Welcome to our second author interview at eBook Itch. As you’ll recall, we interviewed romance author Samantha Westlake recently.
Next up, we have Krista Lakes. Her books are always zooming on the charts on Amazon, so we thought we’d ask her some questions about being a best selling romance novelist.
Krista Lakes is a newly turned 30 year old who recently rediscovered her passion for writing. She loves aquatic life and wants to run a marathon at some point in her life. She is living happily ever after with her Prince Charming and her two amazing little boys.
In 2012, she released her first full length novel. That summer, she started the Kisses Series starting with Saltwater Kisses. She is a New York Times and USA Today best selling author!
Without any further ado, here’s our interview with Krista Lakes.
How long have you been writing/reading romance novels?
When I worked in the hospital, we had this shelf full of romance books to read when we were on one-to-ones overnight. I got hooked and have been reading ever since! From there, it wasn’t long before I was writing my own.
Can you share something about the first story you ever wrote? What about your first novel?
The first story I ever wrote was an erotic story for my husband. He was serving overseas, so we wrote sexy stories to one another while he was away. When he came home, we found out that self-publishers were making money off stories like ours, so we published one. It actually made a couple of bucks, which was shocking to us, so we put out another one.
Then, a friend told me that I should try my hand at a novel since my shorts tended to be more romantic than erotic, and I wrote one and fell in love with writing longer. My first novel, Burned, was never a success, but I loved the process so I wrote Saltwater Kisses and the rest is history.
Do you believe characters or the plot is more important?
Characters. They say that every plot has already been done, or that the Simpson’s did it, but what makes each rendition unique is the characters. The story of Romeo and Juliet has been done a million times, and it will be done a million more with different versions of Romeo and different versions of Juliet because the characters are what make the story new and fresh each time.
Do you outline your novels or do you write by the seat of your pants?
I am an outliner. My outlines for a 50K novel tend to be around 10-20K themselves. They are basically a choppy first draft! I love my outlines and stall out hard if I have to free-form.
If you could live in one of your novels, which one would it be?
This is hard- Any of the Kisses books. Since they’re all set in the same universe, that counts, right?
Why should readers check out your books if they haven’t already?
All my books are meant to make you feel happy. They all have happy endings and are meant to transport you to another world for a little while. So, if you want to be happy, fall in love, and leave feeling content- then my books are for you!
Do you prefer eBooks or print books – and why?
While I love the way a book feels and smells, I am hooked on e-books. As a kid, I would haul a full backpack full of books on vacations with me. Now, I just carry my phone. My back (and my suitcase) both appreciate the ease and convenience of e-books.
Thanksgiving. I LOVE food and a whole holiday devoted to food and family is amazing! (I have to cook this year, so we’ll see if it’s still my favorite next year!)
Any advice for aspiring writers?
Never give up. If what you are writing isn’t selling, look at someone successful and see what they are doing differently. Write your version of what is popular. But mostly, write more and never give up!
How do YOU define love?
Being there. Being kind, even when you don’t want to be. Love is a connection and it binds us all together.
What is the hardest part of writing?
Making myself do it. Even though I love writing, it is still work some days. Finding creativity when I don’t feel like it, is hard. Some days it’s a job, and that’s the hardest part.
What is the most fun part of writing?
My books come out like movies in my head. I love having them play through and seeing how the different parts of a story work together to become something greater than just words on the page. I love having a whole movie in my head!
Anything else you would like to add?
Thanks for inviting me to do this!