Monday, March 5, 2012

AAD Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Kayleigh Jamison

Kayleigh Jamison joins us for today's author spotlight. Kayleigh has been writing since she was 7 year-old and playing the violin since age 8.  She spends her days working as a lawyer, but writes erotic romance by night. Please help me welcome her to the blog.

Jen: Give new readers the lowdown on a few of your titles.

Kayleigh: I primarily write historical erotic romance, but beyond that I'm all over the map, with books set in Regency England (Unspeakable, Reckless Liaisons, A Scandalous Arrangement), 1500s Scotland (Leading Her to Heaven), and 1700s Hungary (Svetkavista). I also write the ocassional contemporary paranormal, like Caging Kat which features the Greek god, Ares, as the hero.

Jen: I see a lot of historicals among your titles ... what draws you to writing historical romance? Is there a lot of research involved?

Kayleigh: I've always been something of an armchair historian. I like the past, there's something seductive about it from the clothing to the events that took place to the cultural ideals. I do have to research a lot because I try to be as accurate as possible. Something as simple as making sure I've got my characters using the correct type of writing utensils can take me on a tangent for a day or two (and it ends up being maybe a sentence in the book itself). Fortunately, the Internet makes research a lot easier than it used to be.

Jen: Leading Her to Heaven has a sexy Scotsman for the male lead. I have to admit, I am such a sucker for a brogue. What goes in to writing with the accent?

Kayleigh: I'd say the biggest challenge with writing an accent is to maintain consistency throughout the story without going overboard. I want readers to be able to understand the character without too much effort (if I have to sound out every bit of dialogue in a book, I'm going to lose interest myself) and to get the flavor of the accent without feeling hit over the head with it too much. It can be a risk to write a character that way, but I hope I have succeeded. 

Jen: Svetkavista features a f/f relationship, right? Right now, m/m books seem to be gaining momentum among many more traditional romance readers. Do you think the same could be said about f/f romance? Why or why not?

Kayleigh: Yes, Svetkavista features a bisexual heroine who finds herself in a love triangle with another woman and a man, so there is f/f and m/f. There are a lot of theories out there about why f/f hasn't caught on the way m/m has. It would certainly be nice if it became popular, and I haven't given up but I don't expect the same thing to happen with f/f that's happened with m/m. I think if it were going to happen, it would have already.

Jen: You're a lawyer by day. Are many people surprised to find out you're a sexy romance writer by night?

Kayleigh: I don't tell a lot of people in my day job, to be honest. My co-workers know I'm published, but they don't know my pen name. Some of them have made it a mission to find out my alter ego, but they've been unsuccessful thus far.

Jen: What is the most gratifying thing about being an author?

Kayleigh: I have always loved writing, since I was a kid so being able to do it and get paid is a double win. It's also validation that I'm not a crazy person for having imaginary people in my head all the time. I love meeting readers who have enjoyed my books (my friends will tell you I'm surprised every time someone comes up to me and tells me they've read my work!).

Jen: When people see your name on a book, what should they be expecting?

Kayleigh: I would hope that when people see my name they think sensual with stubborn heroines and gorgeous, dominant alpha heroes. 

Jen: What are you most looking forward to from AAD in New Orleans?

Kayleigh: I go to AAD every year and always have fun. I also go to New Orleans every year to help rebuild Katrina-damaged homes and have a blast, so combining two things I love is going to be nothing short of awesome!

Kayleigh is giving away a copy of Leading Her to Heaven. To enter, just enter the Rafflecopter form below.  You can find Kayleigh on her website and on Twitter.

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At Monday, March 5, 2012 at 8:05:00 AM CST , Blogger Andrea said...

I an intrigued by this book. I have never read anything like it but would like to try.

At Monday, March 5, 2012 at 12:00:00 PM CST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a new author for me. Can't wait up read this book!! Thanks for the chance to win.:):)

At Monday, March 5, 2012 at 12:02:00 PM CST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am such a dope-the anonymous entry above is me. I forgot to list my info-sorry.
Thanks again!!

At Monday, March 5, 2012 at 3:11:00 PM CST , Blogger Arianne Cruz said...

this book sounds so amazing when I read the blurb :D

At Monday, March 5, 2012 at 7:47:00 PM CST , Blogger mayabijoux said...

New author for me!

At Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:34:00 AM CST , Blogger Betty Hamilton said...

Your book sounds like a great read! Thank for the opportunity to win a copy!!

At Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 11:22:00 AM CST , Blogger Shadow said...

Your book sounds very good! Id love to read it! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

At Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 2:41:00 PM CST , Blogger Di said...

I love Scottish tales!
sallans d at yahoo dot com

At Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 11:32:00 PM CST , Anonymous bn100 said...

I enjoyed the interview. The book sounds very good.

At Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 6:41:00 PM CST , Blogger Sariah said...

Great interview! I can't wait to meet you at AAD! Thanks for the chance.

At Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:00:00 PM CST , Blogger Pyper541 said...

I loved this book, now just waiting to read more about these characters. Kelly's story should be fun!


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