequel to this book. It is already in progress and will take place a couple years in the future. I hope that this will make it easy to catch up with “old friends” but will ultimately be a stand alone novel.

Do any of your characters have similar characteristics of yourself in them and what are they?

KN: Gosh, yes. Of course, I’m most like Paisley. I know how she felt after being betrayed and incidentally, we wear a lot of the same clothes. But also because I can relate to her constant battle to make things simple. One of the things I say around my house a lot is “why can’t just one thing be simple?” Life is complicated. We all have these complications even if they don’t quite measure up to Paisley’s situation (thank goodness).

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you deal with it?

KN: I don’t really believe in writer’s block. But I do have times when I don’t feel motivated to write. Where I feel overwhelmed by the whole venture or times when I let self doubt creep into my day. But mostly, I look at writing like my job. No one loves their job all the time. We have good days and we have bad days but we still have to do our job if we want to succeed. Even when I don’t feel like it, I write. That’s how you get things done and that’s how you ultimately get better at it.

Do you have any weird writing quirks or rituals?

KN: I think I’ve mentioned this before but I’m addicted to SweetTarts. When I’m on a writing jaunt that needs to get into high gear, I munch on these while I’m writing. Otherwise, I don’t have the luxury of a full fledged ritual. Too many distractions from the little people in my house. Things like the throwing of tantrums and the throwing of toys!

Do you write in different genres?

KN: My updated bio says that I’m the multi-published author of every genre under the sun (and moon). I think that about sums it up.

Do you find it difficult to write in multiple genres?

KN: No. I find it necessary. I just have a story I want to tell and I tell it. I worry about what genre to place it in and sell it to afterwards. Although, other people sometimes find it odd that I’ve written everything from Young Adult inspirational to Paranormal erotica.

When did you consider yourself a writer?

KN: Pretty much always. But if you want to know when I really decided… “this is it, I’m a professional writer for real now” then it would be when I sold my first book back in 2009. I remember being assigned my first real editor and saying to my husband, “I can’t talk right now, I have to e-mail my editor.” It gave me chill bumps!

What are your guilty pleasures in life?

KN: Guilty pleasures. I have so few. Seriously, if I could take a bath without interruption that would be swell. But really my fave time of day is when everyone else is asleep and I can sit and read for a few minutes or I can watch a television show or movie without having to feed someone or change someone’s diaper. That’s my guilty pleasure.


Other than writing, what are some of your interests, hobbies or passions in life?

KN: I’m an avid baker. Just whipped up some homemade banana nut bread this weekend. I’m also addicted to watching television shows on DVD. My most recent escape from reality is the show The Big Bang Theory. It makes me laugh my “you know what” off.

What was the last amazing book you read?

KN: Not too long ago I read “Love You More” by Lisa Gardiner. As both a former law enforcement employee and a former single mother to a daughter, this story really struck a strong emotional vibe with me. So much so that I wrote Lisa a personal message about it. I loved every single page. Very touching and a heart-pounding thriller.

Where is your favorite place to read? Do you have a cozy corner or special reading spot?

KN: Seriously, just like my writing…I read wherever and whenever I can find a spare minute. Which is not as much as it used to be. In fact, I’m taking some time off from working so hard in November and December and plan to catch up on a box full of books I just ordered. I simply cannot wait to delve into them. But I’ll probably read them in the car during our holiday travels.

What can readers expect next from you?

KN: Just finished my first full length mystery/thriller novel. Hope to get it picked up by a publisher soon. I’m struggling through a Victorian era romance that seems to be taking forever to complete. And I’ve just submitted a proposal for a funny contemporary novella featuring a bankrupt baker.

Where can readers find you on the web?

Read more about Kerri’s books at her website: www.kerrinelson.com

Follow her on Twitter here: www.twitter.com/kerribookwriter

Visit her industry blog here: www.thebookboost.blogspot.com

And don’t forget to enter my Kindle contest no later than November 7th! The grand prize winner will be announced at my Twitter Party on November 8th.

Details on how to enter that drawing at my blog here:

http://kerribookwriter.blogspot.com/2011/09/courting-demons-blog-tour-win-kindle.html

Would you like to leave readers with a little teaser or excerpt from the book?

Read my Excerpt here:

http://www.jupitergardens.com/excerpts/kn_cd.html


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Courting Demons
By Kerri Nelson

Blurb:

Paisley Barton was already having a bad day before she turned her husband into a rat.

First, she was fired by her boss and then came home to find hubby in the shower with a naked blonde chick.
They say that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned but this break-up may just unleash hell on Earth when Paisley casts a spell of vengeance against her philandering husband.

After her spell casting inadvertently opens a portal between dimensions, Paisley finds her family home transformed into a nightly courtroom for settling disputes between demons of the underworld and she’s the judge! If that’s not enough, she’s got to deal with a charming, ancient demon named Camden who wants to be her personal bodyguard while trying to explain her husband’s sudden, mysterious disappearance to sexy police Detective Dalton Briggs.

But Paisley will show them all that an everyday working mom is better equipped than most to deal with the mystical mayhem…and with a tempting demon hottie and a flirtatious young detective vying for her affection, she soon learns that being single again isn’t so bad after all.

“When a wronged wife turns her cheating husband into a rat, you know you have to keep reading! Kerri Nelson offers up a lot of fun and wild magic in Courting Demons!” --Bestselling author, Linda Wisdom, Demons are a Girl’s Best Friend

In print and for the Kindle at Amazon.com


Author Bio:

Kerri Nelson discovered her love of writing at an early age and soon became a columnist for her local newspaper winning the Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year Award for her efforts.

After a fifteen year career in the legal field, Kerri fulfilled her lifelong dream of publication and is now an award winning multi-published author of nearly every genre under the sun (and moon) and also writes young adult fiction under the penname K.G. Summers.

A true southern belle, she comes complete with a dashing southern gentleman and three adorable children for whom she often bakes many homemade treats.

Kerri is an active member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America as well as numerous chapters including Futuristic Fantasy & Paranormal Writers and her Presidency of Celtic Hearts Romance Writers.


Read more about Kerri’s books at her website: www.kerrinelson.com
Follow her on Twitter here: www.twitter.com/kerribookwriter
Visit her author blog here: www.kerribookwriter.blogspot.com
Visit her industry blog here: www.thebookboost.blogspot.com

Details on how to enter to win the GRAND PRIZE Kindle at the end of the “Dark Days of Demons Tour” located here:


Don’t forget to enter Kerri's Kindle contest no later than November 7th!

The grand prize winner will be announced at the Twitter Party on November 8th #courtingdemons

7 comments:

Rebecca said...

Hi Kerri!

Really enjoyed the blog. LOL about Mrs. Chow and Zelef's first meeting - that was great! Great book. I can't wait for the sequel!

Rebecca

loves to dive said...

sounds like a great book, honestly who amonst us that are parents haven't had to hold demon court a time to two?

kerribookwriter said...

@Rebecca~I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Seriously, you don't know how much that means to me. I'm hard at work on the sequel. As soon as I can type again without screaming (due to finger injury interference), I'll be able to make more progress.

Aren't you sick of hearing about me yet? LOL

Huggers,
K.

kerribookwriter said...

@lovestodive~I hear you. I do it daily around here myself. Never a pretty thing. LOL

Thanks for the comment.

--K.

Rebecca said...

Sorry to hear about the finger, Kerri. Hope it heals up soon.
But the show must go on! ;-)

Don't worry, I'm still enjoying the tour!

kerribookwriter said...

@Rebecca~Thanks for the well wishes. Just a few more days!

Hugs,
K.

kerribookwriter said...

**All Winners from my Post Tour**

Will be announced at my Twitter Party on 11/8. Hope to see you there!

 
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