Interview with novelist Kaki Warner …and GIVEAWAY!

This giveaway is now closed but I’ve left the comments open for anyone who’d like to comment on the interview. Congratulations to Suzanne for winning Pieces of Sky! Enjoy!

I won Kaki Warner’s debut novel, a historical Western romance novel called Pieces of Sky, just over a year ago and was so blown away by it that I did something I’d never done before: I contacted an author and gushed about her book.

Kaki WarnerKaki’s response amazed me. She was encouraging and funny (as you’ll see in her interview below), and became the very first follower of this blog. Since then I’ve read and reviewed all of her books. Each time I cracked open a new one, I got a little nervous. What if it sucked? What would I say?

Kaki saved me from that awkwardness by writing three stunning books. Seriously, I can’t say enough about the Blood Rose Trilogy.

The final book in the trilogy, Chasing the Sun, was released last week.

Kaki’s generously giving away one of her novels to someone who comments on this post. She’s also taken the time to answer my nosy questions about her first year as a published author.

The interview

How long were you working on your debut novel before you got an agent? And how long between signing with your agent and selling your novel?

(Gads.  I get this question all the time and I hate it because my answer makes me look like such a loser.)

Twenty-five years.  There, I said it.  (I think there’s a medical condition for that kind of fixation.  If not, there should be).  Years ago I read a truly awful book.  Naturally I thought I could do better (any sentient being could have).  So I wrote the first draft of what was later named PIECES OF SKY.  But it wasn’t right, so I wrote it again.  And again, and again, etc.  Then life interfered so I put the ms in storage.  About fifteen years later I dug it out, read it over, and realized it had some potential.  After making changes, I sent it to contests for feedback, made more changes, then got off the pot (so to speak), and mass-queried the thirty-five most-likely-to-respond agents listed in my 2008 Guide to Literary Agents.  While I was preparing my next massive mail-out, Nancy Coffey requested the full ms.  A week after I shipped it out, she called.  Within six-weeks, she had it sold (as a trilogy) to Berkley, and I was suddenly a twenty-five year overnight success.  HA!

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