Friday, April 29, 2011

Welcome Kaye #8: Monica Kaye!

Well, folks, I can't even believe it! We're up to our last guest in the 30 Days of Kay(e)s Blogfest! *sniff* It's been so much fun, and I've met so many great Kay(e)s! So, not only do I have a great guest for you, but, also a GIVEAWAY ANNOUNCEMENT!!
Everyone who has commented on one or more of the eight Kay(e) posts will be entered for the following giveaways: 1) a $5 gift certificate to The Wild Rose Press, 2) an ebook of my new release HEARTS IN DARKNESS, 3) an ebook of my upcoming release FOREVER FREED. ***You must leave your email address with your comment so I can contact you!!!***
Okay, without further ado, I give you the lovely and sharp-witted...

Monica Kaye!

Thanks so much for having me! I'm excited to be here.

Welcome, Monica! Okay, to start, please tell us how and why you came to use the name Kaye!

Well, “K” is my middle initial and when I was thinking about a penname, I wanted something true to myself, so it just kind of felt right.

Makes sense!  That’s similar to why I used K—it’s the first letter of my real last name. Okay, please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

My name's Monica Kaye. I write erotic romance for LooseID. I also write contemporary romance and romantic suspense but they haven't been published...yet.

Ah, a fellow genre-hopper! Me too! So, tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

THE BUSINESS OF PLEASURE is out now. It's about Carmen and Drew. Drew is an uptight New Englander who finds himself attracted to the last person he should, Carmen. She's smart and feisty and sexual and not the kind of woman men think of settling down with. Drew wants a wife and family. And Carmen? Carmen is an ex-stripper with an Ivy League degree who has worked for every thing she has in the world. She is about to open a male strip club, her dream business, and the last thing she needs is Drew. He has complications written all over him and still she can't stop herself from wanting to lick him.

These are the kind of stories I like to write. People who know in their heads they shouldn't be together but can't stop themselves from ripping their clothes off. They're fun to read (and write) and I think it's some of my snappiest dialogue.

Oh, my, yes! Watching people fight but give into that kind of attraction is always yummy! One for the TBR pile, folks! Monica, what are you working on right now?

I'm working on a third “Business” story. It features Keeley and Brian. It's my first older woman/younger man story. She's not a cougar but it's been fun to write.

Ooh, fun! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

It's lost in an old computer somewhere. Actually, it wasn't horrible. I still remember the story. I may rewrite it now that I'm thinking about it. Hmmm…

Get on it, woman! *grins* What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

I love dialogue. It's my favorite thing to write. I start stories and scenes with dialogue and build around it. Every book I've ever written has started out in my head as a dialogue scene. I especially love banter. I'm a sucker for the Hepburn/Tracy type of interactions!

I know it's cliched but writing sex is not easy. You want to keep it fresh and also emotional. I write erotic romance but my stories always end with the hero and heroine together and so their sexual moments have to also build in intimacy. That's difficult to do.

Being strong at dialogue is such a great asset—good for you! Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

Not yet. I'm not saying I'm above exploiting my life for fun and profit but I like playing the “What If” game. Imagining a situation and putting my characters in them and forcing them to interact. Also my fantasy life is much more interesting than my real one.

Ain’t that the truth? Dang it! Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

“Love Will Keep Us Together”—just kidding. I think a lot of my stories deal with trust. Trusting yourself and your partner. I think it's the foundation of any relationship and a lot of people struggle with it. At least, I know I do.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

As much as I believe in love and romance and happily ever after, I don't believe in soul mates. I don't think there is one magical person out there meant specifically for me or anyone. I think we definitely fall in love but staying in love is a choice. I call myself a practical romantic.

That’s really interesting! Which romance book or series do you wish you had written?

Wow! That's a hard question. I read so many books I admire and I wish I wrote LIKE that but not necessarily that particular book. Even a book I know I love, I think to myself that's a great idea but that's not how I would've written it. That's what's awesome about being creative people. We all see the same thing but in different ways.

True. Of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite and why?

Carmen from THE BUSINESS OF PLEASURE is my favorite. She's who I wish I was. Sexy and sassy and says whatever is on her mind. I love her and she makes me smile every time I think about her.

Um, I follow you on Twitter. I think you might be more like Carmen than you think! Okay, down to some basics:
  • Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Dark Chocolate
  • Salty or sweet? Salty
  • Bed or kitchen table? Kitchen Table
  • Beach or mountains? Beach
  • Give or receive? Give
Thanks for being a part of The 30 Days of Kay(e)s Blogfest! Where can we find you on the web?
  • Website:
  • Blog:
  • Facebook: Monica Kaye
  • Twitter: @MonicaKaye
  • Goodreads: Monica Kaye
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PARTICIPATING! Folks, leave Monica some love, comments, questions! And don't forget to leave your emails!

Thanks for reading,
Laura & Monica

1 comment:

Laura Kaye said...

Welcome Monica to the blogfest! Glad to have you!

Folks--don't forget to leave your email addresses!