Sunday, February 8, 2015

Whispers with Author - Piper Kay

Why don’t you share with us what a day in the life of Piper Kay is like away from the books? 
      Wait, what? We get days away from the books? Does it also apply to the men living in my head? Lol Well for me, it’s a fun filled day of non-stop adventures. I get to find my way through the maze of mismatched clothes, play a game of scrubbing bubbles with the toilet.

Oh, oooh and on very special occasions, I get permission to enter the Do Not Enter room, that belongs to my teenager. She’s an activist and been really involved with some sort of “Save the carpet” campaign. She takes all the clothes in her closet and her drawers, along with all the things she’s borrowed from friends and stolen from me, and strategically strews them across her carpet in a protest to fight for carpet fiber rights. She’s amazing at it, making sure every time, to use all her clean clothes, as well as her dirty ones to do this. After making her point through reminding me she’s always right and she does indeed know everything at age 15, we may sit down to have a real home cooked meal together. She loves our time together so much, that she spends the entire time texting every single one of her friends to tell them about it. Okay, hold up, Is it getting deep in here yet? Lol Is for me. I’m so boring it’s unreal. I do household chores, grocery shop and sleep. Hahaha On occasions, I will read, catch a movie or make a concert.

 Your upcoming book – Passion’s Pride is being released soon.  Can you tell us a bit about it and the series it’s a part of? 
      Oh yes, the Passion Series
Book One-A Perfect Passion, is about my guys Damien and Dax, oh and a crazy lunatic ex named Aaron. Damien was always giving too much, and Aaron, his live= in boyfriend took advantage of that, but he gets caught in the act and is out of Damien’s life. Damien’s pool man, Dax, sexy, tall, rock god body is a straight man, who just split with his girlfriend. Since Damien has a big house he rents Dax a room and their story takes the two of them from hurt and fears to trust and love, and a passion neither of them can deny as much as they might try.  
Book Two-Payce’s Passion is all about finding Aaron, the lunatic from book one, Damien’s ex. See Payce, Aaron and Braxton grew up on the streets as kids. Payce was the ring leader, but was set up and did a little time behind bars to protect Braxton. As young adults, barely legal, they shared one night together, the next day is when Payce went away. As Payce hunts down Aaron, he crosses paths with childhood one nighter, Brax again, after seven long years and everything ignites. They have so much stuff to get past, mainly Payce going away and never coming back to him, to Aaron, and being set up, that both are almost ready to walk away from it all. Again though, passion is a powerful thing. Now Sparky (from book three) first appears as a waiter in this story, but when he talks, he steals the scene. So much so, that he HAD to have his own story. He went from a one line character, into one that became everyone’s favorite character in the series. He was that good. 
Book Three-Passions Pride, Passion’s Pride is the final book of The Passion Series, featuring all the characters from the first two, but focusing in on Serge, aka Sparky, and Ash.  Sparky has had a crush on his manager for almost 2 years, so in this one, they finally take a chance on each other. And the Sparks really do fly between them. Rawr! Lol Their pride sometimes gets in the way for the wrong reasons, but when passion is your pride, nothing can stop you.

If you had to decide on one influence and/or person that made you head down the writer’s path, who or what was it? 
      Okay, this is actually the truth, but in a negative sort of way, so I’ll keep it short and sweet, then give you a positive if that is okay?  My mother and her words growing up “you’ll never amount to anything if…” and also the words “Stop daydreaming, what makes you think you have what it takes to become an author, you’re delusional for even thinking that. You need to snap out of this fantasy world you live in and go get a real job.
Now the positive was from my best friend, Bobby, who I’d known since 6th grade until he passed away 2 yrs ago. He was also an author. “You can do anything you put your mind to, so just do it. Put pen to paper and let what happens, happen. And then if it doesn’t come naturally, we going to do it differently. We’re forcing it out of you, because your mother is going to eat those words one day.” Hahaha He was someone who truly understood me, and loved me and vice versa. How can you have a friendship that long without it?
                  You were recently named Author of the Month at Divine Magazine. What was that like? 
      Incredible, and so humbling. I felt very honored. It was all awe and amazement at the same time. The magazine has an outstanding following in the LGBT community and is a great resource point of reference. Unfortunately, they were also targeted about a week ago by some that are anti-gay . Yes, there are still those that feel the need to judge others and carry out hateful things, even in 2015, so last minute, they decided to rename the magazine and start completely over again rather than take any more risks at being targeted again. They will have to build their following again, etc. Here is the link to them (and the Author of the Month feature-lol)I would love it if you could show your support by following them as they build back up what was taken from them.

Their other sites are:        FB

 You are with an Indie publishing house. Can you tell me your thoughts on the indie environment and things you wish would change? Or is ideal about it?  
      Well, I’m  published through a small Indie house publisher, called Hot Ink Press. Hot Ink is an imprint of Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. When I signed with them, they were one of the first ones I’d heard called that, but I didn’t know exactly what it meant…I soon found out and I love the whole concept of being indie.
Basically, our authors get a say in how our books are published, what genre and categories they will fall into, and we have control over what our covers look like, have a say so in designing them, how promotions are handled, etc. All in all, we have a voice in decisions regarding our own books. These are all ideal working arrangements in my book.
The owner, SJ Davis, is a real down to earth person whom the authors adore and love. Over the two plus years I’ve never once heard a demand from her, but instead a fairness in what we think. She actually does listen to us, asks for input or feedback regarding things that will affect us, our books, and us as a whole unit. Our indie house works together as a family unit. We have just over a hundred authors now, and to be able to pull off that many with set schedules, plans, ideas, opinions and keep it civil at all times, is a huge plus where I’m concerned.
I guess it’s a little obvious I’m all pro-indie, huh? Lol
As for negatives, when I find one, I’ll let you know. There used to be a certain dislike for indies, but that has even calmed down over the years.

What is your process when you sit down to write a book?  Can you share your techniques, keys to seeing that you finish it?  
      My technique is to have no technique. Lol! A sure fire way to get me off the beaten path is to plan it out, or make an outline. I’m a total pantser. I may have a general story line in mind, but when I come to the desk, I come empty handed. I completely let my characters do the walking and talking. Where they take me, I just follow along and type it down as they show it to me. I think what drives me to finish it, is that I also want to know how it ends too, so the sooner I can get there, the better. There are certain things that I do when writing, like blast music, guzzle caffeine like a Mac truck does fuel, but those are just little extras. Hahahaha! I kid you not, I have been on the last pages of a book and gone to sleep only to wake up and type what they want and bam my solo just turned into a series. It happened with A Perfect Passion. I had to message my publisher and tell her what happened, she said run with it, so I did. Hahaha It was intense.

You have a great following and many authors are looking to have the same —what advice could you give to others? 
      My readers ROCK, seriously. They are the best and I’m very lucky to have them.  Advice, hmmm… Be yourself, never forget where you came from, and never get too big for your britches.

Traditional versus Indie—why did you choose indie? 
      In the beginning, I honestly came into writing almost blind. I hadn’t researched it, but knew I wanted to do it. Luckily I ended up in contact with some wonderful people along the way who told me what to expect, to watch out for and probably the best advice ever given was to find someone I wanted to be like and find someone I didn’t want to be like and watch them and what they do, how they interact, promote, comment, share, etc., etc., etc. I learned a lot about some indie authors at the time, as well as traditional authors. I knew I didn’t want what the traditional authors had to go through right off the bat. The authors themselves are extremely nice and sweet people, but their publishing companies, I just didn’t agree with a lot of what they do is all. It’s fine for some, it just wasn’t my cup of tea is all. I like the freedom that comes with being indie.
What is in the future with your writing? What projects are you working on
      Oh wow ummm…there are a lot of them, projects that is, for this year. Hope I can do it all.
~Currently waiting for the all clear on Passion’s Pride, which will be very soon.
~March 10th is tentative for a surprise mini-series coming out. No one knows about it, so I’ll spill a little bit here, it’s an M/M Erotic Comedy Mini Series, and by mini-series, I mean episodes like a weekly TV series would have, but this will be every 2-3 months, then the next episode will release. And by comedy, I mean me attempting something I’m completely clueless about.
~March 25th tentative for Joey’s Choice. Now, don’t faint, but it’s my first ya/teen book coming out. It’s a super short, about a 17 yr old high school boy who is bullied because he is gay. It’s got a few tough spots in it, but the outcome of it all is awesome. You’ll see.
That covers up until March, then I have a break with releases until June, so have some major writing to do in between the two.
~June 27th is tentative release date for my 3rd book in the Invicta Series (my go-go dancing boys-growl)
~July 31st is tentative date for my new MC series called The Southern Sinners Series. It’s my motorcycle club story that I am so excited about. Leather, hotties, Harley’s= Mmmm…
~October 24th is also tentative release date for my 4th book in the Invicta Series (more go-go boys-woo hoo)
~December 12th tentative for The Passion Series Reunion book. (yes, I am one of those authors who can’t let her characters go. I just can’t seem to cut the apron strings)

What do you consider some of the best blogs, promo services and others for getting the word out there?  Who do you recommend? 
      Any blog is a good blog, it’s free promo.  For LGBT books, I would say Rainbow Gold Reviews, Bike Book Reviews, GGR, Gay Media.
For M/F and/or MM too. Ashley’s Addictive Book Promotions, Crystals Many Review’s, Naughtybook Snitch, Naughty Ladies Book Page, Pussycat Promotions, plus ~ahem, cough cough~ I just started a promo page and review section on my website as well

 And finally—here’s your chance to give a fellow writer or someone that wants to become one some advice—what would it be
      Watch, a lot. Find those you do and don’t want to be like and observe from a safe distance, no stalking now.-hahaha  Join some writing groups, and never be afraid to ask questions, everyone has to do it.

Fun Stuff:
Favorite Color - 
Favorite Type of Food -  Mexican
If you could be a cartoon character, who? Jessica Rabbit, Rogers wife. lol

And tell me Piper….are you a CRUISER GIRL? 
J Ahhhhhhhh, well now you got me going. Absolutely a CRUISER GIRL. Nederland Drag Baby. Nederland, Texas sometime in my earlier days. We had to of crossed paths many times there Jas! Bwahahaha. We’re shared exhaust fumes, that makes us family.  I included my cruiser mobile back then and another picture for you too.

I want to thank you for taking the time to answer these questions and share a bit of yourself with me. How can people stalk...I mean ;) find you?


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