I met Kara last year in May on Twitter. We had both just released our debut novels and were overwhelmed by just about everything. I reposted a bunch of her stuff, she reposted a bunch of mine and then we started talking.
We’ve been friends ever since. Through every new release, through every trial and hard day. Through every win and celebration. We are part of each other’s tribe.
What I love most about Kara is her humor. She claims to not be a funny person, but she makes me laugh all the time. She loves puns and plays on words, and she can write some swoon-worthy men and some damn hot love scenes. So let’s get right to this, shall we?
- Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I am a military spouse of sixteen years. I married my childhood friend, and we’ve known each other for twenty-five years. We have two adorable twin sons; they keep me incredibly busy since they both have special needs…and they’re boys! I am an environmental scientist by day, and write steamy, contemporary romance stories by night. I also do a lot of volunteer work on our local base in supporting military families.
- When did you first decide you wanted to be a writer?
In grade school, I loved to write. I entered essay contests in middle school. In high school, I was the sports editor of our school paper. I was on hiatus in college because of all the research papers I had to develop. But I’ve always had the writing bug in my blood. I’ve especially enjoyed writing poetry over the years. During one of my husband’s deployments, I decided to try my hand at writing a novel, and from that point on I became Author Kara Liane.
- What are you working on at the minute?
The fifth and final book in A Tryst of Fate Series entitled Nursing Myself Back; looking to release sometime this year. Also, a novella for a group holiday anthology. And I just started a donation project in which I pair my life in the literary world, with my life being a military spouse. I am raising awareness and funds for veterans that suffer from PTSD and TBI.
- What genre are your books and what draws you to that genre?
I love how this genre brings heat and heart together. I gravitate to romance because it is my escape. Contemporary steamy romance offers me a way to tap into genuine feelings about life and love, and to delve into the connections of human beings on all levels. Plus, the steamy scenes are fun to write.
- Why do you write?
It is so rewarding knowing that other people can relate to my characters and are moved by my stories, just as much as I am. Being able to connect with people because of your books means everything. Telling your story means everything. I also write for myself and for my family because I want to show them, and prove to myself, I can grab hold of my dreams.
- Where do your ideas come from?
Random places. I don’t always plot and plan things out. An idea comes to me and I just run with it. Then the characters take over and tell me how it’s going to go.
- What is the hardest thing about writing?
Being stuck. It’s not necessarily writer’s block. It’s more like character’s block. If a character isn’t speaking to me and relaying their story, then I can’t write it. I prefer to write from dual-POV, so sometimes one talks but the other doesn’t, and then I can’t finish what I’m working on.
- What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Writing Book 2 (A Force of Nature) in my series was incredibly difficult. Because there are so many elements that are deep, gritty, and painful. More importantly, I had to get the story right. It is inspired by my real-life hero hubby, and I wanted to do his and stories about our military men and women justice. Talking about certain subjects like PTSD is necessary because it speaks to what they’re truly dealing with, and that needs to be brought to light more; there’s a certain way it can be done even in this genre.
- When you aren’t writing, what are you doing?
Working full-time, being a mother, being a wife. We like to go camping as a family. Again, I also volunteer my time to military families and to charities. I love to read, and occasionally get to watch a TV show or two.
- What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Do your research. This industry is a tough field because there’s so much that goes into it. Know your genre really well, and know your market. Do your homework on things before just jumping in. Make sure you figure out what will work best for you. Sometimes making mistakes are the only way we learn, so just know it is going to happen; however, turn the situation into a positive one and move on.
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A Force of Nature
A Kindle Scout winning eBook and standalone novel. A steamy, contemporary, military, romance that will quake your world.
TSgt Brenneth “Brent” Peters moves through life like a storm—it’s just his way. From the moment he met captivating and complicated Everly, he moved through her too. His years in the military have shaped him and led to this path of upheaval and turmoil in love and life. What he and Ev share, though, is an unstoppable force. But can he hold onto her, or will he lose her along the way? Find out what happens when the storm rolls in.
For to love is to consume—it’s just the nature of it.
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