Today, we have an inteview with one of the top paranormal romance authors working today, Kim Faulk. Some of her books include Taurus (from the Guardians of the Stars series), Reclaimed (from the Fire and Ice series), Resurrected and Bitten (both are A Vampire Blood Courtesans Romance stories), and many others.
In this interview, she talks about what inspired her to become a writer, why she finds romanctic scenes to be the toughest to write, what she has planned for the future, and much more!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi there everyone, thanks for being here. I’m an Aussie girl. I grew up in the bush, some place west of Sydney where the winters were harsh, and the summers were hell. I was a quiet kid, still pretty quiet in fact. I moved with my family to the North Coast of New South Wales and after a few years of hanging out at Byron Bay and Ballina, I met the love of my life. Two kids, numerous animals and more good times than bad I decided to have a crack at writing. I always loved to read and dabbled with short stories when I was younger. So, with a fair amount of encouragement I decided to join the local writers group and haven’t looked back.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment in writing?
Being true to myself. Always putting everything I have on the line. As ACDC says, Balls to the Wall.
Have you always wanted to write? How old were you when you wrote your first romance?
I’ve always been an avid reader and first started dabbling into writing during my school years. My first romance was just after I started self-publishing, and the try my hand and vampire romance, and loved it.
Who, or what has influenced your writing the most, and in what way?
I think, exploring my own weaknesses and emotional layers has influenced my writing the most. I tend to write characters that are very hard-hitting in an emotional sense. I like to explore the lowest of the lows, as well as the highest of the highs, and what takes a character to these places.
How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?
My plots usually come from an image or an idea. I usually have the first scene or the last scene of the story in my head and then it’s following the path forward, or backwards try to work out either what comes after, what came before. I love complex plots, and usually weave in subplots depending on how many characters I’m working with. But every plot must support the main story arc and add in conflict.
Characters usually come to me whole, I’ll get a sense of who they are for usually one scene or an image of them. It can be something as simple as their shoes. That’s how it was for me when I saw Morgan my main character in my novel, Secrets Room. All I saw were the peeling toes on her pleather boots and I knew her instantly. I’ll explore their own strengths and weaknesses and why they act a certain way. My characters are usually very grungy, and beaten down. I love writing the underdogs.
Is there a certain type of scene that is harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?
It used to be the romance scenes which I had the most trouble with, blending romance with action usually meant one would be weaker than the other. Considering I’m primarily a thriller author it was usually the romance. But I’ve been working on this, and I’ve been letting my characters take the reins when it comes to how they love. I think it’s made by stories richer and it’s given me a wonderful side of them to explore.
I love the awkwardness. I love that first kiss. I love the lengths that somebody will go to protect the one they love, for me that’s even richer when I’m writing from a woman’s perspective.
Of all of your books, which is your favorite and why?
End of Dreams would have to be my favorite story. It was probably the first story that I wrote with multiple points of view, it came from a flash fiction piece that I wrote about her mother protecting her unborn child, and then it turned into this wonderful story were humans and immortals collide on an amazing scale of bloodcurdling incidents.
It is complex and hard hitting, and very dark, so it’s not for the faint hearted. I still have more to write in this series, and can’t wait to get back these characters, to me they feel like home.
What happens to your deleted scenes? Do you squirrel them away for future use, or are they gone forever?
Hmmm, I don’t usually have a lot of deleted scenes. I tend to write very lean, so if anything I add to the story and I don’t usually take anything away. There was one sex scene in Taurus that I removed and I give that to my subscribers as a bonus when they sign up for my newsletter. Other than that, everything stays.
And now for the silly… what is the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of research for a book? Give details if you have them.
Oh Jezz. The majority of the research I do is online. But I have been on some pretty full on sites on a make bombs, how to use drugs, so I do expect a knock on my door one day from a government official asking me to please explain.
What new and exciting thing is coming from you in the next little while?
I have so many cool things coming up soon. I working on the third Dragon shifter book in my series, Cancer. And the fourth book from Nova and Kol the Blood Courtesan’s series. I’m also working on a group project for the end of the year that I’m really excited about, so I’m looking forward to finishing out the year with a bang.
Can you share a short excerpt of your newest release?
I’d love to. Here’s an excerpt from Resurrected, Book 3 of Nova and Kol in the Blood Courtesans Series:
You…you did something to me. You did something to me!
I speared my hand through the sheets, searching for him, and rolled.
You…you did something to me. You did something to me!
Those words ricocheted like a stray bullet finding its mark. I backed away from the memories of that dark alley—run, whispered a voice inside my head...run.
My breaths deepened, drawing me away from the past. This right here is all I knew. I buried my face into the rumpled sheets. The musky smell of sex filled me. My body responded, growing warm between my thighs. Tiny pulses filled me. I felt boneless, empty and full all at the same time…but most of all, Kol made me feel loved.
Love mapped the only path I needed. The only path worth treading.
I cracked open my eyes and strained my senses. A smile tickled the corners of my mouth. “Kol?”
Voices drifted into the room from downstairs. I caught the sound of my name. For a second there was nothing while my lazy brain put the pieces together. Kol was down there, talking to someone about me…
No one can know what you can do. Do you understand me? Not Rurik, not Angelique…not anyone.
My brain came online instantly, shoving the sex-sated moment to the side. I shoved myself up from the bed and swung my feet over the side, straining to listen. A familiar voice filled the air. Rurik.
“Where is she?”
My clothes were in a tangle on the floor. Blood spatter marred part of my shirt. I bent, and fingered the edges. Tiny rusted specks stuck out like a neon sign. I could smell it, low, dark, iron and pennies, life lingered—but not my life—not my needs. I cast the garment aside and stood. The floorboards creaked, downstairs the voices stilled.
“Maybe you and Nova can visit? I have willing humans.”
“No,” Kol bit back. “I mean, she’s not feeding…she’s already fed.”
“What aren’t you telling me Kol?”
Where can our readers find you online and connect?
Thanks so much for having me! I love visiting the PNR Lovers site and hearing from readers. You can find me on my website- www.hauntingfiction.com or on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKimFaulks/
Many thanks to Kim for taking the time out of her busy schedule to do this interview!