Author Kresley Cole: When Dealt the Death Card You Roll With It . . and Then Hollywood Calls
Today’s author guest needs little introduction, but I’m gonna do it anyway because it’s just so much fun to write Kresley Cole — a name you’re going to hear more from thanks to Hollywood finally, finally acknowledging her wonderful writing and stories with a television deal. Yes, that’s right. Her young adult Arcana Chronicles Series is going to screen thanks to Adam Shankman & Warner Brothers!
But just because TV land has called, Kresley doesn’t seem to be sitting on her laurels. This is one hard-working author. In addition to the Arcana series, she has given us an electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the erotic Gamemakers Series (sa-woon!), and five award-winning historical romances. Her books have been translated into twenty foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad — and all the way to the number one spot on the New York Times Bestseller list, baby. That is no small feat.
She took time out to talk with us, which means you get an inside look to what’s next from Kresley. Oh, and she’s offering a major giveaway in honor of her newest release, Sweet Ruin. Check it out below. Sweet.
ELIZABETH SAFLEUR: Welcome to LadySmut, Kresley! Congratulations on the Arcana Chronicles being made into a TV series adaptation. How did that come about? And do you get to provide input into scripting, cast, etc.?
KRESLEY COLE: Thank you! I was absolutely over-the-moon excited. We had some TV/movie nibbles along the way, and then all the sudden we had serious interest from three companies. I don’t know how much input I’ll have since we’re still early in the process, but I love to dream cast!
ELIZABETH SAFLEUR: We’re dying to know who gets cast, too. In the meantime, tarot cards are central to your Arcana Chronicles storyline. How did the idea of making each trump tarot a “character” with a good/evil bent come about?
KRESLEY COLE: The idea for the Arcana Chronicles came to me a few years ago when I was getting my cards read in Jackson Square with two friends. I was dealt the Death card (the one with a skeletal reaper/knight on a red-eyed horse). I asked my friends what they would do if they saw that guy riding down Bourbon Street. One said, “I’d run for my life.” The other said, “I’d buy him a drink.” I thought, “I can work with that.” As readers know, I love bad-boy characters, so Death was definitely a hero/anti-hero I wanted to explore. The Arcana concept grew from there.
ELIZABETH SAFLEUR: Shifting to your more erotic stories, do you write erotic scenes differently in paranormal than in contemporary?
KRESLEY COLE: For me, paranormal and contemporary love scenes share commonalities. Regardless if I’m writing about Lykae, Vampires or humans–at heart, we have two beings sharing intimacy. One of my favorite things when writing is to show the growth of my characters through the love scenes.
ELIZABETH SAFLEUR: And we love how you write those scenes! We also love book covers at LadySmut. Yours are beautiful and sophisticated. Do you have much input on them?
KRESLEY COLE: So glad to hear you guys like them! For the last few books and the Immortals After Dark re-releases, I provided detailed character and setting descriptions as a starting point. From these, my publisher’s wonderful art department comes up with a few options, which are then narrowed down until we’re all happy with the final product.
[ Below is one of my personal favorite Kresley Cole covers. We’d love to hear in the comments section your choice for favorite Kresley cover.]
ELIZABETH SAFLEUR: Do you have a favorite writing “moment?” Perhaps something just came together or a character you love just appeared?
KRESLEY COLE: Clicks! That’s what I call that moment when I finally solve a particularly troubling plot conundrum, because things finally shift and click into place. But these clicks come with a hefty price, usually only revealing themselves with some sort of physical exercise. At times, I’ll noodle a particularly gnarly scene for days only to visualize it mid-row or mid-step.
ELIZABETH SAFLEUR: Can you share what’s next for you, book-wise (or, now, TV-wise!)?
KRESLEY COLE: Sweet Ruin, the next Immortals After Dark installment, is out December 1st. (Pre-order here!) I’m thrilled with the early feedback, and can’t wait to hear what you guys think of Rune & Josephine.
I’m currently working on both the Arcana Chronicles and the third book in the Gamemaker series. I don’t have the release dates yet, but will share online and in my newsletter as soon as I know.
ELIZABETH SAFLEUR: We often wonder where romance readers find authors these days….online or in person. I was fortunate to see you at the RT Booklovers Convention. But where else can fans find you? Do you have a preference where fans can interact with you?
KRESLEY COLE: It was wonderful seeing you at RT, too! I love that convention. It’s such a great venue for readers and writers to come together and share our passion. I don’t get out and about as much as I’d like (deadlines, ugh), but when I do, I LOVE meeting readers. This year, I’ve made a commitment to attend more conferences. I’ll also be sending out more newsletters, so that would be the easiest way to keep up with me.
I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.
[Oh, and you can sign up for text message updates from Kresley’s camp. How cool is THAT? http://trumpia.com/onlineSignup/Kresley/textsignup]
ELIZABETH SAFLEUR: Is there anything you’d like to tell readers that I haven’t asked?
KRESLEY COLE: I’d like to thank you and Lady Smut for having me! I’d also like to give a shout out to my readers for their amazing support. IAD readers rock! Seeing your messages, reviews, and blog entries makes all those hours at the desk worth it!
BIG BONUS! Enter the Sweet Ruin pre-order giveaway that runs through Nov 30th here! Great prizes await, including an iPad with all the IAD audio editions, autographed Sweet Ruin copies, and signed IAD backlist titles etc. Any format of Sweet Ruin pre-order counts (hardcover, ecopy, or audio).
ELIZABETH SAFLEUR is an erotic romance author and recovering public relations practitioner who writes, tweets and posts under a pseudonym since her former business clients might be shocked at her new career choice. She wrote the Elite Doms of Washington contemporary erotic romance series after a thirty-year career serving D.C. clients. Oh, and guess WHAT? The first Elite Doms book, Lovely, is only 99 cents (for a short time only)!