Jen: Today we welcome Kera Faire to Romancing the Book. Kera, will you share a short bio with us?
Kera: I live in Scotland, the land of haggis (okay) men in kilts (yes please) whisky—no E (if I must) and Midges (help, why oh why?), with my long suffering husband. He’s now used to ignoring the dust bunies and passing the wine. Our children are grown up and live away, so it’s us, the odd lost tourist, who thinks our lane is the road to Glasgow, and an assortment of wildlife who demand peanuts and bird seeds.
I got the writing bug at 7 or 8, when, for two years running, I won the national ‘where does chocolate come from’ competition held by a well known chocolate company. The prize was chocolate. I was hooked, but it was over fifty years before I actually did anything about it and became published—just before I was eligible for my bus pass. I still reward myself with chocolate.
I have two ‘personas’ Raven McAllan and Kera Faire. I find once I put which specific ‘hat’ on I’m ready to write their stories.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Kera: The End Game is the third book of the Dark Isle series. Set on and around Loch Lomond in Scotland, not far from where I live, the island holds a secret government facility where traitors are sent for government operatives to torture and kill them. Rather uniquely.
The End Game is all about Milo an ex-veterinarian and Emma, an ex-obstetrician who is now a baker and has a side to her no one would ever guess. Luckily. Somehow they have to sort out a traitor and see if they can sort out their lives together—if they manage to have one.
As an undercover operative, your life is not your own and you can’t trust anyone.
Emma MacKay is only too aware of that, but it still sucks when you have to take out a friend’s fiancé, because he’s suspected of being a traitor.
Milo Dorn is more than an undercover operative. He’s one of the dispatchers, secret killers for the department. When someone is feeding his pigs fresh meat he needs to find answers. What he finds instead is the woman of his dreams. While the sex is mind blowing, and makes him want to throw away the rule book, he cannot forget the first rule of the game. Trust no one.
When the truth comes out, can Milo and Emma find a way to each other, or are their jobs an obstacle to high to overcome?
The End Game is on.
The idea came because Evernght Publisihng put a call out for dark stories for an antho. I can’t write that dark, but got close enough to write these. I love the countryside around where I live and I’d been to the lochside a few days earlier, looked over at one of the islands and thought I’d love to set some more books there.
So I did.
However, to differentiate them from my softer side—Raven—I write these as Kera Faire, which is Gaelic for Dark Horizon.
Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Kera: Romantic, revealing, satisfying (I hope)
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Kera: Yes in that it is no routine at all. As long as I have my lap top I can write anywhere. I am lucky in that I can shut my mind to anything that is going on around me and just write. I don’t need music or quiet, just somewhere to sit. And that can be the floor, on a plane, at my desk, by a pool in the sunshine. It doesn’t matter. I do like to write or research a little bit every day. (After all trying a new flavor of ice cream, or coffee is research isn’t it? )
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Kera: I carry a notebook with me everywhere. And have them stashed all over the house. Yes I do have one in the ensuite bathroom in case I get a middle of the night idea. Then of course I have to remember which notebook has what in it, so I can transfer the notes onto my lap top.
Jen: If this book was made into a movie, who do you see playing the main characters?
Kera: Daniel Craig and Emma Watson.
Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book? Do you do anything to celebrate a sale, new contract or release?
Kera: According to my husband, cost him a fortune! We always have champagne for a release. A sale? I just give a mental thank you to whoever was good enough to spend their hard earned cash on my book. A contract? I do a jig and look forward to the routine of edits, cover art and yes, the release and the fizz. And of course have chocolate.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Kera: I’ve just finished a Regency for Carina, part of Harper Collins which has the working title of Lord Birnham to the Rescue, and should be out in the new year, and a contemporary for Totally Bound, called Fairground Attraction, out in December.
So I’m in the happy situation of rubbing my hands together and deciding what to write next. It’s a toss up between a Regency, The Earl and the Courtesan, which will be the start of a series called Daring Ladies, A contemporary for a friend all about a chair I used in a Regency years ago, or a short Romance on the Go for Evernight,about Domissimma the BDSM club I set in Glasgow.
Watch this space so to speak. My muse informs me I want to write another Dark Isle book based around this sneak preview especially for you…
Falsely imprisoned on the Dark Isle, implicated as a traitor by a traitor, Ross Bennion was not sure how to react when the traitor is sent to the same compound as him
Apart from to kill the fucker. Slowly, and after he’s made sure his own name is cleared.
Not as easy as it sounds.
For the traitor is a woman. Moreover, to be specific, his woman.
She knows she is no traitor but how to convince Ross of that? And discover who is setting them both up?
Not easy when your every move is watched.