To celebrate the one year anniversary of When You Are Mine, I’ve invited author Kennedy Ryan to share in the year that’s been with her characters loose on the world.
“Forever is a heartbeat away . . .Kerris Moreton knows how to make things work. Bounced from foster home to foster home as a kid, she adapted; when opportunity arose, she thrived. Now, about to open her own business and accept a marriage proposal, Kerris is ready to build the life she’s always wanted. The only thing missing? A passionate connection with her would-be fiancé, Cam. Kerris wants to believe that sparks are overrated-until Walsh Bennett lights her up like the Fourth of July
…but what about love?
As one of the East Coast’s most eligible bachelors, Walsh enjoys financial independence, fulfilling work with his family’s nonprofit, and plenty of female attention. But lately he’s been distracted by the one woman he can’t have. Lovely to look at and even sweeter to know, Kerris is the soul mate Walsh never thought he would find. The problem is, his best friend found her first . . .”
1. Kennedy, who was the hardest character to get a harness on to tell their story? Definitely Cam. He is the most injured, complex…cloaked character in the series. He, more than anyone, hid things from me. I know that sounds weird, but as I unpacked the story, I was surprised by the things that unfolded about his past to make him the character he is.
2. Which character has more to tell you?I have to say Sofie! I know she is a minor character, but I am writing BENNETT #4 about her, and I think people see her very much as a villain. I cannot re-write history. In WHEN YOU ARE MINE, her deviousness was catalytic in some of the bad decisions Kerris made, and she was just snobbish and nasty. But there are layers to her that make her a fascinating character. I am always intrigued by a character’s capacity for change. She will demonstrate, i think more than any other, the capacity for change. Not her personality, because she won’t be sweet, probably ever! LOL! But difficult circumstances, both dealing with them from the past and the present consequences, will transform and mature her.
Even having said that, I just wrote a bonus chapter for Walsh & Kerris catching up with them, and Jo and Cam appear. It made me realize I have more to say for both those characters, so definitely expect more content for Jo and Cam, even just gap chapters and bonus content, once I can clear my writing schedule some.
3. Can you tell us a little about what you are working on now?I just did a little! I am writing Sofie’s book, BENNETT #4 (title forthcoming) now. Her hero, Trevor Bishop, is such a man’s man. But very different from Walsh or Cam. He comes from humble, very middle class kind of background. Walsh came from a privileged place, and Cam from abject poverty. Bishop is somewhere in between, and has had to, through will and intelligence, pull himself up by the boot straps. He and Sofie are oil and water, but I’m shaking ’em together, so we’ll see what we get! That is coming Feb 2016.
I am also self-publishing for the first time this fall, a book about 2 musicians Rhys and Kai. Sooooo excited about this book, and cannot wait to share more of their story. Should be coming this Fall 2015!
4. Did you cry when you wrote scenes of your book?I cried when I wrote 2 scenes. WARNING!!!!!!!Spoiler if you haven’t read book 1!!!!!!! I cried when I wrote the final scene between Walsh’s parents. If you’ve read, you know which one I mean. And WARNING!!!!!!!Spoiler if you haven’t read book 3!!!!!!! I cried when I wrote the scene with Cam and the therapist near the end of the book when he has to face just how deeply his mother’s neglect and betrayal and addiction affected him. But I act out a lot of the emotional scenes in my books, so even if I don’t cry when I write them, I probably cried before I wrote them if the scene called for the character to cry!
5. What book inspired you to put the proverbial ‘pen to paper’? So many! This will sound morbid, but the first time I really was obsessed with a connection between two characters was Heathcliff and Catherine from Wuthering Heights.I read about them over and over. It was a train wreck I couldn’t look away from, and I loved it!
6. What do you do to celebrate writing ‘The End?’ Hmmm…I don’t think I’ve ever done anything monumental when I finished the book. I just finished a draft of my self pubbed book, and I just posted a teaser with reader group because I love them! And I started re-reading to do some re-writes. Now when I write THE END THE END…we’ll see! I’m not great at slowing down long enough to celebrate milestones! Thus the Debutversary! LOL!
Click HERE for update on where life is now…MAJOR SPOILERS!!! Bonus material only for those who have read books 1 and 2!!!
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