Congratulations to Dorothy Hermes! She’s the winner of Welcome to Ruby’s by KC Luck.
Today we are joined by author KC Luck! She’s answered a few questions for us and she’s giving away a signed paperback copy of Welcome to Ruby’s, her latest novel. Drop a comment in the space below and we’ll draw the winner on Friday, October 19.
Introduce yourself to the rest of the class. Who are you and what makes you tick?
Hello, my name is Kathy, and I write under the pen name KC Luck. Although I am relatively new to writing in the lesbian fiction genre, I have been writing for decades. Primarily as a professional technical writer of boring instruction manuals and engineering specifications, but also some attempts at mainstream fiction. Not until recently did I find my niche and now more than ever, I am happy with what I am doing with my craft. It truly feels like I have found my home at last. I love the readers and, thankfully, a few of them like me back. They energize me and, although I have always been able to focus with incredible intensity on any project, I am even more dedicated to writing my best for them. I aim to leave nothing on the table and with every story, I try to raise the bar with my writing. Fortunately, I learned early on (from a very accomplished author) that what we do is truly all about the readers. Giving them the best story I can write is what makes me tick.
What does it mean to you to be an author? What makes a writer a writer?
Being an author means the world to me. It gives me a sense of fulfillment, which up until I published, I could never quite find. There was always a sense of wanting to do more with my life. Even though I have been successful in a lot of endeavors, and I am blessed with having the love of my life by my side, writing is what has impacted my sense of accomplishment the most. The opportunity to bring even a little entertainment, maybe even some escape, to another person is all I could ever want, and I think I do that now. As to what makes a writer a writer, the answer is straightforward in my mind. Just write. Even a few words a day toward an end goal is enough to qualify in my mind. I’ve always been a writer, ever since I was a child. Only lately have I become an author.
Are you promoting a specific book? Tell us about it. Include the book blurb if you’d like.
Today I am promoting my next release “Welcome to Ruby’s” which is currently available by pre-order and will launch on Amazon on October 31st. The novel is a classic girl-meets-girl, girl-loses-girl, girl-gets-girl-back lesbian love story. This is a bit of a departure from what I have written in the past. My previous books have been action adventure style with lots of interesting obstacles for the heroines to overcome. “Welcome to Ruby’s” has a much more contemporary plot. Ironically, I did this book at my lovely wife’s request. At first, I thought it would be a piece of cake to write. However, it turned out to be one of the most challenging things I’ve ever written. With action, there is always an out. Just throw a storm or a monster into the mix to get past a rough patch. This was not an option with “Welcome to Ruby’s.” Working with nothing but emotions and relationship dynamics was tricky.
Allie Dawson and her group of friends consider Ruby’s their second home. The bar is where they all go to commiserate over drinks about crappy jobs, wrecked relationships, and life in general. Everyone is family, and everyone comes to Ruby’s.
Even though her job sucks, Allie’s life appears to be taking an especially good turn when a gorgeous dark-haired stranger comes walking into Ruby’s and sweeps her off her feet. As much as she wants to deny how she feels, the chemistry between them is an eleven on a scale of one to ten.
Struggling through a nasty divorce, Vivian Wade is not looking for any more complications in her already crazy life, but when she goes north to Portland to check on business, she sees a blonde woman who takes her breath away. Although a relationship is the last thing she wants, she cannot deny what her body is telling her.
When their worlds collide, all starts perfectly, until Allie learns Ruby’s has been sold to an investor. A woman from Los Angeles, named Vivian, who plans to change everything.
Tell us about your biggest guilty pleasure. For example, to you sit naked in your pantry in the middle of the night and eat Nutella with your fingers?
Reading romance, particularly lesbian romance as of late, is my guilty pleasure. I am a sucker for a great love story, the sappier the better, and I live for the happily ever after. It is my go-to genre, which almost anyone who first meets me would be shocked to learn. I think people would guess apocalypse (which I do enjoy writing and reading on occasion) or suspense (which I do not particularly enjoy). But, when I snuggle down with a book or go on vacation, the story I always pick is romance. I absolutely cannot get enough of them.
Tell us one thing that you’re passionate about. For example, would you strap yourself to an oil rigging a la Lucy Lawless with a Greenpeace sign in your hands?
Animals. My wife and I foster kittens, cats, and dogs. I am always the one who pulls over on the side of the road and risks her life in traffic to help catch a stray wandering loose. As I kid, I was who brought home the hurt bird or squirrel. As much as I joke about being hard-hearted, in reality, critters are special. Nothing breaks my heart like seeing an animal unwanted, or heaven forbid, suffering. In fact, I’m looking with my wife to buy a larger property outside the city so we can help rescue and foster even more animals. Crazy as it may sound, doing so would fulfill a lifelong dream for both of us.
What’s your writing process? That is, do you have a particular place you write and/or time of day? Do you have any particular things you do before you write? (g. do you listen to music, drink coffee, take dance breaks…)
I write whenever the opportunity presents itself. Luckily, I am an early riser and can get by on less sleep than average. Working on my books during the morning hours is crucial to my success. Also, because I still work a day job, I must squeak out words during breaks and lunch. Usually, these happen in my car, which can be a little cramped and very hot or cold depending on the time of year. I even sneak words on my phone when I can, and average about nineteen words a minute. Not great, but it all adds up. As for the other stuff, like listening to music or having a special drink, I am fine with or without. When I focus on writing, almost nothing can distract me from it.
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you (unless you’d have to kill us, in which case tell us something that some people don’t know).
Most people would be surprised to learn I spent time in Hollywood working as a production assistant and assistant director on some independent motion pictures. I also write speculative screenplays (spec scripts) and even had one optioned, although it was never converted to a movie. Just for fun, I have made a few movie shorts with my brother as well. I am drawn to anything creative, although novel writing is my focus at the moment and it is what makes me the happiest.
Is there a book by another author that you wish you had written?
Even though I love romance foremost, the book I wish I had written is The Stand by Stephen King. The battle for survival, the powerful personalities of the characters, the forces of good and evil vying for control of the world – to have all of these aspects in one work is nothing less than genius. I have read this book numerous times, which is unusual because I generally read a book only once, and have been known to pick it up off the shelf to read a random page for inspiration. Reading the words of such a talented author motivates me not only to write but write better.
If time and money were no problem, where would you most like to go in the world?
I’m going to cheat my answer and say it is the 133 day Viking cruise around the world. It stops at multiple historical ports on all seven continents as well as Antarctica while passengers circumnavigate the globe.
And finally, what sorts of writing projects are next for you?
Right now I am in the midst of writing the sequel to my sci-fi romance “Rescue Her Heart” with plans to write another book in my Darkness series after the first of the year. Depending on reader response to Welcome to Ruby’s, another book involving those characters would possibly be next. I am also slowly working through a pet project, but the details on that one are a secret.
Although it is more likely to find KC Luck writing an adventure story, she is also a hopeless romantic at heart. When her lovely wife challenged her to write a more traditional “girl meets girl, girl loses girl, girl gets girl again” love story, KC decided to give it a whirl. “Welcome to Ruby’s” is the result.
Aside from doomsday romances (“Darkness Falls”), KC Luck also writes campy space adventures (“Rescue Her Heart”).
Regardless of plot or genre, all of KC Luck’s novels focus on strong female leads in loving lesbian relationships.
She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest of the United States with her lovely wife and her six children (of the furry, four-legged variety).
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