IN THE LIMELIGHT: INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR HK STERLING/KD ROSE

In the Limelight: Interview with Author HK Sterling/KD Rose

 

How long have you been a writer? 
I’ve been writing all my life, but I just started publishing recently.
 
What motivated you to become a writer?
 It’s something that just came naturally. I write poems in 
 
my head while traveling, make notes when I wake up from things I dream; have blank notebooks 
 
everywhere imaginable so I have a place to jot things down when they come to me. Believe it or not I 
 
*still* lose ideas. I fall for my own act that I will “remember it later”.
 
What is your favorite thing about writing?
 I live in an abstract world in my head so my favorite thing is 
 
trying and sometimes being successful at articulating those concepts. Other times I can’t because I just 
 
can’t seem to bring it down to earth.
 
What are some of the books by others that have inspired you? 
All the old science fiction writers. Harlan 
 
Ellison, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert Heinlein. I would say Ellison’s Dangerous Visions remains 
 
my favorite, though all of Philip K Dick’s books are favorites. I also get inspiration from music, art and 
 
poetry. Oh, and when I was really young as a kid, I loved Agatha Christie.
 
Does anything else inspire you? Ie movies, music, etc if so, what?
 Ha, yeah, I couldn’t live without music. 
 
There you have the intersection of words ( which I love), ideas, and music so it’s a triple enticement.
 
Tell us about your latest book. What gave you the idea? My latest book ( releases June 13) is a sequel. 
 
Though both books are standalones ( no cliffhangers) they relate to each other and have the two main 
 
characters in each though from a different point of view. I wrote the first book “A Taste For Killing” 
 
because I wanted a strong female lead, but wanted to show her inner insecurities as well. I wrote 
 
the sequel “A Taste For Danger” in order to focus on the anti-hero from the first book, though both 
 
characters appear.
 
Have you ever experienced what others call writer’s block?
 If so, what are methods you use to get up 
 
and running again. Or, if you don’t believe in writers block, tell us why. I have experienced it and I 
 
do believe in it, though I understand why others don’t. If you are used to being a wellspring of ideas 
 
it comes as a shock when suddenly you aren’t. I get over it by reading ( others books or poetry) and 
 
listening to music. Also art. Anything that inspires you will connect with the creative part in you and 
 
then that part will want to speak again.
 
What is your favorite genre to write?
 If you write in multiple genres, tell us why you picked those 
 
particular ones. With two different pen names, I write in multiple genres. There will be even more in a 
 
year or two. I write in the genres I either love the most or come naturally. For example, I have a short 
 
story ( called a Breathless Press Flirt) titled “Eyes Only”. That story is a Russian Nesting Doll (http://
 
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matryoshka_doll if readers don’t know what that is) to the extreme and I loved 
 
writing that. And short too! I love economy of words.
 
In general writing in multiple genres keeps you from getting bored and let’s you try out new things. You 
 
never know what your creativity will find most fruitful.
 
What is your favorite character that you have written?
 
My anti-hero, Jack, in both “A Taste For Killing” and “A Taste for Danger” is my favorite. 
 
What is it about that character that you love? Gotta love the bad boys with good hearts. I typically love 
 
anti-heroes in general. Though I have to say, under my other pen name ( KD Rose) in Erasing: Shadows I 
 
love a character this is a grandmother, but is in no way your ordinary grandmother. She is wise and wily 
 
and full of secrets.
 
Where is your favorite place to write?
 I am lucky in that my husband is an architectural millman so we 
 
bought an old crappy house and made it into what we wanted. I got the office/library of my dreams 
 
and that is what I write in. Though as I said before, I am liable to make notes all over. I think poetry is 
 
probably the only thing I don’t write in my office. That I tend to write outside and in novel places that 
 
speak to me more.
 
Are you on social media?
 If so, which ones do you find most valuable as an author? Yes, I am on all 
 
the social media (Both pen names!) and it sucks the time out of your writing and life. LOL Right now, 
 
Facebook is still most valuable but of course as an author, Goodreads as well and Twitter is more 
 
valuable than one would think. Then of course there is your blogs and others’ blogs etc.
 
Have you ever done in-person events or signings or do you stay pretty much behind the screen?
 
Pretty much behind the screen.
 
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
 
Leave Reviews! ; )
 
 
BLURBS:
 
H.K. Sterling’s
A Taste For Danger 
 
Still licking his wounds over blowing it with the love of his life, detective Jack Heart finds 
 
himself in over his head with corporate politics, treachery, and vipers of the female variety. 
 
Under pressure to solve the case, Jack’s taste for danger will place him and those he loves on a 
 
collision course with disaster.
 
 
H.K. Sterling’s
A Taste For Killing
 
Mystery and Romance blend together when competing detectives Carolyn Woods and Jack Heart 
 
find they are surrounded by murder on every side.
 
Mystery and Romance blend together when competing detectives Carolyn Woods and Jack 
 
Heart are both hired to solve the murder of Pete Wallace, only to realize they are working the 
 
same case. To complicate things, Carolyn and Jack have an on again-off again relationship. 
 
Then there is Evan Jones, a handsome architect— but he’s also a suspect. Can Carolyn manage 
 
to solve the case as more and more murders pile up? Will her relationship with Jack hinder 
 
their investigations? And what about Evan Jones? He seems like the perfect man, but could he 
 
actually be the murderer? One thing is for sure: someone close to both Carolyn and Jack has A 
 
Taste For Killing.
 
 
 
EXCERPT FROM A TASTE FOR KILLING
 

He had six-pack abs, and I wanted to feel the carbonation. This one dressed like the

stereotype of a construction worker, down to the handkerchief he used to wipe sweat off his

forehead. I don’t know if he or the hot day brought it out, but sweat poured off of me too. He

had no interest in me as a person, though. I was invading his territory. Still, I enjoyed the view.

For my part, I knew my clothes looked crappy. I didn’t have to wear uniforms anymore, but

my street clothes, well they were very—street. So there I stood, a turd in the sun in front of this

He pointed to a small trailer up a muddy hill. The supervisor I asked to see apparently

stayed in there. Stayed, as in never left. Great. Mud. Now I’d be a dried turd in the sun. Adonis

went back to digging and I started the trek up the hill. At least I came with boots. Steel toed.

Once I made it to the trailer, I heard an argument going on inside.

“Look, I don’t care who you are. The plans are publically filed. Go get them yourself!”

Then I heard a voice I knew. Calm, cool, subversive. “Is there any reason you’re being so

difficult? A man did die on your watch.”

An encounter I hadn’t planned on. Well, at least not until later tonight. I knocked loudly

on the door and with my sweetest voice said, “Hello, boys. Am I interrupting something?”

“Great,” groused the supervisor. “A party.” He appeared to me like another stereotype,

puffing on a cigar over a fat jowl line and rotund stomach that threatened to overturn the small

desk he was behind. I guess there’s a reason for stereotypes. He looked about four hamburgers

On a wooden chair in front of the supervisor sat Jack. A fellow independent detective, an

ally at times, a competitor…and my on and off lover.

“Well, well, well,” he said smiling, but I could tell he wasn’t happy to see me. Not here.

It meant we were both working the same case. “Hello, Carolyn. Who hired you?”

“Girlfriend,” he answered back.

We stared at each other. Complications.

A Taste for Killing is Available at the Following Book Vendors:
 
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