Kyra is celebrating her debut release, ARMED WITH STEELE, a smart romantic suspense novel that is garnering great reviews. Please welcome Kyra as we discuss writing, bulldogs and bathtubs. Aren’t you curious? 😀
Kyra, thanks so much for being my guest today. Let’s start with a question regarding technique. When it comes to plotter vs. panster, I think even plotters veer from their outline to a degree during the writing process. When you finish a novel, how closely would you say the end product resembles your original concept — 100%? 50%? Something else entirely?
I’d say the end product is maybe 50% of the original. Maybe. Like, the right guy and gal end up together in the end, but the journey between page one and “the end” is probably not going to look much like my initial idea. I take that as a good sign, though. To me, it lets me know the characters were strong enough to drive the story to completion.
I like your take on it–and your characters’ take 🙂 Are you a draft writer or someone who invests a lot of time in editing and polishing as you write? Why does your method work best for you?
Honestly, I’ve done both. Unfortunately, I’ve found that if I go back to “fix one little thing” on my draft, I inevitably end up “setting up camp” on a few pages…and then my momentum comes to a screeching halt. So for my current WIP I’ve forced myself to keep plugging along. If I discover I’ve left something out, then I’ll make a note at the end to go back and fix it. So far, it’s working out well.
Good for you! I’m currently experimenting with draft writing, something I was never successful at before. It’s actually kind of fun trying out a different technique.
Which do you develop first, characters or plot?
Good question! Hmm, which do I develop first…probably the characters. Usually I have a scene that pops into my head of either the heroine and/or the hero. From that snippet I dig backwards into the broader scope of the story to determine who they are, why they’re there, and where they’ll end up.
Let’s switch it up a little. Which do you find easier to write and why – description or dialogue?
Definitely dialogue. I hear my characters bantering back and forth in my head all day. Descriptions are more tedious to write for me, and honestly I try not to go into too much detail in my novels. I like to give the audience a general sense of the surroundings, but would rather they insert their own imagination into that part of the story. My characters (hopefully) fill in the rest of the blanks.
Please tell us about your new release, Armed with Steele.
My debut release is Armed With Steele (released this month alongside Twelfth Sun!), a fun romantic suspense. The heroine, Jessica Hartley, is like an Indiana version of Stephanie Plum. And the hero, Nate? Well, he’s a mix of Ranger and Joe Morelli all wrapped into one. 🙂
It sounds wonderful. I’ve already purchased my copy and you’re on my TBR list. It was fun to share a release day with you, Kyra. Which character did you enjoy writing the most and why?
Gosh, these are some tough questions, Mae! Hmm, I’m gonna go off the board here and pick Brutus the bulldog. One, because his name was my little plug for our favorite college team, and two, because he was pretty low maintenance.
LOL! How cute! I’m looking forward to meeting Brutus.
Without giving too much away, please share a bit about your favorite scene.
One of my favorites (because I admit, there are several) was the bathtub scene. That was a fun one to write. And even more fun to be a tease while I’m writing it…
A bathtub scene? Oh, definitely worth checking out! How about sharing the first three sentences of your book.
I shot out the door at Serenity Spa and made a beeline for my car. One call. All I had to do was answer one, simple phone call.
Hmm. I wonder what that phone call is all about. Great opening! When you’re not writing (or reading) what do you do to unwind?
I’m not so good at unwinding, to be honest. It’s hard for me to sit still in one place for too long. So if the weather cooperates, I’m probably outside playing with my family or pulling weeds from my flower gardens.
Do you have any guilty pleasures (i.e, type of food, music, TV show, shoe obsession, silly distraction) you’d like to share?
Ice cream. It’s nearly impossible for me to pass up ice cream.
A great indulgence for summer. My “can’t-say-no” is chips but it’s hard to resist ice cream.
And now for a series of quickies:
Favorite season: Fall
Favorite TV show: Law & Order
Favorite social media platform: Facebook
Casual or dressy: Casual 🙂
Mountains or beach: Beach
Thanks so much, Kyra. It was great having you as a guest today and I wish you much success with ARMED WITH STEELE!
What happens undercover, stays under covers.
Jessica Hartley is looking for answers surrounding the mysterious car accident that nearly claimed the life of her best friend. She’s willing to risk it all, even her fledgling business, to find the person responsible and bring them to justice.
Nate Steele is more than willing to help Jessica, but for reasons all his own. He’s been watching the infamous Maxwell Office Solutions for some time now, convinced there’s more going on than meets the eye. When his chief issues a cease and desist order yet again, Nate has no choice but to accept inexperienced Jessica as an undercover partner outside the letter of the law.
Will Jessica and Nate be able to flush out Maxwell’s elusive villain, or will their growing attraction for each other sabotage their undercover ploy? Motives aren’t always what they seem when Jessica finds herself armed with Steele.
CONTENT WARNING: Beware drool-worthy men in uniform, touchy-feely coworkers, and vindictive ex-girlfriends.
Kyra Jacobs is a happily married, mother of two, who grew up in Indiana. When she’s not pounding out scenes for her next book, she’s likely goofing around with her husband and kids, or elbow-deep in snapdragons and Lamb’s Ear in one of her many flower gardens. She also loves to golf (though, golf doesn’t really love her) and to jam on the bass in Guitar Hero. Be sure to stop by her blog, http://indianawonderer.wordpress.com for updates on her writing journey and other musings as seen through the eyes of this Midwestern writer.