GMB: Kristal ... Thank You for crossing The Pond and visiting with us in the 'Anything But a Tired Barn' here in western Canada! Kristal, please, share a little about you with our Blog Fans.
KM: I'm Kristal McKerrington from Glasgow Scotland. I've been writing since 2010 professionally with several publishing companies worldwide. I'm a member of Romance Writers of America's Association and represented by Barone Literary Agency. I'm of the first wrestling romance authors in the world. I write erotica and a range of genres. I'm currently working with a co-author Joe E Legend.
GMB: Yes, and I know you from a recent time when we were with one of those companies ... You have also been very kind to me, when discussing the ins-and-outs of the publishing industry and you have been so kind as to offer and make kind referrals for me... I want to take this opportunity to Thank You for your being a great professional and colleague. Tell us Kristal ... Where and how do you find your greatest inspiration?
KM: I think I have said this on other interviews, but my two biggest inspirations have been Catherine Cookson and of course wrestling. I created the wrestling romance genre for the likes of those wrestling fans who write and read fan fiction without making the work about real wrestlers. So far they all seem to love it.
GMB: What made you chose to write Contemporary Romance in particular?
KM: This romance genre is a test for me. The freedom I get in Erotica doesn't apply here and often the setup to the story-lines must be different. You have to have far more plot in the Contemporary Romance genre than you need in Erotica even if I do tend to be very plot driven with both.
GMB: Is there any other genre you’d like to write? And, if so, why?
KM: I really hope to do a criminal, thriller in the coming years. Its a genre I like to see how they setup their characters and the tension. I like the idea of being able to challenge myself. So far this year I took on the challenge of dealing with a co-author.
GMB: Kristal, which appears first when contemplating a new project: a character, the plot or the title?
KM: For me I get all of it in one go. Normally it all comes to me and it stalks me. If it hangs out in my mind very powerfully then I will write it. I have a habit of writing down the notes for the book idea and never writing it. Most of what I get ideas for never make it to the publishers desks.
GMB: What is the hardest part of a novel for you to write: beginning, middle, or end? Why?
KM: For me its always the middle. I lose steam at this point and then I start to get distracted by other book ideas. When it comes to keeping my mind focused on the whole book then I struggle. I never thought it would be as hard to do books of greater length, but I live and learn. I do know the best part is the ending when I see the characters all screaming at me to not end it there.
GMB: Has your own life influenced your novels? How have your novels influenced your life?
KM: Gosh okay, wow lots. My life has snippets of it in a few books. There is snippet of me in all of my books whether I want it to be there or not. Novels have driven me to do this and to make me a determine author. So many writers have heard the word no and it makes me want to fight for them, to do right by them. Novels and their writers make me proud to be a writer.
GMB: Who is your favorite character that you have created? Moreover, why is this character a favorite?
KM: Hmm so hard to answer this one. I think the best character I created is either Marie or Charlie from the upcoming Layla's World series. Both are so strong have so much depth to them. They make it easy to write them and yet hard to decide where they are going. I find them so interesting and full of life.
GMB: Tell us about your newest release or a project you are working on.
KM: Well if I did both then we would be here all day. I've just released 'In The Shadows' which was my first wrestling erotica. I've signed the talent contract for a Reality TV show. I'm working on a drama show which is currently in development. I'm about to release 'Marie's World'. I have 'Charlie's Journal: A Man's Desperation' coming out in September. 'The Vampire and The Wrestler' another print book is due out in December. I have several eBooks due out this year and just signed a contract with Joe E Legend to do 'Dragon', a fantasy novel with Media Aria CDM LTD a British publisher.
GMB: Outstanding Kristal! Congratulations ... And here I thought I was busy with four novel releases for 2013, and a dabble with a film production company ... I mean really Kristal .... I knew you were busy, one of the hardest working author's I know, but I had no idea... Thank You so much for making time for this Interview and sharing so we can keep up with you... Can you share with us the blurb from 'In the Shadows'?
KM: Sure Mitch ...
Jasmine got obsessed with a man and now he's obsessed with her. Steamy nights, kisses and rules being broken awaits them. She turned his whole world upside down and now he's doing it to hers. In this free fall, can they survive each others love?
GMB: Now, continuing with this wonderful interview, Kristal, if I was a publisher, I believe my first question would be, “Why were you chosen to write your new release 'Marie's World'?” How would you respond to the inquisitive publisher?
KM: Well Marie's World is the name of the Street Dance character I use to dance and acted. I think putting some of her dance story-lines in wrestling makes me feel more comfortable. It makes another world open up and its part of the reason I chose to write the series. I have written "In The Shadow's" because I couldn't shake the story-line out of my head.
GMB: Yes ... I kind of have the same approach ... If I get an idea, a concept I don't write it down and assume that if it stays with me for a day-or-two its worth remembering and further considering ... Now can you share with us which do you prefer ... A great hero or a great villain? Why don’t you name one of each for us...
KM: Another great question. I have to say I like both. Marie is a great hero, she doesn't give up and during the series your going read how Herald is a wonderful villain in Marie's World. He has his hand in all the bad things going on. For 'In The Shadows' there is no real bad guy. My first grey area book. 'Charlie's Journal' I have to say the great hero is the father of the book, you don't meet the villains until the second book in the series. Its not one you want to miss at all.
GMB: I love it ...! You are so creative in your approach to storytelling ... I mean to write a book like 'In the Shadows' with no 'bad guy', and then maintain creative tension ... And then in Charlie's Journal' defer the antagonist until the second novel ... Unbelievable ... *smiles* I have to read these books ... Now I'm going to change gears a little ... NO wait! ... Have I mentioned how HOT I think your cover is for 'Marie's World'?
KM: No Mitch you haven't *smirking*
GMB: Well Kristal *thunder crashing around me now* Your cover for 'Marie's World' is HOT! :-)
KM: Right oh Mitch ... Thanks ... I think ;-)
GMB: And now changing gears once again, may I ask you about your favorite movie? And why? Perhaps you can share with us what is not a favorite movie?
KM: I love every dance film and I have to say my favourite dance film is 'Save The Last Dance'. It showed just how Street Dance started to bloom and I like the fact they mixed it with Ballet. The second 'Save The Last Dance' wasn't my favourite. I hated how it played out and the way it just didn't hold the same spirit as the first one did.GMB: Now, to reveal a little more about you, the person behind the Author, I need to ask, if you could be anyone in the world, space, and designated realm, who would it be? And why?
KM: I can't think of anyone. I'd like to be Marie out of my books and playing her again. I think being back in the saddle and doing the dangerous dance lifts is something I really like the idea of doing again. Working with something far bigger than myself again would be really amazing.
GMB: Well okay ... there is always a bit of the risk-taking ... I can compare as much to my Motocross racing back 'In-The-Day' ... Now Kristal, your are having a great 2013 and on into 2014 ... Now, where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
KM: A continued published author with several books out with my co-author Joe E Legend and working with mainstream publishers as well as independent publishers worldwide. I like the idea of doing more for the book industry and helping others enter it.
GMB: And as I've already mentioned, you have certainly worked well with me to do more for the book industry and by helping me along the way. Kristal, Thank You so much for joining us in the 'Anything But Tired Barn ... coming to us all the way from Glasgow, Scotland. It has truly been a pleasure getting to know more about you today... Kristal, if you could be so kind and leave with us some contact information as much would be so appreciated.
KM: Mitch, Thank You for hosting me here in the Barn today ... There never is a long way to travel, when there is an invitation from a great host upon arrival ... Now our Blog Fans can find me at my Website Link: kristalmckerrington.com and a great Purchase Link is: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/in-the-shadows-kristal-mckerrington/1114860428?ean=2940016387901 ... I want to personally invite everyone to and come visit me and check out my books...
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