Friday, December 11, 2015

Friday - Starla Kaye Talking About Heroes, Heroines and Villains #MFRWauthor

Do you write a single genre or do your fingers flow over the keys creating tales in many forms?  - I have published over 75 stories and have played with many sub-genres of romance. My first love is writing about cowboys, either contemporary or historical. But I also have written a lot of contemporary and medieval romances. And I have written about a pirate, a couple of Regencies, sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal.
Do your reading choices reflect your writing choices? Yes, although I also read mysteries.
Are there genres you wouldn’t attempt? Not really. I just haven’t gotten around to trying them.

2. Heroes, Heroines, Villains. Which are your favorite to write? - I like to write the heroines best, mainly because I put myself in their place. While I write a story, I am that woman.

3. Heroes. How do you find them? Do pictures, real life or plain imagination create the man you want every reader to love? Do they come before the plot or after you have the idea for the story?  - My heroes are created before the plot. I start with creating the story title, and then the characters, and finally the plot line that fits all of that. Because I’m a visual person, I always have pictures of my characters to refer to as I write. Pictures can come from stock photos, magazines, real life people, or wherever I find them.

4. Heroines. How do you find them? Do pictures, real life or imagination create the woman you want the reader to root for? Do they appear before the plot or after you have the idea for the story? – As I said, I come up with the story title first and then the characters. I come up with my heroine before the hero. Sometimes I come up with the heroine and then her background and her goal. Those things will determine what kind of hero she needs to butt heads with, to fall in love with.

5. Villains or villainesses or an antagonist, since they don’t always have to be the bad guy or girl. They can be a person opposed to the hero’s or heroine’s obtaining their goal. How do you choose one? How do you make them human? – I don’t normally have villains or antagonists that get in the way of my characters and their goals. Most of my conflicts are between the hero and heroine, with some side issues they have to face and conquer. – My three medieval stories, though, did have villains. A good villain, in my opinion, needs to have strong goals and fairly good reasons for them. Unfortunately he/she is dead wrong and the hero and heroine need to deal with him/her and, of course, win.

6. What is your latest release? Who is the hero, heroine and or the villain? – My latest release is Trusting Love Again, a contemporary romance. The heroine (Toni) married the wrong man in her youthful stubbornness and suffered an emotionally abusive marriage until she found the inner strength to get a divorce. The hero (Chad) had once wanted to date Toni, but waited too long and lost her. He married someone else and they grew apart, and upon his divorce he found out that she’d betrayed him by having an abortion. These two heart-wounded people struggle with learning to trust again, and to love again.

7. What are you working on now? – I always work on several stories at the same time. But the main one I’m writing now is the sequel to Trusting Love Again. Corrupting the Sheriff is the story of two people from the first one: Dakota and Alex. They had a single date years ago, went their separate ways, and are now figuring out how to live in the same town together. The attraction is intense between them, as is the determination to fight it, particularly from Alex’s side. He has come up with a list of Wife Qualifications and Dakota doesn’t fit any of them.

8. How can people find you?

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