1. Tell us about your newest release.
Triple Threat grew from my own experiences as an amateur actress and stage mom to my now-teenaged daughter, who worked in regional theater and in a Broadway national tour. I wanted to write a book that both told a moving, powerful (and, okay, steamy) love story and celebrated the dying art of theater.
Here's the back cover copy:
Sabotage and Seduction!
The Playwright: It's emerging playwright Holly Nelson's big break. Broadway. Having survived her traumatic marriage and divorce, Holly is now aiming for success, not love. And any naughty dreams about Nick Damone, the gorgeously dishy star who was her crush back in high school, must remain a fantasy.
The Star: For Nick, Broadway is a chance to go from big-screen eye candy to serious actor, and to explore the lust blazing between him and Holly. But life-threatening accidents will force a chain of events that could bring down the curtain on the whole production, or give Nick and Holly a chance to finish the sexy something that started fifteen years ago!
2. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?
A lot of things surprised me. When I started Triple Threat, I really had no clue how to write a romance. I mean, I knew the mechanics of grammar and stuff like that from my years as an attorney, but a romance? Character arc, GMC (goal, motivation and conflict), story structure, hero's journey, black moment . . . all writer stuff I had no idea existed. But I think what surprised me most was my own determination to finish what I started this time. I had a bunch of false starts, manuscripts I abandoned, before Triple Threat. Maybe I quit on them when the going got tough or maybe my gut was just telling me they weren't the story I needed to tell, and Triple Threat was.
3. Do you have any interesting writing quirks or rituals?
Not really. My house is a mess (another casualty of writing the my understanding family puts up with - see answer to question 5, below), but my husband promises me he'll clean out the back room soon so I can have a dedicated writing space. There's a desk (currently buried) that sits by a row of windows overlooking Long Island Sound, and it's a perfect spot (or will be) for writing. Until then, I tend to do most of my writing in bed. I don't have a TV in my bedroom, and the internet doesn't work as well there as it does in my living room, so there's less distractions.
4. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
I can tell you the two books that started it all for me: Leslie Kelly's Slow Hands and Susan Elizabeth Phillips' It Had to be You. The first was a free read for my new Nook. I read it, and then devoured just about everything Leslie had written. They certainly weren't my mother's Harlequins, and I started to wonder if I could write something like that. The second was the first book I checked out from the library on my Nook (once I figured out how to do it). I was totally blown away by Susan's writing: her quirky characters, her vivid descriptions and the grand gesture at the end - wow. That woman really knows how to paint a picture with words. I wanted to do that, too.
But I have to say, as far as who's helped me on a day-to-day basis, it's my gal pals in the best RWA chapter out there, Connecticut Romance Writers of America. I can't tell you how many times they're cheered for me, talked me off the ledge, consoled me with chocolate and/or wine. They're my critique partners, my beta readers, my friends. There's no way on earth I'd be anywhere near where I am if it weren't for them.
5. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
My teenage daughter's my best beta reader, except for the steamy parts, of course. She and my husband have been hugely supportive and understanding, putting up with way too many take-out dinners and cries of, "Not now. Mommy has 200 more words to make goal." The one person I really wish was still here to celebrate this with me is my mom. She was the ultimate Harlequin junkie. There was always a stack from the library next to the front door. I think she would have gotten a real kick out of the fact that I've written one (although she might not appreciate some of my, uh, language).
6. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
I'm a huge theater geek, which I used to my best advantage writing Triple Threat. I started performing in school and community theater productions at age 10, and I haven't really stopped since, although it's been a few years since I was last on the boards. When I'm not on stage, I'm in the audience. I'm fortunate to live only about an hour and a half from New York City, so Broadway's pretty doable for me. I also enjoy swimming and kayaking on Long Island Sound, and I've been known to whip up a pretty good gumbo when the mood strikes me.
7. Can you tell us what is coming up next for you?
There will be three more books in the Art of Seduction series for Blaze, tentatively titled Triple Time, Triple Dare and Triple Strike. Each involves another one of the Nelson siblings: Gabe, Ivy and Noelle. I'm working on Gabe's book, Triple Time, now. Both he and the heroine, Devin, are in Triple Threat. He's a workaholic assistant district attorney; she's a free-spirited tattoo artist/bartender. They couldn't be more different, and when they're together on the page, boy do the sparks fly!
8. How can readers connect with you online?
I'm all over the internet. On Facebook, it's www.facebook.com/reginakyleauthor, I'm on Twitter at @regina_kyle1, for Goodreads it's www.goodreads.com/goodreadscomreginakyle and there's always my website, www.reginakyle.com.
Regina Kyle knew she was destined to be an author when she won a writing contest at age ten with a touching tale about a squirrel and a nut pie. By day, she writes dry legal briefs, representing the state in criminal appeals. At night, she writes steamy romance with heart and humor.
A lover of all things theatrical, Regina lives on the Connecticut coast with her husband, teenaged daughter and two melodramatic cats. When she's not writing, she's most likely singing, reading, cooking or watching bad reality television. She's a member of Romance Writers of America and treasurer of her local RWA chapter. Her debut novel, Triple Threat, will be released by Harlequin Blaze in print on September 16, 2014, and in e-book on October 1, 2014.
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