Interview with Kym Grosso, author of Jake
01 Jun 2017
What can you tell us about your new release, Jake?
Jake is the eighth full-length novel in my paranormal romance series, the Immortals of New Orleans. While I write each of my books so that they can be read standalone, many of my readers prefer to read them in order. Jake Louvière is a sexy hero who has been featured as a secondary character in many of my other books. He is an Alpha rising, finding his own pack and fighting to save a gorgeous, mysterious creature, who he soon discovers is his mate.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
My son, Tyler, is the person who inspired me to become an author. I developed a late interest in writing after my son was diagnosed with autism in 1999. Several years ago, I started blogging about autism, published a few articles in magazines and journals and also wrote articles about autism on PsychologyToday.com.
I’d considered writing an autism book, but I had a serious block on where to go with it. It was then that I decided that I’d take a break from writing about autism and try writing something fun and sexy. In 2012, I published my first romance novel, Kade’s Dark Embrace.
Name a book that you feel has impacted your life significantly. Why was it so impactful?
I can’t say there is one specific book that has significantly impacted my life. Rather, my love of reading romance novels, especially hot paranormal romance has impacted my writing. There are so many great authors out there who I love reading; it’s difficult to pick just one. If I had to narrow it down, I would say J.R. Ward. Her stories literally pull you in and won’t let you go. I can remember reading all of the books in her Black Dagger Brotherhood series over the course of a month, one after another, and thinking, ‘this should be a TV series’. I literally was up all night reading. The world she’s built is rich with traditions, culture and intrigue, and you find yourself emotionally tied to the characters.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
My favorite part about writing is dreaming up what scene comes next in my book and creating a different world with its own rules and characters. In a paranormal romance, characters are open to all kinds of experiences that are only limited by the author’s imagination. They have supernatural gifts and talents, and the rules of game can be anything you want them to be.
If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or dead, who would you choose and why?
I would have dinner with my mom. She was the most incredible person, and I miss her so much. I’d give anything to ask her advice and hear her laugh again.
Where is your happy place? Why does it bring you joy?
My kids are my world. Every day they make me laugh and challenge me to be a better person.
What scene in Jake was your favorite to write?
You know, on any given day, I’d pick one of the hot sex scenes. But for this book, I’d pick the scenes in New Orleans. I enjoy describing the architecture and food…I absolutely love that city.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
If there is one thing that raising a child with autism has taught me it is to never give up hope. I think this applies to many situations in life. You just never know what life will bring and even though you can’t always control what’s happening, you have to keep going.
Kym Grosso is the author of the new book Jake.
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