The Author Spotlight will focus on a different author every few weeks – it may feature an experienced writer who has a long history of published books, or a new author who is destined to be a future star. Today our Author Spotlight will be on Ki Brightly. You can keep in touch with the author at the links following the interview!
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Author Spotlight: Ki Brightly
First off, I want to thank the author for taking the time to answer these questions for me. Please feel free to leave any questions you may have in the comment section below!
ABOUT THE BOOKS:
What is the title of your newest or upcoming book?
What publisher is this book being published by?
What is the publication date?
Threefold Love by Ki Brightly
THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Ki grew up in small town nowhere espousing loudly to anyone who would listen about the never ending boredom, but amongst all that boredom was time to write, daily bonfires, and an endless stretch of sky to ripen an overactive imagination. Now, living in Erie, Pennsylvania Ki enjoys the sandy beaches and appreciates those quiet times a lot more. This experience is shared with a husband and two wonderful children.
Can you give the readers a brief summary of your latest book?
Captain Xavier Hobbs, a decommissioned combat engineer, was chronically lonely in the Army. But once he is back to being a civilian, with no family and nothing to ground him, he drifts. All he wants is a real home, a real life, and love—but that is easy to wish for and hard to make happen.
What genre does it fall in?
Will you share a few words about your latest book, other than the usual blurb?
I had a lot of fun writing this book. I was actually working on something much more serious when the idea for it dropped into my head and I ended up workong on Threefold Love instead. Fun trumps serious any time!
Give us a little insight into your main characters! Who are they?
Andrew is a bit self centered, but overall a lovable guy. He’s a teacher, which makes him a bit sour around the edges sometimes. Xavier is pretty lost, but a man who can ground himself in useful activity, so he finds himself taking on a lot of physical labor jobs and not using his degree. Duncan runs a museum, which can be a boring job leaning heavily toward administrative duties, so he tries to make his life more interesting outside of work by cooking, having fun with his fiance, and rocking the socks off his significant others in the bedroom. Oh, yeah, and also being some of the “on call” people in the local pagan community who will come running if you’ve got a strange or scary happening at your house. Andrew and Xavier go along for the ride.
Will we be seeing these characters again any time soon? Is this book part of a series?
I’m planning and working on a sequel, but I’m not sure beyond that.
Tell us a little bit about your writing style. When and where is your favorite time/place to write?
My favorite time to write is either very early morning or late at night. There’s a local coffee shop I like to go to, as well as my trusty kitchen table.
What sort of book do you enjoy reading in your free time? What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
Handle with Care by Josephine Myles. I really did enjoy it a lot. It was wonderfully British, the main characters were likable and relatable, and they were dealing with real life medical problems that often aren’t part of romances.
Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? Have you held any interesting jobs while you worked on your books?
I always thought I wanted to be a writer, but I wasn’t always sure I would be. The first story I ever wrote was a 30 page novellette in the first grade about a hot air balloon trip that somehow landed the main characters in Prehistoric times. Hmm…what types of jobs have I had while writing? I worked in a library for a bit. I worked as a secretary at our local mall for the main office. I was a barista for a while. I was also a manager at a group home for people with mental disabilities. I’ve done retail. I put together information packages on people for mortgage lenders. For a while I was a telephone sales order taker for a major clothing brand company. At this point, I almost feel like I’ve done it all. Oh! And I worked in a Chinese restaurant for a while too.
What does your writing process look like?
Imagine a pristine notebook. Now add scribbles, scrawls that resemble words, ven diagrams, hand drawn maps, stick figures, and lists of my favorite sex positions. Skip a few pages and you’ll be at my character bible where I figure out everything from physical description to what is regularly in their refridgerator.
Why did you choose to write GLBTQ romance? Why not another genre?
I like reading it. I fall on the spectrum myself. It seemed natural to write it. I don’t have a better answer than that.
One last questions…totally unrelated to books! I am a passionate foodie. Is there one thing in your pantry that you would be horrified for people to know that you eat?
Oh, wow. That’s a tough question. I’m kind of a foodie myself. Let me see…uh…yes, it would probably have to be the huge jar of peanut butter that usually has a spoon stuck in it with the lid screwed on. It’s kind of gross, but it lives in the fridge and it’s MY jar of peanut butter…
Thankyou so much for answering my questions. I think my readers will enjoy learning more about you! Good luck in your future writing!