This week, I was fortunate to speak via Skype to the Florida Writer’s Association group in Jacksonville (thank, Gregg Golson!). In so doing, I met the talented Melissa Kosciuszko, who writes under the pen name M. S. Kaye. Here is a little bit about her and her books:
ENGLE: Thank you so much for dropping in to share about yourself and your books.
KAYE: Thanks, Jaimie, for allowing me to be your guest!
ENGLE: As an accomplished writer, do you have a particular system for writing a book, such as outlining or discovering the ending first? Do you ever waver from it?
KAYE: I do outline first, but I allow enough freedom to change things as I go. Like you, I enjoy handwriting. I used to hand-write all my books. Now I’ve trained myself to write directly into the computer, but I still outline by hand and have a notebook to make notes and to write out certain scenes.
ENGLE: I see you have published two books. Tell us a little bit about each book. What’s it about? Where did the story idea come from?
KAYE: Fight Princess is a romantic suspense novel about a high society princess who fights in an underground ring. I combined my idea for the female lead character with the concept I had for a scene. As Cullen is being arrested for a murder he slips Celisse a note: Things aren’t what they seem. Don’t get involved. (Available in all electronic formats)
Once is an inspirational romance. A young woman falls for a man about to enter the priesthood, and each one’s life changes. He is her first but also her once. (Will be released from Jupiter Gardens Press in the coming months)
ENGLE: What’s the most difficult part of the writing process or anything unexpected you encountered while writing this book?
KAYE: Making sure my characters come out on the page like I see them in my head. That’s something I’ve been working on for awhile, and I feel Celisse came out exactly right. She’s one of my favorite female characters EVER.
ENGLE: Now that you’ve wet our whistles, where can we find your books? Do you have a website/facebook/twitter you’d like to share?
Fight Princess buy links:
ENGLE: Are your books self-published or traditionally published, and are you agented? Explain how that came about.
KAYE: My books are both with small traditional publishers. My agent, Mike Nappa, and I just parted ways at the beginning of October. He didn’t have any luck selling my books to the bigger publishers, but my time with him was invaluable. It was like having a professional editor for free. I do suggest anyone looking to publish pick up his book 77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected.
ENGLE: And finally, if you could be a Muppet (think Sesame Street or Muppets), which would you be and why?
KAYE: LOL. You are definitely a mom. I would have to pick Rowlf. He’s calm but has that wisecracking sense of humor. Like I tell my husband, I’m a bitch with a smile.
Things aren’t what they seem. Don’t get involved.
Celisse is too headstrong to listen. Her best friend’s boyfriend is dead, and she does not heed Cullen’s warning, slipped to her in a note as he’s being arrested for the murder.
Cullen tries to keep Celisse out of danger and also tries to avoid her, both unsuccessfully. He can’t deny his feelings for her anymore, but he knows he can’t have her. If she ever discovered the truth about his past, she’d surely hate him.
While struggling with her intense feelings for Cullen, Celisse uses her skills as an ex-prosecutor to investigate, all while continuing to fight for Ogden, the organizer of an underground fight ring. She eventually realizes things are connected—the ring, Ogden, Cullen, the murder, and herself. She races to uncover the truth before she’s arrested or becomes the next victim—or perhaps, the next culprit.
Melissa is excited to giveaway an eBook for Fight Princess.
Just leave a comment below telling her who would read the book if you won, and follow her on Twitter. (I’m having technical issues with rafflecopter, so we are not using it anymore). Contest ends midnight October 18th and the winner will be notified directly by Melissa.