How long did it take to write the story? From the day you came up with the idea to the very last day of writing.
In the end, it took a year! When I showed the early drafts of my first novel, Bound for the
Forest, to a good friend, she suggested
that my universe was ripe for a cameo from Greenwood the Hunter. I was no expert on Herne , but a plethora of wonderful
images of “the horned one” flashed through my mind, from the Celtic deity
Cernunnos, through to your generic Viking warrior, worthy star of so many sexy stories.
It soon became evident that Herne needed more than a cameo in Bound
for the Herne Forest. I was desperate to follow this
brooding tortured antihero on his own quest for love, so he needed his own
Fascinating as the research was,
’s complex back story and writing
the fearsome Wild Hunt, made this the longest, hardest writing process of my
life. Finishing the novel took over five months. Herne
Tell us about your latest release/Upcoming release.
The novel is set in the Elizabethan period, 1588 to be precise. At this stage, my
There’s also bondage, spanking, antler porn, dirty talking fairies, and plenty of kinky lovemaking.
What made you want to write?
I’ve always written! I wrote my first story as soon as I learned, when I was about five. It was about a creature called Ogog who lived in a cave, and the narrative structure was exemplary. Honest!
I spend pretty up all my life making things up. I get kind of twitchy if I go without a day without writing and editing some of my fiction.
What authors do enjoy reading in your downtime?
I try to read as widely at as possible and keep an eye on the kinds of books that are selling well, although I always seem to be horribly behind on my reading list. I’ve just started reading ‘Game of Thrones’ by GRR Martin, as I was interested in the hype and fancied a medieval-style romp. Recently, I’ve been relaxing with the work of some of my fellow m/m writers, including Megan Derr, Tara Lain, and Melanie Tushmore.
How important is the beginning chapter - the opening - the first few lines?
Absolutely crucial. Without doubt it’s the part of the novel I spend the most time on. It took me about three weeks to draft the original first chapter of Bound to the Beast. Then I spent ages fiddling, before totally revamping when my editor (rightly) pointed out the book would benefit from a prologue. It was worth every minute though. If you can’t hook the reader in the first few lines, all hope is lost!
In what order do you write? For example starting beginning to end, combining parts, in random order or in development cycle?
Usually beginning to end, although more than once I’ve started the story in slightly the wrong place, so had to go back and add extra scenes. Whoops!
You are called upon, at a school, to tell those interested in becoming an author, all the ins and outs of good writing skills and getting published. What are the three important elements in writing, publishing and promoting that you would give them?
I’m pretty new to this world, so wouldn’t consider myself an expert. I once attended a lecture by the great Terry Pratchett entitled something like, ‘What are you doing sitting here listening to me when you should be at home writing.’ It’s the best advice you can give. So that’s my first element: write. Secondly, you must love it. If you love writing, you will persist through the hard parts when you want to chuck it all in, and there are a lot of those moments. If you love it, you will persist, naturally seek the help you need, so learn and improve. Thirdly: The rest (publishing/promoting) will follow, if you’re prepared to do a heck of a lot of hard work.
Do you plot out each chapter? Or are you a seat of the pants writer?
I usually have a strong idea what’s going to happen and do a bit of planning in a notebook, usually concerning character goals and conflicts. But I love how the writing process becomes organic once you start typing, and unexpected elements always flow in. You can never completely control how you want your characters to behave.
Do you listen to music while you write? If so what are your favorites Artists and or albums?
Eeeeeep, no, never! I know a lot of writers find music hugely inspirational when they work, but I have to have silence to concentrate. Kinda dull, but that’s the way I work.
Out of all your characters which one do you identify the most with and why?
There’s a character called Ann in ‘Bound to the Beast,’ who comes across as quite downtrodden at first, but underneath, she’s got some bite. Out of all the characters I’ve written, she’s probably the most like me, although her life has been much harder. I think Tam has a few of my characteristics too. He talks a lot!
Out of all your books, do you have a favorite book/character(s)? What is it about that particular book/character that you enjoy so much?
I can’t take responsibility for inventing him completely, but I do adore
. A brooding, tortured hero with antlers. What’s not to love? Herne
Do you have a book that you you just cringe? If so, which one is it, and why?
I’ve only two books out and they feel like my babies still, so I couldn’t cringe at either of them. There’s some fanfic I’ve written in my dim and distant past that I’d rather forget though.
What are your writing goals for the future?
Just keeping writing! I’ve just contracted my third book, Catching Kit, which is my first contemporary paranormal, with
My next two projects are an angsty sci-fi shifter
m/m and the third Loose Id. novel. I hope to get
those done before the end of the year, and that’s about as far ahead as I can
Now a few fun questions:
How would you describe yourself using only five words?
Lucky, friendly, anxious, untidy, ambitious.
If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?
As an author: TREE PORN AND KINKY ANTLER SEX AHEAD.
As a person: Sorry but I might get on your nerves by apologizing too much.
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Oh plenty. I enjoy fangirling my favorite bands and TV shows. Last year, I went to 16 Take That concerts, travelling to 5 different
Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.
Despite the fact I write about love and romance, my husband and I forgot our wedding anniversary this year!
If you could go any place in the world and to any time period, what place or time period would you choose to visit?
The 60s looked pretty damn cool. I’d like to go to a few swinging
parties back then,
wearing some cute boots and a very short miniskirt. As a historian, I wouldn’t want to go too
much further back. The two world wars
fascinate me, but would have been terrifying - much like all pre-20th-century
hygiene and medical care. London
What is your favorite super power and why do you want it?
Is being able to write faster a super power? If so, I want that one. Otherwise, I’m not too fussed. I’d rather leave saving the world to those better qualified for glory.
Bound to the Beast by Kay BerrisfordGenres: m/m, Historical, Fantasy, Paranormal, BDSM.
Art work by Anne Cain
Herne could be the lover Tam secretly craves, but Herne’s past makes him fear the brooding warrior will enslave or kill him. While
As the threat rises,
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