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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Interview with Kaily Hart

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Kaily Hart on
tour with her debut short erotic romance Picture This.

Hi Jacqueline, so glad to be with you today!
1. Who is Kaily Hart?
I’m a wife, mother, chauffeur, referee, ex-corporate 
executive, type A, slightly OCD personality who is just 
unable to stifle the urge to write any longer. 
Now, I can add author to all of that!

2. What genres do you choose to write? Why?
Actually, I read across all the genres, but I started off 
writing steamy contemporaries. Why? I love reading 
a good contemporary romance and it didn’t require 
extensive research (such as an historical would involve) 
or complicated world building (of a paranormal). LOL. 
While I love historical, I don’t think I have the voice for it, 
but I do think I’ll head to paranormal at some stage. 
I have too many ideas not to!

3. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
I find it’s the actual writing part! I love to start a new 
book. It’s all shiny and new and exciting.  It remains that 
way, but after the first chapter or two? Then it really is 
hard work to adequately develop characters that the reader
 can invest in, evolve those characters and thread through a 
compelling enough plot with deep emotional undertones for 
a satisfying story. Whew! By the time that’s all done, 
I’m really ready for the next one!

4. What is the easiest part of writing for you?
Ideas! Ideas! Ideas! Ideas are the easiest for me. My 
mind is constantly birthing ideas for stories, scenes, 
characters and dialogue. I literally have an ideas file 
that has about 35 books in differing stages of 
development. Some of those I might never get around 
to writing, but it’s fun to explore different scenarios and 
try to come up with a premise that’s unique.

5. What do you do when you’re not writing/editing 
or thinking about writing/editing?
Uh, sleep? LOL. Even then, my mind’s at work. I once 
dreamt an entire story. I got up the next morning, wrote it 
down and I have an outline for a book I’d love to write 
one day. Seriously though, I have kids that are still young, 
so anything outside of actual writing or writing related is 
usually spent on some family activity. I also love interior 
decorating and design. I’m one of those people who have 
reams of designer magazines lying around. My house 
needed a lot of work when we bought it and I’ve remodeled 
it entirely both inside and out since 2005. It never seems like 
it’s completely done, though. I’m always coming up with 
some idea or another that I just have to try. 
Hubby just rolls his eyes.

6. When did you realize you wanted to write?
This is actually a really difficult question to answer. 

If you’d asked me two years ago, I’d probably have 
looked at you funny and asked what you were smoking. 
Seriously! I was heavily entrenched in the corporate IT 
world. But things happen and stuff changes. Yeah, I 
know very technical. It’s certainly been a journey of 
realization. Today, I’d say it was at the end of 2008 
when I sat down and decided I was going to write, 
but I’ve since come to the conclusion that I’ve 
suppressed it for awhile. I was always a voracious 
reader, but I’m not really sure when the writing spark started.

7. While working on a story, do you write directly 
onto the computer or are there notebooks and plot 
ideas jotted down in various places?
I write directly on my laptop. Well, for the most part! 
I carry a notebook around with me everywhere I go and 
I’ve been known to jot an idea or some dialogue down 
on a receipt, a kids school note, an appointment card, 
whatever is available.
My desk sometimes looks like a patchwork quilt of sticky 
notes where I jot things down as I’m working on the laptop. 
I don’t want to lose my place in the story to put a note 
directly in the manuscript or distract myself by typing it 
into another document, so I’ll quickly put it on a sticky note. 
Sometimes it’s just a reminder for the story I’m working on. 
Sometimes, it’s a line of dialogue for another story entirely. 
Sometimes, it’s a whole new story idea all together. 
I often come up with the best ideas when I’m working on 
something totally unrelated!

8. From your own writing, do you have a favourite 
story or character? Why?
It would be really difficult to pick, but generally my 
favourite is whatever I’m currently working on. I have to 
be in love with it for it to be the best story I can write.

9. What’s one thing about you that your readers 
may not know?
Well, at this point, they probably don’t know a whole 
heck of a lot. I LOVE to travel. I love to explore new 
places and get immersed in the character or culture they 
have to offer. One of the best trips I ever did was a 
driving tour my husband and I did of Scotland several 
years ago. We had no accommodation booked and 
just drove around. Absolutely beautiful!

10.  What other books do you have out and in what 
formats are they available?
I wish my answer for you here was very long and 
detailed, but Picture This is my first published book. 
It was released on June 29 from Ellora’s Cave and I’m 
still celebrating! I’m hard at work to ensure it doesn’t stay 
by it’s lonesome out on my author page! I’m currently 
working on 2 more novellas in the same vein as Picture This 
(short, sexy with ‘rough around the edges’ heroes), I have 
a full length contemporary novel simmering and I’ve 
outlined a couple of short paranormal series I’d love to 
sink my teeth into in the not too distant future.

Jacqueline, thanks so much for having me here today! 
The questions were really interesting and fun. 
Hopefully, my answers were too!

Great answers Kaily!!  Thanks so much.

Here's a bit about Picture This

Desperate and young, Jillian Moore did something 
she knew would one day come back to bite her 
in the ass. She’d posed nude. For money. 
Years later, and on the fast track to a successful 
career, she’s still haunted by her mistake. 
She can’t help but wonder when her past will 
catch up with her.

Samuel Steele is not short on female attention, 
but the women who warm his bed pale in 
comparison to the fantasy he’s created of 
the seductive temptress in the painting 
hanging prominently in his bedroom. 
A fantasy that has ruined his once satisfying 
sex life. When he discovers that her exact 
likeness works in his building—for him—
things get…interesting.


  1. Enjoyed your interview. Your book sounds really good. Congrads on your first published book!
    Sue B

  2. Jacqueline, thanks again for having me here!

    Sue B, thank you, glad you enjoyed it!!

  3. Hi Kaily! Congrats on your release. You & I must be kindred spirits when it comes to traveling. Years ago my hubby and I toured Scotland in the same way - no accomodations booked, just a car, a travel book, and a sense of adventure. It's the best way to see a country.

  4. Hi Allison! Yes! I still look back on that trip as one of the best ever. Without the pressure to be somewhere on a particular day we were able to decide daily where we wanted to spend out time. Of course, I'd done a bunch of research and knew what I wanted to see, but the whole experience was magical. Great way to meet the locals. And Scotland? I'd love to go back one day. Thanks!!

  5. Great interview! I'm the lucky editor who found Kaily in the slush pile. It's such a joy to find a gem like her. I'm looking forward to working with Kaily to get more of her great stories out there so everyone can enjoy them :)

  6. Great interview, Jacqueline and Kaily!

    Kaily, I can't live without sticky notes, LOL! As for Scotland...can you hear me sigh? I'm so glad Grace saw the 'sparkle' of your manuscript. Your writing is too good to stay hidden :).

  7. Awesome editor alert! Hey Grace! Thanks for stopping by. You always say the nicest things..

    Hi Rula. Thanks again! Can't wait to hang with you at Nationals :).

  8. It was great having you here today Kaily!
    I wish you all the luck possible with your book and can't wait to see more of your writing.