Kimberly Kincaid was the first person who introduced me to foodie romance-she will have the first three books in her Pine Mountain foodie series out with Kensington in 2014. In the meantime, she’s taken on self-publishing.
I am such a plotter! I like knowing where I’m going—like having a road map before taking a trip. That said, every once in a while, I will get in a groove and go off the path a bit. It usually ends up working out. But there have also been some, uh, do-overs. Thankfully, it’s all part of being a writer!
Robin: What is the last book you read that blew you away?
I read a *lot*. But the last book I read that I simply couldn’t put down was Kristen Callihan’s Winterblaze. It’s the third in a series of four books, and I am totally invested! Her mastery of deep point of view is unbelievable. Also, Winston Lane. Totally. Hot. Hero.
Robin: You know I love to write sex scenes but I know some authors do not. What is your favourite part of a book to write and your least favourite?
I do love writing sex scenes. Showing the balance between wants and intimacy is crucial for me. But really (sadistic, I know) I love the dark moment best. I know I’m close to writing “The End” at that point, and it’s all the emotion and risk and angst in one compact scene.
Robin: Why foodie romance and how did it inspire your latest book?
Simply put, I love to eat. Like, not just normal, “Yes, I love food” but upper-level, get-really-into-it *love* to eat. And I was raised in a family where food is absolutely a way of showing love, whether cooking with someone (as many of my characters do) or cooking for someone (they do that too!) It inspires all my books. I picture my hero and heroine, what they’re bringing to the table (sorry, bad pun!) and think, “How can food bring them closer? How can food make them look at themselves differently?” For me, it makes the story pop right off the page.
Robin: If Jason and Serenity had a soundtrack for their life/personality, what would that be? How does music factor into your writing process?
I usually have a song or two that I use as my hero and heroine’s anthem, something that embodies them. Jason and Serenity’s is “Gone, Gone, Gone” by Phillip Phillips. The big theme between them was trust—she needed to trust that he’d be an anchor for her, and he needed to trust that she’d accept him no matter what, in spite of the dangerous job that defines him. It fits them perfectly!
Robin: What is your favourite writing craft book and why?
I have a bunch! But I think it’s a tie between “GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict” by Deb Dixon and “The Fire in the Fiction” by Donald Maass. Both brilliant!
Robin: Best workshop you ever took as a writer?
I’ve taken many that were helpful and inspired me as a writer, but none as much as Margie Lawson’s workshops. The way she takes words from good to astounding is just bar none. I highly, highly recommend every one of her classes, either online or in person.
Robin:You recently decided to self-publish. What led to that decision and what were the things you learned from the experience? What was the most surprising part of the process?
I actually kind of “fell” into self-publishing when I had time between projects for Kensington, but as soon as my agent suggested it, I knew it would be a great idea. I’ve learned a ton about editing, production, marketing, and all the hard work it takes to write and *produce* a book. I was surprised at how much goes on “behind the scenes”. The writing is actually the easy part! But it’s been a fabulous experience. And without it, I wouldn’t have written Noah and Violet, or Jason and Serenity. And yes, there’s a third “line” novella coming this summer, too!
Giveaway: I’ll give away a digital copy of Drawing The Line, my new novella about a dedicated cop and the resistant diner owner he’s tasked with protecting, to one lucky commenter. Share with us your favourite comfort food. Don’t be shy—and if you have more than one, even better!
What is the last book that blew you away?
Tomorrow Geoff Knight is here to talk with us about his newest venture as a publisher.
When Detective Jason Morgan is tasked with keeping a local restaurant owner safe as part of a make-or-break case, he rises to the challenge. The job is his first priority, and he owes it to the memory of his father, a detective killed in the line of duty, to do it at any cost. But Jason never expected Serenity Gallagher to be so beautiful, so serious…or so tough to protect.
Serenity has moved from place to place at the whim of her capricious mother all her life. The last thing she wants is to leave the diner she finally calls home, even if it means being stuck with a sexy blue-eyed detective. But she’s the only witness to a horrible crime, and the man behind it wants her very, very dead. Going into protective custody means survival, no matter how much Serenity hates hiding.
As Jason and Serenity bide their time together, they are shocked to discover they have much more in common than the surface reveals. But keeping her safe is Jason’s number one priority, no matter how much he’s drawn in by the woman beneath the witness, and Serenity’s past makes it difficult to trust. As the stakes get higher and the spark burns hotter, can Jason and Serenity draw the line?
Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she’s not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber”, she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden Heart® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. She is thrilled to have collaborated on a Christmas anthology with Donna Kauffman and Kate Angell, titled The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap, to kick off her Pine Mountain foodie series with Kensington this October. Her first full-length novel, Turn Up the Heat, will follow in February 2014. Kimberly resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters. Visit her any time at www.kimberlykincaid.com or come check her out on Facebook and Twitter.
- Putting the Heat in the Kitchen: The Scoop on Foodie Romance with Kimberly Kincaid
- Discussing Foodie Romance with Kimberly Kincaid
- Weekly Lecture Schedule: March 11 – March 15, 2013
- Weekly Lecture Schedule, December 3-7, 2012