Kim Law is in the Spotlight

A few years back, I was at a local RWA chapter meeting when the subject of brainstorming came up. One thing led to another, and I became part of a brainstorming group with three other fabulous ladies. Since then, not only do we brainstorm on a regular basis, helping each other plot out our books and get past sticking points, but we’ve become great friends. We’ve gone on a writing retreat at a cabin in a state park, go to movies together, and three of us (Gretchen, Lara and me) are total sci-fi geeks who love and adore Dragon*Con. We’re pretty sure Kim thinks we’re a little weird. That’s okay, we love her anyway. And we were all so happy when Kim made her first sale and have been doing the happy dance the past several days as that book debuted. So I’m very happy to host a launch party for Kim Law today. And I’m depending on all you lovely ladies to help me keep the party going since I have to be at an all-day training session today. Pout! I’d much rather be here hanging with you all. Even better would be if I could check in from where Kim is — the beach! She’s at a writing retreat within sight of the ocean. Wah!!!

Good think I like her so much. So I give you Kim Law!

Kim LawYour debut novel, Caught on Camera, just came out last week? Are you still floating on air?

Oh, was I supposed to stop at some point? I thought this was just how I got around now! I’ve gotten pretty good at floating ;)

Tell us about Caught on Camera and what led you to write this book.

Scandal meets seduction when America’s golden guy falls for a woman with secrets. It’s sexy and hot and totally romantic. All the things that I love! But what led me to write it? Hmmm…I’d have to say that I wanted something you might find in the headlines. And I love a hot, sexy alpha man. So I created the Davenports, and used JFK Jr. as my basis. Who wouldn’t have wanted to be swept away by him?

When did you start writing romance? What drew you to the genre?

Caught on Camera coverI joined RWA in 2005, but didn’t really start writing until 2006. Well, I tried writing after my first RWA meeting in January, but quickly discovered IT WAS HARD!!! So I took the next year to soak in as much as I could and then I started over. And it was still hard. But what drew me to the genre was those old purple and white Harlequin Romances. My mother used to get them when I was a teenager, and would hand then off to me. I fell in love instantly!

What has your journey been to getting published?

Oh geez…mostly hurry up and wait. And then there was slow and painful! But that’s all part of it. I wrote five books before getting an agent, and then sold my fifth and third books about nine months later.

We love call stories here in the Bandit Lair. Tell us about yours.

Oh, I love call stories, too!! Mine kind of happened over a few days time. My agent e-mailed to let me know an editor at Montlake was reading it and apparently loving it. Then there was another e-mail where the editor wanted to see my previous Golden Heart-winning book. Then I was told she was going to finish them over the weekend and get back to us. AND THEN I had to wait all the way until Wednesday to hear back!!! Needless to say, I’d been strictly sticking to my desk that week and watching the phone! When my agent finally called, I started smiling immediately. The editor loved them and wanted both! I was then useless at work the remainder of the day. Actually, probably the whole week.

What is your favorite part about writing?

OK, this might sound weird, but I love the physical act of typing out the story. You know, when I’m really in a groove and the story is flowing. It’s almost like I can feel the story leave my brain, ooze down my arms, and come out through my fingertips. I think it’s because I’m literally watching something come to life right before my eyes. Or maybe I’m just odd ;) But as far as things such as rough draft, editing, research? I love editing. That’s when I can really polish and make that creation a beauty. Hopefully.

You are well known among your friends as being a meticulous plotter and lover of all things spreadsheet. Why do you think that is?

Ha! That’s such a polite way of putting it. It’s the left brain, baby! Mine works overtime. But why, I have no idea. I only wish spreadsheets made everyone as happy as they do me!

You have another book, the first in your Sugar Springs series, coming out late in the year. Tell us about that and how it differs from Caught on Camera.

Sugar Springs coverSugar Springs is my 2009 Golden Heart winner. It’s a small-town, secret baby story about a woman, Lee Ann, raising her sister’s twin girls (who are now pre-teens) and their father showing up after all this time to find he has kids. The kicker is that he was Lee Ann’s high school sweetheart, not her sister’s! It differs from Caught on Camera in that it’s not nearly as sexy and has the small-town thing going for it. Plus, it’s a bit more heartwarming.

You just recently left your day job to write full time. How are you liking your new “commute”?

See question one about floating in the clouds.  :-D I went out this week and purchased a new work wardrobe consisting of all yoga pants and cotton T-shirts. Of course, next you’ll be seeing me on What Not to Wear! But that’s okay because I really think I’m going to love this!

Okay, everyone. Kim mentioned that Caught in Camera was inspired by the type of story you might see in the headlines. Do you ever read or watch the news and think, “Oh, that would make a good book?” And do you prefer sexy, alpha male stories like Caught on Camera or more heartwarming, small town stories like Sugar Springs? Why?

To find out more about Kim and her books, visit her website. And remember, if you want to buy Kim’s books, all you have to do is click on the covers above. They’ll take you straight to the books’ pages on Amazon. Isn’t that handy? :)

Comments

36 thoughts on “Kim Law is in the Spotlight

  1. 1
    Anna Sugden says:

    Welcome to the Lair, Kim, and congrats on your debut novel! That’s awesome!

    LOL I have a drawer full of ideas I’ve picked up from news headlines or stories or even overheard conversations in restaurants!

    I love both kinds of stories … Bring back the contemps, I say!

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      Kim Law says:

      Hey Anna! Thanks for the welcome and the congrats! Releasing a book is so much fun :) (And scary!)

      Sounds like you do some of the same things I do! Only instead of a drawer full, I have them scattered all over. I need to get busy and pull them all together!

      And I’m with you, bring back the contemps! :)

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        I can see that on your project list, and you going around the house hunting up slips of paper where you’ve written story ideas. Hey, we could have a scavenger hunt at our next brainstorming session. :)

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          Kim Law says:

          Well, most of the pieces of paper should be in my office, but that’s not guaranteed. But be careful, I might take you up on it and get you to help me find and then organize them!! :)

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    Anna Sugden says:

    Oh drat! Looks like the pesky bird is visiting Cambridge today! He’ll be shaking his tail feathers and doing the cleaning while I write!

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    Helen says:

    Hi Kim and Trish

    I do like the sound of both of these books but I must say I am very partial to small town stories. Congrats on the release.

    I don’t follow a lot of the papers and stories I seem to have my head in a good book most of my spare time LOL but I should imagine there would be lots of ideas for writers coming from the scandals on the news and in papers and magazines

    Have Fun
    Helen

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      Kim Law says:

      Hi Helen!

      Oh, don’t you just love a good small-town romance? There are so many good ones out there. Can say as I blame you for having your head stuck in a book most of the time. If I’m not writing, that’s what I’m doing! And yes, too much scandal, etc can be found in the news these days o.0

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      Helen, you have the right idea reading books. In the U.S. right now, it’s impossible to read or watch the news without being inundated with political stuff. Thank goodness the election is tomorrow. At least the political ads will stop.

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    Connie Fischer says:

    Congratulations, Kim, on your hard-earned success! The way you described sitting by the phone waiting for it ring with *crossed fingers* GOOD news from your Editor was perfect. I could just feel your anticipation. How thrilling when you got the news that they wanted both of your novels! I’ll bet someone had to peel you off the ceiling! In addition, being able to leave your job to stay at home and do what you really love is the best. I’m so happy for you and look forward to reading your novels. I wish you great success and all the best!

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    Janga says:

    Congratulations on your debut, Kim.

    I didn’t realize what a small-town romance junkie I am until I researched my own bookshelves for a Heroes & Heartbreakers article I wrote and discovered more than sixty small-town series represented on my keeper shelves, and I’m pretty sure I’ve added a few since then. Of couse, I’m a huge SEP fan and she’s written some wonderful celebrity books. I’m always interested in checking that kind of contemporary romance out too. You might say I’m an equal opportunity reader. :)

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      Kim Law says:

      Oh, SEP is one of my favorites!!! But wow…60 small-town series? Impressive! I should be careful and not count up the ones I have, though ;)

      Thanks for the congrats!!

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      Wow, I wonder how many I have. Of course, digging through all the bookshelves would be an all-day affair.

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    Hellion says:

    Ha! For a second I thought I hit my own website again but I see Kim is double-dating! :) Hey, Kim!! I see you’re with the Bandits, our home away from home!

    I prefer the small-town setting more. But like a HOT small town setting. *LOL* And again, reunion stories. :) Someone in need of redemption, who burned his bridges with his hometown, and has to grovel a bit before he’s brought back into the fold… Suffering and angst…that’s what I like. :)

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    Susan Sey says:

    Good morning, Kim & Trish! I love a good ripped-from-the-headlines story! In fact, my latest release (KISS THE GIRL) was directly inspired by Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie’s first biological baby. Man, that’s kid’s birth was *covered* by the media & I had to wonder what the heck that girl’s life would be like. And then I was writing it. :-)

    Congrats on your debut, & I loved your call story! Good luck!

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      Kim Law says:

      Thanks Susan! And OMG yes! That child was all over the headlines. I felt bad for her at the thought her whole life would be like that. Your book sounds very intriguing!

    • 7.2

      All this talk of being ripped from the headlines makes me think about how sometimes fact is much stranger than fiction.

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    catslady says:

    Congratulations! It’s always wonderful to hear about new authors and their journey to being published. I enjoy debut books because there is just something about those firsts!

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    Hi Kim! Congratulations on your sale and may I just state my envy here and now that you’re a metriculous planner. I’ve never quite gotten the hang of that :-).

    Sometimes I’m in the mood for a “ripped-from-the-headlines” story, and sometimes a small town romance hits the spot. I like both.

    Wishing you great success with both of your releases!

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    Jeanne Adams says:

    Hey Kim! Sorry to be checking in late…. :>

    Welcome to the Lair! Congrats on your sale. The book sounds cool.

    I love ripped-from-the-headlines stories, btw.

    And now….running back to the cave! Whew! Have fun on the blog today.

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    Beth Andrews says:

    Welcome to the lair, Kim! Congrats on your debut – Caught on Camera sounds fabulous *g*

    I love all contemporary romances – sweet, small town, glitz and glamor, comedic…I’m with Anna on the Bring Back the Contemps :-)

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    Kim, welcome to the Lair and congrats on your new release! It sounds great.

    I read a wide range of books. I love alpha males but also have a soft spot for small towns.

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    Kim Law says:

    Thanks again for inviting me over Trish!

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    Fedora says:

    How fun, Kim! I like both kinds of stories, depending on my mood! Thanks for the intro–will be popping over to check out your books!

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    Mozette says:

    Being a sci-fi action writer – who puts in enough sex to keep the guys interested too – I have to keep abreast of the town planning issues of Brisbane, Ipswich, the Sunshine Coast, Logan City, Beenleigh and the Gold Coast… now that’s a lot of stuff to keep up to date with; but it’s not hard really; I just make it all up and eventually – at some point – it happens within a few years. :P