A chat with Krista Ames #interviews #authorinterviews

Hi everybody,

Today I have the pleasure to have with me Krista Ames, telling me a bit more about herself.

Hi Krista, and thank you for being here with me today. Let’s start. Do you have quirky writing habits? 

 I don’t know if you’d call it quirky but I do need to have something playing on the TV while I write. Something like a movie or TV show but one I’ve seen hundreds of times so I don’t really pay attention to it.

Come on, you’re just like my husband! It used to drive me insane, back in the before-kid days, when we both worked at the same time. It’s all right, though. I love you both anyway. Since family came up, has your environment or upbringing colored your writing?

 I was going to say no but now that I think about it, I think YES.  My parents both are emotional and hopelessly romantic and it’s really how I’ve always been.

I’ll intrude right here straight out of envy. My mom is a math teacher and my dad a dentist. A lot of logic and numbers and reasoning. I’ve always been the black sheep, with my stories and daydreaming. I love your parents! Anyway, sorry for interrupting you. Jealous friend here. Sorry. Carry on.

 I guess I never thought much about it but they were/are crucial parts of who I am today.  They divorced when I was so young but I can’t even remember 1 fight between them which apparently really helped me maintain a sense of balance.

What is the strangest thing you ever researched for your book?

Wish I could say something cool for this one but as of yet, I haven’t done anything weird. I sure hope to in the future though lol.

Do you have a hidden or uncommon talent that helps or makes it harder to write the story?

I have talent? If I have any hidden talents they are hidden from me lol.

So true. The biggest surprise you had after becoming a writer.

Getting my first royalty check. It wasn’t huge but still more than I ever thought I’d get.

What you struggle the most with when you write the story? Research, plotting, keeping the people in it at bay? 

Hmm, well I think actually it’s different for each story.  I always want to make sure I’ve done research on the locations and the makeup of the characters but sometimes they do get a bit difficult while telling me what to do.

Which kind of scenes are the hardest for you to write? Action, dialogue, sex

I would have to say the sex scenes. Lord knows at my age and after 4 kids I know a thing or 2 but knowing isn’t the same as writing out the details.

It’s the same for me. It’s so emotionally draining for me that usually, on the first draft, I just write they do it and then I go back at it over and over again. Do you always have the reins of the story or the people in it try to take over? 

Well, they do get a bit carried away occasionally but I like to think I keep them on a pretty tight leash.

What is your least favorite part of writing a story?  

The End. It’s always the most sought after but sometimes it’s just hard to wrap it up.

I always cry. A little and when nobody’s at home–I have a rep to live up to, you now? But still… How do you keep from resenting your duties and every human’s sleeping requirement when you have to stop writing to take care of them?  

Oh gosh, I’m not really sure I do any of that very well.

Well, don’t feel bad. My husband just last night pulled his Chief of Household badge and told me I was forbidden to use the computer after 6:30. We’ll see how that works out.

I am lucky enough to be able to stay home and all 4 of my kids are at school so that makes it easy to run back & forth from my computer to dishes or laundry or cooking but once they are all home, all hell breaks loose.  I don’t usually end up focusing on the computer again until I get everyone in bed and then sometimes I’m just too tired to do any more. 

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

My hubby and I love to just go out driving but our kids are so active that we’re often chasing after them and one of their activities. When we have a quiet moment with no kids, we love to sit down and watch a movie or go grab a drink and some appetizers at one of our local hangouts.

Your writing style in ten words or less.

Fly by the seat of my pants and my laptop.  (exactly 10 words lol)

The toughest critic that’s ever been given to you as an author.

It might be weird but I’ve never actually gotten a critic. I’ve only ever written then turned in to my publisher and/or editor.  Now I have had some rough edits but I got through them eventually J

Favorite book.

Colters’ Woman by Maya Banks ( you can find it hereJ https://www.amazon.com/Colters-Woman-Legacy-Maya-Banks/dp/1609280237 )

Favorite author.

That’s an easy one, my favorites (which I actually have many that rank as high but 2 that tie) are Linda Lael Miller and Maya Banks.

Which other writers do you consider mentors? 

Oh lord, there are too many to list…

Do you have a day job? If you do, what is it?

I do but it’s not out of the house.  I babysit J

If you didn’t write, what would your job be?  

I actually worked for a hospital in the Patient Financial Services and really liked it so I’d love to go back to that.

What do your friends and family think about you being a writer? 

They are all actually really supportive. My kids even tell all their teachers at school J

If you could cast Hollywood actors for the adaptation of your latest story, who would they be? 

Hmmm, ok for Miranda I would cast Anna Kendrick.  She’s the perfect age and she’s a firecracker so she’d work perfect!  Now Garrett, he’s a little more difficult…let’s go for Alex O’Loughlin. He’s just so danged handsome and rugged. I think he and Anna would look good together !!!

How long does it take to write a story? 

That really depends on the deadline I’m on JI can’t pinpoint an exact.

Now, quick ones. Pen or computer?

Computer

Music or silence?

Music

Alone or in public.

Alone

Routine or when inspiration struck.

When inspiration struck BUT I try for Routine !

Outline or just write. 

Just Write!

What is your work schedule like when you write a story?  

Crazy, just trying to use every available minute to write.

What is your biggest failure?

Honestly, I think I can classify that as my first marriage, however I do love my kids.

Biggest fear.

Something happening to my children

Have you ever been in trouble with the police for your books?

No, never but that might be kind of interesting lol.

I kill people in my stories, well not me, but my characters do, and when I research I’m constantly waiting for the cops to show up… Talking about cops, have you ever gotten in a bar fight?

Nope, I reserve that for my hubby J

Have you ever found someone in a story who’s exactly like you?

Not so far, at least in one I’ve written.

I did (Meg from Nora Roberts’ Northern Lights) and it was oh so creepy!!! Do you have any scar? What are they from? 

I do have 1 major one, below my stomach from the birth of my 3 children J

I think I’ll go on and put that one in the ‘good scars’ column ;D

Thank you, Krista, for being with us, it’s been a pleasure. 

Krista’s last story, Whiskey’s Sweet Revenge, is Miranda and Garrett’s, and it goes like this.

Dr. Miranda Chase didn’t want to be home but she’d do just about anything for her dad
including temporarily taking over his veterinarian practice. However, once she met her dad’s client Garrett, she wanted to drop everything and run. Cocky cowboys just weren’t her thing.
 
Garrett Jackson cares more about his horse than himself or anyone else and when a tiny bit of a thing calling herself a vet blows into his life like a tornado, he’s literally knocked for a loop. He doesn’t have time for women.
 
But, when Garrett’s horse turns up missing, Miranda isn’t going anywhere. Forced to work together, they’ll learn a little bit about each other or die trying.

If you want to have a bite of it, here’s the link to the excerpt.

If you want the whole cake, which you should, you will find it on Amazon, and B&N.

Also, Krista can be found at her website, her blog, Goodread, and can catch up with her via Twitter or Facebook

Now, Whiskey’s Sweet Revenge is part of an amazing collection of 9 stories that go from contemporary, like Krista’s, to historical passing through a touch of magic. The common thread? Cowboys!

Here’s what you’ll find.

FOLLOW YOUR COWBOY HEART by Janice Seagraves  
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Chili Peppers Rating: 1

Max struggles daily to hide his psychic gift with animals. Being a hired hand at a local dairy probably wasn’t his best idea, but his mom needs the money he brings in. And there’s the dairy owner’s sexy daughter he can’t stop thinking about. Will he ever have anything other than himself to offer her?

COWBOYS ONLY by Nicole Morgan   EXCERPT LINK
Genre: Contemporary romance
Chili Peppers Rating: 2

Terry Reynolds runs his family’s cattle ranch in Antonito, Colorado. Born and raised on the one-hundred-plus acre property, it’s the only life he knows. Much to his match-making mother’s dismay, it’s the only thing in his life he truly cares for.

Andie Donahue has just moved to Antonito after inheriting a small two-bedroom cabin from her late aunt. She wants a new start and decides this is her chance. After discovering a dating site has matched her to a handsome cowboy in the same town, she wastes no time sending the hunk a message.

Terry has no clue why some strange woman has shown up at his ranch, or what the heck she’s talking about. After running the adorable brunette off, he finds out the truth. Now he’s faced with making amends for his mother’s meddling. But did he just blow the best chance he had for love right out of the water? And worse…what does he do now?

LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE by Rose Anderson writing as Madeline Archer
Genre: Paranormal
Chili Peppers Rating: 1

In 1919, with soldiers off to war in Europe and influenza taking the heartiest in the homeland, a small ranch in New Mexico hangs on the edge of foreclosure. After the granddaughter of a Yaqui medicine man prays to the ancestors for guidance, a stranger arrives seeking work and he’s is unlike any vaquero they’ve ever known. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

THE SHADOWS IN OUR PAST by Denyse Bridger
Genre: Historical Western
Chili Peppers Rating: 3

Enroute home to Gold Ridge, Colorado after their honeymoon, David and Hannah Logan are attacked by a pair of bandits who plunge them back into a past they shared, but never truly came to terms with together… It’s been almost a year since the nightmare of violence and assault tore Hannah from David’s side and left him bereft and angry. When she returned to him, determined to rebuild what they’d lost, the light of love had come with her. Now, a new torment threatens to destroy everything, and Hannah’s biggest enemy might just be David himself…

LOVE, TEXAS STYLE by Gemma Juliana  
Genre: Contemporary
Chili Peppers Rating: 1

Amy Waterstone must return to the family ranch in Glen Creek, Texas because her father had a serious accident. Then she learns her father compromised the ranch by taking a loan he can’t repay from Chase Storm, the cowboy next door. He’s the one man she never wants to see again. Chase has waited seven years for Amy to come home, and for a chance to redeem himself in her eyes. They’re both older, but are they any wiser?

BEAR COUNTRY by Michele  Zurlo
Genre: Paranormal/shifter  
Chili Peppers Rating: 1

Tasked with scattering the ashes of her beloved aunt at the source of the Big Bear River high in the mountains, Mallory must swallow her pride and ask Gavin, a laconic, sexy ranch hand, to guide her.

PLEASURING PANDORA by Tina Donahue  
Genre: Erotic Contemporary
Chili Peppers Rating: 4

This luscious cowboy’s been on her radar for years, but he’s never noticed her. A speeding ticket changes everything, leading to a sultry weekend and no-holds-barred romance – Texas style.

WHISKEY’S SWEET REVENGE by Krista Ames  
Genre: Western Contemporary Romance
Chili Peppers Rating: 1

Dr. Miranda Chase didn’t want to be home but she’d do just about anything for her dad
including temporarily taking over his veterinarian practice. However, once she met her dad’s client Garrett, she wanted to drop everything and run. Cocky cowboys just weren’t her thing.

Garrett Jackson cares more about his horse than himself or anyone else and when a tiny bit of a thing calling herself a vet blows into his life like a tornado, he’s literally knocked for a loop. He doesn’t have time for women.

But, when Garrett’s horse turns up missing, Miranda isn’t going anywhere. Forced to work together, they’ll learn a little bit about each other or die trying.

THE COWBOY, HIS COUNTESS, AND HER COMPANION by Suz deMello
Genre:  Historial (Victorian England)
Chili Peppers Rating: 3

(England, 1870) The Honorable Amelia Haddon must marry, or lose the income that supports her and her “companion.”  Averse to men, she is desperate until an American cowboy proves to be her unlikely rescuer. But will judgmental society drag this happy trio apart?

You can visit Krista and all the other authors of Romance Books 4 Us at their website www.romancebooks4us.com

 

 

 

I hope you had fun with us today, and I’ll see you guys next week!

Vi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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