Jen: Today we welcome Kira Archer to Romancing the Book. Kira, will you share a short bio with us?
Kira: I spend most of my days running my kiddos around and trying to squeeze in writing time between writing medical articles (my “day” job), and juggling family stuff. I’m completely eclectic – I love everything from historicals, to sci/fi, to rom coms and action hero flicks, and always, always romance. I love to laugh so I mostly prefer to stick to something that has a humorous edge. I’m addicted to chocolate and goldfish crackers and mostly run around in jeans, T-shirts, and bare feet. In addition to writing contemporary romances, I also write historical romances as Michelle McLean.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Kira: Truly, Madly, Sweetly is the first book in a new romantic comedy series. A year or so ago there was a news story I came across about a woman who inherited a parking spot in NYC that was worth an insane amount of money. I’d never heard of being able to own or inherit a parking spot. It sparked the idea of how fun it could be if someone inherited such a spot, and someone else wanted it. Then a few months later I watched What to Expect When You’re Expecting, which had a couple who were rival food truck drivers and thought how fun it could be if two people who are already rivals inherited a parking spot. Things got changed up a bit while researching the parking spot situation in NYC and hashing out the story with my editor but the basic idea, rivals who both want this lucrative parking spot, stuck. It was a lot of fun pitting them against each other 🙂
Nat leaned back against the counter, her arms folded, a smile already on her face. “Five…four…three…two…one…”
She broke into a full-toothed grin and poked her head out of the kitchen. Eric was standing, holding the pint of gelato away from him like it was a snake about to strike. A large blob of the stuff lay on the floor at his feet with more of it dribbling down his chin.
He looked at her, his mouth hanging open. “What the hell did you do?”
She blinked innocently. “Oh nothing. I just thought you should have something extra special to celebrate with so I went to that garlic bistro and picked up a pint. I paid a bit more to have a little extra flavor mixed in. It was a little more expensive, of course, but nothing is too good for you,” she said, batting her eyelashes at him.
He wiped a hand across his mouth. “And exactly what flavor is this?”
“Garlic and anchovy.”
“What?” he shrieked.
Nat grinned wider. “Payback’s a bitch, baby.”
“Oh, you are so going to pay!” Eric dropped the ice cream and lunged for her.
Nat shrieked and ran laughing into the kitchen but Eric was hot on her heels. There really wasn’t anywhere to run. He had her pinned against the sink in under ten seconds. He scooped a bit of the ice cream off his shirt.
“If I had to eat it, you do, too,” he said, trying to get the stuff in her mouth.
She shrieked again and tried to dodge his hands, though it was hard to keep her mouth closed when she was laughing so hard she could barely breathe. He managed to get a little in and she immediately spit it back out.
“Oh my God,” she laughed, “that is truly foul.”
“Ha! Serves you right, defiling my gelato like that.”
“It’s better than putting vegetable oil in my glass cleaning solution! That was just mean. I still can’t get the streaks off that mirror in the bathroom.”
Eric chuckled and held on tighter when she squirmed to get away. “Okay, okay. I call a truce.”
Nat stopped squirming. “You mean it?”
“I mean it. I’ll stop messing with everything around the kitchen, if you promise you will never, ever touch my gelato.”
She laughed and nodded. “Okay, fine, I agree.”
“Good,” Eric said. But he still didn’t let her go.
They were breathing hard from their mock battle and both of them suddenly realized they were molded together, from hip to chest, their arms locked around each other, their chests heaving in unison with every ragged breath they took.
Eric’s gaze met hers and he leaned in, slow enough that she could pull away if she wanted. She should. The smart thing to do would be to push him away. But since when did her body ever listen to what was smart when it came to Eric?
Jen: What was your most romantic date?
Kira: Hmmm…White water rafting and a romantic dinner before senior prom
Jen: Favorite flavor of ice cream?
Jen: Favorite sport to watch?
Jen: Favorite gift received from a fan?
Kira: Good reviews 😀
Jen: What is your guilty pleasure?
Kira: Bad tv 😀 And smileys…I plaster them everywhere.
Jen: How neat is your work environment?
Kira: On a scale of 1-10, 1 being the messiest…an easy 3 ;-D
Jen: What was the last movie you saw in the theatre?
Kira: Mockingjay Part II (I don’t get out much)
Jen: What TV family would you want to be a part of?
Kira: Charmed (the demon attacks would suck, but the powers would be awesome!)
Jen: Describe your writing style in one word.
Kira: Ummm humorous. I hope 😉
Jen: Do you have a mentor?
Kira: Not officially – lots of amazing writer friends I look up to though
Jen: Camping or hotel?
Jen: iPhone or android?
Kira: Android, at the moment
Jen: What’s next for you?
Kira: This summer, the second book in the Sweet Love series releases, along with another romance for Entangled’s Indulgence imprint. Later this year I’ll have a few more contemporary releases and a new historical written as Michelle McLean.