Kacey Hammell has been on tour this week with her latest book, Sweetest Salvation, and I’m delighted to welcome her today for her final stop on the tour with an absolutely lovely interview :).
Kacey, welcome and thanks so much for visiting :).
How did you get started writing?
I was a reviewer online at 4-5 different places for about five years before my husband’s endless encouragement (ie: nagging!) got me to write my first story.
What was the best piece of writing advice you received?
To just keep writing and writing and writing. Do what I love no matter how many times I’m told I could do better. Just keep on writing.
What do you think makes a good erotic romance, and what advice would you give anyone who wants to write in that genre?
My personal four main ingredients for a good erotic romance are …
Two characters who can evolve and need one another. They play off well in dialogue and chemistry/heat. There’s actually more to them than just sex and the heat—let them breathe and grow.
A good plot/storyline that is plausible and gives the two main characters a reason to be together. Don’t just slap two people together for the hell of it. The storyline has to be there to hold them up/together.
Honest and passionate emotions. Love scenes that are heated most definitely but don’t force it.
Advice – is mixed in a bit above, but definitely don’t force yourself to write erotic romance/scenes if you aren’t feeling it. I’m sure a lot of people say that writing erotic romance is easy but it most certainly is NOT. I personally think that not only are the characters vulnerable during love scenes but the author is too – it’s difficult to open one’s self up during those moments.
I think you’re right. Where do you get your ideas and your characters from?
Sometimes dreams, songs, real-life situations, news, sometimes out of thin air. And other authors at times – for specific writing projects/themes.
Following on from that, where did you get the idea for Sweetest Salvation from?
SS is mainly based of a real life situation. A dear friend of mine lost her child and husband within months of each other. It was a dark, horrific time for her – and for a lot of us who wanted to do whatever we could to help her – but today she’s doing well and enjoying life, and a new man! *g*
Who would play Andy and Hunter in the film of the book, and why?
Oh gosh, this type of question is always hard! I don’t always imagine things like this but pondering it now…I’d love to see Evangeline Lily (from LOST) play Andy and Taylor Kinney (from Chicago Fire) play Hunter.
Yummm :). Taylor Kinney is a great choice :). What do you think makes a good sex scene?
Honest emotions. Passionate thoughts. Delicate and intricate touches and caresses. Some honest and outspoken words of feeling, heat and desire. Put it all together and there are some great scenes.
You’ve been writing for quite a few years now. How do you keep things fresh and come up with new ideas that you haven’t done before?
I did take a bit of a hiatus for a few years, which was a blessing and a curse. Coming back to it in late 2011 after 4 yrs, things have changed. A lot of readers are more open about what they read, the storylines they’re willing to read, and it gives me (all authors I’m sure) the chance to really push ourselves and the envelope with what we write. I find there are many publishers who are open to anything, which is a blessing for all of us. I take a lot of time for myself, reading and/or just sitting on the back porch contemplating life and the love I have with my husband. With great inspiration like that, the love of family and friends, it all mixes into stories. A happy life for a writer, makes a better writer, IMO.
Do you have a writing routine? Do you need absolute quiet to write or background music/noise?
My routines vary as far as sitting down and writing undisturbed. I’m a Mom of three, I help run my family’s cattle ranch, and volunteer about 20 hrs of my time to my sons’ school, so there’s always some juggling of the schedule. I write as much as I can daily – I’m happy hitting 500-1000 – while I strive to write at least 5000 a week. On a good week! *g* Some days I’m very absorbed in writing, the kids are in school, the stars have aligned and all that and I can whip out 10,000 in a day. Happens very rarely but has happened before. I write with noise or quiet. It really depends on the story and how if it’s flowing smoothly or not.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if so, how do you get over it?
Writer’s block … sort of. As I mentioned above, when I took the hiatus my father had passed away unexpectedly (not that I could ever prepared for it) and he was one of my biggest supporters. If not for him and my husband, I may never have penned the first book. He believed in me immensely. When he died, I didn’t have the heart to sit and write anything. Took 4 years off, and was still shaky when I completed the first book. Didn’t have the confidence I once had. Some days I still don’t. But during the 4 years, I did jot down some ideas but couldn’t bring myself to try to write. Especially a romance. My heart was broken, I just couldn’t do it. When I finally did decide to write again it was because the hero – Dare – wouldn’t shut up and leave me alone. LOL I owe that hero a lot now! *g*
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Depends on the story. If there’s a lot involved (like this witch trilogy I’m dabbling in) if there are a lot of details, I’ll outline completely. I outlined my romantic suspense series right down to the types of guns they use. *g* If it’s not as intricate of a story I’ll just go with the dream/thoughts rolling in my head.
What do you like most about being a writer?
The imagination freedom I have. Bringing characters together, sharing their journey, the love and hearing from readers. I love the process from start to finish – even the grueling-at-times editing! *g*
Out of all your books, do you think you could pick a favourite and why?
Nope, I cannot. There are many different reasons each would be a favourite.
Brady & Isabella (Illusions) – were my first couple/story.
Alicia & Cole (Awakenings) – Alicia especially brought out a lot of emotion and unexpected moments for me. Cole for his being the ‘patriarch’ of his family. I love a family man!
Dare & Olivia (Dare) – Dare as I mentioned before, brought me back after 4 yrs of not writing. And Olivia (and her girlfriends) because she reminded me so much of myself.
Jazz & Ryder (Last Man Standing) – were based from real-life a bit – as an old flame reentered my life, so I spun a few twists in there, but was fun to think there was a decision to be made (I’d pick my hubby every time)
Mikayla & Sin (Sinful) – Sin is just the type of guy to lust after and jump his bones instantly – he needed someone like Mikayla in his life.
Ethan & Shanay (Wild Thunder) – Ethan’s heart was broken, he means a lot to me. I’m very protective of him. Shanay is everything he needs and wants but I’m not quite ready to let him go completely.
Andy & Hunter (Sweetest Salvation) – as I said, based off real-life tragedy – definitely rates tight in my heart.
A Ghost for Christmas – was my first ghost/paranormal story.
So very hard to choose just one fave. LOL
They all sound amazing. I think my TBR pile just grew again :). What’s next for you?
I have submissions out to a few publishers. Impatiently waiting on those. And 4 WIPs on the go. One short story is done, just in the self-edit stage. But hopefully more to come very soon!
Thank you for having me here today! And for sharing Sweetest Salvation with your readers! Very much appreciated.
You’re very welcome, Kacey, and I know everyone is going to love this excerpt :).
“Mr. Sullivan is waiting for you. He said you’d know where to go.” He smiled and winked.
Cheeks on fire, she gave him a small nod and walked ahead. She moved into the bar area and looked around. The place was packed tonight.
There were a few people she recognized, but most were new faces. Hunter’s business was certainly thriving.
Bridget caught sight of her and waved. Andy did the same and turned to the left, down the hall that would take her to room fourteen and Hunter.
Movement caught the corner of her eye, and she looked to her right. At a table in the far corner, Paige and Nolan sat with another couple. She missed a step, but gained her balance again. She hadn’t thought about seeing them again. Paige waved and her husband smiled bright.
The couple’s kindness and understanding arced across the room. Andy smiled and waved back. They’d been there for her the other night. She’d be forever grateful for it.
Reaching the room, she took a deep breath and knocked. Hearing Hunter’s gruff, “Come in,” she turned the knob.
The room, similar to the one she’d used the other night, had a warmer feel to it. The fireplace ablaze, the heat of it welcomed her.
Andy’s gaze swept the room. Furnished with a full living room set, she loved the royal purple and black colors of the furniture and curtains than anything else. This room conveyed privacy and self-indulgence. Her heart rate increased just thinking of all that might have been done in this room.
It was made for sex. Especially with a glass display case that took up the most of wall. Inside were dildos, anal plugs, collars, floggers, cock rings and more toys of pleasure.
Andy’s gaze landed on Hunter where he sat in the center of the couch, arms stretched over the back of it.
Her gaze narrowed on his and she shut the door behind her. “Don’t you sweetheart me, Hunter. And get that look off your face.”
“That self-righteous look. I might be here, but not for the reasons you think.”
“Then why are you here?” he questioned, his gaze unwavering.
“I wanted to tell you in person that your idea isn’t going to happen. We’ve been… friends too long. You’re Patrick’s best friend. It’s all kinds of wrong.”
He leaned forward, arms resting on his powerful thighs.
His red t-shirt molded his shoulders and the cuffs of the arms looked snug around his biceps. Damn him for being in such great shape.
She shivered, nipples tightening. She needed to get away from him.
“There, I’ve said all I have to say. Goodbye,” she muttered, and turned back toward the door.
Hunter was quickly behind her, arms encasing her as his palms pressed against the door and preventing her retreat.
His breath was warm against her ear. Andy wished she’d left her hair down. At least she wouldn’t be able to feel his breath on her neck.
A shudder ran through her. “Let me out, Hunter. I need to leave.”
“Why? You were so desperate to remain a member and be here the other night. I’m simply offering a safer solution. Me instead of strangers,” he rasped against her ear.
“I don’t have to worry about much with strangers. At least they aren’t people I have to see after the sex is over.”
Hunter pressed in closer behind her, which pushed her farther against the door. She’d always been claustrophobic. And right now, being caged in by this man, made it even harder to breathe than if she was locked in a closet. His chest was firm against her, his mouth against her ear, and his hoarse voice soft.
Her thighs rubbed together and her clit chafed against her thong. The string along her ass was snug. All she had to do was turn around and take what he offered. She wanted a cock inside her.
Dear lord, this was Hunter.
Could she step over the invisible line and take what he offered?
He was attractive, always had been to her. Hell, she’d only been married, not dead. She appreciated a gorgeous man when she saw him.
Hunter always treated with her respect and friendship. She didn’t know how much he dated but had heard women at the club mention his prowess in the bedroom. He could probably give her everything she needed. There would be a sense of safety with him at least.
And her body’s reaction to him today, while surprising, knew what it wanted. While she was sure it was a bad idea for them to journey down this path, she was overwhelmed by the sudden realization that not just any cock would do.
She wanted Hunter. Wanted only him inside her.
Her breath hitched and her lungs filled, making it hard to breathe. No, she didn`t have the courage to give into this man.
She needed to get out of this room and away from him. Grabbing the doorknob once more, Andy yanked.
Hunter’s palms never moved from the door, but in her hasty movements, his chest aligned tighter against her back.
Pressed against the door, she turned her head, her right cheek resting on it as her breasts pushed against her bra. The hard surface scraped against her clothing, which abraded her nipples. The urge to purr and rub against the wood was overwhelming.
Hunter’s body pressed against her; the cock cradling her ass told her that he was just as affected as she. His length was hard, solid. His hips dipped and shoved against the crack of her ass.
“Andy,” he whispered in her ear.
She closed her eyes, willed herself to push back against him until he let her go.
Her eyes opened when she realized her hips moved against his. Her pussy quivered and her stomach clenched. There was no sense in fighting a losing battle. She wanted him.
After the deaths of her husband and child, tragedies that she blames herself for, Andrea “Andy” Sheaver has shut herself off from the world. The only place she finds any relief from her shattered heart is Club Splendor, where she and her husband often frequented together. There, Andy submits to pleasure and pain in situations so her grief is forgotten for a little while.
But Hunter Sullivan won’t stand idly by and watch Andy self-destruct. A friend of her husband, and the owner of Club Splendor, Hunter has kept his love for Andy hidden for years. He refuses to think of her at the club, cold and detached as she’s become, looking for an easy fix to take away the pain in her heart. Hunter wants her to vibrant in life again and sets out to prove he is exactly who she needs.
Canadian author, Kacey Hammell is a multi-published erotic romance author who writes mainly in the Contemporary Erotic/Romantic Suspense genres. She is a true romantic at heart.
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