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Interview with Sharon Kleve, Author of The Corny Myers Series
Sue Lyndon: Hi, Sharon! Tell us a little bit about your newest release.
Sharon Kleve: Klutzy Love is a Paranormal Romance and the third book in the Corny Myers Series. It takes you back to when Corny and Steve first meet.
Corny is a hot chick with a great job that she loves. All that changed in the blink of an eye when her boss had an accident involving an oversized rubber band. She’s still a hot chick, but her boss is dead.
Steve Spears is a seasoned narcotics cop who ends up wanting to strangle Corny on a regular basis. After finding out Corny’s dream of opening a pet detective business, he decides he doesn’t want a girlfriend who routinely puts herself in danger. That’s his job!
Corny misses Steve, but she’s getting on with her life. She decides to get a month’s worth of dating out of the way in a single night, by combining her three favorite things—men, food, and alcohol.
Steve’s big gun and cop’s intuition saves Corny’s life, but not from another trip to the emergency room. He makes Corny promise never to get hurt again—she agreed, but has her fingers crossed behind her back.
Sue Lyndon: Where can readers find your newest release?
Sharon Kleve: Klutzy Love is available on Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.
Sue Lyndon: If you could be the hero/heroine in any novel, who would it be and why?
Sharon Kleve: I'd love to be Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum. To have two sexy, dangerous men like Joe Morelli and Ranger fighting over me would be a girls dream.
My heroine in The Corny Myer Series is similar to Stephanie Plum, but with a psychic twist. She speaks to animals.
Sue Lyndon: Do you like to listen to music while you write?
Sharon Kleve: Yes, I absolutely have to have music on while I write. I still have a day job and even there I have a small radio that I keep on low while I work. I have very eclectic taste in music. I like to write to Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Madonna, and Taylor Swift. I love pop music from the 60's, and 70's like Atlanta Rhythm Section 'So In To You' and Bobby Bloom 'Montego Bay'.
Sue Lyndon: Coffee or tea?
Sharon Kleve: I'm a Starbucks snob, through and through. (Double, tall, soy, latte)
Sue Lyndon: What inspired you to start writing?
Sharon Kleve: Well, because the little voices in my head tell me to—seriously, I’ve always talked to myself—now I put the voices on paper.
I was a late bloomer and didn’t start my love of reading until I was in my twenties and then I couldn’t get enough of the wonderfully, smutty Harlequin books with really sexy hot guys on the cover.
I’ve worked in the government sector for fifteen years and always dreamed of having a job that I could work from home. This crazy idea came to me one night, after reading a particularly sizzling romance. Why not try my hand at writing one? So, out of the blue I told my husband I was going to write a Harlequin novel. He said, “Okay.”
I figured I’d read enough of them, I could write one—no problem. Eight thousand words later; I realized it was harder than I thought. I also realized, I wasn’t writing what I was most comfortable with—animals.
I put my Harlequin attempt on the back burner and started writing “The Boss from Hell”. My boss, who I adored, had been fired and his replacement was a living-terror. It was really easy to come up with material to write about and of course I threw in a bunch of romance and of course animals. Ninety thousand words later I was still optimistic that I could write for a living, but I’d need a lot of support, my cat couldn’t give me. The support came in the form of Romance Writers of America and all the people involved in the local chapter.
Several of the members of my local chapter read my book and made numerous suggestions, one of them came from an independent publisher—Books to Go Now. She told me to put the novel aside for now and try my hand at a short story. That’s where I incorporated the paranormal aspect to my writing and it really clicked for me.
I submitted ‘Flamingo Blues’, as a Christmas short story to Books to Go Now and I was offered my first contract. ‘Be Mine’, a Valentine short story, is book two of ‘The Corny Meyers Series’ and in addition to a contract, I won the holiday contest too. Woo hoo! Klutzy Love is book three of ‘The Corny Myers Series’, which came out in August 2012.
That's why I started writing….
Sue Lyndon: Where can others connect with you?
Sharon Kleve: http://www.sharonkleve.com/
Sue Lyndon: Tell us about your upcoming writing projects.
Sharon Kleve: I'll have the fourth book in The Corny Myers Series, St. Patrick with a Bite, completed soon. Also, Flamingo Blues, Be Mine and St. Patrick with a Bite will be published as an anthology later this year.
I'm especially excited about my recipe, "Lip Smacking Pork Roulade" was chosen to be in "Free Recipes from the Hottest Romance Authors Passionate Cooks." The cookbook will be offered for FREE on All Romance sites including AllRomance.com, OmniLit.com, and AReCafe.com beginning in October. A short biography along with my link to my website and ARe author page will be added at the bottom of my recipe page. In addition, they will feature Klutzy Love in their Wildfire newsletter during the month of October. The newsletter subscriber list is currently over 135,000.