Kris Norris writes: Author, single mother, slave to chaos-I’m a jack of all trades who’s constantly looking for my ever elusive clone.
I started writing some years back, and it took me a while to realize I wasn’t destined for the padded room, and that the voices chattering away in my head were really other characters trying to take shape. (And since they weren’t telling me to conquer the human race, I went with it. Though I suppose if they had…insert evil laugh).
I love writing erotic novels. I love heroines who kick butt, heroes who are larger than life, and sizzling love scenes that leave you feeling just a bit breathless.
Julie: Welcome, Kris. Why don’t you start us off by telling us how you discovered/decided you wanted to become a writer?
Kris: Hi Julie. Thanks for having me. As for discovering writing, it was actually quite by accident. I’d just moved across the country-from Toronto to Vancouver Island-and had some time to, shall we say, think, and this story just kept playing over and over in my head. Eventually, I wrote it down, more to keep those ‘voices’ quiet than anything else. But that was all it took to get ‘bitten’ as they say, and I’ve published sixteen books since my debut in October 2009.
Julie: What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
Kris: If you can call talking to yourself while you run through the woods outlining, then yes…unfortunately, I’m not that well organized, so I’m definitely a ‘fly by the seat of your pants’ kind of girl. I’ll have a general idea where a story begins, but the rest evolves as I write. Sometimes I don’t have a clue how it’ll end until I get there.
Julie: What did you do before you were a writer? Do you write full time?
Kris: I’ve had a number of jobs over the years, but before becoming a writer, I was a commercial helicopter pilot-you might notice more than a couple of my leading ladies are pilots-I worked on contract flights and was a Flight Instructor. As for now, I write mostly full time, but I currently edit for a company, as well…I’m also a single mom of three kids, so… that’s definitely its own full time job.
Julie: If you were going to cast the hero of your book, what actor would get the part?
Kris: I love this question… okay, for my action/thriller books, like Kyle from Hard Target, I see Gerard Butler. He’s handsome, sexy, strong and doesn’t seem to mind getting down and dirty. For my ‘old west’ shifter books, like Coyote Blood, I picture Viggo Mortensen complete with Stetson and chaps. And of course, you could cast Huge Jackman for anything and I’d be fine. I don’t think he needs any explaining.
Julie: I know you’re not supposed to show favoritism but who’s been your favorite character to write?
Kris: Favorite character to write? That’s like picking a favorite kid, which with three, I assure you changes on a daily basis…besides isn’t it always the last one you wrote? Maybe that’s because with my memory lately, those are the ones I remember. But if I had to pick one, it’d be Reese, from Playing Four Keeps. There’s just something inherently satisfying about writing a leading lady who can take on three guys-musicians to boot-and not give an inch.
Julie: Do you have a favorite TV show you can’t miss?
Kris: I love watching Ghost Adventures… yes, I’m that kind of girl, and I’ve recently started watching Justified… and discovered it’s an addiction I never knew I had.
Julie: If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why?
Kris: Wow, what a hard question. There are too many books in this world with great characters…and if you include comic books, well, now I can date all the superheroes-I’ll have the Hulk to go please. But…I think if I had to choose one that was a bit more in my genre, I’d chose Ian O’Meara from Bronwyn Green’s Immortal Curse. I’m not sure what it is about him, but I swear, I’m in love with him.
Julie: Please share with us some juicy details about your latest release.
Kris: I just had a book release last Wednesday, so it’s definitely hot off the press… The book is titled Coyote Blood, and it’s an old west shifter novel, that is loosely tied to a previous release… Coyote Law.
Jacqueline Kade is a force to be reckoned with. She’s a US Marshal and feels the Texas Rangers aren’t the only ones who ‘always get their man’. But when her prisoner escapes before she can get her hands on him, she knows she’s in for a chase.
Everett is a man with a past. He’s a paid gunslinger and a coyote shifter, who comes across his mate in a chance encounter. Discovering his ‘better half’ is a gun-toting Marshal definitely makes claiming her a challenge…but then anything worth having is worth fighting for, and the only thing more deadly than their prey is each other.
Julie: What was your inspiration behind this book?
Kris: After writing Coyote Law last year, I was absolutely smitten with the old west and I knew I couldn’t leave my venture into that genre with just one book. Writing another that was loosely connected to the characters in Coyote Law seemed like a great way to revisit the lovely town of Benevolence and see what other trouble I could get my characters into.
Julie: Well thank you, Kris for stopping by and answering my questions.
Between the Veils: After Dark, Resplendence publishing
Between the Veils: High Noon, Resplendence publishing
Books by Kris Norris
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