Ester: Today I’m speaking with Keena Kincaid. Thank you Keena for taking time to speak to me. First of all, what made you decide to become a writer?
Keena: I’ve always told stories, although my mother called them lies when I was younger. Tall tales about cartoons on my ceiling, ghosts in my closet or that I found ruins of an ancient village in the back field. In college I decided to earn my living as a reporter because I loved the rush of chasing the story and the adrenaline of deadline. Now I do public relations in my day job.
Ester: That has got to have some excitement to it! How long have you been writing professionally?
Keena: I’ve always written, but it wasn’t until I took my first journalism course in college that I decided to earn my living as a writer. I still live and die by deadlines.
Ester: What do you do for fun when you aren’t writing?
Keena: I typically do one of two things. I hang with friends and just relax. I have some friends with wicked, twisted senses of humor, so I always end up laughing until it hurts. The quieter option is a brisk walk. I can log miles at a time, and one of my favorite things to do is walk around the city, absorbing the sights and sounds around me.
Ester: Since you have a day job, how do you fit in time for writing?
Keena: Besides my day job, I have multiple commitments, so my writing fills my mornings, evenings and weekends. It’s rough sometimes, but I am working toward the goal of supporting myself through my writing, so it’s a schedule I can live with.
Ester: Where do you reside?
Keena: I’m nomad. I currently reside in the Chicagoland area, but will likely move within the year.
Ester: Tell me about your latest releases, Keena.
Keena: ART OF LOVE tells the story of Abelard and Heloise the way it should have been. Abelard and Heloise are famous 12th century lovers whose passionate affair and marriage ended tragically.
Abigail, my heroine, is more proactive than Heloise and takes her destiny in hand, dressing as a scholar and attending the abbey schools that eventually became the University of Paris.
My hero uses his brillance in all the wrong ways. Alain has sold his soul to the English king in exchange for the king’s promise of an heiress, land and power. But Abigail’s audacity, intelligence and refusal to compromise spark enough friction between them to burn through his cold logic and carefully laid plans.
As their passion grows, Alain must choose between protecting his king and betraying the woman he loves beyond all reason.
These two are one of my favorite couples. Abigail just so lives in her head, rather than her heart, that’s fun to watch her explore the emotional side of life and struggle with accepting something as incomprehensible as love. And Alain…well, Alain is a wounded man, body and soul. He keeps rejecting his opportunity to find healing through love because he is so set in his ways.
ART OF LOVE, as well as my debut book, ANAM CARA, are available in print and ebook at The Wild Rose Press, Amazon, Fictionwise, Sony and Amazon Kindle. They also can be ordered through any national or independent bookstores.
Ester: Keena, do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell me about?
Keena: I’m working on revision for TIES THAT BIND, my third book with The Wild Rose Press and the second book in my Druid of Duncarnoch series.
Set five years after ANAM CARA, it tells the story of Aedan ap Owen, now a minstrel and spy. He’s a druid who doesn’t believe in coincidence, destiny, or second chances. And against all the rules, he freely misuses his ancient gifts for his own gain.
Aedan is sent to Carlisle to investigate rumors of unrest in the north and dispatch the troublemakers. Once there, he discovers someone is stealing Saints’ relics, murdering monks and plotting to assassinate King Henry II. All clues point to the fiance of the only woman he’s ever loved, and she is most unhappy to see him again.
Lady Tess of Bridswell knows all too well how Aedan squanders his affection and misuses magic to manipulate others, but her resolution to stay from him weakens whenever he is near.
Ester: That sounds interesting. Do you have any appearances or book signings coming up?
Keena: I will be at Nationals this year, presenting a workshop, “Meet the Press on Common Ground: Media Tips, Tricks and Traps for Romance Authors.”
Ester: That sounds like an informative workshop. I would love for you to leave us with your website or blog site if you have one.
Keena: You can find me at http://keenakincaid.com. I’m also on Facebook, My Space, and Twitter.
Ester: Great! Thank you Keena. I enjoyed our chat.
Keena: Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog. I’ve enjoyed answering your questions and chatting about my books. I’ll come back over the next few days in case anyone has any questions. You can also reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.