I had the opportunity to interview best international selling author Kerrigan Byrne on Samantha The Reader! She is an historical romance novelist that has pure talent in weaving wonderful stories of adventure, love, and overcoming the obstacles.
Kerrigan Byrne is the best selling author of THE HIGHWAYMAN, THE HUNTER, THE HIGHLANDER, THE DUKE, THE SCOT BEDS HIS WIFE, and coming 8/28/18 is THE DUKE WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO.
She lives on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington with her dream boat husband. When she’s not writing and researching, you’ll find her on the water sailing and kayaking, or on land eating, drinking, shopping, and taking the dogs to play on the beach.
Kerrigan loves to hear from her readers! To contact her or learn more about her books, please visit her sites: www.kerriganbyrne.com
INTERVIEW KERRIGAN BRYNE
What is the first book that made you cry?
I don’t know if this is cliché or not, but I think it was THE GIVING TREE by Shel Silverstein. That book still sort of gets me, you know?
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Great question! There is a book I read over and over again called THE EIGHT by Katherine Neville. It’s nothing short of brilliant and I try to get everyone I can to read it!
Who are your favorite authors?
Christopher Moore, Dot Hutchison, Karen Marie Moning, and Lisa Kleypas.
What is you ideal book hero/heroine?
I am a glutton for angst and conflict. So I love a hero and heroine who have been through enough to make them real, and to make them human, and deeply flawed.
How did you come up with the idea for The Duke With The Dragon Tattoo?
When I was a girl I LOVED pirate books and also the amnesia troupe. I know they were both done to death, but I couldn’t help myself. I really couldn’t! I knew that I needed to blow the world of the Victorian Rebels wide open, and I feel that The Rook was my chance to do that.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I do read a great deal of my reviews, probably more than I should. I savor the good ones and really appreciate them because they not only help me sell books, but they help me when I’m fighting depression, anxiety, or imposter syndrome. I also appreciate the negative reviews in a way. Of course, every author wishes there were no bad ones, but I find them helpful in that I look for threads that tie them in together. Like, if I hear the same feedback from a couple of different reviewers then I know that is something I should be cautious of in my subsequent books so that I don’t alienate my audience. Mostly, though, I don’t pay much attention to negativity. You can’t please everyone, and I know I’m certainly not to everyone’s taste!
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Probably that I have to imagine what sex is actually like for a man. 😮
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
I think it’s that they often try to write to trend. i.e. “Highlanders are really in right now, I’mma write one of those!! Nope, nope, it’s billionaires, lets write one of those!” I say, it’s good to try to have your finger on the market. It’s hard to make a living in this business. However, while being aware of the business side of things, try to do your best to write the book that’s in your heart.
Does your family support your career as a writer?
My husband, children, and siblings absolutely do! My parents not so much. However, my husbands GRANDMOTHER reads every single one of my books and it’s a little cringe-inducing sometimes. I’ll write something and think…Oh God, grandma’s gonna read that, and I have to face her at Thanksgiving.
If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
I would have spent more time traveling.
What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Blocking out the stress of kids, family, and life to actually sit down and write about fantasy. It’s not always as easy as it used to be when I was young and had more bandwidth for daydreams.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Believe in it? I’m a frequent sufferer!
What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
Nothing. My characters are complete fiction. 😊
When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?
I would say that my weakness is that I’m more plot driven than character driven and I tend to develop my characters as I go. I need to be better at doing both.
Where is your favorite place to write?
The bed in my guest room/office
How did you break into publishing?
I wouldn’t say I broke into it as much as I did work into it. I went to conferences. I took all the workshops and copious notes. I joined critique groups and became used to criticism. I pitched to agents through panic attacks. I sent out query letters and submissions. I collected data. I self-published. I networked. And eventually I found an agent with whom I was compatible and she was able to sell my work traditionally. I do feel, though, that the writer’s career is ever-changing, so who knows what will happen next!?
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I was a kid filling notebooks with hand-written romance.
Describe a typical writing day … what does that look like?
I wake up at about 7:30 or 8. I wander into my kitchen and drink coffee my husband made for me. Then I hit the PC and futz around on Facebook, insta, and such for a while before chatting with my critique partners about what I’m going to do for the day and setting some goals. Then I get down to it and don’t get up again but to eat and potty until word count is done! Sometimes that is fast, but rarely. I’m a pretty slow and distractible writer, unfortunately.
What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
Marketing. I hate having to be all… Hey guys… um… will you please buy my book so I can eat this year? That would be awesome! Thx!! *hides under desk* I can’t stand it. I’d never make it in sales. :p
I hope everyone has enjoyed Mrs. Byrne’s interview. CLICK HERE if you want to Pre-Order Byrne’s latest book The Duke With The Dragon Tattoo. It will be available August 28th, 2018 and I highly recommend reading this book, I thought it was so good! 5 Stars!
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