Today we’re delighted to welcome Kieran Kramer on Book Lovers Inc. Kieran’s debut novel When Harry Met Molly will be released on November 2nd. This is the 1st book in a new humorous Regency Romance series named The Impossible Bachelors. Let’s give a warm welcome to Kieran and stay tuned to win a signed copy of When Harry Met Molly.
The HEA Lover: Kieran, can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
Kieran: I’ll be glad to, but the first thing I want to say is that I’m just so happy to be here! And I really appreciate your support. Being the sixth of seven children born in nine years, I grew up one of the crowd! I was jostled about in the car and had to speak loudly at supper to be heard–sometimes I’d even wave my hand and hope to be called upon! At any rate, as a new author, it feels a bit strange for me to be in the position of being singled out, so I feel shy and excited all at the same time. :>)
The HEA Lover: Describe a typical day of writing? Are you a planner or pantser?
Kieran: Darling, I’d give ANYTHING to be a planner. It would save me so much angst. I’ve tried and tried and TRIED but can’t do it very well. I’m mainly a pantser, but I have to admit, having studied plot structure now for years, it’s worked its way into my story process. I now recognize that I’ve been using classic plot structure all along. It’s really innate in all of us, which is a miracle, really. I first heard Christopher Vogler mention that point. It’s like we’re born with an instinctive knowledge of story structure. We all have the same hangar, but we drape different stories on it. Recognizing the story’s bones does wonders for me when I run into a wall.
In a bind, I often go back and re-read my plot structure books, especially SAVE THE CAT, by Blake Snyder, which was written for screenwriters but is just as helpful to novelists. I’m also a huge fan of Michael Hauge’s and Chris Vogler’s.
Knowing plot structure helps me out of those dark corners that seem to plague us pantsers. But in truth, just taking a walk or staring at the wall (while eating sunflower seeds and being walked over by my two cats) is my main way to stew over a story…ideas come that way.
The HEA Lover: What do you think is the difference between a reader and a real Book Lover?
Kieran: Oh, boy, BIG difference! readers can take or leave reading. Book Lovers can’t. Reading HAS to be a part of their everyday routine. They dream about book characters and can even see words on pages as they dream. They fall in love and cultivate friends based on a shared interest in a certain book–or books in general. A real Book Lover knows that reading is probably one of their very best friends, that their lives would be impoverished without books, even if they live in a mansion and drive a big car. Book Lovers are SO important to the enrichment of our different cultures and our shared world.
The HEA Lover: We heard that you have a special love for girl names ending on a long E. What is the appeal of those for you? Which name ending on a long E don’t you like at all?
Kieran: It’s so funny–I had NO idea I had that affinity for girls’ names ending in the long E sound but realized it in my writing. My daughter’s name is Margaret (although we almost named her Lucy). If I get all psychological about it, I think names ending in the long E sound suggest a playful, approachable quality about that person. Whereas names like Anne and Margaret are strong, dignified names. Of course, my Margaret is completely playful and approachable, so my logic doesn’t hold up here, does it? it’s just a gut impression I get. I think we all do. Names DO matter.
Okay, a name with a long E sound I’m not crazy about using in a book is…(drum roll) Margy. I had a friend with this name, and it was SO hard for people to pronounce. They didn’t know if the G was soft or hard (it was hard). But the name itself is lovely–any name is if the person is!!!
The HEA Lover: What can you tell us about your new series, the Impossible Bachelors?
Kieran: My guys don’t want to settle down and have no plans to, but each one is snared by the woman who’s his perfect match. It’s fun. My characters are memorable, at least to me. I dream about them and miss them. I love my four hunky bachelors, that’s for sure. I also adore my women.
The HEA Lover: What makes it stand out from the usual historical?
Kieran: Hmm…I’d have to say my books might be more crazy than some other Regencies out there. Crazy in a way that might make you laugh if you’re reading it in the car pool line or waiting at the doctor’s office and you’re tired and you NEED crazy!!
But I hate to even compare. I love ALL Regencies. Some days I am so in the mood to read Mary Balogh, Lisa Kleypas, Julia London, Kathryn Caskie, or Sabrina Jeffries. And then the next day it’ll be Cathy Maxwell, Eloisa James, Teresa Madeiros, or Julia Quinn. And I’m loving the newer Regency writers cropping up, such as Tessa Dare, Miranda Neville, Sarah Maclean, Sara Lindsey, Courtney Milan, Tiffany Clare, and Vicky Dreiling. There are SO many great Regency writers out there, and I didn’t even name them all!!
Oops–Jo Beverley, one of the all-time greats. Can’t make ANY list of Regency authors without including her!
The HEA Lover: What can we expect of When Harry Met Molly, the first book in your series?
Kieran: Expect to grin or maybe even laugh out loud. Expect to be surprised at times. Expect a feel-good story. Do I ever LOVE a happy ending with a lot of hoopla!!
The HEA Lover: Harry loves his life full of pleasures and free of any duties and commitment. When the Prince Regent pushes him into this little game he fears losing all his liberties- all in all a free spirited character. What does he care about in life? Anything he loves more than being free?
Kieran: Even more than freedom, Harry cares about his family and friends and vulnerable people. He would sacrifice his reputation for them. If push came to shove, he would even die for them. He’s a passionate man who needs someone to recognize his heroic qualities.
The HEA Lover: Your heroine Molly is rather hot-headed. Molly can’t believe she’s found herself wearing a gown with tiny naked people featured on the bodice trim. Tell us more about her. She sounds feisty and fun. And where did she get that dress? 😉 Just joking!
Kieran: Molly got that amazing dress from a lightskirt who abandoned her clothes trunk! I’d like to find it, too!
What’s she like? Well, Molly is actually a very bright young woman–who makes mistakes because she lets her feelings run away with her. Yes, even smart women can do that!
I don’t like to write about characters who are even CLOSE to perfect at the beginning of a book. I want them to LEARN something. And I want to laugh as they do. I have enough stress in my own life (who doesn’t?) that I don’t want to follow a heavy-duty serious character in my own writing. I can handle it, and embrace it, in other people’s…but as for my stories? No. Give me flawed. Give me a gal who trips up.
I gravitate toward those kinds of female characters because I’m one myself. I’m smart as a whip in school, but I wear my emotions on my sleeve and have NO sophistication whatsoever. So I land in hot water a lot. And look stupid. And have to back up and, um, FIX things.
(To my husband: Honey, you are a saint to be married to me!!)
The HEA Lover: You books sound hilarious to me. I love these laugh-out-loud-books. Is it hard for you to make your books funny or is it just the way you are?
Kieran: We laugh a lot as a family, and I think one reason is because I’m willing to create funny moments that sacrifice any semblance of dignity a wife and mother “should” have. The psychologists would probably disapprove.
I have no idea why I’m like this, except it’s probably a ploy for attention (going back to being number six out of seven children born in nine years).
As for my writing, it’s just the way I am. And believe me, I’ve had to rein myself in. I had a wacky English nanny growing up and I’ve got a lot of Irish in me, so my sense of humor is pretty absurd.
The HEA Lover: How many books will there be in your Impossible Bachelors series?
Kieran: So far, four. I don’t know yet about any more at the moment. We’ll see how things evolve.
The HEA Lover: Are you working on any other projects we should keep our eyes open for?
Kieran: I always have my own ongoing private writing projects–because I love to write. But I don’t talk about them because I’m shy and I still have writing dreams that are delicate and blooming. Thanks for understanding.
The HEA Lover: The mean questions: (<===because we love to torture our guests *wink*)
Who’s your favorite secondary character?
Kieran: Okay, I’ll consider none of the Impossible Bachelors secondary, so I’d have to say…the mistresses all together. But if you’re going to be REALLY mean and make me choose ONE mistress, it would be– Nope. I change my mind. It’s Cedric. I ADORE Cedric!!!!! And why? Because no matter what he does, Cedric makes me laugh. –
The HEA Lover: Can you summarize your book (and/or series?) twitter style (140 characters or less)?
You think this is going to be hard for me, but I regularly Tweet now @KieranKramer
, so it should be a piece of cake!!
(45 minutes later…)
My goodness, this is difficult!!!
(Two hours later and a lot of procrastination later …)
Okay, here goes a Tweeted blurb for WHEN HARRY MET MOLLY:
An outrageous wager & a twist of Fate bring together a rakish bachelor & a hotheaded bluestocking in a scandalous contest both must win.
The HEA Lover: Which 4 characteristics should a perfect hero have in your opinion?
1) He must have a great sense of humor
2) as well as an amazing kissing ability, separate from other lovemaking skills which should be amazing as well, of course!! But kissing is an art in itself, right?
3) He must also be really intelligent and
4) possess the capability to love deeply.
The HEA Lover: Now can you tell us 3 reasons why people should read your books?
1) to laugh and remember you have the capacity for joy
2) to remember that love is the ONLY thing…the ONLY, ONLY thing!
3) to complete the mystical connection between author, story, and reader. We sustain each other in a way that those who don’t love to read can’t understand.
The HEA Lover: Thank you for answering all our questions Kieran, your answers made me laugh a lot!
Kieran: Thanks so much for having me here today! These questions were a lot of fun to answer!! XO
(Here’s a fun ‘interview’ of Kieran *wink*)
Kieran is generously offering a signed copy
of When Harry Met Molly to 1 lucky commenter.
All you have to do is ask Kieran a question
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This giveaway is open Internationally!
Giveaway ends on Saturday, November 6th and we will announce the winners on Sunday.
Bonne Chance everyone!