Interview & Contest: Kylie Brant

Jen: We’re happy to welcome Kylie Brant back to Romancing the Book.  Kylie, will you please share a short bio with us?

Kylie: I’m the author of thirty-one romantic suspense novels for Harlequin and Berkley. I’m a three-time Rita nominee and have twice won the Daphne du Maurier award for mystery and suspense. Romantic Times awarded me a Career Achievement Award. My longest running series, The Mindhunters are dark romantic thrillers with a forensics/police procedural bent.

Jen: Tell us about Deadly Sins and where is can be purchased.

Kylie: Deadly Sins is the sixth and final book in The Mindhunters series and Adam Raiker’s story. A legend in law enforcement circles, the ex-FBI profiler left the bureau eight years ago after being captured and tortured for three days by a serial killer he was hunting. He went on to establish Raiker Forensics, a private consulting firm. In the first five books Raiker’s employees consulted with law enforcement on particularly complex and high profile crimes. Now, it’s Adam’s turn to move to the forefront!

Someone is taking out high level human targets city wide and leaving only a card with the body, inscribed with one of the deadly sins. When a Supreme Court Justice is murdered, his widow gets Adam, the man’s good friend, appointed to the task force. He’s assigned to work with two FBI agents. One of them happens to be Jaid Marlowe, the woman he loved and lost eight years earlier. They’re determined to leave the past where it belongs, but neither can deny the old feelings are still there. The suspect list is a sensitive one: an Iranian diplomat, a U.S. Senator and a vengeful priest. But when the killer sets his sights on Adam, Jaid has to make a choice to protect her career or go to the aid of the one man she’s never forgotten.

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Kylie: I’ve always loved writing. When we had to write all twenty spelling words in a sentence back in fourth grade, I always turned mine into a story 🙂 I began writing in ’90 and made my first sale in ’92.

I happened to be home in bed with laryngitis at the time. An assistant editor called from Silhouette. Apparently I’d forgotten to include my contact information with the submission! She told me that the senior editor was reading my story as we spoke and that she’d be contacting me later. After she hung up I was sort of in a daze. I wasn’t quite sure if she’d really called or if it was all a Vicks Vapor Rub-induced hallucination . Leslie Wainger (senior editor at the time) called a couple hours later and offered to buy the book. When she realized I could barely croak out a reply, she offered to call back the next day but I managed to croak out an agreement :). That was my second manuscript. A few months later she bought my first manuscript, as well.

Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?
Kylie: No, but a couple of my kids are extremely talented at writing, as well.

Jen: How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?
Kylie: I am sooo not a plotter. I’m more of an organic writer. I need to get the first few chapters under my belt before things begin to solidify for me. The first hundred pages takes the longest. But I can write the last half of the book in a couple weeks. I call it writing in the mist. I know where I’m going but the signposts are pretty fuzzy at first.

Jen: Do you have a theme, object or person that appears in all of your stories?
Kylie: No not at all. I like to be continually surprised as I write. I get bored very easily.

Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Kylie: For Deadly Sins, I sought help from a former Supreme Court clerk, an ex-military officer who trained as a sniper, a graduate student in cellphone forensics, an FBI agent from DC and a DC resident for all the info on streets, routes, distances and neighborhoods.

Jen: How much of your actual life gets written into your fictional stories? Have you ever written yourself into a story?
Kylie: I think that’d be a buzz killer–I lead a very boring life!

Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?
Kylie: I’m still sort of half in love with Adam Raiker. He’s very enigmatic, charismatic and he’s suffered so horribly. If ever a man deserved a happy ending, it’s him!

Jen: Most people only dream of becoming a published writer. Now that you’ve accomplished this, is there something else you dream of doing?
Kylie: Oh you know how it is, once you attain one goal you immediately set your sights higher! Now it’s all about hitting sales numbers and lists.

Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Kylie: I teach full-time in an elementary special education classroom and I have five kids. Free time is sort of at a premium! But I love to travel, veg on the beach, exercise and putter around in my perennial flower beds.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Kylie: Write now I’m writing a proposal for a straight suspense series and then I have another romantic suspense idea I’ll be shopping around.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?
Kylie: My website is www.kyliebrant.com. I’m also on Facebook and Twitter.

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Kylie: Do you enjoy series? Are there series you never want to see come to an end?



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