Sharon Kleve, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Klutzy Love.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Publisher: Books To Go Now
Cover artist: Books To Go Now
Length: 100 pages
Heat rating: Low simmer
Tagline: Clothes are Flying and People are Dying
Corny is a hot chick with a great job that she loves. All that changed in the blink of an eye when her boss had an accident involving an oversized rubber band. She’s still a hot chick, but her boss is dead.
Steve Spears is a seasoned narcotics cop who ends up wanting to strangle Corny on a regular basis. After finding out Corny’s dream of opening a pet detective business, he decides he doesn’t want a girlfriend who routinely puts herself in danger. That’s his job!
Corny misses Steve, but she’s getting on with her life. She decides to get a month’s worth of dating out of the way in a single night, by combining her three favorite things—men, food, and alcohol.
Steve’s big gun and cop’s intuition saves Corny’s life, but not from another trip to the emergency room. He makes Corny promise never to get hurt again—she agreed, but has her fingers crossed behind her back.
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Corny Myers, 29, Pet Detective
Steve Spears, 30, Narcotics cop
I raised my salty-rimmed margarita, "Let's make a toast to Mr. Langfield; he was kind, kooky, and had poor taste in women."
"Here, here. God bless the silly romantic fool," Kitty cheered and twirled her hair around her finger.
"I second that," Brenda clinked her glass to ours and munched on chips and salsa.
After a sip from my drink my sexy-guy radar started to beep. I did a quick scan of the restaurant and spotted my target. I discreetly waved my hand above my head and said, "Target acquired... target acquired." We laughed until we about peed our pants and then I leaned forward and quietly asked, "Do you think he heard me?" then giggled more. "I've seen my share of gorgeous men, but that guy is smok’n hot."
"Oh boy, is he ever," Kitty and Brenda said in unison and fanned their faces dramatically.
"He's been looking my way. I'm giving him my, 'you can buy me a drink' look."
All of a sudden Kitty rolled her eyes toward the bar and whispered, "Holy moly, he's coming this way."
Sure enough he made his way through the crowd on the dance floor towards our table. Before I hyperventilated from excitement, Kitty kicked me in the shin. "Thanks, I needed that." Kitty could be pretty levelheaded in stressful situations.
Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
Klutzy Love, book three of The Corny Myers Series is a paranormal romance. Klutzy Love goes back to the beginning when Corny and Steve first meet. All three books have strong humor elements, lot's of interaction with animals and a sexy cop.
How do you come up with ideas?
Every Saturday and Sunday morning my husband and I take a long walk and talk about the crazy things Corny should do with her sidekicks (animals). He's says he's not a romantic guy but he comes up with creative ideas that I would've never thought of. The other walkers must think we're crazy.
What is the most important thing you do for your career?
I joined Romance Writers of America and the local chapter, Peninsula Romance Writers of America. I go every month to our meetings and seminars. I volunteer as the chapter Treasurer. I went to the Emerald City Writers conference last year and met the most incredible women and a few men. I guess my answer is I spend time with other authors and keep educating myself.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
It makes me extremely happy…I crack myself up.
What do you enjoy most about life?
Besides writing; my husband, my cat, and cooking. Most recently I befriended a neighbor's male Mallard duck. We have deep conversations and he agrees with everything I say. He nods his head up and down and says, "Quuack, quuack" I love a man who thinks I'm right all the time.
Would you consider self publishing?
Not right now. I feel a strong loyalty to Jenni Conner at Books To Go Now. This is a tough industry to be in. Every review is very personal and you can get crushed pretty easy. She's always there to listen and put a positive spin on things. If it wasn't for Jenni, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
How many hours a day to you spend writing?
I have a day job, but I'm able to squeeze in at least two-four hours daily and I write four to five hours on Saturday. Writing fulfills me like nothing else ever has.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work?
A big laugh, a big smile and a better appreciation for animals… ha ah!
List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Janet Evanovich & J.D. Robb. In both series, the authors create wonderful and exciting relationships between the heroine and the hero.
Why do you write?
Why do I write? Well, because the little voices in my head tell me to—seriously, I’ve always talked to myself—now I put the voices on paper.
I was a late bloomer and didn’t start my love of reading until I was in my twenties and then I couldn’t get enough of the wonderfully, smutty Harlequin books.
I’ve worked in the government sector for fifteen years and always dreamed of having a job that I could work from home. This crazy idea came to me one night, after reading a particularly sizzling romance. Why not try my hand at writing one? So, out of the blue I told my husband I was going to write a Harlequin novel. He said, “Okay.”
I figured I’d read enough of them, I could write one—no problem. Eight thousand words later; I realized it was harder than I thought. I also realized, I wasn’t writing what I was most comfortable with—animals.
I put my Harlequin attempt on the back burner and started writing “The Boss from Hell”. My boss, who I adored, had been fired and his replacement was a living-terror. It was really easy to come up with material to write about and of course I threw in a bunch of romance and of course animals. Ninety thousand words later I was still optimistic that I could write for a living, but I’d need a lot of support, my cat couldn’t give me. The support came in the form of Romance Writers of America and all the people involved in the local chapter.
Several of the members of my local chapter read my book and made numerous suggestions, one of them came from an independent publisher—Books to Go Now. She told me to put the novel aside for now and try my hand at a short story. That’s where I incorporated the paranormal aspect to my writing and it really clicked for me.
I submitted ‘Flamingo Blues’, as a Christmas short story to Books to Go Now and I was offered my first contract. ‘Be Mine’, a Valentine short story, is book two of ‘The Corny Meyers Series’ and in addition to a contract, I won the holiday contest too. Woo hoo! Klutzy Love is book three of ‘The Corny Myers Series’, which came out in August 2012.
I’ve been a jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none, my whole life. I’ve worked in restaurants, weight loss centers, worked in a fish cannery and even worked in a top salon in Seattle, but none of that was as satisfying as seeing my own words in print.
That is why I write….
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Italy. I would sit in a relaxing chair in my beautifully manicured garden. Eat bruschetta made from my home grown tomatoes, basil, and olive oil, on warm baguettes. Well, to be honest, I do that now, but Italy would be awesome.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
It would be an unusual book store, only selling eBooks. You could bring in your Kindle or Nook, and sit in a comfy chair and read through the latest eBook menu. You'd select your download and then come to the counter and purchase a gourmet sandwich, salad, wine, or beer and then enjoy your read.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Show and tell; I could always find a bug or frog to bring in and talk about. My love of animals hasn't diminished over the years, only gotten stronger.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
"Warning: May be nuts."
Please Fill in the Blanks
I love pizza with roasted garlic, andouille sausage, mushrooms, and black olives.
I'm always ready for a good steamy romance and a glass of chardonnay.
When I'm alone, I think about my husband and what I'm going to feed him for dinner.
You'd never be able to tell, but I'm not a natural red head.
If I had a halo it would be a pitch fork.
If I could be an animal, I'd be a bald eagle and rule over all the other birds.
I can never bungee jump because I'm afraid of heights.
Flamingo Blues December 2011 (The Corny Myers Series)
Be Mine February 2012 (The Corny Myers Series)
Books Coming Soon
St. Patrick with a Bite (The Corny Myers Series)
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