Friday, April 12, 2013

Interview with Kym Grosso



Please tell us about your latest release.

Tristan’s Lyceum Wolves is the third book in the Immortals of New Orleans series and is an erotic paranormal romance.  At the end of Luca’s Magic Embrace, the charismatic and powerful Lyceum Wolves' Alpha, Tristan Livingston, endures an attack on his pack.  His nightclub is set ablaze, and he’s crushed in a building collapse.  In a show of strength, not only does Tristan survive it, he orchestrates the rebuild of his chic, state-of-the-art nightclub within a week. In his quest to mete out justice, he rescues a beautiful witness who may be the key to helping him find the perpetrators.

Dr. Kalli Williams, dedicated veterinarian, is hiding a secret that endangers not only her own life but the lives of wolves across the country. After being tortured by a savage vampire, she's reluctantly agrees to help the sexy Alpha in his quest to identify suspects; ones who'd kill her on the spot if they knew she existed. As Kalli places herself in the hands of the dominant wolf, she soon finds she wants nothing more than to submit.

Tristan, committed to ruling his pack as a lone wolf, is inexplicably drawn to the mysterious and enticing woman, who seems more than human, but not quite supernatural. As he discovers her secret, he teaches her the meaning of trust, helping her learn how to be true to her nature.  Will he succumb to the visceral need to claim her, acknowledging the soul binding connection between an Alpha and his mate?  And will he prevail against the menacing enemy who threatens to destroy Lyceum Wolves?

What inspired you to write this book?

Tristan’s book was a natural progression in the series after Luca’s book.  He’s a wonderful character, and I couldn’t wait for him to get his own book.  Tristan is a funny, sexy and oh so Alpha wolf.

Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre?
In 2008, I created my own website, www.AutismInRealLife.com, where I started writing and publishing articles about autism.  My son was diagnosed with autism in 1999, and I wanted to share my family’s experiences with other parents, families and professionals.  After publishing a few articles in Autism magazines, I wanted to publish an article on Autism and Divorce.  In my searching for a place to publish, I was offered a chance to write for PsychologyToday.com.  It has been a wonderful place to write about autism, and I write there now.

As far as writing romance, I actually started to write a book about autism, but I seemed to have a block on where to go with it.  I love, love, love reading paranormal romances.  So I just decided one day that I wanted to write a paranormal romance, and I created Kade’s Dark Embrace, which was published in March 2012.  Fast forward a year and I’m now releasing Tristan’s book.

What is it about the paranormal, in particular vampires, that fascinates you so much?
There is just something magical about leaving the reality of real life and being able to write about anything you want.  In a paranormal romance, characters are open to all kinds of experiences that are only limited by the author’s imagination.  They have supernatural gifts and talents, and the rules of game can be anything you want them to be.  And of course, there is nothing sexier than a hot alpha male vampire…well, except for, perhaps, a hot alpha male wolf.

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?

Whenever I name a new character, I try to pick a name that represents that character’s personality.  It could be a sexy, strong alpha male name, like Tristan or Luca.  With the female names, like Kalli’s, I look for a beautiful, unique name that seems to match the male’s.  If it a character is born within a certain time period, sometimes I’ll research names from that time period to find an appropriate name.

It can be difficult because I really do want the name to fit the character.  And I don’t always get it right in my first draft.  I can end up changing it, sometimes even after the book is written.  When I wrote Kade’s Dark Embrace, I used the name Zach the entire book.  After editing it, I decided to change it to Kade.  I liked both names but Zach ended up not being a good fit for Kade’s ultra-alpha male personality. 

Is there a character that you enjoyed writing more than any of the others?

This is a great question.  And as an author, you do find yourself having relationship with the characters.  When I’m writing, they feel like real people having real conversations even though they are entirely fictional and all in my own head.  It’s kind of funny. 

Tristan is by far the sexist male I’ve ever written.  From business to sex, he’s completely confident in everything he does.  While he’s very dominant, he has a great sense of humor about him.  He’s a little bit of a bad boy as well; likes to ride his Harley, exudes sexuality and could care less if people see him naked after he shifts.  There’s a scene in Luca’s book when he transforms from wolf to man if front of Samantha and just starts talking to her nonchalantly as if he isn’t nude.  At some point, Luca looks at him and is like, “Really wolf?  Where’re your clothes?”  He just so confident and sure of his nature; he doesn’t ever pretend to be anything he isn’t.  He’s pure Alpha wolf.

Do you have any weird writing quirks or rituals?

I don’t start with a word count on Chapter One, but once I really get into it, by Chapter Two, I try to write around 3,000 words a day.  It forces me to keep going and remember what’s happening in the book, the previous scene, etc.

I write a scene at time, but the words and actions of the characters have to be in my mind before I start.  So when I’m writing it is like I can’t shut my mind off.  Whether I’m at the gym or in the shower, I’m constantly thinking about what is going to happen in the next scene of my book, exactly how it’s going to play out and what the characters are going to say.   It just goes on like that day after day until the book is finished.  Then I let it sit a few days and run back through every word for my own edits before I send it off to my editor.

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

The hardest part of writing a book, for me, is starting the next novel.  If writer’s block starts, I do one of two things.  Either I take a break from what I am writing and start writing about a different topic, like autism for my PyschologyToday.com blog.  Or I just need to go back and really think about how the scene is going to flow.  Sometimes it can be harder to write if I don’t have a clear sense of how a scene is going to be played out in detail including what the characters are going to do and say.  I need to have all the details worked out in my head before I start writing, or it can thwart the natural flow of words.

When did you consider yourself a writer?

I have always wanted to write a book, but I don’t think that is the same thing as considering yourself a writer.  I don’t think I considered myself a writer until I submitted autism articles and was published in a magazine.  Then, I was like, “Hmm…maybe I can write.”

Did you find anything really interesting while researching this or another book?

Yes.  For Luca’s book I did online research about code hacking and cipher creation as well as site research in New Orleans.  I’ve been to New Orleans many times, but while I was writing Luca’s book, I had the opportunity to go again.  I was able to take tons of pictures and scout out the Maid of New Orleans statue.  I actually ended up re-writing the scene where Luca and Samantha are looking for clues at the statue to reflect the actual physical layout of it.  It really makes more sense when you get a chance to travel to the place you are describing.

If you do site research, it is easy to write about what you know and really describe what you’ve tasted, heard, smelled, seen, etc. There is nothing like the taste of a beignet or the feel of the crowd and street vendors throughout the French Quarter or the sound of street musicians.  While in New Orleans, I also had the chance to tour the suburban areas and bayous.  As I write Tristan’s book, these details will become more important, and I really needed to see it for myself.

Because I’m writing about wolves, I recently visited a wolf sanctuary where I was able to learn more about wolf habitats, behavior, etc.  These are important details that I like to build into my stories.  It helps me describe the scenes with the wolves, how they behave and interact
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What can readers expect next from you?

The next book in the series will be Logan’s book.  In Tristan’s Lyceum Wolves, Logan is Tristan’s beta.  But by the end of the book, there is a surprise ending which leaves Logan in unforeseen circumstances.  Without telling spoilers, Logan’s life is about change as he takes on new responsibilities and finds himself back in New Orleans.


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Tristan’s Lyceum Wolves
Immortals of New Orleans, Book 3
Kym Grosso

Genre:  Erotic Paranormal Romance

ISBN-13: 978-1482692396
ISBN-10: 1482692392

Number of pages:  Approx. 267
Word Count:  94,000 words

Cover Artist:  Carrie Spencer, CheekyCovers


An erotic paranormal romance…

Charismatic and powerful Lyceum Wolves’ Alpha, Tristan Livingston, is out for revenge after a devastating attack on his pack. Not only did he survive a building collapse, he orchestrated the rebuild of his chic, state-of-the-art nightclub within a week. Determined to mete out justice, he rescues a beautiful witness who may be the key to helping him find the perpetrators.

Dr. Kalli Williams, dedicated veterinarian, is hiding a secret that endangers not only her own life but the lives of wolves across the country. After being tortured by a savage vampire, she’s reluctantly agrees to help the sexy Alpha in his quest to identify suspects; ones who’d kill her on the spot if they knew she existed. As Kalli places herself in the hands of the dominant wolf, she soon finds she wants nothing more than to submit.

Tristan, committed to ruling his pack as a lone wolf, is inexplicably drawn to the mysterious and enticing woman, who seems more than human, but not quite supernatural. As he discovers her secret, he teaches her the meaning of trust, helping her learn how to be true to her nature. After living a lifetime alone, will he succumb to the visceral need to claim her, acknowledging the soul binding connection between an Alpha and his mate? And will he prevail against the menacing enemy who threatens to destroy Lyceum Wolves?



Luca’s Magic Embrace
Immortals of New Orleans, Book 2
Kym Grosso        

Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Erotic Paranormal Romance

ISBN-13: 978-1480199262
ISBN-10: 1480199265

ASIN:  B009SFWOM0

Approximately 255 pages in pdf.  Varies in e-copy.
Word Count:  80,799 words

Cover Artist:  Carrie Spencer, CheekyCovers



Book Trailer:  http://youtu.be/ngBxFCMQGO0


Book Description:

An erotic paranormal romance...

Sexy vampire, Luca Macquarie doesn't do love; especially not with humans. Yet, ever since he rescued Samantha Irving, he can't deny the enigmatic attraction he's developed for the alluring mortal woman. Concerned for her safety, he's determined to bring Samantha back to her coven. His mission is to go find the novice witch and bring her home, nothing more, nothing less; falling for her is not supposed to be part of the plan.

Samantha doesn't want to be a witch, yet that's exactly what she is. After failing to elicit her magic, she escapes to the mountains in an attempt to resume a semblance of her previous human life. When an arsonist torches her cabin, Samantha's worst fears are realized. Aware that her life is on the line, she reluctantly agrees to return to New Orleans with Luca.

In the Big Easy, Samantha and Luca embark on a spellbinding journey, searching for a mystical amulet that promises to release her obligation from an ancient, lethal vampire who's been threatening her life. With cryptic clues and clandestine allies, will Luca and Samantha destroy the dangerous amulet before others acquire it, setting forth a chain of catastrophic consequences? And will Luca give into his erotic desire for the witch who magically captures heart?




Kade's Dark Embrace
Immortals of New Orleans, Book 1
By Kym Grosso

Genre: Paranormal Spicy Romance

74,000 Words Novel Length

BN  ARe

Book Description:

After a series of girls are ritualistically murdered on the cold streets of Philadelphia, seasoned detective, Sydney Willows, is forced to work with sexy, alpha vampire, Kade Issacson. While working the case, Sydney finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kade, fighting the passion she feels towards him. Kade, determined to solve the case and mete out justice, is captivated by the independent, fiery detective. As he attempts to protect her from a very real murderer, Kade grows concerned that the beautiful, but very human detective, could easily end up dead should she tangle with supernatural forces that are beyond her control.

The investigation leads them into a dark and dangerous world, deep in the heart of New Orleans, where together, they search for the perpetrators of the Voodoo killings. Sydney soon becomes the target of the killer and ends up fighting for her life and love in the Big Easy. If she makes it out alive, will she give into the intoxicating desire she feels for Kade?

book trailer for Kade's Dark Embrace  http://youtu.be/_GsJRUi1fww


About the Author:

Kym Grosso is the author of the erotic paranormal romance series, The Immortals of New Orleans. Both of her novels, Kade's Dark Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 1) and Luca's Magic Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 2), are currently available via Amazon, digitally and in print. Tristan's Lyceum Wolves is scheduled for release on April 1, 2013.

In addition to romance, Kym has written and published several articles about autism, and is passionate about autism advocacy. She writes autism articles on PsychologyToday.com and AutismInRealLife.com. She also is a contributing essay author in the new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum.

Kym lives with her husband, two children, dog, cat and guinea pig. Her hobbies include autism advocacy, reading, tennis, zumba, traveling and spending time with her husband and children. New Orleans, with its rich culture, history and unique cuisine, is one of her favorite places to visit. Also, she loves traveling just about anywhere that has a beach or snow covered mountains. On any given night, Kym can be found reading her Kindle, which is filled with hundreds of romances.


Twitter: @KymGrosso


My Autism Website: http://www.AutismInRealLife.com



3 comments:

Kym Grosso said...

Thanks so much to Fang-tastic Books for hosting me today and for the lovely author interview. I really appreciate sharing my book with you and your readers! :-) :-)

Katrina said...

If you haven't had a chance to read it, get it. Oh boy is it hot. Perfect for a weekend get away.

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