Kari Gregg is our featured author for the month of January. To celebrate the release of Tame a Wild Human, we're offering Collared and Mating Season at 50% off!
Tell us about your recent Riptide release. What was the inspiration behind it?
Like everything else with me, it started with a game of What If? I've seen shifters approached as wild, more primitive than humans, vicious by our standards. But what if these shifters weren't the only vicious creatures around? The idea wasn't that one species was ferocious while the other wasn't. That didn't excite me at all. What drew me was shifters and humans both being vicious, but being different species, vicious in different ways. I wanted to explore how wolves and humans might interact in that context.
What can readers expect when they read a story from you? What would you like potential readers to know about you and your books?
A hot ride! I also work my tail off to tell a story that's a little different, something the reader hasn't seen before.
How long does it take you to write a book?
Depends. Naturally, longer works will take longer to finish. Once I get to writing the ugly first draft, that goes rather quickly. Developing the idea first takes forever, though. Finding a new way to approach an idea isn't easy. Or finding the best angle to present that idea. If what I'm working on isn't delivering what I wanted or hoped, then I have zero problems scrapping the lot and starting over from scratch. For example, I started Pretty Poison over from square one 3 times before I was satisfied and that isn't all that unusual for me. Welcome to the Land of Precious? Maybe. Probably, LOL. Don't care. I invest a lot of work and attention to revision, too, because good enough...isn't. Screw good enough. Good enough sucks. I can do better than good enough and I expect -- demand -- that of myself, every time. I give each book my all, the best I've got. I owe that to readers, yes, but I also owe that to me.
Describe your workspace.
If I badly need to focus, I lock myself away in the quiet of my bedroom, but most of the time, I'm working in our living room with my husband, two teenage sons, the dog, and 2 cats interrupting, blaring TV, the whole ball of wax. At ugly first draft stage, I have my ear buds in and I'm playing the same damn song over and over and over (LOL, not kidding, it's insane), but...I thrive on the chaos. Energizes me.
Do you ever get writer’s block? What do you do to cure it?
I wouldn't call it writer's block, but I just came out of a severe case of burn out not too long ago. I could write then. The work was just tired, predictable, boring. No magic. I wasn't about to shove that garbage onto readers so I took a step back. I took time off. I did creative exercises. Not writing-related ones. I cooked. I started drawing zentangles (badly). I learned a new non-business-related skill. I didn't push, just waited for the creative well to refill. It eventually did, but that period was more a time for me to explore what emptied the well in the first place. That was all on me. My fault. No one else's. I don't want to repeat those mistakes.
What can readers expect from you in the future?
I'm working on a high fantasy novel plus I've been referring to as my opus, called For Whom the Heart Stone Burns. Very challenging. It's forcing me to stretch as an author and I'm really enjoying that. Yanno how I said I didn't want to repeat the well-emptying mistakes? Thar ya go. LOL
Do you have a favorite quote?
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it." That's frequently attribute to Voltaire, but was actually said by a Voltaire biographer, Evelyn Beatrice Hall. It's...powerful.