Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Author Interview - Kristen Beairsto
What's your book/current WIP about?
In Love Like Krazy, Kit Conner is returning to her hometown to be a bride’s maid for her best friend. But while back home, Kit is forced to confront the secrets from her past. All the while, she finds herself fighting an attraction to Ben Mathews, the older brother of her best friend's groom. Despite knowing little will come of an affair, Kit starts to see Ben as an anchor in her emotional storm.
Care to share your favorite line(s) from your story?
I have two favorite parts of the story. The first is the scene in the excerpt where Ben mistakes Kit for a stripper. The below part is another part I really love. Kit has just snuck into Ben’s house and woken him up. He wants to know how she got into the house.
“You’re talking to a girl who lived in New York for close to seven years,” she stated as though that explained everything.
“Making a living as a lock-pick?” Ben asked dryly as he pulled back to look at her face.
Laughing, Kit shook her head. “Actually, I learned that particular skill after I locked myself out of my apartment twice in the same week.”
What's your next project?
My next release is another contemporary romance called Sugar & Spice coming out in early September. It’s about three friends who own and operate a lingerie catalog company and they discover love isn’t something that fits neatly into a schedule.
Describe your writing in a sentence.
My writing aims to put a smile on your face with a lot of fun and a little bit of sexy.
Do you choose character names or do the characters whisper them in your ears?
Occasionally they name themselves, but for the most part I choose the names. I have several different names I like for both heroes and heroines. Usually as the character develops a name starts to fit the personality.
Plotter or panster?
Up until recently I was a panster, but it would take me several months to finish a story. After meeting an author who finishes a novel length story in 7 days (I know, crazy!), I decided to try plotting. My current WIP is the first time I’ve ever plotted a story out completely before starting it and so far I really love it. It’s a much smoother process. I think I’ve secretly been a plotter the whole time. = )
Do you like background noise or do you prefer a quiet space when you write?
I live in a small apartment with a 2 year old and 7 year old. Even if I preferred quiet, I would never get it. = ) Sometimes quiet is nice because it’s different than my normal, but it gets weird really quick so usually I like some kind of music in the background as a minimum.
What are you currently reading?
Divorced, Desperate and Delicious by Christie Craig – Loving it!
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview and how would you answer it?
Oh man, I have no idea. = S How about a non-writing related question? I’d like to be asked: other than writing and reading (and spending time with family and friends is too easy), what kinds of hobbies or activities do you enjoy? And I would answer: I’ve been working over the last couple of years to be >healthier and lose weight and I’ve come to love participating in half marathons. I participated in four of them last year and am doing another one this year. Another interest I’ve developed very recently is archery. I’m still exploring it, but I love it so far.
People think I'm weird because...
How long do you have? LOL! Probably the biggest thing people find weird about me is the fact that I’m such a big sports fan. And with that, the fact that I’m a born and bred California girl and I’m a diehard New York sports fan. (Go Yankees, Giants, Rangers, and Knicks!) People usually give me this dumbfounded look when they find out and then ask how in the world that happened. = )
Title: Love Like Krazy
Author: Kristen Beairsto
Length: 122 pages
Dates: July 16-August 31
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Most women would probably be offended at being mistaken for a stripper, but Kit Conner finds the situation rather comical. But despite Kit’s outward appearance of being able to handle just about anything, few are aware of the dark secrets Kit harbors and the demons she hides by cloaking herself in a wall of crazy antics and an outrageous fashion sense. As she returns to her hometown to play the role of maid of honor for her best friend’s wedding, Kit’s determined to hold on to those she holds dear for as long as she can. The only thing standing in her way is the absurd attraction she feels for Benjamin Mathews.
Benjamin Mathews is a guy who appreciates things to be slow, steady, and safe. Ben knows many consider him to be boring,but he’s happy with his life and loves the horse ranch he runs with his brother. The only thing he worries about is surviving the planning of his brother’s wedding.
With a wedding between Kit’s best friend and Ben’s younger brother fraying the nerves of everyone involved,& Kit’s return home brings out her dark secrets into the light. The emotional overload starts to weigh on Kit and she begins to see Ben as an anchor. As their relationship intensifies, Kit struggles to believe they might actually have a future and soon finds herself fighting for the love she never thought possible.
Ben and Greg arranged things so everyone could relax for the first few hours before the real entertainment showed up. Ben glanced at his watch and noted the stripper would show up in about an hour.
As he grabbed a beer for himself, he started to head towards the poker table. As he moved passed the front window, he heard the music before he saw its source. Loud blaring techno music nearly drowned out the country music behind him. It came from within a black Cadillac convertible pulling into the driveway. The New York plates said KRAZYLV.
The music suddenly died as the occupant in the Caddy turned the engine off. The driver’s head was covered in a red zebra stripped cowboy hat obscuring their face. As the driver climbed out, however, he had no doubt in his mind she was female.
Ben first saw the flame red cowboy boots step out of the car. She turned to close the car door and turned her back to him. Above the boots, red leather pants hugged every curve of two very long legs and wide hips. From there, a red tank top clung with a plunging neckline covering her torso, which included a flat stomach and large breasts. Long blonde hair curled at the ends around her breasts. But as she turned her back to him, Ben discovered the top only covered the front of her and a few crisscrossed strings held the top on in the back, exposing smooth skin. She bent over to grab something from the backseat of the car and displayed a very nice view Ben greatly appreciated.
When she turned to face him fully, he saw she still wore sunglasses despite the sun being almost completely set. Even from the distance he stood, Ben could see the deep red lipstick she wore, the heart shaped mouth practically invited a kiss. But between the sunglasses and hat brim pulled down, he still couldn’t see her face clearly.
She was an hour early, he mused, but he would forgive her since she was sure to stir the party up.
Outside, Kit pulled her backpack from the backseat of her Caddy, turned and glanced up at the two-story house where her best friend lived. She grinned, studying the exterior of the home. Apparently, her best friend was well on her way to becoming a Matthews.
The Matthews were one of the wealthiest and most influential families in the small California town. Raymond Matthews, Greg and Ben’s father, was a banker and venture capitalist. His wife, Loren, up until recently was a highly successful businesswoman and now, from what Kit understood, spent her extra time with her philanthropy. But unlike most of the rich people she came to know and meet, the Matthews were genuine people.
Of course, Ray and Loren Matthews weren’t above using a regal demeanor when the moment called for it, she mused.
Yep, Anne was well cared for, Kit decided as she started up the drive towards the front door. As she stepped closer, Kit realized she heard the low hum of country music and remembered the bachelor party Anne told her about. She smiled in anticipation as she wondered whether or not the stripper arrived yet.
Before Kit reached the door, it opened and Ben stepped out.
He still looked the same, she decided. Tall and handsome, with wide shoulders screaming lean on me, and those piercing midnight eyes.
Kit sighed inwardly as she felt the familiar flutter in her stomach. Damn, she was still attracted to him. Oh well, she dealt with it as a teenager, she could deal with it as a grown woman.
“Hi, you’re early, but that’s all right.” He looked down at her backpack and frowned. “If you don’t have a stereo or anything, that’s fine, but I hope you have your own music. I don’t think you’d like dancing to the stuff we have.”
Ben watched her heart shaped mouth frown, the rest of her face still obscured from view. The backpack she carried didn’t seem to carry much. He certainly hoped she had her own music, for the price they were paying, the least she could do was provide her own music.
After a moment, a seductive smile slipped across her mouth. There was something oddly familiar about her, but unable to see the majority of her face because of her hat, sunglasses, and the dark, Ben wasn’t sure how he might know her.
“Don’t worry, sugar,” she offered in a husky tone, “I’ve got my own tunes.”
He gave her a friendly smile and nodded. “Good. Why don’t I announce you first?” He turned, opened the door and stood in the doorway, blocking the view inside the house. Ben asked someone to turn off the stereo. “Now, gentlemen, I would like to introduce the real entertainment of the night,” Ben announced.
Moving aside, Ben turned and motioned for Kit to step inside. The seductive smile stayed in place as she stepped over the threshold of the door. A few men whistled in appreciation, a few others gave catcalls.
Smugly watching his buddies’ reactions, Ben saw her mouth curve from the corner of his eye. Glancing down, Ben noticed she had yet to remove the sunglasses. Seeing her seductive smile change, something else nagged his brain.
“Honey, no offense, but what’s your costume?” Ben whispered out of the corner of his mouth.
Ben watched the amused smile spread fully across her lips. Pulling her sunglasses down the bridge of her nose, she turned slightly so the light in the room fully illuminated her face. She looked at him over the top of the glasses with familiar wide pale blue eyes dancing with mischief.
Her lips parted to reveal white even teeth. “A maid of honor,” she drawled with a knowing wink.
An avid reader since she first learned to read, Kristen discovered romance novels as a teenager. And what can she say? She was a goner. Kristen discovered she’s a sucker for a good love story, strong characters, and that all-important happily ever after. She wrote her first novel length story at the age of eleven and after falling in love with romance novels, her writing started featuring romantic elements.
When Kristen’s not reading or writing, she’s hanging out with friends, family, her two rambunctious daughters, and her exceedingly tolerate husband. She’s also a huge New York sports fan.