The Fantastic Blog Hop: Introducing…

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Crimson M. Kildare and Kat Marlow are good friends who decided to take their friendship and their creative camaraderie and turn it into a fabulous writing partnership.

Kat lives in a beautiful little town in one of those picturesque American coastal states. She is a lover of films, t.v., books, music and comedy as well as football and baseball. She especially loves sci-fi and like so many of us has a special place in her heart for Star Wars and Star Trek. She is a proud geek and collector of sci-fi toys and memorabilia. Her professional dreams, aside from the success of her books is to get a job writing in Hollywood for, tv., films or comic books! She has a truly stellar personality, warm, funny, kind hearted and honest. She’s the best friend you could hope for and a great partner.

Crimson lives in one of those picturesque Midwestern American states in the suburb of a large city. Like Kat she’s over 21 and ready to meet life head on.  She lives with her family, sans pets due to the terror of allergies. She’s also a lover of books, films, t.v., music, art and especially sci-fi fantasy, adventure and romance. Her first favorite book was Alice in Wonderland, her first favorite film was The Wizard of Oz, her first favorite song was Afternoon Delight by  Starland Vocal Band and her current favorite is In The Mood as made famous by Glen Miller, although she also favors versions done by the Puppini Sisters and Brian Setzer and his Orchestra.

These women are eclectic and unpredictable and full of excitement for their future.


Q & A with two WRITE STARS:

1.  What was your favorite chapter to write and why?

Together: It’s still a work in progress, so we’re still not far enough along to say.

2.  What old/new author has garnered your attention the most?

Kat: It’s a tie between John & Carole Barrowman, and Troy Denning. The Barrowmans because I’m loving their Hollow Earth series and Mr. Denning because the book I’m currently reading and the next book on my list are a couple of his Star Wars spinoff novels.

Crimson: There simply isn’t just one. Current authors that have my deep respect are Anne Rice, Laurell K. Hamilton and Jim Butcher. Past authors would be George Sand, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and so on.

3.  Which author do you feel your stories are most like?

Crimson: Oh wow, I feel a bit hesitant to compare myself to another author, that seems a bit self-aggrandizing, but in flavor and style perhaps a blending of Rice, Hamilton and Tolkien.

Kat: (nods) Yeah, I would agree with that.

4.  Did you learn anything from writing your book(s) and what was it?

Crimson: Writing is great fun, but it’s also work and endings are hard!

Kat: The latter two for sure! (laughs) The most important to me is learning how to collaborate and compromise, because I always worked alone before. We’re lucky that we’re on the same wavelength, so any conflicts are pretty rare.

Crimson: Oh wow, it’s all true, but she’s such a saint for saying that. Let it be known Kat Marlow is the best partner, she’s endlessly generous and I love her for it.

Kat: Aww… thanks, partner! (grins)

Crimson: You’re welcome, Love, gods know you’ve earned it. 😉

5.  What is your writing process?  Do you follow a regular routine?

Together: We write together each day for about five hours and if we have time, we play together (a game) for a couple after that. We each listen to music or play a movie or TV softly in the background to inspire our muse and we discuss things as we go. We write together in real time and also do separate editing, suggestions and note exchanges.

6.  Tell me about your muse?

Crimson: My muse is a gorgeous, androgynous, omnisexual, passionate being who loves mystery, magic, the paranormal, the spooky, the adventurous and romantic; a lover of high drama and grand gestures.

Kat: My muse is beautiful, omnisexual, passionate, daring, adventurous, and magical. It has an operatic flair for the dramatic and romantic.

7.  What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Crimson: For me, it’s been finding the time and energy to work on it on a regular basis. I have both a family and some serious health issues that can make that tough. Also keeping the muse on track and steering the muse away from bopping off to something else.

Kat: Figuring out where to take the story next and pacing can be pretty hard as well. Finding time can also be difficult, and writer’s block is the worst!

8.  Do you have any advice for other writers?

Crimson: The same advice I am always giving myself: Take your work very seriously, have patience, and be willing to put in the time and effort it takes to be polished and successful.

Kat: Always follow your passion, and don’t ever give up. The work can be hard and frustrating at times, but if you stick with it, the finished product will be worth it.

9.  Are there certain characters you would like to work with again, or a theme/idea you’d love to work with?

Crimson: This current story we’re working on is the first of a series of at least three, so we’re sure to be working with these characters for quite a while! Kat is interested in writing another steampunk novel. This series is a kind of sci-fi/fantasy/steampunk mash-up.

Kat: My ultimate dream is to write spinoff novels for Torchwood and Star Wars.

10.  What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?  What has been the best compliment?

Crimson: The worst criticism was that all my story concepts are too similar, and the best compliment was that my gift for description is so sharp that the depictions on the page play like a movie in the head of my readers. That was a lovely thing to hear.

Kat: That I do too many run-on sentences, which is true! (giggles) I guess the best compliment was someone saying how swept away they were by the emotion in my writing. I always strive to take the readers on an emotional journey, so I was very pleased by that.

Please VISIT these other blogs today.  Kat and Crimson have a different interview with each one on the hop.    While you’re there take a moment to LIKE their page.  They are all WRITE STARS in my book. 


Juli Page Morgan:

Crimson Kildare and Kat Marlow:

Check back tomorrow as the FABULOUS BLOG HOP stops here again with another WRITE STAR to be premiered…. Author KRISTEN DUVALL