The setting of Kastil’s romance gives the tale a real “Oomph” …the Wild West background makes both the characters and the story line credible. So when I was asked to offer questions to Kastil, my first few questions pretty much focussed on the setting…
Here are the Qs & As:
- How did you become involved with the subject/theme of your book?
Thanks to my father, I learned to love a good western and always liked the outlaws living on the edge. Not quite without morals yet willing to take a life if necessary. I had also never written a western before so I took it as a challenge. Besides, I love history and the research that comes along with it..
- What is the biggest thing that people think they know about this book’s “wild west” setting, that isn’t so?
That’s there’s a showdown in the streets. While that trope works well in the movies, it’s not really accurate.
- What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Expanding the story, at least at first. The original draft had about 12,000 words. Every time I sat down with it, I couldn’t figure out how to add without it being just fluff. My muse didn’t let me down on those long drives to my 9 to 5 job.
- Which authors have inspired you?
I read several genres but as far as romance goes, I’d pick Connie Mason. She’s my go-to gal. She taught me the value of making sure you got the period right.
- Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two? Summarize your writing process.
I’m a pantser writer. The words tend to flow out in gobs from a singular idea. Depending on the type of book I’m reading, I’ll research as I go or sometimes, write it and then on the read through I make sure that I’ve got the facts right—especially on historicals. I find paranormal and fantasy have a lot more play in what you create than basing something on periods of time that are fixed in the real world.
- Of all the books (or stories) you’ve written, which would you prefer a reader to read first, in order to “get” you and your style?
I can be pretty snarky at times and love when I can put a little humor into books, though I’ve dabbled on the dark side too. The Romance Novel Book Club is more of me than I’d like to admit.
- What do your plans for future projects include?
I write all over the spectrum. Right now, I’m working on a m/m piece for a special anthology. After that, I have three pet projects to finish—the next naughty fairytale book in my Beowulf Hollow series, a young adult piece, and a historical pirate story.
- What books or films do you like to read/watch in your free time?
I’ve been really bad at reading books lately as I’ve been caught up on reading a few historical pieces online. Movies, however, are my escape. Beyond seeing Deadpool a few times in the theatre, I’ve been re-watching the Harry Potter series with my son plus the Spartacus series. I love the gladiator lore.
- What question do you wish someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here: What is your dream outlaw?
- Now, answer it.
A man with morals, for one. It’s all right to buck against the law when they’re in the wrong (and in the wild west, having a badge didn’t mean you weren’t corrupt) but to do it without regard to life just doesn’t mesh with me. He’s a man that needs a strong woman because sometimes tangling with the law means a life on the run. He loves as madly and deeply as I do and we’d do anything to protect each other.