Kym: I had always wanted to write a book, but I don’t think that is the same thing as considering yourself a writer. I didn’t consider myself a writer until a few years ago when I started submitting autism articles and was published in a magazine. Then, I was like, “Hmm…maybe I can write.” But even then, I was focused on writing non-fiction articles not romance novels.
411Junkie: I’ve always wondered how an author choose the story they want to tell. What made you decide to write a story and what made you decide to tell the story of the Immortals of New Orleans?
Kym: As far as writing romance, I actually started to write a book about autism, but I seemed to have a block on where to go with it. I love, love, love reading paranormal romances. So I just decided one day that I wanted to write a romance instead. In March 2012, I published Kade’s Dark Embrace, the first book in the Immortals of New Orleans series.
411Junkie: How did you pick this genre? Was it something you always wanted to write about or was it an idea that sort of went in that direction?
Kym: As an author, there is something creatively freeing when you write about vampires, werewolves, witches, etc. In a paranormal romance, characters are open to all kinds of experiences that are only limited by the author’s imagination. They have supernatural gifts and talents, and the rules of game can be anything you want them to be. And of course, there is nothing sexier than a hot alpha male vampire…well, except for, perhaps, a hot alpha male wolf.
411Junkie: And the supernatural. What made you decide to focus on the supernatural?
Kym: I’ve always liked the supernatural genre. Give me a scary movie or TV show any day of the week. As far as books, I love reading paranormal romance, contemporary romance, mystery and even a good non-fiction book every now and then. It is great to sit down and literally escape into another world for a few hours. I wanted to write something that I would love to read, so I wrote paranormal romance.
411Junkie: I’ve always been fascinated by the supernatural and I love the world you created with this story: where the supernatural lives amongst the “normal.” How did you come to that decision? I’ve never considered or read a story where the author brings the supernatural to the “normal” plane where there’s a police force type unit for the supernatural. I’ve been trying to think of one and I can’t.
Kym: I think in most paranormal romances there has to be a decision made about whether or not humans know and/or accept the supernatural beings. That is the fun part about writing, though. As the author, you get to make up your world as you see it. My stories focus on romance and action, so I made a decision integrate the two worlds. But that’s not to say it always works out for the humans or supernaturals. So far, it has been the evil supernaturals preying on humans and other supes, but there could be a role reversal at some point.
411Junkie: How did you decide on New Orleans as the main back drop?
Kym: I live in Pennsylvania, so my books are sometimes set in the Philadelphia area as well. For example, Tristan’s book is actually set in Pennsylvania, but he’s from New Orleans. The Big Easy Orleans is one of my favorite places and makes a great setting for romance novels. From its beignets to its rich history, we enjoy spending time there. We’ve done the haunted history/Voodoo tours, eaten lots of Cajun and Creole seafood dishes, drank a hurricane (or two) and walked the French Quarter for hours. On one of our many visits, we attended a vampire ball on Halloween, and I wore an exquisite party mask. It was an amazing experience.
411Junkie: What is your favorite supernatural element, monster, or the like and why?
Kym: Up until Luca’s book, I would have said vampires. So mysterious, dark and sexy. But after writing Tristan’s book, I simply love wolves. It’s great to read and write about strong, alpha males who ooze sex appeal, making you want to howl into the night with them.
411Junkie: Do you have any advice to offer aspiring authors/writers?
Kym: I would tell them that if they want to write a book or articles, they need to write, but also publish their stories/blogs/books. It gets you in the habit of writing, editing, receiving feedback, etc. The more you write, the more comfortable you are in your own skin, so to speak. If you are writing non-fiction, like I do with autism, write what you know and write from the heart. There is no doubt that it can be a little scary putting yourself out there.
Keep writing. Have faith. I’m a newbie, but I know this much, writing books is a journey not a lap around the track. So as Dory from Finding Nemo said, “Just keep swimming.”
Kym lives with her husband, two children, dog, cat and guinea pig. Her hobbies include autism advocacy, reading, tennis, zumba, traveling and spending time with her husband and children. New Orleans, with its rich culture, history and unique cuisine, is one of her favorite places to visit. Also, she loves traveling just about anywhere that has a beach or snow-covered mountains. On any given night, when not writing her own books, Kym can be found reading her Kindle, which is filled with hundreds of romances.
Author web links: (web, blog, twitter, facebook, goodreads, etc)
· Website: www.KymGrosso.com
· Email: Kym.Grosso@AutismInRealLife.com
· Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KymGrossoBooks
· Twitter: @KymGrosso
· Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5785692.Kym_Grosso