Jen: Tell new readers about the premise of the Eternally Three series.
Kris: Eternally Three’s immortals need humans to survive. Think of electricity. It needs positive, negative and a conduit. So do the eternal creatures in E3. A human acts as the conduit for two immortals. The series is a mix of mythologies about immortal beings that include, jinn, angels, demons, ifrit and more. They live in secret among unsuspecting mortals in the modern world. There are three main factions of immortals – The Alliance, The Dark, and The Rogues. The first two are locked in an eternal battle with the very existence of humanity at stake.
So begins the first book of the series (Perfection) with Micki, a young woman looking for her missing brother. She stumbles into a stronghold of The Alliance and comes face to face with two warrior immortals. Bradley is militant angel all the way. Jared, a jinn, was banished for crimes against The Alliance a long time ago. Overwhelming desires are awakened in these three and their world is turned upside down. An ancient evil craves the immense power of the trio. Micki, Bradley, and Jared must beat incredible odds and surrender to love or they will be destroyed and all humanity with them.
Jen: Do you plan to keep writing in this world?
Kris: I do. In fact, my next project to work on is Devotion, which is about David, an archangel, Brooke, a human female, and her dead boyfriend, Eric, who has been transformed into an immortal. Currently published, the series has two books and a novella – Perfection, book 1 – Captivation, book 2 – Lillian’s Rogues, novella.
Jen: What drew you to writing menage stories?
Kris: I read a few of them and loved the sexual tension of the triangle. I know some menage books have the guys on board from the get go, but the ones that speak to me are when the guys have issues to work out to make the trio-thing work permanently.
Jen: The Eternally Three books are m/f/m, but you also write m/m/f. Do you have to change gears much when altering the dynamic of the threesome?
Kris: Absolutely. Though I believe there should be a “bromance” of sorts with any m/f/m story to really work, in a m/m/f book there must exist real sexual desire and tension between the guys. I loved writing Three to Play. Clint’s story was one that really touched me. Some of my friends’ experiences (many of which are tragic), inspired me to write Clint’s story. As you know, gay and bisexual teens, even now, are bullied at school. There is also a large amount that find themselves disowned and on the streets after coming out to their parents. The rate of suicide in GLBT teens is so high because of these pressures. Sorry, to go off on a tangent but I am passionate about this issue.
On a lighter note, I have a book to write that is planned to come out in mid-2012 that again is an m/m/f, Three to Dance. It’s about two guys, late 20s and both bi, who have been friends since high school but have never gone to the bedroom together. Cole is an amazing dancer and Trevor is a up-and-coming director. Enter Sharon, an actress about to turn forty-one, who agrees to be the lead of Trevor’s latest musical. She sees right through these two hotties facade. They are avoiding the intense desire and love between them. There’s more, but I’m getting a little wordy and will leave the rest for the book.
Jen: There aren’t very male authors in the romance genre. Do you have any thoughts on that?
Kris: I have to work hard. I don’t want to write a book with a male bent or fantasy. My readers are female, primarily. My gender is male, yes. Thankfully, when the narrative gets too “male” I have some amazing women who read my book and are not shy to point it out. One of the best compliments I get from readers is when they write me or say to me something like “I had no idea you were a man. Your book doesn’t read like a man wrote it.”
Jen: Do you think readers are as receptive to male writers?
Kris: Many are, thankfully. Of course there are those who have issues with reading a romance written by a man. But should I complain? No. Think of all the careers in the world where women continue to deal with bigotry and bias every day because of their gender. I’ve chosen one of the few careers where a man can actually get a small taste of gender bias. So, my job is to write the best romance I can that will reach and speak to the reader. I am grateful that many women are taking a chance on my books.
Jen: I read that Shayla Black encouraged you to write romance. What influence/ impact do your interactions and relationships with other authors have on your writing or career?
Kris: I have many amazing author friends. I thrive on their advice, energy, and encouragement. I’ve been fortunate to have live chats, normally on Wed nights at 8pm, over at a site, www.righteousperverts.com (don’t be intimidated by the name) that I started with some amazing readers and great authors. The founding authors are: Melissa Schroeder, Shayla Black, Sophie Oak, Heather Rainier, Corrine Davies, and Chloe Lang. We’ve had guests that include: Lorelei James, Moira Rogers, Eliza Gayle, Cat Johnson, Annabel Joseph, Cherise Sinclair, Bella Andre, and more.
Jen: I understand you’ve recently left your day-job. Tell me about how it has changed your life to become a full time writer.
Kris: I’m more stressed but thrilled to finally have achieved a life-long dream. Whatever your passion is, follow it. My motto is – Plan The Work, Work The Plan, and Don’t Get Side-tracked. That last mantra is my toughest. LOL!
Jen: What are you working on now?
Kris: Finishing up edits for Carnal Heat, the first book in a paranormal series (Supernatural Secrets) set in Savannah. It’s about Anna, who, while trying to find her birth mother, discovers that she’s from a family of witches from Savannah. A freak accident puts her face-to-face with Luke, a dangerous, solitary werewolf with a guilty past he wants to forget.
This series has witches, werewolves, vampires, and more. I went to Savannah with Melissa Schroeder, Joy Harris, and Ali Flores in October and fell back in love with the city. Hopefully Carnal Heat will be out end of Dec, first of Jan.
Jen: Blogs and social media make authors so much more accessible to readers than ever before. Do you feel like Twitter/ Facebook/ chats, etc are a natural extension of what you do or something that takes alot of effort?
Kris: That’s a great question. Though I love the online social outlets, I’m terrible at them. My primary focus is with my reader buddies at righteous perverts but if you ask them how much time I spend there – they would tell you very little. My buddy, Melissa Schroeder is so much better at social media than I am. I enjoy face-to-face. That’s why I love Authors After Dark. I get to meet readers in person.
Jen: Have you attended many writer/ reader conventions? What have your experiences been like?
Kris: Very little. AAD in Philly last year was my first and I LOVED IT!
Jen: What are looking forward to most about AAD in NOLA?
Kris: Meeting readers. I love the energy they have. It’s amazing. I also enjoy meeting up with my author buddies, too.
Jen: Thanks so much for sharing your work with me and for taking the time to answer my questions. I look forward to meeting you this summer!
Kris: Thank you for having me as a guest here at Red Hot Books, and I also look forward to meeting you, Jen. Don’t forget to drop by the happy hour at AAD in NOLA that Melissa and I are hosting again this year. Drinks on us!