Damned And Defiant
Demon in Exile Series,#3
Mortal women surrender to Dante’s seductions. He is a Drone, an immortal who feeds off their lifeforce energy—the chi that keeps his kind alive. When his dimension is on the edge of destruction, Dante must seek the help of one special woman.
Haley Moore is a Sha Warrior—a mortal with excess lifeforce energy. She has always had a strong attraction to Dante and when they meet again he thinks luck is on his side because his quota of chi energy would be obtained after one scorching scene with this mortal. But the problem is that he is overwhelmingly attracted to her and once with this woman won’t be enough.
Haley tries to draw out the man buried deep within the demon. Their fierce, undeniable passion unravels his plans and threatens her life. Can Dante bear to abandon her when he leaves Earth forever? Dante will have to choose whether to return to his world or to give up his immortality and share his future with Haley.
Tell us about Kathy Kulig. Who are you when you’re not writing?
A writer is a writer 24/7. If you’re not writing, you’re thinking about writing. But a little about me? I’m a Jersey girl. Grew up there, went to college, then moved to Upstate NY and lived on a farm for a short time. I was part owner of an outfitting guide service in Colorado with eleven horses, moved to Florida and lived in several places in Florida, traveled some including Central America and Europe, worked as a dive master. Do you get the idea I was a bit of a gypsy? I finally moved to PA and got married.
Do you have a day job as well?
I do have a day job. I’m a Cytotechnologist. I look for cancer under a microscope. I write nights and weekends.
Why the paranormal genre and where do your ideas come from?
I’ve always loved paranormal stories. As a kid I read Bradbury, Heinlein, Clark, etc. Ghosts, horror, vampires, and other supernatural stories filled my bookshelves and still do. Ideas come from anywhere. My Demons in Exile series came from a trip to Sedona, AZ. The atmosphere of the landscape and talking with a Navajo guide during a trip to the Grand Canyon, sparked the story idea. It’s a magical place.
Who is your favorite character to write about in your stories?
That’s a really tough question to ask an author. We fall in love with all our characters. In my recent release, Damned and Defiant, Dante was the hero. He was also a character in all three books, and he had quite a journey. He was a tortured hero, and a troubled soul, but has a lot of courage and heart. Mix that with the right woman, and how can you go wrong?
Do you foresee taking one of your lesser seen characters and creating a series about them?
There is still potential for this series to branch out in a side series. It depends how well Damned and Defiant does and how readers respond to the ending. Can’t give that away.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
Getting that first book published is always difficult and brings many heart aches. Persistence and faith in yourself is the key. Keep learning and striving to be better and you’ll make it. I met a woman at our chapter group meeting who was putting together an erotic anthology of novellas. She was open to submissions. I pitched an idea to her and she said to send it, but I hadn’t written the story yet. I wrote it in a month, polished it and sent it to her. She bought it in 2004. She did spend time editing it with me. This was a small print press. I later sold a short story to the same publisher but didn’t sell anything else until I sold a novel and novella to Ellora’s Cave in 2007.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
Not really. My first novel to Ellora’s Cave I rewrote several times. I kept writing and was on my fourth novel when the first one sold.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
Yes, I have three. I don’t know if they’ll ever get published. If not, they’re learning exercises.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
Hit the social networks—blog tours, Facebook, Twitter, my blog, writer’s loops, some ads, try to get reviews, run contests. It’s hard to say what works best.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
Can’t give away spoilers but it has to be where the hero and heroine look like they’ll be separated in time and space forever. It’s a heart wrenching scene.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
As an author, I know not everyone is going to like my books. I don’t like everything I read even NY Times Bestsellers. Damned and Desired received lots a nice reviews including one reviewer who said the book was “Fantastic. A great piece of work. And the most imaginative alternate world I’ve ever read in an erotica novel.” This one finaled in the EPIC awards too.
Here’s a couple of quirky questions for you, Kathy Kulig….
What’s your favorite movie? Love Actually, Contact
Cake with or without ice cream? With
Date night out, or date night in? Night out.
Thanksgiving or Christmas? Christmas. Thanksgiving is nice but too much eating.
Physical copy of a book or eReader?? Still like a print book but I do love my NOOK
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you to the readers for their support, and thanks to Molly for having me as a guest.
Thanks for stopping by!
About The Author:
Kathy Kulig is the award-winning author of sexy paranormal and contemporary romances. She has published over a dozen novels and novellas and her work has appeared in eBook, print and anthology. Kathy is a science geek by day and writer of erotic fiction at night. Her interest in mythology, quantum physics and the supernatural, and also her extensive background in science, provide inexhaustible material for new projects in the paranormal realms. Besides her career in writing, she’s a cytotechnologist and has worked as a research scientist, medical technologist, dive master and stringer for a newspaper. When she’s not writing or dreaming up her next steamy story, she enjoys traveling, relaxing by the beach with a book, mountain biking, movies and dinners out. She resides in eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and lives in a 100-year-old Victorian home which has a garage built of rejected tombstones.
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