Jen: Today we welcome Kristine Overbrook to Romancing the Book. Kristine, will you share a short bio with us?
Kristine: Kristine Overbrook moved last year for the dreaded day job and now lives in a city on the East Coast of the United States with her husband of twenty years, two children, and two dogs.
Jen: Tell us a little about your newest release.
Kristine: Here’s the blurb from Redeeming the Night:
As a succubus, Ashley was raised to believe men’s souls are corrupt and must be taken from them. Her sisterhood has reaped this harvest for ages, but Ashley’s exposure to the real world has changed her way of thinking. Now she is running for her life … straight into Eric Adams’s arms.
When the daughter of a Las Vegas politician disappears, private investigator and freshly turned werewolf Eric stumbles onto a frightening series of kidnapped girls. But he finds himself distracted from the case by the mysterious Ashley. Though she keeps changing her physical appearance, he recognizes her each time their paths cross—and soon their souls are intertwined.
Now they must work together to free the girls from the clutches of a serial killer, all the while dodging the sisterhood who wants them both dead. Can Eric and Ashley change their hearts as easily as they can their appearances to save something bigger than themselves?
Jen: What age did you discover writing? Tell us your call story.
Kristine: I found that I loved to read when I was four. When I was ten I wanted to be a writer. Nothing seemed cooler than to be able to create worlds for people to escape into. However, at that same time I also found my first critic. My father was trying to help, to encourage, but “why don’t you write something more realistic” took the fun out of it, so I didn’t write again in earnest until I was in my late twenties.
A friend of mine encouraged me. Since then, I have written three books and am working on my fourth. My first novel, Creatures of the Moon, published by Crimson Romance, almost didn’t get published.
I sent out dozens of query letters and received dozens of rejections. I wrote down the names of every publisher I queried, but not the parent company. I received the acceptance email in my spam account and nearly deleted it. Thank goodness I waited that beat to see the text. The elation I felt over that email was surreal. I actually took the printed email to my husband for confirmation.
- In the car – my phone has a voice recorder app
- At work – Post-it notes that I then tuck in my purse.
- In the shower – soap crayons work nicely. Then I can jot them down when I get out and rinse them off the shower walls.
- Most of the time though, I have a little notebook in my purse that I use to write ideas down.
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Kristine: My family and I visited Las Vegas a few years ago. So the setting came from that. I also researched succubae, including what is considered the first succubus, Lilith. In Hebrew lore, Lilith was the first wife of Adam. From there her mythology gets murky. Some resources sayshe became a demon who would lead men astray and sneak into homes and kill children. Others say she is protective of women and children. It’s a combination of the myths that I use for the demons in Redeeming the Night.
Jen: Who has influenced you as a writer?
Kristine: Several best-selling authors over several genres have influenced my writing. Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey with their amazing world building. Stephen King with the way he can take the ordinary and make it extraordinary. Nora Roberts, who wrote the first romance novel I ever read.
Another tremendous influence for me is my friend who got me back into writing. Laura Kitchell a multi-published author herself. Though our styles and subject matter tend to be different, we still connect over the art and business of writing. She also introduced me to Romance Writers of America, a great nonprofit organization that helps writers pursue a career in writing.
One of my greatest influences is my family. Not only do kids see the world in totally different ways, but they, and my fantastic husband, encourage my writing. My mother is one of my best beta readers.Even my father has come onboard and now we regularly discuss my stories and his.