- Would you like to introduce yourself as a writer?
KAK: I am pretty new to writing novels, this being my 4th release since 2011. One series I write with Brenda Leffler, and the other series I write solo.
BLL: Blind Justice is my second published novel with Kathy. I had toyed with the idea of trying to write a book for a long time when Kathy challenged me to stop talking about it and to just sit down and write. From that one conversation in a Panera Bread in Boulder, CO, we were able to map out the Nemesis series.
- Summarise your latest book from Lethe in five words!
KAK: Uncontrolled Chaos and Strong Women.
BLL: Murder. Sex. Chaos. Humor. Manipulation.
- What’s the secret to your writing? Locking yourself away and writing a disciplined word count, or waiting for inspiration to strike? (Or something else entirely, of course…)
KAK: I write for about an hour first thing in the morning and last thing at nite. When Brenda and I are working on a book, we each have it every other week, exchanging on Sundays. So, I work for one week on the series with Brenda and the off week on one of my books. After Brenda and I have a good draft, or if we're kind of stuck on a plot point, I usually fly out to Denver and we spend a long weekend getting the kinks out. For the most part, the 2000 mile gap hasn't been a huge problem.
BLL: My writing style is erratic... because I have another career and I'm in a long-distance relationship, I write in bursts whenever I have a spare moment. I am lucky enough to have been blessed with the ability to block out everything when I write and have managed to write entire scenes during meetings, on airplanes and even at a 4-year-old's birthday party and still appear to be paying attention to what is happening around me.
Kathy and I have never collaborated on a project prior to the Nemesis series and it took us a bit to work out a system that worked for both of us. Living in different states means we do a lot over email, text and phone calls at random hours. Typically, one of us writes for a week and then emails it to the other person, who picks up the storyline. We don't always agree on the where to take the story next, but we have known each other long enough to not spare one another's feelings. I think it's fair to say we have each compromised on plot points at some point for the sake of the overall storyline, but that we are both happy with the end product. If we get completely stuck, Kathy will fly to Denver and we work the kinks out.
- If your house is on fire, what book do you rescue? (Forget about your loved ones, they can save themselves…)
KAK: If my house was on fire, I'd probably tell one of the dogs to grab Fried Green Tomatoes, and we'd all get out.
BLL: I have a first edition of Stephen King's The Stand... it's coming with me
- Finally, let’s pay it forward. Recommend one gay-lit writer we should be reading right now. (Or any writer, if you prefer.)
KAK: I'd say Mardi Alexander.
BLL: I'm enjoying The Giddy Death of the Gays and the Strange Demise of Straights by Redfern Jon Barrett right now. Highly recommended!