Desiree King

Hey Readers,

I had the pleasure to sit down with Desiree King author of the novel Moondance (which I am getting the pleasure of reading. Review coming soon) and ask a few of the hard questions! I sure hope you enjoy learning more about her as I have!

​How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book? I love pnr and music so it happened organically

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? If you write more than one, how do you balance them?

I only have one published work, however my second title out early 2017 has a sci-fi element to it. I write what I’m captivated by and only write one at a time, often but that is not the rule lol.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

I’ve read since childhood ALOT but I started writing in 5th or 4th grade when a teacher made the effort to have a short story and poem published in highlights magazine. She was the first person to really support me a kid and I have to thank her… thank you Luanne Luna

How long have you been writing?

Again I’ve been writing since I was a kid, but published only a few years ago after my husband pushed me to do so lol.

What kind(s) of writing do you do?

I write whatever I’m in the mood to write and I’m sure I’ll try more types as time goes by. My published work is a Rockstar fiction with pnr elements.

What cultural value do you see in writing/reading/storytelling/etc.?

I write for entertainment, but as my second title hopefully will show it gives you an opportunity to comment on important social issues.

How does your book relate to your spiritual practice or other life path?

I don’t think it connects at all lol.

What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

When I wrote Moondance I had no goals since I wrote it for myself like all my previous work. I had to write it down to get it out of my head lol.

Can you share some stories about people you met while researching this book?

Again Moondance is not something I really had to research the real life elements such as musicians and family life is all just life experience. My husband is a musician (not famous lol) so I’ve known quite a few musicians over the years.

What are some of the references that you used while researching this book?

For this book I created my pnr elements of a working knowledge of the genre I’m a big pnr reader.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

My characters

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

Putting it out there for people to read scared the hell out of me

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

My characters to me are fully realized people and I love spending time with Alex and Victor.

Are there vocabulary words or concepts in your book that may be new to readers? Define some of those.

The idea of a Siren/mermaid is not as common in the pnr genre but not unknown my own spin is that werewolves and sirens are linked genetically, but werewolves are threatened by sirens and as a consequence werewolves have hunted sirens almost to extinction.

Are there underrepresented groups or ideas featured if your book? If so, discuss them.

What I felt was new about Moondance was the mixing of two genres the Rockstar romance and the paranormal romance. I have found extremely few other works that do that combination.

Are there misconceptions that people have about your book? If so, explain.

I don’t think so. Maybe you all can tell me lol

What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about your subject/genre, that isn’t so?

That it’s all like twilight.

What is the most important thing that people DON’T know about your subject/genre, that they need to know?

That there is so much pnr out there and most are different I mean , some authors are all about vampires or werewolves, but there is also witches demon elves ghost zombies and so much more .

What inspires you?

Music and my dreams. Most of my ideas begin with something I dreamed, but then as I write it grows inspired by the music I’m listening to at the time.

How did you get to be where you are in your life today?

After my husband watching me write for years asked if I had any finished and when I responded with a yes he then said hey you should try to get it published.

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work? What impact have they had on your writing?

The list is massive but I’ll list a few of my favorites. Anne Rice, Stephen King, George r r Martin, Kelley Armstrong, Jk Rowling, Jane Austen, Suzanne Collins, laurel k Hamilton, Jeanine frost, Lewis carol just to name a few.

What did you find most useful in learning to write? What was least useful or more destructive?

I try to not over think my writing, I think when you over think something you are not letting the inspiration take you on the journey.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?

Part time I have a full time day job and a husband and son . If I could just do writing and my family I would be a lot faster at getting my books out lol.

What are some day jobs that you have held? If any of them impacted your writing, share an example.

I’ve held a lot of sales jobs like fast food, movie rentals and vacation sales, which I don’t think really inspired anything in my writing I did work for a short time as a detention officer and the training for that job has given me a introduction to the more violent aspect of my 2nd title that I’m working on now.

For those interested in exploring the subject or theme of your book, where should they start?

Pnr books and movies, but the most fun thing they could do go out to watch bands play local and international.

How do you feel about ebooks vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?

I will read in any format, but I think ebooks have opened up the writing landscape for anyone to tell their tales to the world.

What do you think is the future of reading/writing?

Honestly I don’t know, but I’m excited to see it.

What process did you go through to get your book published?

Self published

What makes your book stand out from the crowd?

I think the mix of Rockstar and paranormal romance is fairly unique

How do you find or make time to write?

I write a lot after my family is asleep.

Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two? Summarize your writing process.

My writing is more organic I just let the story take me where it wants to.

What are some ways in which you promote your work? Do you find that these add to or detract from your writing time?

I have been using social media networking and this year I will begin working the convention circle locally and see if that helps grow my brand. It does take time away from my creative time but it is needed.

What is your role in the writing community?

I’m just starting out building a name for myself.

What do you like to read in your free time?

As much as I can mostly audio books recently as I can turn that on while working on something else.

What projects are you working on at the present?

My current project is a pnr with sci-fi mixed in called A New World. Out early 2017.

What do your plans for future projects include?

I have a list of about 6 titles waiting not counting A New World. A sequel to Moondance as well as a prequel. A expansion of a short story I did for a contest which won an online contest, A mad tea party a dark nightmare version of Alice in Wonderland. A collection of short stories published as an anthology that would tie into my other series. I also have a straight pnr and a contemporary romance lol the list is Neverending I also thought about a horror comedy we’ll see.

I want to thank Desiree King for joining me today, cannot wait to fall into Moondance!

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