Oct 292014

Today I have author Bess Kingsley here answering a few interview questions to help promote the anthology that she’s part of. Frozen will be available later this month, and contains Bess’ story Falling On Ice.

If you had to describe your book Twitter syle (140 characters or less), what would you say?
Oh, tough one. I’m such a bad twitterer…tweeter (see, I’m not even sure what to call it), but here goes. For my story Falling on Ice my tweet would be: Falling off a ladder straight into love. If it were for the anthology, I’d have to say: Frozen–eleven stories of romance, magic, snow and ice to warm up your holiday.

What books have influenced your writing?
So many books have left a mark on me, it’s hard to pick out a few. When it comes to romance, I really like Diana Gabaldon (the Outlander Series), Marie Force (The McCarthys of Gansett series), Nora Roberts, and Debbie MacComber. When I decided, okay, I’m really going to write a book, I had just finished reading Janet Evanovich’s first novel, a romance called Hero at Large. To me, it epitomized the romances I had devoured as a teenager. It was simple and light-hearted, funny and sexy, and I thought that’s the kind of romance novel I want to write. Just serious daydream material.

What’s your favourite part of writing a story?
It’s so hard to choose! After bumbling around in several other professions, I have truly found my passion so I really love every part of the writing process. But for romance, I’d have to say, I love that moment right before the hero and heroine get together for the first time. That moment right before a first kiss…it’s magical. And it’s even better when the characters have been sparring back and forth for a while. What can I say, I’m a sucker for tension. A close second would be the ending. It’s a great feeling to finish a story and give your characters their happily ever after.

How does being part on an anthology differ from releasing your own book, and which do you prefer?
This is my debut, so I really had no idea what to expect. So far the coolest thing I’ve noticed about being part of an anthology is the sense of community. I get to collaborate with ten other amazing authors. We’re all working together, providing support, encouragement, and enthusiasm to promote our book. I really enjoyed reading everyone’s different take on the theme of winter romance. While I look forward to releasing some of my completed novels on my own very soon, I have really enjoyed and learned a lot from this experience.

Do you have a writing routine?
I didn’t always. For a long time, I wrote whenever I had some time to myself (with two small children, that wasn’t often!). Now, I write for a few hours after everyone in my house has gone to bed. When my kids are at preschool, I go to a local coffee shop down the street. That’s my favorite place to write. I like the energy of having other people talking and working around me. I try to average about 2000 words a day. As for how I write, I am sort of a hybrid between a plotter and a pantster. When I am ready to start a new story, I make sketches for main characters (including finding pictures that remind me of them) and important settings in Scrivener (most amazing writing program of all time, at least in my opinion). Then I create a very rough outline of what happens. I also make a playlist of songs that inspire me, and I listen to that while I am writing.

Is there any specific message you hope readers take away from your story?
I think the message of my story is to have faith and just let go. I’m a firm believer that good things happen when we least expect them. I met my husband when I was in sort of a bad place. I’d had a string of bad relationships, everything was going wrong at work, and then my dream guy knocked me off of second base during a co-ed softball match. Lucky for me, I stayed optimistic and open, and that guy that plowed me down turned out to be the love of my life. In Falling on Ice, our leading lady Sam is pretty much at rock bottom when she falls of a ladder onto her nemesis. But her lowest moment may also be the best thing that ever happened to her. She just has to let go.

Thank you again for having me on your blog! It’s my pleasure to share my story with you and your readers.

About Bess Kingsley

Bess Kingsley

Bess Kingsley began her journey learning to write and fall in love as a young girl in Catskill, New York where her credits included two first-grade boyfriends, a love note scandal, and boxes full of stories. After graduating from college she worked for several years as a writer and editor.

Bess lives a few hours drive away from either mountains or the coast in North Carolina with her wonderful husband and children. When Bess isn’t writing or reading, you can find her drinking coffee, engaged in a tickle fight, or daydreaming about her next big idea. "Falling on Ice" is her debut.

Interview: Bess KingsleyFrozen by Bess Kingsley
Published by Satin Romance on Oct 29, 2014
Genres: Adult, Romance
Find the book: AmazonSmashwords, Goodreads

This season, keep warm with a collection of winter themed love stories. Frozen, A Winter Anthology showcases eleven tales of romantic magic. Ranging from contemporary and young adult to fantasy and paranormal, this book will keep you turning the pages from one unique happy ending to the next.

Eleven authors each contributed a story true to their niche. Meet winter spirit Jack Frost who falls in love with a mortal, go on a journey with Jess and her commitment-phobe boyfriend to Sweden, and see what time traveller Drew is getting up to around Christmas. Freelance photographer Lizbeth meets fate when she gets snowed in in her car, Tiffany is reluctant to join her progressive grandmother at Lake Superior, the sheik’s daughter Nila’s has a difficult decision to make, Cara discovers miracles, and the magical couple Alaric and Cassandra are thrown into turmoil by thriving in different seasons. Read what happens when a single mother meets an old friend, and the consequences of falling off a ladder for ice sculptor Sam.

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