Paul’s Fantasy Writings has the privilege of an interview with author Skylar Kingsley today. Skylar has written the fabulous action-romance novel, Captured. Recently, I got in touch with Skylar, and luckily for us, she agreed to an interview.
Where do you live and do the place(s) you’ve lived in appear in your writings?
Currently, I live in Okinawa, Japan. Military life as a child and as a Marine Corps-wife has sent me all over the U.S. and to Japan, twice. Captured takes place in the Sierras (Lake Tahoe area) and the section of I-80 that runs from the San Francisco Bay Area, through the Sierras, and into Reno, Nevada. The Reno/Lake Tahoe area is the only place I’ve ever called home, and I was excited to use it as the setting for Captured.
This blogger: You sound like a well-travelled person. Still, I think it’s really touching that you have used the place you call home most as the setting for Captured. It shows how much the area between Lake Tahoe and Reno means to you.
From which age did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I started writing in the third grade. I wrote one of my favorite poetry pieces in the fourth grade. I had it made into painting and it hangs in my child’s bedroom. I’ve always had the dream of writing a novel, but I did not prioritize it in my life until quite recently. Now, I enjoy writing poetry on Instagram to entertain readers as they wait on my next book. (*Smiles*.)
Your novel, Captured, is a ‘dose of action-packed steamy romance’ (to paraphrase you over a series of Instagram posts). What do you think readers should expect from your novel, bearing this statement in mind?
Readers should expect a fast-paced story that keeps their hearts thumping in their chest. The suspenseful plot and detailed romance scenes will make readers swoon – which I love. I wrote the story to play out like an action movie, with lots of hot scenes you would never see on the big screen.
This blogger: That last sentence alone will pique the interest of many readers, I’m sure. (*Chuckles*.)
In one of my blog pieces, I discuss choosing the right POV for your novel. Which POV have you written your novels in? And why?
Many romance books are written from alternating POVs. I chose the classic Romance POV style for my novel because it gives the reader the chance to experience a chapter from the hero’s POV and then from the heroine’s. The POVs alternate between them evenly throughout the story.
Do people you know personally appear in your story as characters?
I don’t use any particular people. However, my time with marines and alpha males has given me the right amount of exposure and experience to write realistic, if exaggerated, versions of these types of alpha males.
Having finished (and published) Captured, the first volume in The Orion Protection series, I assume that you are now writing the second volume. Has it been easier or harder for you to write the second volume than the first?
Stripped, Volume II of The Orion Protection series, has been easier to write. I understand much more about my thought process and writing style now that I have completed the first novel. The romantic relationship is completely different in book 2 and I’m thoroughly enjoying writing the new story.
This blogger: Yes, I get that about the difference between writing the first and second novels. It’s great to know that you have found writing the second book easier. (I wish that would happen for me lol.)
Your second novel sounds so exciting as well. I can feel your enjoyment and passion for the second book. No doubt, that will be reflected onto the page and make for a great read.
If you could give your younger self some advice about the writing process, what would it be?
Never stop writing. I stifled a great deal of creativity when I went to law school. I wrote only fact and logic-based papers in the law field. Now that I’m writing creatively again, I’m able to see how much my mind craves creative expression.
This blogger: (*Laughs hard.*) Funny that, I went to law school and felt exactly the same. I couldn’t wait for law school to end, in part so that I could re-start writing my novel again.
Did you have a mentor or seek help while writing Captured? If so, where did you go and how did it help?
I did. I had a friend who was also a lawyer writing Romance books. She was kind enough to tell me about her journey and offer a great deal of support.
How has writing changed you?
Writing gives purpose to my adventures and pain. I’ve done some incredible things in my life such as obtaining a black belt in Ju-Jitsu, bodybuilding, earning a JD, and traveling to the other side of the world with three kids. Writing allows me to weave these unique experiences into stories and share them with the world.
This blogger: Wow, you have lived quite a life! I am so glad you are writing novels and weaving your experiences into your stories.
Do you find music helpful when trying to visualise a scene? If so, what music do you tend to listen to?
I listen to sexy hip hop with slow beats when I’m writing romantic scenes. I alternate between music and no music, depending on how long I’ve been writing that day.
Have your family and friends read Captured? If so, what do they think of it and how do you feel when they talk about it with you?
The wonderful, charming and hugle talented Skylar Kingsley, herself.
So far, the reviews from my family and friends have filled my heart with joy. However, I have strongly discouraged my father and uncles from reading the book. I tell them to have the wives read and tell them about it. I think they underestimate the amount of detail in my romantic scenes.
This blogger: (*Raises an eyebrow*.) I would love to hear what the wives say when the husband asks about your books.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
When I’m not writing I am playing with my three girls, going to their sport practices, adventuring on Okinaw, and practicing on the Okinawa Roller Derby Team. (I like to skate fast with a bunch of crazy gals here on the island.)
This blogger: It sounds like you live a fulfilling, active and adventurous life to go with your writings. I hope you enjoy all that you do and carry on with it all for as long as you can.
End of Interview
Thus ends our fascinating interview with author Skylar Kingsley. I would like to thank her for her time, and to say that it has been wonderful getting to know her. I wish her all the best with her future writings, her family, her practice on the Okinawa Roller Derby Team, and her many other interesting ventures.
You can purchase Skylar’s terrific romance novel, Captured, on Amazon and there is so much to enjoy about the story. In addition, like Skylar on Facebook, follow her on Instagram and on Twitter, and check out her website to stay up-to-date with her i.e. when Stripped will be released.
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