After reading two of her books I officially became a fan of author Kendall Ryan’s work. Her gracious response to a tweet I posted about her book–and to every tweet from her readers–made me a fan of hers. This is my second time interviewing Kendall. The first interview blew me away. This author has definitely earned her success and she has the work ethic to prove it. Please help me welcome author Kendall Ryan to the Contemporary Romance Café.
Tell us a little about you, and how you got started in your writing career.
To answer your question, I’m a sassy-mouthed, yet polite Midwestern girl, married to a cute boy, momma to two naughty puppies and love to read and write romance novels. I began writing three years ago, first in the young adult genre. When I saw the great success indie authors were having self-publishing, I decided to give that a go with some more grown up works. Five books later, and here I am! It’s been an amazing ride.
You’ve made a major splash in publishing as an indie author. Why did you choose to go the indie route, and why do you think it’s worked so well for you?
First, thank you! I am humbled and honored to have a place on readers’ bookshelves, in their Kindles and Nooks. I strive to write sexy, fun and emotionally compelling love stories, and I’m still amazed that I get to share them with readers. This is the best job in the entire world.
Before we talk about your latest release, The Impact of You, give us a rundown of the other books you’ve published.
Yep! I have Unravel Me, about a psychology student who’s studying a man with amnesia, Make Me Yours, about a sexually confident woman that falls for a man who’s choosing to remain a virgin, then my bestselling book to date, Hard to Love, about a guy who begins making adult films to pay for his younger sister’s medical bills, and Resisting Her, about a hardened FBI agent who rescues a damaged young woman from a cult compound. There’s something for everybody!
What’s the premise of your latest novel, The Impact of You?
The Impact of You is firmly in the New Adult category. The characters are a bit younger than my other books; this one is set in college. Avery is nineteen and Jase is twenty. Writing about that time [of] life provides ample opportunity as a writer to explore first love, sexuality, coming of age, first heartbreak, and really searching for who you are as a person. Plus that swoony-butterfly feeling that first love can bring… *sigh*
The book also explores the topic of adoption, as the main character Avery is on a search for her birth mom. She’s also dealing with the consequences of trusting the wrong person with some sexy photos that got shared online. It was a great journey to watch her grow and become stronger as a character.
The main characters in this story are Avery, a young woman who is looking for a fresh start where no-one knows her, and Jase the yummy frat boy she falls for. Tell us a little more about each character and their relationship.
Oooh! I like Jase being described as yummy! Side note, I had a poll on my website for this character, and readers actually chose the name Jase for him. In the story, Jase appoints himself Avery’s life coach, sort of tutoring her at…well, life. He issues her challenges, little dares to complete to help her move beyond her wounded past. So that’s how their relationship begins, but there is LOADS of sexual chemistry between these two, and I think readers will enjoy watching their relationship evolve as they try to navigate what their relationship means and experiment together.
Was there a particular scene in The Impact of You that you found especially challenging to write?
Hmm, great question! There really wasn’t a scene that stands out as being hard to write. I can tell you I had the most FUN writing their snappy, sexually-charged dialogue! Boom!
You’re a prolific writer, but you work hard to be. Tell us a little about your writing schedule and process.
Oh, thank you for the compliment! My process is crazy! I don’t recommend this…but I write seven days a week, usually getting up early with my puppy at 6am, and start my day with plenty of coffee and take about an hour to respond to emails and catch up with social media. I usually start writing by about 7 am and continue working until about 5-6pm. I take a few breaks throughout the day to chat with readers and friends on Twitter. Then after dinner and some time with my husband, I usually work again from about 8pm-10pm. Weekends aren’t quite as structured, but I still find time to write.
I recently saw the cover reveal for the next book after The Impact of You. Tell readers what they can expect from Kendall Ryan next?
I’m sooo excited about that book! It’s titled Working It and comes out on August 5th. It’s a loose Cinderella retelling about a male model who falls for his average looking assistant. I think readers will totally fall in love with Ben. I mean, he’s a dirty-talking super model.
The book blurb is here:
Straight-laced Emmy Clarke’s assistant job at the modeling agency provides her with one distinct perk – getting to watch pretty mancandy parade around all day. But having to work under the ultra-bitchy Fiona Stone barely makes it worth it. Emmy enjoys looking, but she’s not stupid enough to fall for one of the tempting specimens. Especially not rising star Ben Shaw.
Ben is everything Emmy’s not: well-traveled, highly paid and exquisitely gorgeous. He’s also got more issues than Vogue. Against her better judgment to get involved, Emmy’s southern roots kick in, and whenever he’s on set, she makes sure he’s treated well and looked after. But she refuses to become one of the pathetic groupies lusting after him, and soon Ben’s drawn toward her refreshingly real attitude.
Against the backdrop of fashion shows in NYC, Paris and Milan, their casual flirting turns into more, and they embark on a journey of sexual discovery. But when Ben’s twisted past is uncovered, it threatens both their relationship and careers as the bitter Fiona digs her claws in, unwilling to let her golden boy go without a catfight.
Filled with passion, jealousy and heart-thumping sex, Working It is the tale of falling for a supermodel.
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