Jen: Happy Friday! We are happy to have Kit Donner return to Romancing the Book. Kit, will you please share a short bio with us?
Kit: Of course, I’m glad to be here. My story is the path untaken. I grew up milking cows on a dairy farm and planning to be an English teacher. But since I’ve always had the yen to travel, I actually ended up as a Meeting Planner, where I’ve been able to travel to Europe, England (many times), Australia, Mexico, the Caribbean, Taiwan, including all over the US. As an English lit major, I’ve always been a great reader, and one day, I thought, maybe I can write my favorite type of genre, historical romances and add traces of mystery/suspense.
Jen: Tell us about The Vengeful Bridegroom and where it’s available.
Kit: My second book, The Vengeful Bridegroom, will be available on September 7th at your local bookstores as well as online at Amazon, Booksamillion, Indiebound, B&N, and Borders.
Jen: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
Kit: I began my first full-length novel in the early 90’s, finished it, and put it aside. Years later, I pulled it back out again, edited it (it certainly needed it!), and sent it to an editor. The editor read it and called to offer me a 2-book contract. I floated on air for awhile, then continued working on book #2, which is my latest, “TVB.”
Jen: Describe your writing in three words.
Kit: Adventure + Passion + Humor
Jen: How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?
Kit: I study my characters for a long time, trying to get into their blood, understanding their needs, flaws, likes, dislikes, etc., then with a basic plot in mind, write with the flow.
Jen: What is it about the romance genre that appeals to you?
Kit: I’ve always read romances, beginning with Kathleen Woodiwiss’ books, and liked the way they made me feel when I was finished – positive, upbeat, believing in miracles, love, anything is possible. I wanted to write those kinds of books and add my own brand of suspense and humor.
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Kit: I have an ongoing love affair with pre-regency, regency, and Victorian research. My research included wedding ceremonies, Italian counts, and studying my little terrier, Merlin.
Jen: How do you pick the character’s names?
Kit: That’s a tough question. I hate to say it, but they just come to me. I like unusual names, but not too unusual or too plain. My first book, The Notorious Bridegroom, the heroine’s name changed four times before I settled on Patience. Her original name was Aurora. For my second book, my heroine’s name is Madelene, first and last. I didn’t realize I spelled her name wrong until after I had finished writing her story, then decided I liked the way it looked. My third book, “The Unexpected Bridegroom” has a heroine named Evangeline. I actually met someone with that name and liked it.
Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?
Kit: Probably Patience from my first book. She always does things with a good heart, but they don’t always turn out the way she thinks they will.
Jen: If you could travel back in time for one year, what time and place would you choose? And if you could only take 3 things with you, what would they be?
Kit: I like this question. I’ve always been enamored of the Jazz Age- think F. Scott Fitzgerald and even earlier to the World War I years. This is a similar romantic time to me as the time period within which I write. I would take peanut butter, my dogs, Scout and Merlin, and the Oxford English Dictionary.
Jen: If The Vengeful Bridegroom was made into a movie, which actors would you choose to play the hero and heroine?
Kit: Yet another good question! My first thought for Madelene is Kate Beckinsale and probably Jeremy Renner for Gabriel. Is he hot!?
Jen: Most people only dream of becoming a published writer. Now that you’ve accomplished that goal, is there anything else you dream of doing?
Kit: Actually, writing the story of my upbringing, living on a dairy farm with four siblings, mom, and a father with hemophilia.
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Kit: The most important thing I can do with my free time is writing and reading other authors. The rest of my time is taken up with my full-time job, looking after my two dogs, and spending time with my family.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Kit: Book #4: “The Reluctant Bride” about a suicide pact, minus the humor. My first three books have similar titles, and the characters from other books appear, but they each stand on their own.
Jen: Where can you be found on the web?
Kit: Facebook, Twitter, and my website: www.kitdonner.com
Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Kit: What do you like to read in historical romances? More humor? More traditional? More paranormal?
Jen: Readers, Kit is giving away 3 signed copies of The Vengeful Bridegroom to 3 lucky commenters. Due to shipping costs, Kit has asked that the contest be limited to those living within in the US and Canada. To enter the contest, you first need to leave a question or comment for Kit. Then to complete your entry, you must either leave your email address in your comment or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will be chosen on Thursday, September 9.
Thank you so much for this opportunity!