I am pleased to be involved with the Next Big Thing Blog Hop. Today’s guest is Kristine Cayne, the author of several paranormal romance books and an excellent colleague. I’ll start with the interview – you’ll wand to read down to the author info!
Hi, Kristine Cayne and Jamie Caldwell. I’m glad to have you on my blog. First off, like any good partnerships, I want to know how you first met.
Kristine: Hi, Ronald! Jamie and I met when I was working on an anthology of the Caldwell family with five other authors from the Rainy Day Writers group. The anthology begins in the 1850’s with James Caldwell, the first of the Caldwells to settle in Seattle. Each story focuses on a Caldwell hero or heroine. My story is called “Aftershocks” and introduces Jamie, his wife Erica and their daughter Chloe. But the story doesn’t end there. I loved the Caldwells so much that I began my own series, Six-Alarm Sexy. The first book, Under His Command, is a deep exploration into Jamie and Erica’s life after the earthquake in “Aftershocks”.
Author, tell me what you would tell me if your character weren’t listening. Why do you love him/her? Hate him/her?
Kristine: The thing I love most about Jamie is his integrity. He’s a true hero who risks everything to help strangers in need. I love firefighters and the goodness they embody. Of course, I realize that they aren’t altogether altruistic. They do get a rather huge charge out of facing off with danger. What I don’t like about Jamie is that he sometimes carries his hero complex too far.
What drives you craziest about him/her?
Kristine: The way he let Erica take over his life, all because he didn’t want to upset her. Well, that’s what he says. I think it’s because he didn’t want to bother arguing. It took a freaking earthquake to wake him up!
You might know my son through his fictional avatar, Ezra the Dream-Traveller. He’s eleven-years-old. Would you introduce your character to Ezra – do it now, please!
Kristine: Hi Ezra. I have a real-life hero for you to meet. Jamie Caldwell is the lieutenant of the Seattle FD’s technical rescue team. They’re among the bravest of the firefighters, and the smartest.
OK, Jamie. How would you describe Kristine? Do you like being written by her?
Jamie: Kristine is persistent and a stickler for details. I tried to get her to lighten up my equipment, but she refused. LOL. Seriously though, she saved my life and my marriage. I really had to work for it and exposing myself to anyone, even my wife, was scarier than any fire I’ve ever faced. But man, was it worth it!
Each of you, tell me about a time when you had to share something with each other.
Kristine: Admitting to Jamie that I didn’t like the pain aspect of BDSM. I knew he was a macho Dom, and I thought he’d think I was a loser, that I just didn’t understand the appeal. As it turns out, he’s not much of a fan of pain either.
Jamie: *lifts a brow* Except when the payoff in pleasure is greater than the price of the pain.
Kristine: *blushes* Right. Except for that.
Jamie: It was surprisingly difficult to admit to Kristine some of my past experiences, the mistakes I made with some of my subs. *sighs* Those are regrets that will never go away.
Now, how about a time when you had an argument.
Kristine: Erica has had great difficulty dealing with the risk of Jamie’s job and the pressure it puts on their relationship. At some point in the story, Jamie offers her an out. We disagreed on this point. I really didn’t want him to do it.
Jamie: That’s because you don’t trust Rickie the way I do. I knew she would refuse.
Kristine: Sure, but there was a small cha—
Jamie: *shakes his head* Nope. But if she had taken the out, I’d have done it. I’d do anything to make her happy.
Kristine: Yeah. And that drives me nuts!
Author, describe your novel(s) in a way that will appeal to my audience.
Kristine: My novels are realistic and raw. My heroes and heroines are tested in every way possible. They have to earn their happy endings by drawing on each other’s strengths and compromising on their differences. It is only through this growth that they are able to overcome their conflicts, both internal and external, and find true happiness. Six-Alarm Sexy is a cross between “Rescue Me” and “Chicago Fire”—real, raw, and super sexy.
Character, what do you think about being fictional.
Jamie: Oh man. Have you seen the number of Facebook pages dedicated to firefighters? I come alive every time a woman reads “Aftershocks” or Under His Command, every time a woman checks the date on her sexy Firefighter Calendar, and every time a woman closes her eyes and dreams of a hot firefighter.
Author, I’m going back to that first question. Did you start the book with Jamie, with the plot, or some other way?
Kristine: In this case, the plot came first. I wanted to write a romantic suspense novella for the Romance in the Rain anthology. Since the story had to be in Seattle, I thought: earthquake. Then: who responds to earthquakes? Firefighters! Jamie’s character developed from there.
What in your life made you want to do this crazy thing of putting words on a page or in a file, and hoping someone cares?
Kristine: I’ve always wanted to write. I just needed the courage and encouragement to do so. When I met up with a fabulous bunch of writers here in Seattle, things took off and I’ve never looked back.
Now, author, tell me all about this book and prequels/sequels. – Spoilers can be left out. Character, you may interrupt, but I have the delete key!!
Kristine: I’m currently working on two series. The first is my Deadly Vices romantic suspense series. I currently have two books out in that series: Deadly Obsession and Deadly Addiction. I’m hard at work on the third book, Deadly Betrayal.
Jamie: I hear that actor, Nic in Deadly Obsession, does all his own stunts.
Jamie: Rickie goes all fan-girl about this guy. Don’t tell me he’s a Dom too?
Kristine: Well, not exactly. Let’s just say he has some very dominant tendencies.
Jamie: Great. I hope Rickie never find out.
Kristine: *laughs* Anyway, my second series, Six-Alarm Sexy, consists of erotic firefighter romances. It features the technical rescue firefighters from the Seattle Fire Department. I dig into their personal lives and relationships, exposing the effects of their high risk jobs and their adrenaline-fueled behaviors. Here’s the blurb to Jamie’s book, Under His Command, the first book in the series.
A firefighter desperate to save his failing marriage earns the trust—and the sexual submission—of his controlling wife in the most pleasurable of ways.
After an explosive one-night stand results in pregnancy, Jamie Caldwell is thrilled to marry the perfect foil to his Dom side. But when his submissive wife starts cringing every time he gives a command, Jamie shackles his dark desires. A bout of rough, frenzied reunion sex makes him wonder if now he should free the Dom he’s kept in chains and teach Erica the joys of submission and sexual surrender.
Erica Caldwell secretly loved every sinful thing Jamie did to her on their first night together. However, terrified she’ll become a codependent doormat like her mother, she repeatedly rejects Jamie’s dominance, despite craving the kind of release only he can give her—the release that comes from yielding to Jamie’s every demand.
Hoping that the trust required by BDSM will help them rebuild their faith in each other, Jamie and Erica embark on a journey of sexual exploration. But is it too late to repair their crumbling marriage?
Jamie: So what do you have in mind for the other books?
Kristine: Each of your siblings is getting a book. But each book is tied to the technical rescue team.
Jamie: What? Are you giving Tory a book too?
Kristine: Um… yes. Is that a problem?
Jamie: Are you kidding me? You’re going to hook my baby sister up with some adrenaline-junkie from the TRT and delve into their sex life. Sure that’s a problem. Tell me who it’s going to be so I can make him transfer out.
Kristine: No way, Jamie. I’m the author and I decide. No matter how much it makes you squirm, Tory gets to have her HEA too. And it’s going to be with a very hunky guy from the team.
Jamie: *gets an evil glint in his eye* You know, Kristine. My palm is starting to itch. Do you know what that means? Give me a minute and I’ll have you squirming.
Kristine: I… uh… think we need to move this interview along now.
OK: Goofy stuff.
Favorite piece of music: Hmm… my favorite song changes all the time. Right now it’s “Too Close” by Alex Clare. It’s hard and sultry at the same time, and I think it perfectly represents my heroes right when they’re about to fall.
Favorite recording artist: Depeche Mode.
NY Times or Post? Neither. I read the news on the Internet.
Wine, beer, or liquor? I love Chardonay, but sometimes only a cold beer will do.
Poetry or song lyrics? Song lyrics, definitely.
Pizza or paté? Pate. Hey, I’m French Canadian!
How do we find your blog, email you, or buy your books?
New Releases List (http://kristinecayne.blogspot.com/p/new-releases-list.html) or
My books are all available on Amazon. The Deadly Vices books are also available wherever ebooks are sold. J
NOTE: Under His Command will be FREE on 1/23 and 1/24!
Deadly Obsession: Amazon US – http://amzn.to/RETLOq
Amazon Paperback US – http://amzn.to/Q7U2e1
Amazon UK – http://amzn.to/On7LZN
Amazon Paperback UK – http://amzn.to/Qmdfq5
Nook – http://bit.ly/Qf1u5s
Nook UK: http://bit.ly/PZ7Oze
Apple iTunes: http://bit.ly/KUXUrB
Diesel ebooks: http://bit.ly/L48YD1
Amazon US – http://amzn.to/U5i7zJ
Amazon Paperback US – http://amzn.to/OnUDa7
Amazon UK – http://amzn.to/RwiNwU
Amazon Paperback UK – http://amzn.to/RfitCo
Nook UK: http://bit.ly/ZYtjBW
All Romance eBooks: http://bit.ly/SfvD3Z
Award-winning author Kristine Cayne is fascinated by the mysteries of human psychology—twisted secrets, deep-seated beliefs, out-of-control desires. Add in high-stakes scenarios and real-world villains, and you have a story worth writing, and reading.
Kristine’s heroes and heroines are pitted against each other by their radically opposing life experiences. By overcoming their differences and finding common ground, they triumph over their enemies and find true happiness in each other’s arms.
Today she lives in the Pacific Northwest, thriving on the mix of cultures, languages, religions and ideologies. When she’s not writing, she’s people-watching, imagining entire life stories, and inventing all sorts of danger for the unsuspecting heroes and heroines who cross her path.
To learn more about Kristine and her stories, visit her website: http://www.kristinecayne.com