Author Interview: Kathy Kulig
Award-winning author Kathy Kulig lives an extraordinary life. She’s a science geek by day and a writer of paranormal, contemporary and erotic fiction by night. Kathy has finaled or won a number of contests including the PRIZM, EPIC and Maggie awards. She’s a multi-published author for Ellora’s Cave. She writes dark, attractive heroes and feisty, courageous heroines who find sizzling passion and captivating adventures. Her interest in mythology, quantum physics and the supernatural, and also her extensive background in science provide inexhaustible material for new projects. Besides her career in writing, she’s a cytotechnologist and has worked as a research scientist, medical technologist, dive master and stringer for a newspaper. To find more information visit: www.kathykulig.com
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When did you first realize you wanted to be an Author?
I was first published in magazine and newspapers in the 90s but didn’t pursue publishing a novel until 2003. My first novella was published in 2004.
What would you say is your interesting quirk that only happens when you are writing?
Silly things will keep me focused. An uncluttered desk, the online-stopwatch will keep me from checking email and social networks. Sometimes I’ll listen to music but it has to be instrumental. Music with lyrics tends to be distracting.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing your books?
How ideas and plot twists suddenly come out of no where. Seeing a picture, a scene while driving, watching a moving, overhearing a conversation will click a complete story idea. Strange how the mind works.
Where did you get ideas for your books?
From all the above. 🙂
Out of all the books you have written which is your favorite and why?
I can’t say I have a favorite. It’s usually the one I just finished. I like Damned and Defiant because I loved Dante’s character and how he was redeemed throughout the trilogy.
Is your book considered Erotica, Romance with a few spicy scenes or YA and Why?
Readers who like sexy romance, passionate stories with adventurous plotlines. I have some contemporary stories and some paranormal stories, all have courageous characters trying to do the right thing even if their path takes then down the wrong path. In the end love finds a way.
What do you think makes a good story?
Strong, edgy characters. And adventurous plots with interesting twists and a passionate love story. Of course a happy ending.
Who are some of your favorite Authors?
I couldn’t begin to name favorites. I read so widely. From erotic romance, romantic suspense, paranormal, thrillers, sci fi, comedy.
If you could have any actor play your main character, who would it be and why?
- Ian Somerhalder. Need someone dark and mysterious.
Who are some of the people that influenced your love of writing?
My mom who taught me to love books and Ray Bradbury who was an amazing author.
If you had one piece of advice for an aspiring Author what would it be?
Be persistent, set goals and write everyday before email, FB, Twitter, etc., stick with it, keep trying to make each book better than the last. Even after you’ve written 100 books there is something to learn.
What would you like to say to friends and family of Authors (not just your own)?
It takes a lot of patience and understanding to be a spouse or family member of a writer. Writers are ALWAYS writing even if they’re not at their computer. They’re thinking about their book, not egnoring you. There are ups and downs in every writer’s career, that’s normal. And it is a career, a passion, never a hobby.
Is there anything else you want to share with your readers?
I want to thank the readers for their continued support. It means so much to me.
And thanks to Crimson Flower Reviews for having me as a guest!!
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Damned and Defiant
… the chi energy rushed into him. Control, control. He had to slow down or he’d drain her.
When he felt her energy weaken, he pulled away and stood. The woman lay there, in a deep, trance-like sleep, her eyes open but dazed. As he watched her, something inside him stirred. His collection was complete. He should leave her here, now. After all, he’d picked her up along the highway. Why not leave her where he found her? When she awoke, she wouldn’t remember their encounter.
Dropping down onto the sand beside her, he brushed her hair back. He’d been hanging around Sakari too long. No wonder that Drone chose to become a mortal. She got too personal with her Kithra and it always got her into trouble.
Dante got to his feet, got dressed and collected his belongings, stowing them away on his bike. Glancing back to the woman, he saw her curl up on her side and shiver as if the desert night air had chilled her. She was coming out of the trance. He needed to leave. He could cover her with a blanket. The night was cool and she was naked. After covering her, he stood over her and watched her sleep. She snuggled deeper under the covering and sighed. His cock twitched, then hardened. It took all his willpower not to lie next to her and pull her into his arms. Not for another collection of chi, but to feel her body close. Fuck. He kicked a stone into the fire and sparks rose into the sky.
He couldn’t leave her. He didn’t know why but he just couldn’t do it. There was no way he was going to let Sakari or any of the Drones find out about this. After he helped her dress, he folded up the blanket and got her back onto his bike. She was awake, but still in a semi-trance. He extinguished the fire, buried the ashes so there was no sign that anyone had ever been there and drove his bike back toward the highway. He found a budget motel and pulled into the parking lot.
“Here’s your stop,” Dante said in a friendly manner. As she climbed off the bike, he slipped some cash into her jeans pocket.
She looked at him a little confused. “My stop? I can’t afford to stay here.”
“Sure you can. You said you found some money at the last rest area you were at. You have it in your pocket.”
Fishing in her jeans, she held up the bills. “Wow. Oh, yeah. I guess I forgot.” She laughed. “I should save this money though. I abandoned my car shortly after I left Texas. It died. But I have a sleeping bag. I’ve been camping out.”
“No, you need a bed and a safe place to sleep for the night.” Dante used his telepathic influence again. He wanted to make sure she’d have a safe place to recover. By morning she’d regain her strength and her mind, although she’d have forgotten all about their encounter, all about him.
“It would be nice to sleep in a real bed and use a shower, not wash up in a rest area. Will you stay too?” she asked.
He gripped the handles on his bike and dared to glance at her lush mouth. Her lips were pressed in a sexy pout. If he kissed her, he knew he wouldn’t have the power to leave. “Can’t.”
She sighed. “Thanks for the lift.” She waved goodbye and strode toward the motel. By morning he knew she’d forget about their sexual encounter in the desert.
Dante turned his bike around and rode back onto the highway.