Interview with Kathleen Kelly, Author of Reaper

31 Aug 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Reaper?

I was thrilled when I was invited to write in the Royal Bastards universe. There are so many talented authors contributing different MC Chapters and series to this expansive fictional world. I already have two books published in my own Royal Bastards offshoot series, with plans for a third installment coming next year. For readers familiar with my work, you know MC romance is my genre. So I was incredibly flattered when the Royal Bastards creators asked me to put my own spin on the universe with my own MC romance-focused series. Getting to add my unique voice to such a rich, collaborative fictional world has been an amazing opportunity. I’m having a blast developing my vision within the Royal Bastards universe and can’t wait to see what adventures my characters embark on next. For an MC romance writer like me, this invitation was an honor.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Reaper, what would they be?

ACDC TNT, Metallica Enter the Sandman, ACDC Back in Black – hell, anything by ACDC!

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

I’m a huge fan of paranormal romance books. There’s just something about the supernatural that grabs me. The premise may seem similar to MC romance – guy meets girl – but the details set them apart. With paranormal romance, we get sexy werewolves, fierce dragons, hunky vampires. Instead of biker gangs, it’s secretive wolf packs and hidden covens. The relationships face supernatural complications rather than the drama of motorcycle club politics. But at their core, these two genres share a lot. They feature strong alpha male leads, independent female heroines, and plenty of action mixed with steamy scenes. The exotic, dangerous paranormal element adds excitement that contemporary MC romance doesn’t have. But I love them both for the escapism and passionate relationships at their hearts. To me, shifters scratches the same itch as leather-clad bikers – I can’t resist a brooding, possessive supernatural male! So while they have differences, to a romance devoted reader like me, paranormal and MC romances are satisfying for many of the same reasons.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

KE Osborn’s Fixate and Fateful Hearts, she also has Obliterate coming in November. These are all MC Romance. For Paranormal my go to Author is TS Joyce.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

When Reaper sees Lucy dressed for the wedding and when he “tries” to give her a compliment.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I recently rented an office space to serve as my dedicated writing haven. Inside, it’s filled with everything that inspires me – shelves of books, a comfy chaise lounge, and little decorative touches like crowns. The building is filled with other artists, writers, and creatives, so there’s a wonderful energy of productivity and passion. I love having a sanctuary like this that’s solely devoted to my passion for the written word.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. For years I worked in an industry I didn’t like. Now, I’m living the dream.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

I’d want readers to remember the main message or theme of the book – whether it’s about love or friendship and being loyal to those you love.

 

Kathleen Kelly is the author of the new book Reaper, Royal Bastards MC: Jacksonville FL Chapter

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