Interview with Kayley Loring, Author of Sleeper
17 Dec 2019
What can you tell us about your new release, Sleeper?
Sleeper is a lighthearted, cute, sexy single dad/nanny romantic comedy about Shane Miller, a divorced movie star who was formerly a teen heartthrob and Willa Todd, his best friend’s quirky younger sister. She becomes his temporary live-in nanny while his ex-wife is out of town and he’s dealing with insomnia. Shane has five-year-old boy and girl twins. The four of them very quickly start to feel like a family and it’s very hard for Shane and Willa to resist each other. They don’t kiss and then they do kiss and swoony hilarity ensues!
What books are currently on your nightstand?
Paperbacks of Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan and The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer, Kissing Galileo by Penny Reid on my Kindle, The Other Side of Midnight by Simone St. James on Audible.
What advice would you give your teenage self?
Resist every urge to get bangs, don’t give away those Sweet Dreams romance books, and also you really must stop caring so much about what other people think of you because you’re actually quite awesome.
If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?
What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?
Besides writing, I always seem to be feeding animals—the ones that live in my house because I adopted them and the wildlife that hang out in my backyard. Animals are innocent and always living in the moment. I think it makes me happy to watch them eat the food that I put out for them because they’re so genuinely happy to be eating. There’s no guilt or Instagramming involved, it’s just pure joy and necessity. Whenever I’m getting stressed out about deadlines or whatever, I’ll go out back and see a chickadee pecking away at a sunflower seed or a squirrel devouring a nut and I feel better about everything.
What scene in Sleeper was your favorite to write?
Mackenzie Cartwright and Teddy Hamilton have narrated my last four audiobooks, and they will be narrating Sleeper. They are both brilliant actors and I wrote this with their sexy voices in my head so that made every scene fun to work on. But I think the first chapter was probably my favorite because it’s all Shane Miller and his five-year-old twins and the morning chaos of an insomniac getting his kids to school on time. Figuring out the twins’ personalities and what the dynamic would be with their dad was extra fun and I melted my own ovaries by imagining how Teddy Hamilton would bring that chapter to life because he’s so good at voicing little kids. I expect that when I hear the recording at the end of February I’ll just lapse into a swoon-induced coma.
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