As part of the Riptide Publishing Grand Opening blog tour, I’d like to welcome Kari Gregg.
Take it away, Kari:
First of all where are you from?
I was born a yankee (Ohio), but moved to rural, isolated West Virginia when I was very small.
What do you like to read?
Romance of every flavor, primarily erotic. What can I say? I like it hot. LOL. I read some menage, but these days, I mostly read M/M. I prefer paranormal (fur and fangs), fantasy, contemporaries, mysteries, scifi, historical…You name it. I probably adore it.
What do you love about being an author?
Creating a unique world and getting inside a character’s head. There’s nothing quite like it.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Anywhere and everywhere. Lovely Wicked was inspired by a trailer park I drive past every day. Collared was inspired by my brainstorming what Michael Crichton might’ve written if he flunked Biology and focused on smut. 😉
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
Totally from imagination. Because I want to live. ;-p
If you could meet a paranormal being or character of your choice with no safeguards, what/who would you choose and why?
Gabriel from I, Omega would be lovely to meet IRL — as long as Cal wasn’t around to rip my face off if I dared to look askance at his boy. LOL
What do you like or dislike about eBook publishing?
I love interacting with readers, comparing notes on our favorite books and authors. When I was in New York last summer for RWA’s national conference, I met up with a reader and I had the best time talking about Joely Skye’s shifter series.
Dislikes — Authors Behaving Badly. Bar none. The WORST.
What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on In the Red, a m/m BDSM mystery for Loose Id and for anyone wondering, Spoils of War‘s sequel, Plunder, will come after that, which I’ll be working on in tandem with a m/m dystopian zombie story.
Can you tell us a little about your latest release?
Connor Witt is an IT manager when authorities announce a biological disaster — genetically engineered crops have mutated and propagated in the wild, producing a biological shift that alters aggression centers in the brain. Instead of becoming bigger and badder like everyone else, though, Connor is an anomaly. His aggression has been suppressed. As the world becomes more dominant and aggressive around him, even Connor can see he needs a master — to protect him and take care of him as a sub too. When predatory security consultant Emmett makes his move, Connor’s boss, David, takes Connor under his protection. One man offers safety. The other is a safer bet. And Congress is voting to take away Connor’s right to choose.
Is there anything else you would like to say to our readers?
Nutella straight out of the jar is freaking AWESOME. Just sayin.
What do you like most about writing?
Creating and exploring new worlds and meeting the characters who live in them.
What genre do you write mostly and what appeals to you most about your genre?
I write m/m and menage contemporaries, fantasy, paranormals, AU and BDSM, with a heavy leaning toward BDSM at the moment because…Whoa. Writing BDSM is so way beyond cool. Why? OMG, the head space is just amazing, the push-pull dynamic between a Dom and a sub (and inside a sub in response to his Dom). Then again, the subs I write tend to struggle with their submission, desiring to submit but at the same time fearing it. It’s such a delicious contrast, those conflicting emotions. Plus, I adore exploring the extra journey my heroes can take in a BDSM story — their individual journey and the romantic journey they make together, but also the journey their kink relationship takes them on. I love it, just love it.
Where do you get the names for your characters?
Any- and everywhere. Connor’s name came from a guy I’m only casually acquainted with in real life. He’s nothing like my Connor, not at all, but the name stuck in my head and wouldn’t jar loose until my Connor took form.
Tell us about your latest release (s)?
Collared is a m/m D/s AU available November 28th from Riptide. Connor Witt is a successful and ambitious IT manager for an investment firm with a new lover and his life exactly where he wants it when authorities announce a biological disaster — genetically engineered crops have mutated and propagated in the wild, producing a biological shift that alters brain chemistry. While everyone else is becoming bigger and badder, though, Connor’s an anomaly. His center of aggression has been suppressed. As the world becomes increasingly dangerous to him, he is forced to choose a master to protect and nurture him. When security consultant Emmett makes his move, Connor’s boss collars him to protect him. One man offers safety, but the other is the safer bet. Who will Connor choose?
My first BDSM title, a paranormal (shifter) novel called I, Omega also released at Loose Id on September 6th. Gabriel is an experienced sub who is bitten by a shifter Dom and forever changed.
What are you working on next?
In the Red is a m/m D/s mystery for Loose Id
What do you enjoy reading the most?
Erotic romance, of course, primarily m/m, but also menage and a bit of poly. Quite a bit of BDSM. I’m totally in love with dub-con/capture type stories and only wish there were more of them.
What are you reading now?
Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938 by R.A. Scotti. Just finished re-reading Jet Mykles Heaven Sent series, for my fic fix. ;-p
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, Lord, so many. Josh Lanyon, K.A. Mitchell, L.B. Gregg are faves for non-kink. For kink, I’m a total fangirl of Kim Dare, but J.C. Owens, Thom Lane and Jamie Craig have written some awesome repeat reads, too.
What would you advise an aspiring author?
Be stubborn. Learn your craft, don’t quit and it will happen.
Is there anything you’d like to tell your readers?
For your netflix viewing pleasure, Megashark vs. Giant Octopus is the bestest, most cheesiest SyFy original movie, EVAH. Pheremone-driven sea creatures? Awesome. Two thumbs way up.
Do you have a writing tip to share with our viewers?
Finish the book. Every first draft is crap. Just finish the book. Revision is where the magic happens.
How can readers connect with you?
If you would like to catch up with Kari, caffeinate yourself and head on over to http://www.KariGregg.com
Friend Kari on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Kari.M.Gregg
Follow Kari on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/karigregg
Find Kari at Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4366316.Kari_Gregg
Trans-Global IT director Connor Witt is a rare and prized anomaly: the aggression centers in his brain have been suppressed rather than stimulated by the mutated crops that so recently took over the world’s food supply. Bewildered by his physical changes and terrified of a world growing more and more predatory, Connor risks harassment and worse until Trans-Global CEO David Martin collars Connor to protect him against men like security consultant Emmett Drake. Men who stalk Connor as sweet, sexy prey. Men to whom the newly submissive Connor feels irresistibly drawn.
But David can’t be Connor’s master; David’s straight. He promises to find a worthy man, though. One willing to court and appreciate Connor as more than just some rich man’s toy.
While the world adapts to the biological disaster and new laws strip away Connor’s rights, David’s resolve to protect his boy slowly grows into something more. But can his new desires keep pace with Emmett’s determination to claim Connor?
One man offers safety; the other is a safer bet. Problem is, Connor’s never sure which is which. The one thing he does know? He wants them both.
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