An Outlaw In Her Bed – Interview with author Kastil Eavenshade

The setting of Kastil’s romance gives the tale aAn Outlaw in Her Bed Cover Final 1600x2500  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:

  1. 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..
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. What question do you wish someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here: What is your dream outlaw?
  10. 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.