|Ruth D. Kerce, Author|
I am excited to present my interview with my BFF, author Ruth D. Kerce. We have known each other for more years than I can count these days. For over eleven years we lived in the same town and belonged to the same writing groups, first the Cactus Rose Chapter of RWA in Las Vegas, NV and then Desert Rogues, a writing group we founded in Henderson, NV.
Since the end of 2005 we have lived close to 2000 miles apart, Ruth still in Nevada and me now in Florida. However, that hasn't stopped our friendship, as we keep in daily contact with each other via email and occasional lengthy phone calls (yes, we can talk for hours).
Years ago I gave up writing and started painting. After 150 paintings (landscapes and still-lifes in acrylics and oils) and a few art gallery showings, I set aside my paint brushes and went back to writing. I owe (blame?) Ruth for nudging (nagging?) me to get my books out there. So four books later I have Ruth to thank for my being a published Indie Author. That said, this interview is all about Ruth and her success as an author.
1. We've known each other since 1994. Do you remember how we met?
Oh, yes. (I think; correct me if my memory strays - LOL). We met at a writers' workshop at a hotel/casino. We were sitting right next to each other. I was writing a western historical romance at the time and you were writing a contemporary romance (wasn't it?). We hit it off immediately from what I remember. Then we re-met through an RWA Chapter meeting. You'd started a western historical by then. Our friendship was pretty much sealed after that and remained strong, even after you moved out of state.
2. When did you first decide you wanted to write?
I've been writing stories/poetry since the third grade, but I decided this was what I wanted to do professionally in 1986, I think it was. I started writing a privateer historical romance with a friend of mine. I later gave her that book, after I moved to another state, and began writing a story of my own. I didn't end up published until 2001, with that same western historical romance that I was working on when you and I first met, Teri. That novel and a contemporary holiday novella were published in the same year by two different publishers. Both books originally were non-erotic, but after I got my rights back on them several years later, I expanded and eroticized (I don't think that's actually a word, but hey...) both of them and eventually got them republished at Ellora's Cave under slightly different titles.
3. Tell us about your first book.
I'll tell you about the first book that I had published with Ellora's Cave in 2004. That's when my first erotic book came out and erotic romance is all that I write now, so I feel that was the real start of my career. That first book was "Xylon Warriors I: Initiation" and it's about Warriors from the planet Xylon who come to Earth to find a DNA-compatible woman for breeding purposes, as most of the women on Xylon have become sterile. The evil Egesa (nasty creatures) are trying to stop the Warriors, because they want to destroy Xylon and reign supreme in the universe. The first book follows Braden Koll, a Class One Warrior, and his relationship with an Earth woman, Alexa Sandor.
4. When/why did you decide to go with EC & Changeling?
Ellora's Cave was recommended to me by another wonderful author, Michele Bardsley. She had started writing for them and told me that I should submit something, because I was "almost" writing erotic romance as it was. I came up with Xylon Warriors especially for Ellora's Cave. I knew that futuristic series books did well with them. Also, since this was my first stab at "erotic," I felt I could do a better job with a science fiction or paranormal story, than a contemporary. I'd been writing science fiction for fun for many years, so it was a natural fit. I submitted in 2003 and the book was released in 2004.
After that, my former Ellora's Cave editor began working for Changeling Press when they opened. They needed a romantic suspense story to round out their catalog and she knew that I had a couple of romantic suspense shorts, so she asked me to pitch a story. I pitched two of them, and she accepted the second one - "Lady of the Night" - this became the first novella in my Undercovers serial, now a 4-novella collection.
5. "Xylon Warriors I: Initiation" is free thru June 3rd. Tell us a bit about this series.
Yes, the first book in the series is free at Amazon, Ellora's Cave, All Romance Ebooks, Sony, and Kobo thru June 3rd. And I'm thrilled. There are currently 4 books in the series, with 2 more in the planning stages. Each book follows the relationship of one of the Warriors and their breeder-mate. The Xylons' way of life is very sexually oriented with various rites and ceremonies, many of which include menage encounters. However, their relationships are definitely all about love, caring, and a strong sense of duty to their people. They're fighting to survive and fighting to help Earth survive too.
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6. You have some sensual short stories that you've epubbed for $0.99/ea. You know I love those. What are they about? When is the next one coming out?
Thanks, Teri. These are fun, little contemporary shorts (other genres planned in the future) of around 5,000-7,000 words that follow the developing romantic relationship between two people, with a happily ever after (or a happy for now ending). They're not as fully erotic as my EC and Changeling stories, but more sensual, as you said. I'm not sure when the next one will be out, but I have many more planned, so watch for updates at my website at http://www.ruthkerce.com/ or for a complete listing of only these shorts, you can visit http://wildtemptation.com/ - which features all of my self-published titles.
7. "Virgin Seeks Bad-Ass Boy" is one of your best sellers in the US and "Adam 483: Man or Machine?" is one of your best sellers in the UK. What are those two about?
"Virgin Seeks Bad-Ass Boy" is a contemporary short story through Ellora's Cave, and is pretty much exactly what the title says. It's about a 20-something year old, looking to lose her virginity, and she wants a Bad-Ass Boy. This is pure fantasy, escapism and entertainment. However, the Bad-Ass Boy in this story actually does have a tender heart underneath, and they both get their happily-ever-after in the end. This story was included in two print anthologies -- "Good Girl Seeks Bad Rider" with additional stories by Vonna Harper & Lena Matthews and "The Hottie Next Door" with additional stories by Shiloh Walker and Elisa Adams. Both print anthologies are distributed through Simon & Schuster.
"Adam 483: Man or Machine?" is a science fiction novella through Ellora's Cave, about a man (or is he a machine?), working for a female captain aboard her ship, as her eroti-bot. He has a secret though, a secret that could get them both killed, unless they work together to survive. I'm really happy about how well this book has done in the UK, and it's slowly been picking up steam in the US too. It was included in the print anthology "Bedtime, Playtime" with additional stories by Jaid Black and Sheri L. King, distributed through Simon & Schuster.
Both the above books (as most of my ebooks/print novels) are available directly from the publisher or from online venders, such as Amazon, B&N, Sony, Kobo, & AllRomance Ebooks.
8. What books do you have planned for the future?
The next book planned is the 3rd book in my western, historical "Wanton" series (which incidentally starts with the first book I was writing when we met, Teri, now titled -- Wanton Temptation). After that, I'll be releasing the 5th book in the Xylon Warriors series, which is going to be Torque's story, who's probably the most Alpha of all the Warriors. I also hope to get out the 3rd book in my "Infernal Night" vampire, werewolf, undead series. And the second story in my "Passion & Hellfire" demon series. And... Geez, there's too many to list. I'm never out of ideas!
Thanks so much for interviewing me, Teri. It's been such fun. Readers can find me at http://www.ruthkerce.com/ or email me at email@example.com -- I'm also on Twitter @RuthKerce and FB at http://www.facebook.com/RuthDKerce -- let me know what you think of my stories! I love to hear from readers.
Ruth, thank you so much for this wonderful interview. You know I'm one of your biggest fans. Keep on writing, my friend.