For today’s Indie Summer Feature, please welcome Linda Kage to Parajunkee’s View.
Book Name: How to Resist Prince Charming
Release Date: 07/01/2013
Genre: contemporary new adult, Adult
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m pretty boring with no inspirational story in my background. Just a Midwest girl, and a wife, mommy, and librarian assistant who likes to read and write happy endings!
In your own words, tell us a little bit about your book?
It all started with that Topher Grace movie, IN GOOD COMPANY (I just loved him in That Seventies Show). Anyway, I became fixated on the idea of boss hooking up with the employee’s daughter, instead of the other way around with the guy falling for the boss’s daughter. But I was so upset with the ending because the two in love didn’t end up together. Gash, I know! Soo…I had to write a story where they ended up together! Enter HOW TO RESIST PRINCE CHARMING.
Can you tell us about the characters in your book? Who is your favorite?
There are three main characters. The hero: Braxton Farris, who takes over Farris Industries for his dad who recently retired. The dad: Tom Davenport, who works at Farris Industries and totally hates have a “kid” for a new boss. And the heroine: Lenna Davenport, who is Tom’s daughter and recently graduated from college, looking for a good job.
Right now, my favorite character is Tyler, Braxton’s brother. He didn’t really have a role in the first edition of my story. But he got in for about a chapter’s worth when I republished it this year. I may be all starry-eyed because he’s so fresh and new to me, but he seemed to give a spice to the story in that little cameo role he had. I may have to give him how own book some day!
What makes your book different from other books out there in the same genre?
Oh, my story definitely follows a trope. Forbidden romance, secret relationship, all that good stuff. But it deviates from other stories out there like it because I have some scenes from the Dad’s point of view.
What led to you going “indie”?
I’m not really a control freak, I swear, but I wanted a little more control over how my story was published. I wanted to pick out who designed the covers, and how the story was formatted, and I even wanted a say in how much the book was priced. I started out with the small ePublisher route, and I’m glad I did, because it taught me how the publishing process worked, how to interact with other people in the publishing world, and who was who. Plus it helped me build up a small backlist without putting a lot of money in. But I may just become addicted to this Indie thing!
Is Writing your full time profession?
Humph, I wish. I have a full time job at a university library, but if I could write full time, I totally would!
Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?
I can’t write a story in chronological order. I have to write a scene as it comes to me, and then I’ll piece all the scenes together and put in filler scenes or add and delete to make it flow right.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Dangerous Question! It depends on what phase I’m going through. When I first got into reading romances, I loved Sandra Brown, LaVyrle Spencer, Jill Gregory, Linda Howard, Catherine Anderson, and Julie Garwood. Then I went through a romantic suspense phase and fell for Anne Stuart, Suzanne Brockmann, Cherry Adair, Roxanne St. Claire, Annie Solomon, and Cindy Gerard. Oh, and I could never forget that steamy historical romance summer I had with Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas, Suzanne Enoch, Elizabeth Hoyt, and Sabrina Jeffries. Amazing. Then came my out-of-this-world need for paranormal and hello Gena Showalter, J. R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Lara Adrian. Right now, I’m all things new adult and totally in love with Jennifer Armentrout, Tammara Webber, Jamie McGuire, Monica Murphy, Katie Evans, K. A. Tucker, Cora Carmack, Chelsea Fine, and well…you get the point! I’m sorta a fickle and really get around when it comes to author love.
What are you reading now?
Killing Sarai by J. A. Redmerski
What advice can you give to struggling writers?
Don’t give up. If you really want to write, just do it. And if you persevere, you’ll figure out along the way what works for you and what doesn’t, you’ll learn as much as you can about it, and you’ll follow the example of reliable mentors who came before you. Just don’t…give…up! 🙂
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The youngest of eight children, Linda Kage grew up on a dairy farm in the Midwest. She now lives in Kansas with her husband, daughter, and nine cuckoo clocks. Linda is a member of Romance Writers of America and its local chapter, Midwest Romance Writers.