by Seelie KayInterview with Seelie Kay:
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Crystal: Today I have the pleasure of hosting Seelie Kay. Welcome, Seelie! I'm so excited to have you here today. Would you share a little bit about yourself with us today?
Seelie: I am a recovering attorney and former journalist who turned to writing romance after a significantly intense period of multiple medical procedures and illnesses. When I finally recovered, I decided I wanted to do something totally different from my usual writing, so I turned to romance. Writing has always come easily for me—I cannot remember a time when I didn’t write—but I have spent most of my career writing about legal and business topics. So, while I still ghostwrite for others, the switch to romance has been a new path and an exciting one.
Crystal: Do you have a favorite scene you would like to share with us?
Seelie: I really don’t really have a favorite. So many of my stories are born from personal experiences and each pulls a different emotion from within me. For example, in my latest book, The President’s Wife, three former college classmates share a secret that binds them for life. Because of that secret, one is able to discover that one of the others has been replaced by an imposter, and with the help of the third, uncovers an international conspiracy to deprive a newly democratic nation of its freedom. I happen to value friendship and this story permits me to express that. But I am also a patriot and a big believer that as Americans, we need to do more to protect our freedoms, because truly, freedom isn’t free. And the conspiracy in this story reinforces that. And finally, I believe in the power of loving relationships, and there are two in this book. Both healthy and impactful. So, while I don’t have a favorite scene, I certainly have favorite themes.
Crystal: Where did you come up with the idea for your latest release?
Seelie: The story was inspired by the investigations into the alleged collusion with the Russians in the most recent presidential elections. I began to speculate about what the Russians were capable of and that lead to memories of the Cold War and the fear we had of being invaded or attacked by the Soviet Union. And since I knew the book would be released around Independence Day, I wanted to focus on a story that would emphasize how fickle freedom really is and how important it is to actively protect it. So, I slept on it and actually had a dream I incorporated into the book. That’s how my story about an international conspiracy to overtake a newly free nation was born.
Crystal: What are you currently working on?
Seelie: I just finished my holiday 2018 short, The President’s Daughter. It will come out in December. I am also working on a novel about four former law school classmates who get burned by love and band together not only to get revenge, but also to build new lives. No idea when that might be released.
Crystal: Do you have any special routine that you follow when you are writing?
Seelie: I write when inspired and write as long as it takes to get the story out. Sometimes, I write for eight hours without a break, other times for less than an hour.
Crystal: Did you have to do a lot of research for this book or any other? If so do you have a fascinating fact that you have learned you would like to share with us?
Seelie: I do a lot of fact verifying, and usually have several resources open at one time. For example, in this book there was a State Dinner and also an embassy reception. I needed to learn a bit about the protocol for each. I also wanted to incorporate The Book of Secrets, which some believe is possessed by at least the President of the United States and possibly leaders of all free nations, and contains secret information on governance, and matters of domestic and international importance. Apparently, the book is so secret, I couldn’t verify its existence!
Crystal: Who are some of your favorite authors that you like to read?
Seelie: I am a big fan of J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts’ alter ego), Stuart Woods, and Lisa Scottoline.
Crystal: Is there a genre you haven't written that you would like to try?
Seelie: I love mysteries and thrillers. While I have incorporated elements of each in my stories, I am looking for an idea I can craft into a full-blown novel.
About The President’s Wife:
What happens when one of your best friends, the First Lady of the newly democratic Republic of Lodatia, appears to be an imposter? If you’re criminal defense attorney Julianna Constant, you pursue the truth like a rabid dog, then wage a battle to save your friend’s life.
When criminal defense attorney Julianna Constant travels to Washington, D.C. to join her former college roommate, Marella de la Aerelli, in celebrating her husband’s election as the first president of the newly democratic Republic of Lodatia, she is met with an unpleasant surprise. Her friend of almost 30 years not only looks unwell, she is cold and distant. After Julianna becomes convinced the woman is really an imposter, she attempts to expose the faux Marella by using a secret only she, Marella, and the sitting U.S. President share. In the process, Julianna helps to uncover an international conspiracy to seize control of the new country, using the president’s wife as a pawn in a dangerous and potentially deadly game. Will Marella be rescued before a coup takes place? Or will she become collateral damage in one tiny nation’s fight to be free?
The President’s Wife is a Contemporary Erotic Romance.
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The state dinner at the White House was in full swing. Waiters were busy delivering food and pouring wine, as guests ate and chatted with others seated at their tables.
Julianna picked at her dinner, some sort of beef dish with quirky vegetables, and continued to study Lodatian President Georges and Mrs. Marella de la Aerelli, as they chatted quietly with the U.S. president and his wife. Marella barely looked up from her plate, and conversation with her hosts appeared to be minimal. God, that is so not the Marella I know. She hasn’t even acknowledged me and I sent her an email informing her that I would be here.
Julianna set her fork down on her plate and nudged her husband, Little River, Wisconsin Police Chief David Manders. “Something’s wrong.” Julianna whispered. “Marella looks wrong. Maybe she’s just tired after the campaign, but she looks sick. Too thin and too pale. And she isn’t smiling. Marella is always smiling, even when she feels like shit. And she hasn’t even looked at me. Why is she ignoring me? Something is not right. I can feel it.”
David looked at his wife and tried to hide his smile. “Jules, you find a conspiracy behind every door these days,” he said quietly. He looked around to ensure that the other four couples seated at their table were otherwise engaged. “I vote for tired, no, make that exhausted. My God, five months ago, she was a farm wife in Lodatia, now she’s been thrust into the international spotlight as the wife of the President. That would exhaust anyone. I know if you ran for president, it would have a negative impact on me.”
Julianna smirked. “If I became President, sir, it would have a negative impact on both of us.”
David sighed and ran a hand through his short, silver hair. His piercing blue eyes gazed at his wife, his fondness apparent. “Well, instead of jumping to conclusions, let’s wait until the reception at the Lodatian Embassy. There are a lot of rules and protocols for visiting dignitaries. Maybe it just isn’t appropriate to buddy up to an old friend at a state dinner. Once you get up close and personal with Marella, you can get a better fix on things. That woman has been through the wringer, what with that opposition group trying to assassinate her husband not once, but twice. I imagine the stress of clinging to Lodatia’s newly formed democratic government is a kind of like hanging on to a cliff, knowing that if you fall, there will be no net to catch you. Cut her some slack and do not tell her she looks awful.”
About Seelie Kay:
Seelie Kay writes about lawyers in love, with a dash of kink.
Writing under a nom de plume, the former lawyer and journalist draws her stories from more than 30 years in the legal world. Seelie’s wicked pen has resulted in nine works of fiction, including the Kinky Briefs series, The Garage Dweller, A Touchdown to Remember, and The President’s Wife, as well as the romance anthology, Pieces of Us.
When not spinning her kinky tales, Seelie ghostwrites nonfiction for lawyers and other professionals. Currently she resides in a bucolic exurb outside Milwaukee, WI, where she shares a home with her son and enjoys opera, the Green Bay Packers, gourmet cooking, organic gardening, and an occasional bottle of red wine.
Seelie is an MS warrior and ruthlessly battles the disease on a daily basis. Her message to those diagnosed with MS: Never give up. You define MS, it does not define you!
Seelie can be reached at www.seeliekay.com, www.seeliekay.blogspot.com, Twitter or Facebook.
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