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Kimmi's Author Interview with J.B. McGee:
-What sparked your interest in becoming a romance writer?
I am a hopeless romantic. I love watching chick flicks and once my passion in reading had been reignited, I couldn’t wait to create my own love stories.
-What was the first romance novel you read that made an impression on you?
-Tell us 5 surprising things about yourself.
1. I really don’t like being outside unless I’m at the beach. I love watching a beautiful day from the comforts of my home. I hate bugs. Maybe that’s why. Which is really ironic since my second job was as a receptionist for a pest control business.
2. My senior year of high school I attended night school and completed the course to sell real estate. But I never took the state test to get my license.
3. I took 10 years of tap, 4 years of ballet, and 1 year of jazz. I’ve been involved in some form of arts and performing in some way since I was 5 years old.
4. I hate scary movies…and snakes. I can’t bear to watch either of them. They give me nightmares. Every. Single. Time. My husband does like to watch both and finds my phobia cute and amusing.
5. When I was 18 months old, I broke my arm, but my parents didn’t realize for a couple of weeks because I didn’t cry for very long when it happened and it didn’t look broken. When they realized, the doctors had to re-break my arm. I went into cardiac arrest. I had to be resuscitated.
There was a bit of a cover up. My parents were told the reason was that I was allergic to Lidocaine. However, when we got the records before I had my first child because we were concerned about my being numbed for my epidural, I was told it was either an accidental overdose, or the tourniquet had not been tightened enough and it got into my bloodstream.
We still don’t know the reason. My mom has told me the story multiple times. About how they were ushered out of the room as the doctors called a “code blue” and she watched me lifeless as she left the room. I can’t imagine.
-What is your writing environment.
I’ve had several writing environments. At the moment it’s a desk with a picture of Ian Somerhalder staring at me in front of a big window in my sunroom.
-One of your favorite quotes.
She believed she could, so she did.
-Do you have a website recommendation for other writers?
Not really. I just encourage them to read guest posts by other authors who give advice. I also recommend brushing up on your grammar rules and how to write dialogue.
-What type of book have you always wanted to write?
I want so badly to write a book that has a lot of sex in it because I know that people love that right now. But it’s so hard for me to write just one sex scene. It’s hard and exhausting for me to think about writing a bunch of them.
I can’t wait to write a mystery. Maybe it will be an erotic mystery. That would be the ultimate challenge.
-Who are your dream dinner party guests?
You may now hate me. I am not going to lie. I love politics so you might not like one of my choices. I would love to have dinner with Taylor Swift, David Gandy, Ian Somerhalder, Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, and Barack Obama.
-What’s the last movie you watched and loved?
There are only a handful of movies that I will watch more than once. Pretty Woman, The Notebook, Dear John, The Last Song, and The Vow. The Vow was the last movie I watched.
-Most ?? in high school. (popular, nerdy, sporty…) Why?
I don’t think that any one adjective could describe me. I was involved in so many different things. I didn’t fit into any one group. I had friends in many different circles. I wasn’t really nerdy, but I am kind of nerdy now. I was sporty, but not the most sporty. I was in the band. It’s hard for me to say. I didn’t win any of the superlatives.
-Top three things on your bucket list.
1. I’d like to hit NYT and USA Today Best Seller Lists
2. I’d like to achieve financial freedom (no debt) and stability
3. Take a second honeymoon to Venice (which is where we wanted to go when we first got married, but couldn’t afford it)
-How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
I had a guy that I met once at a wedding and I thought his sister was his girlfriend. I thought it would be cute to do something with that. Then I also experienced the hurt that comes along with your best friend (or ex best friend) dating your ex-boyfriend…for years. It was really hard. We were all in the same group of friends. It was really hard to get over that. Every time I felt like I was in a good place, somehow it always felt like salt was thrown into a barely healed wound. Oddly enough, they broke up after we went to college and she ended up being a bridesmaid in my wedding. So Broken is ever so slightly based on some events in my life, but very much fiction.
My husband and I had a long distance relationship, so that part of Mending came from my own experience. Everything else is pretty much made up and came to me as I wrote.
My dad and I had a rocky relationship growing up. I am a child of divorce. I had actually debated not letting him give me away at my wedding. Chad helped me repair that relationship and I’m so glad that I was able to put my own past behind me and move on to a much happier future. My dad and I are now very close. He has been so supportive of this venture and has read all of my books, sold them to his friends, and attended my first signing with me. When I first started the series, I knew that I wanted Forgiven to be about fresh new beginnings and mending relationships that you never thought were possible.
-What is your favorite scene in your new release?
That’s hard. There are so many I like. Can I do a top 3?
1. Bradley and the drink the water scene.
2. Bradley and Veronica scenes were gut wrenching to write. I loved them.
3. The epilogue nearly killed me, but I loved the part where he’s undressing her.
-If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
I am not any one character. There’s a lot of me in all the girls, even Veronica. It hurts sometimes when people say Gabby is annoying because I would say out of all the girls, there is the most me in her.
-Which actor or book character do you have a crush on?
Everyone knows this is David Gandy.
-What’s your favorite body part of the opposite sex?
Depends on the person. I am a sucker for beautiful blue eyes, dark features, and nice arms.
-What does love feel like?
Love is a stomach filled with butterflies flipping in every direction.
Love is feeling every part of your body turning red.
Love is your head feeling fuzzy and not being able to make coherent thoughts.
Love is caring so deeply about another human being that you’d give your own life to save theirs.
Love is not being able to imagine how you ever existed without the person in your life.
Love is best described in 1 Corinthians 13. ;)
-Hey, baby! What’s your sign?
-When was your last kiss?
-What’s an absolute no-no in a relationship?
There are two. Cheating and beating.
-How did you meet your significant other?
I met him online before meeting your significant other online was cool. We had mutual friends.
It’s crazy we’d never met before.
-What’s your idea of a perfect date?
I’ve written several of my ideas of a perfect date. The one in Broken – chapter 18. That was pretty darn close. Read it and see.
-If you could take a romantic trip, where would it be?
I don’t need to go far. The Wentworth Mansion in Charleston for a couple of nights. No need to even leave the room.
-Do you believe in love at first sight?
I believe in lust at first sight. I believe in knowing the moment you meet your soul mate that you will never be able to part with them. I knew the moment I saw Chad (my husband) that I wanted more from him. I knew within two weeks I loved him, that he was the one. We were engaged in four months, and we’ve been married for almost 12 years. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around it happening any faster than that in real life.
-Boxers or Briefs?
Boxer Briefs ;)
-Facial hair or clean shaven?
I love clean shaven when I kiss, but I find a little stubble extremely sexy.
-Alpha or Beta?
A little of both.
-Planner or Panster?
-White wine or red?
White *Kimmi says "Hell yeah girl! me too!"
-Coffee or tea?
Neither. Diet Coke. *Kimmi: "Seriously!?!?!? Me too! Sonic route 44 diet coke, I grab one every time I leave the house, lol."
-Vanilla or chocolate?
-Sweet or salty?
Depends on the day, but I love my sweets.
-Sleep in or get up early?
Sleep in (me too, yet again!)
-Laptop or desktop?
-Beach or mountains?
Beach (that's it, we are officially twins that were separated at birth!)
-Winter or summer?
-Cat or dog?
-Twilight or Fifty Shades?
I’ve not read or watched Twilight. So by default, Fifty Shades.
-Spotlight or In the Shadows?
Depends. I love performing. So I would take the spotlight where a stage is concerned.
-City or Country?
Suburbs or the city.
-Clubbing or candlelight dinner?
-Backpacking or luxury hotel?
-Morning or night person?
-Christmas or Halloween?
-Optimist or pessimist?
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