Another day, another fun author interview. I hope you’re ready for it. This is a lively duo who use the pen name R. L. Kenderson and write in Paranormal Romance and Romance genres. They have a lot to say and some advice to give.
So, let’s dive in…
Q1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
R.L.: We are two best friends who write romance novels together. Our first name is our initials, and our last name is a mashup of our last names. We both live in the Midwest, and when we’re not writing, we work in the medical field. We’re both moms, and one of us is a married and the other single, so we like to think we bring perspective to our books.
MAY: Looks like I caught two fish instead of one. This is amazing. I love it when two people co-write. It brings more perspective and ideas to the story. As they say, “two heads are better than one.”
Q2. What is your favourite item in the world?
R.L.: That is such a hard question. TV? Bed (we both love to sleep)? Ereader? We know…it would probably be our phones.
MAY: I can completely relate.I’m superglued to my iPad these days.
Q3. Out of all your books, which one was the most fun to write and why?
R.L.: Another hard question. I would say the second book we wrote. Forbidden Heat was book two in our PNR series, and the characters were not supposed to get a book yet. The couple who was supposed to get a book got pushed back to book three. Since it was unplanned, it felt like it had less pressure, and it was a joy to write.
MAY: Working on a series can be stressful and often difficult. Depending on how well the earlier instalmentsare received by the audience, the rest of the story we want to tell can be affected. In my case, it affects my mood, my desire to write that particular story, etc. Too bad I’m a perfectionist in this area. I can’t leave a series unfinished, or it would drive me crazy.
In regard to the question, the book that was the most fun to write was probably Crumbling Control (Helena Hawthorn Series). I made readers cry, made myself weep, and the characters had a lot of banter going between them that made me giggle.
Q4. How do you cope with stress?
R.L.: Talk to each other or veg out. Reading, watching TV, and listening to podcasts help us unwind.
MAY: Just reading that made me more relaxed, hahaha.
Q5. Imagine you were told that you have seven days to live. What would you do in those days (aside from looking for a genie lamp)?
R.L.: Spend time with family, read, and binge-watch TV. And skip going to work—nobody has time for that. 😊
MAY: Yes, no one would seriously bother going to work. I think I would eat anything I’ve wanted to try in life, ride a roller coaster, maybe get drunk for the first time in my life, and write each person I care about an individual letter.
Q6. Do you have any writing advice for aspiring paranormal romance authors?
R.L.: Keep a list of all the facts of your characters and your world(s). You may think you’ll remember, but you won’t. Notes are always good to have to go back to.
MAY: The amount of times I’ve had to refer to my notes, I’ve lost track. Seriously, I’ve made so many changes to certain characters that I even have conflicting notes on them in different docs. My notebooks mainly contain maps, characters, random notes, and chapter ideas. I think my main series has 3 notebooks + 3 large Word docs + an almanac. Because of this, I may have turned into a notebook hoarder.
Q7. Let’s use our imaginations once again. You were drafted from all of mankind to pick a side in a war between vampires and shifters. Which side would you choose?
R.L.: This is the hardest question because our books have both! But I suppose we’d pick shifters. We seem to have more books with them as the main characters.
MAY: Sorry for the tough questions. I try to make these interviews as fun as possible for the authors. But I agree, I would probably side with the shifters, although most of my books have vampires as the main characters.
Q8. What advice would you give to authors who want to turn their book into an audiobook?
R.L.: We used Findaway Voices through Draft2Digital, and it was a pretty easy (and fun) process. It is costly so make sure you’ve saved up.
MAY: Ah, I’ve seen D2D advertising their audiobook services a lot. I think, on average, to get a single audiobook out, the price range is somewhere between $1500-$2500, which is a lot of money.
Q9. Muffins or cupcakes?
MAY: I do love my muffins. Umm…toffee muffin…om nom nom.
Q10. Do you have any ongoing projects or new releases you’d like to share with the readers?
R.L.: We are releasing, Forbidden Seduction, the sixth book in our PNR Forbidden series at the end of May. If you like shifters and vampires, this series if for you. We are also working on a new contemporary romance that will be out in July, called Five Dates Only.
Thank you for taking the time to do this interview, R.L. Kenderson. I hope my readers got a chance to get to know you and your work a bit better.