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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Author Interview: Kaye Spencer

EQ Welcomes Kaye Spencer

EQ: Welcome to EQ! Tell us a little bit about yourself!

KAYE: Thank you for inviting me over for an interview today. I'm romance author, Kaye Spencer. In my early days of publishing, I wrote under the pen name, A.L. Debran. I write steamy romances from my basement hovel in a small, rural town in the far southeastern corner of Colorado. I tend to break into spontaneous singing from Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, and La Bohème (no, I don’t speak French, I sing along phoenetically). Shakespeare quotes occasionally roll off my tongue, and I speak 'movie lines' especially from my favorite movie, The Princess Bride. To the dismay of my long-suffering family and two dogs, I am afflicted with ACD—accumulative cat disorder—with no cure in sight. I am a review editor for Joyfully Reviewed, and I take on occasional manuscript editing projects. I retired from a long career in education in June of 2012, and I'm enjoying being a full-time writer and spoiler of grandchildren.

EQ: If your novel was adapted into a movie and won an Oscar for best screenplay, what would you say in your acceptance speech?

KAYE: This is a fun question, because my life-long writing dream is to see my name beside the words "Based on the novel by" in the credits of a major motion picture. So here's my Oscar speech:

The author—the writer—conceives the idea that becomes the words of the story or screenplay, but it is the director and actors who interpret those words in their own unique ways that brings the screenplay to life. Clint Eastwood, without your direction, my story would not have become the screenplay and ultimately the Oscar winning movie that you made it. And congratulations to Gerard Butler for your Best Actor win and my deepest admiration for understanding the inner darkness that drove my hero. And to Anne Hathaway… Congratulations to you as well, because you so richly deserved the Best Actress Oscar for portraying my heroine with all the spunk and never-give-up attitude I wrote into her character. Thank you all.

EQ: Who or what has had the biggest influence on your writing?

KAYE: I grew up immersed in all things western on a cattle ranch, from not missing an episode of any western television show to going to the local theater to watch John Wayne on the big screen. But, my biggest influencers on my writing were Louis L’Amour’s novels and Marty Robbins’ gunfighter ballads. This is where I truly acquired my love of the OldWest—truths and myths alike—which is the genre I’m drawn to for creating stories. I’m most comfortable with writing in historical settings as opposed to contemporary. I like the challenges of working the plot around the inconveniences of the past.

EQ: What is the biggest risk you’ve taken in your writing?

KAYE: I haven’t taken my biggest risk yet, but it’s just around the corner. I’m going to jump into the self-publishing arena. I’m planning on Indie-pubbing a novella length historical romance that is in final edits right now.

EQ: Tell us a little bit about your most recent release.

KAYE: My latest release is a short story called Gifts to Treasure. It’s one of 15 stories in an anthology offered by Exquisite Quills (A Holiday Anthology, Vol. 1 available for FREE download here: Smashwords: Gifts to Treasure is about ‘getting by’ during the American Great Depression. The hero, Mike, finds himself disinherited, homeless, and bitter at having his playboy lifestyle snatched from his grasp. He is now just one of countless men hopping freight trains for a free ride from somewhere, going nowhere. Then an encounter with two young fatherless children on a snowy Christmas Eve causes him to reassess what is important in his life. This story is ripe for expansion, which I hope to accomplish before the end of this year.

Check out these titles by Kaye Spencer:
Lonely Places
Gunslingers & Ghostriders
In the Cards, the Vampire Oracle: Life
The Dance
Gambling with Love
Get Branded
Gifts to Treasure (short story in an anthology)

Kaye Spencer's Links:

Twitter handle - @kayespencer

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Jane Quinn said...

Oh, Kaye, I love the premise of your story, Gifts to Treasure. And I love your choice of music, Phantom, etc. Thanks for coming to EQ's interviews.

Kaye Spencer said...

Thank you, Jane.

Rose Anderson said...

I love Marty Robbins' ballads! I'll have to hunt some down now. :) Enjoyed the interview Kaye. Best luck.

Kaye Spencer said...


Marty Robbins' music always makes my list for "What music would you take with you on a deserted island?"