July 20, 2017 by Valerie Ullmer
Author Interview and Book Spotlight of New Release – The Garage Dweller by Seelie Kay
Author Interview with Seelie Kay
When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?
I won my first prize for writing in third grade. It was an essay contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution. From then on, I was hooked.
How many books have you written?
One non-fiction, and five under the nom de plume Seelie Kay. I also ghostwrite books for other professionals and have completed three thus far this year.
How long does it usually take you to write a book?
I work on multiple books at the same time, so it is hard to provide an accurate time frame. For example, I have completed eight books so far this year, but that was not done working eight hour days, five days a week. There were some real writing marathons in there.
How did you come up with the idea for your book?
I’ve always written short stories, so it was really a matter of selecting the best ones and combining them around a common theme: Lawyers in love with a dash of kink. I was used to sharing the stories with friends and they encouraged me to get them published.
Who are your favorite authors?
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Even after I have written my fingers off and am feeling exhausted, my mind does not shut off. The ideas just keep flowing. And a single idea can keep me up all night. I am learning to record those ideas on my phone so I can let go and force myself to get at least a little sleep.
Where is your favorite place to write?
In a loft with a skylight and big windows. I like natural light, sunny days, and blue skies.
When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?
I write about lawyers, judges, and others in the legal profession, so I usually know where I want to start and where I want to go, but I figure out the rest as I write.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
No. My mind simply does not work that way. I write when inspired and I turn to other things when I am not.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Explaining to others that it is actually hard work.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
I love to write. It is my one true form of relaxation.
Do you use images to develop your character’s looks?
When crafting a character, I draw on more than 30 years in the legal profession. I have been exposed to a lot of interesting and quirky personalities, everyone from a sitting president and a Supreme Court justice to a well-known, flamboyant mass torts attorney and a dominant law professor. I take something from each when developing a character profile and physical description.
Are your characters based on people you know?
My characters tend to be a blend of traits and quirks from lawyers and other legal professionals I have known. However, I think my own personality and experiences are incorporated into my characters more often.
Do you use your experiences in your books?
I am writing about the practice of law, so as a lawyer, it it hard to avoid.
Do you ever get writer’s block?
No. I have times when I don’t feel like writing and do other things, but I have always been able to write when I wanted/needed to.
What do you think makes a good story?
Passion, seduction, and sensuality, as well a strong female characters. To me that is the essence of modern day romance: Two people who meet on equal footing and explore the possibilities!
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both, depending on the circumstances. I love to write and my fingers fly when inspired. But at the end of the day, when I have emptied my heart, mind, and soul, I am exhausted.
What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?
Hearing from readers who enjoy my books. Positive reviews are nice, too
What do your friends and family think about you being a writer?
I have always been a writer, so there were no big surprises. I do think some were concerned when I left the law and turned to writing romance/erotica (dirty little stories).
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I have a lot of interests: Cooking, wine, gardening, exploring new places, musical theatre, art, reading, music, stimulating conversation, travel.
Do you like music or silence when you write?
My son is a musician. My house is filled with music, whether his band is practicing or he is hosting other bands in our basement (remodeled as a studio/practice space). I dedicated my second book, Kinky Briefs, Too to his band, thanking them for the music. Most music drives me, whether it’s metal, Meatloaf, or opera.
Do you outline or do you just write?
I sometimes think I embraced writing fiction because it permits me the freedom to just write. With non-fiction, I do make outlines—it’s essential. With fiction, I just let my imagination flow.
Do you prefer pen and paper or computer?
I write on the computer and make notes on my phone/tablet. I have not used a pen and paper since I was a reporter and that was only to take notes.
Do you write as a routine or do you write when you feel like it?
As I said, I write when inspired.
What do you love best about your current book?
My most recent book, The Garage Dweller, was inspired by a true story. I actually found a kid squatting in my garage and it created a lot of drama/trauma among family members. Completing that story helped me work through some of the psychological pain and turn the tale on its head, providing a happy ending, namely a romance with a hot police chief!
What is your next project?
Kinky Briefs, Quatro. More stories about lawyers in love, with a dash of kink! I just completed a holiday short, A Touchdown to Remember, which will be going into edits soon and Kinky Briefs, Thrice comes out in September, so it is time to take another kinky romp through lawyerland.
I am not sure if this is of interest, but I am an MS Warrior. I am mobility impaired and permanently disabled. My level of production has astounded my doctors. I have battled the disease since 2002, and it was not until recently that I was able manage the disease in a way that permitted me to return to writing.
For immediate release: July 2, 2017
For more information, contact: Seelie Kay, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A TRUE STORY ABOUT A GARAGE SQUATTER AND AN ATTORNEY
INSPIRES A TALE OF ROMANTIC FICTION
“The Garage Dweller” set for release on July 8
MILWAUKEE, WI—A criminal defense attorney, a teen who takes up residence in her garage, and a handsome police chief clash in Milwaukee author Seelie Kay’s latest contemporary romance, The Garage Dweller.
The author says the story was inspired by personal experience. “Several years ago, I wandered into my garage in the summer and discovered someone had set up residence,” Kay said. “There was a sleeping bag, a chair and table from my deck, a duffle bag filled with clothing, and number of ‘borrowed’ items, such as food. To say I freaked out was an understatement.”
Kay said she and her family were traumatized by the incident. “During the summer, it was easier to park outside the garage than in, and we rarely used it,” she said. “The discovery of the garage dweller not only made us feel vulnerable, it made us obsessed with home security. We not only changed all of the locks on our doors, we added many more, and we made sure every single one was locked each night. We still do.”
However, even that added security did not quell the nightmares of the danger the family could have been in. “Finally, I did what I always do when working through an emotional experience–I wrote about it,” Kay said. When the opportunity to participate in a “summer short” series occurred, “It seemed like the perfect opportunity to craft a fictionalized version of that tale, with a much happier ending.”
Kay, the author of the Kinky Briefs series, a collection of short stories about lawyers in love “with a dash of kink,” decided to use the same formula in The Garage Dweller. Criminal defense attorney Julianna Constant finds a homeless teenager living in her garage and the boy wages a battle to stay in her home, returning several times before being physically removed by social services. In a romantic twist, when Constant pushes back with the help of the police, she falls right into the arms of the new police chief, a man who “always carries two sets of handcuffs and uses them for more than just restraining criminals.”
Kay said, “Sadly, I’ve never met the police chief in my tiny town and I have no idea how he uses his handcuffs or even if he measures up to the standards of the manly men in romantic fiction. That is just where my mind went as I spun this tale.”
The Garage Dweller is released by eXtasy Books (www.extasybooks.com) on July 8, and will be sold by the publisher as well as other major booksellers, including Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com. It will be available primarily as an ebook, but will also be sold in paperback by select booksellers, Kay says.
Seelie Kay is the author of the recently released Kinky Briefs (2/24/17) and Kinky Briefs, Too (6/2/17), and the soon-to-be released, Kinky Briefs, Thrice (9/2/17). She has more than 30 years of experience in law and public relations, and in that time, has worked for lawyers, law firms, courts, and legal organizations. She has also written for such publications as the Minneapolis Star, Kenosha News, Twin Cities Magazine, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Illinois Legal Times, Wisconsin Opinions and the Wisconsin Law Journal. Ms. Kay attended Northwestern University, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and St. Louis University School of Law. She has been admitted to the bar in Wisconsin and Missouri. For more information, visit www.seeliekay.com or follow Ms. Kay on Twitter or Facebook.
Kay is also a MS warrior: She believes that MS does not define you, you define it.
Kinky Briefs on Amazon
Kinky Briefs, Too on Amazon
Seelie Kay writes about lawyers in love, with a dash of kink.
The writer, editor, and author has more than 30 years of experience in law, journalism, marketing, and public relations. Writing under a nom de plume, Ms. Kay’s wicked pen and overly inquisitive mind has resulted in five works of fiction, all scheduled for release in 2017, including Kinky Briefs (2/24), Kinky Briefs, Too (6/2), The Garage Dweller (7/8), Kinky Briefs, Thrice (9/8), and a to-be-published holiday short, A Touchdown to Remember.
When not spinning her kinky tales, Ms. Kay ghostwrites nonfiction for lawyers and other professionals. She has also written for such publications as the Minneapolis Star, Kenosha News, Twin Cities Magazine, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Illinois Legal Times, Wisconsin Opinions and the Wisconsin Law Journal.
A graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and St. Louis University School of Law, Ms. Kay also attended Northwestern University. She has been admitted to the bar in Wisconsin and Missouri.
Ms. Kay resides in a bucolic exurb outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she shares a home with her son and enjoys opera, gourmet cooking, organic gardening, and an occasional bottle of red wine.
She is a MS warrior and ruthlessly battles the disease on a daily basis. Her message to those diagnosed with MS: Never give up. You define MS, it does not define you!