What does your writing process look like?
I'm not a old-school plotter. I start with an idea, I sit down and write about 3 chapters off the top of my head, and then I think about where the story is going. Will it be a standalone, will it be a series, will it follow the genre? Once I have those answers, I write. My first draft is ugly. My second draft is where the fun starts and I clean the story up. I think about each sentence and if it's worthy of being in a book (this is what I love about writing). Third draft is polishing. Then it's off to the editor.
Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? Do you write naked?
I can't write when the house is silent or when everyone is sleeping. If I can hear the TV downstairs, music from the other end of the house, motorcycles outside, kids talking, air tools running, I can write up a storm. That's my white noise! Oh, and I only write at my desk on my computer in my office. I can't write on my laptop or tablet while sitting on the couch.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
Sure, I read them. Unfortunately, I don't always see them all or know about them. I do scan Amazon and Goodreads when I have free time. I think it's important to know what readers are feeling about my books. I never respond to them, good or bad, because I believe the reviews are there for other readers and not just for me. As for receiving a bad review, I expect them. It's impossible to believe everyone will love my books. That'd be silly. Look at movie reviews. How often do you love a movie that your best friend hated? It happens a lot. Same thing should happen with books.
What's your next project?
I recently finished book 5 of the Moroad MC series. Though readers are getting ready for the release of book 3, His Crime, on June 23rd. My writing schedule is always ahead of my release schedule by a few books, so that's one reason you don't hear me talking about what I'm writing. I can't give anything away!
What's your favorite love story? (movie or book)
Thorn Birds. I like the mini-series and the book equally. The depth of love spanned time, religion, society's judgment. It was angry, sweet, scandalous, and forbidden. But, it was love. The kind of love that you can't stop.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Absolutely. People might not realize it at first but looking back, they'll know that the feelings they got was something special and unique. Readers ask me all the time if my author bio is real and if that's really how I met my husband. It is. I was young. He was older. It worked.
Favorite place to eat?
Don't laugh. It's the deli section of our local mom and pop grocery store in town. They have the best fish and chips I've ever had and they make a mean Big Foot sandwich.
Tea or coffee?
Ick. I wish I drank tea or coffee, because it's socially acceptable and everyone offers it to me. Unfortunately, I can't stand either one.
Name one thing that drives you crazy.
People who aren't real. The way I look at it is you only get one life. Be true to yourself online and offline. Otherwise, if you pretend to be something you're not, you're being dishonest…and you lose the very thing that makes you unique.
Describe your ideal romantic date.
I've always liked simple dates the best and two weeks ago, I had the best date with Wheels. We rode the UTV side by side up to Thompson Pass in the Bitterroot Mountains. We stood on a 30 foot wide ridge, thousands of feet in the air. We were higher than every mountain peak around us. The silence and height made it feel like we were truly alone. We had a picnic with BLT sandwiches and chips. I spent time holding and studying his hand. Such a simple thing after all these years together, but it hit me how big his hand was. It's rough, it's broad, it's way bigger than mine. That day, I understood how very small I am in this world and even when we're sitting up on a ridge, up with the clouds, he's my rock. He's always been my rock.
What is your favorite dessert?
Cheesecake! I pretty much use any excuse to have cheesecake.
Did you ever go against a fashion rage? Why?
I hate Lycra in jeans. Why can't clothing companies just leave the jean material alone, so after a while they feel like they fit your body like a glove? With Lycra in jeans, every time you put them on, it feels like a brand new pair of jeans. They don't fray, they don't fade in the right spots, and you can't cut the legs off and make cut-offs for summer.
What childish things do you still do as adult?
Play outside. Seriously. It doesn't matter what the weather is, there is always something to do. There's rock walls to scale, logs that call me to balance-walk across the river, abandoned mines to explore, motorcycles to ride, bikes to ride, tennis to be played, fish to catch, snow tunnels to build. I'm a grownup tomboy. The great thing is I don't need to come home when the streetlights come on.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
I have so many. The latest one happened last year. We bought a new washer and dryer at a local store in our small town (about 600-800 people depending on the season). We brought the new appliances home, hooked them up, and I loaded the washer…everything worked great. I loaded the dryer, and it wouldn't heat the clothes. We ended up taking the dryer back and found out that they gave us the floor model (which doesn't work properly and is just for "show") by mistake. We returned with the right dryer, and that's when I realized I had left a load of clothes in the dryer we returned. It wasn't just random T-shirts and socks that I'd left or my kids' clothes. It was a load of my panties and bras, and now they were in the floor model sitting in the middle of the store for everyone to find. I had to walk into the store with a black bag and scoop my panties out in front of everyone shopping. When I was done, the only thing I could do is sling the bag over my shoulder, grin, and wave at everyone. I'm sure when I go to town I hear people whisper, "There's that chick that left her panties in True Value."
Listener or talker?
Talker. I talk a lot. You can tell what kind of mood I'm in by how mumbly I get.
Can you fake any accents?
No, not at all. I'm not even sure I can speak proper English. My editors claim I use Deblish and make up words.
Amazon Link for Moroad MC series
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Book Trailer for Wrapped Around Him, courtesy of Dayreader Reviews
Book Trailer for For Life, courtesy of Dayreader Reviews
Best Selling Romance Author, Debra Kayn lives with her family at the foot of the Bitterroot Mountains in beautiful Northern Idaho. She enjoys riding motorcycles, playing tennis, fishing, photography, and creating chaos for the men in the garage.
When Debra was nineteen years old, a man kissed her without introducing himself. When they finally came up for air, the first words out of his mouth were...will you have my babies? Considering Debra's weakness for a sexy, badass man, who is strong enough to survive her attitude, she said yes. A quick wedding at the House of Amour and four babies later, she's living her own unbelievable romance book.
Bonus Material for Bantorus MC and Moroad MC series