Kaily Hart, a seemingly straight-laced mother of four, left corporate America and a high-powered, lucrative career to be a stay at home mom. Right… That lasted about four weeks, during which time she realized she had a deeply repressed dream—to write. And (gasp) romance at that! Who knew? By day, Kaily plays conservative wife and soccer mom, but at night crafts hot and steamy tales of romance and love with gorgeous heroes who wouldn’t dream of leaving the toilet seat up. Ever. She’s smart and sassy, at least in her own mind, and is creating as many happy ever afters as she can, one hot story at a time. Kaily never would have thought she’d be doing this, but now that she is? Well, you couldn’t pay her enough to do anything else.
And that’s about as much of an “official” bio as I can take. How about you? Here’s some other (hopefully more interesting) random things about me (‘cause I hate writing the dry, boring stuff probably as much as you hate reading it):
- Although I now live in the US, I grew up in a very rural area of Australia. Think ‘outback’ or close enough to it that it didn’t really matter.
- I always did really well at school, but I sucked at geography and hated grammar. Funny how I ended up traveling the world and becoming a writer :).
- Before I started writing I was in Information Technology. Don’t tell my prior colleagues, but being an author is WAY more interesting.
- You never would have guessed, but my favorite color is pink…so sue me LOL.
- Despite being all girlie and spending my time writing romance, I got married wearing pants. Yep, pants. Decidedly unromantic, I know.
- I can’t (wouldn’t even want to, even if I could, which I can’t) cook. My husband took that up a long time ago so we wouldn’t all starve.
- I have four kids. Four! F-O-U-R. That’s like…a lot, right?
- Two of my kids are identical twins. Pretty cool, huh? One day I’m going to write a unique twist on the twin trope. You’ll see.
- I’m prone to crush on bad boys in books. Especially my own. Sigh…
- My goal as a writer is very simple. Or not. I want to be a “I’ll buy any book with her name on it” author! Oh…and hitting some “lists” would be super nice too.
Why do you write romance?
I’m not sure I could really write anything else. I’ve read a lot of literary fiction and it’s great, wonderful, thought provoking, but I NEED my happy ending. It’s even more of a necessity now that I’m a mother. There’s so much struggle and despair in the world. We’re bombarded with it constantly and I don’t want to sit down to read more of that. It’s probably why I started to read romance in the first place. I had limited time to read and I wanted something that simply made me feel good and allowed me to completely escape for awhile, even if it was just ten minutes at a time. A developing relationship is probably one of the most complex and beautiful things in the world and I love to explore all of the dynamics of it.
And I’m very simple. Or maybe just corny, but I believe in enduring love and that good will always triumph over evil. I think that comes out in my writing. It just happens to be wrapped up in a very hot and steamy construct!
Who is your favorite author and why?
Wow, I couldn’t name a favorite. I read all over the sub-genres of romance and it’s funny, but I usually don’t remember much about a story once I’ve finished it. I remember authors and have a sense of books I’ve read, but don’t retain many of the details. Perhaps that’s because I have so many of my own stories residing in my head?
Where do you get your ideas?
Everywhere. Nowhere. I have no idea.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?
No, I can’t say that I do. Some sections of a book (AKA “the middle”) are more difficult than others and require more wrestling, but it’s usually because something is ‘off’ with the characterization. That’s what I find anyway. Once that’s shored up, the story usually flows for me.
How do you do your research?
Mmmm. The majority of my research is done on the internet. I cringe to think what I would have done years ago without access to that huge amount of data. And the ability to stay anonymous. Mostly. Whenever I do a search on some weird, “out there” topic I always wonder if I come up on some screen somewhere as a “warning” LOL. Can you imagine? “Seriously, I’m an author! It’s research. I swear!” You’d all back me up, right?
Do you write your love/sex scenes from experience?
If I did, I’d probably be blind LOL. Kidding! No, really…I’m not telling :).