Ruby Release: Caught on Camera by Kim Law
Posted by Liz Talley Nov 1 2012, 12:01 am in Ruby Release
In case dedicated Ruby readers haven’t noticed, the Rubies have been busy. Lots of releases this week, and today I’m super excited for a debut release from Kim Law – Caught on Camera!
I finished Caught on Camera a few days ago, and let me tell you…it’s good. And even better, it’s got this old school romance feel about it, but witth updated, clean, non-cliched writing. Sexy, wealthy man? Check. Beautiful heroine with a secret? Check. Family complications, conniving women and an unsuspecting subplot about the mistakes we make and the things we can’t change about ourselves? Check.
Overall, this book is sexy rollercoaster with a message about embracing who you are and not hiding behind what you think you should be. So, yay, Kim! You’ve given romance readers a perfect read.
So I had some questions for Kim because we writers always want to know about process, publishers and plot, Oh, my!
- Before you tell us about the actual book, tell us a bit about your journey to publication. How many books had you written before selling? Why was this one the one that piqued the interest of your publisher?
Oh goodness. I think this was my fifth full book, but it was the first single title length that I wrote. And before I wrote it, I wasn’t sure I could pull off that many words! Now it seems that everything I write, I have to be very careful or I end up with it being way too long.
As for what it was about this one that garnered interest (finally), I think it was that it felt very “contemporary.” That’s what both my agent and editor have said about it, so I’m guessing that’s it. I tried to come up with a plot that was something you might find in the news today, and then I worked hard to make sure the characters sounded like and acted like people I know in real life. Also, it had a lot of different threads running through it, and I think that helped with getting it attention too.
2. So since there are many writers who pop into the Ruby blog, tell us about working with Montlake. What have you enjoyed the most about working with your publisher?
I LOVE WORKING WITH MONTLAKE!!! Of course, I have nothing to compare it to, but I love that the authors themselves really seem to matter to the team. I’ve heard all kinds of stories where people sometimes feel like they aren’t “important” to the process. Huh? How can the person who writes not matter in the grand scheme of things? But with Montlake, I really feel like they value me—almost as they would a customer—and are doing everything they can to make me happy.
3. So , I love the name Vega J How do you pick your character names? Are you super picky? Or do you go with the first one you land upon?
Uh…super picky. About everything! For this book, I wanted her to have a really unique name. I needed her to be a bit exotic feeling and anything but common. I can’t remember exactly where I was searching, but I was looking up names while online with a friend one day, and I remember tossing a few at her for her reaction. She knew the character at this point, and she’s as picky as me when it comes to names, so I knew she’d be a big help. When I landed on Vega, we both immediately loved it so I knew that was it! She reminded me today that a short time later they used that name on the show Castle and it ticked me off. J I apparently forgot about that, but just know that I did not steal the name from Castle!
4. So as a Ruby, I know you’re transitioning into becoming a full time writer, and since I know you always have a plan, how are you transitioning? Will you stick to a writing schedule?
Ah, you do know me well. Of course I have a writing schedule planned out! Heck, if I’m not careful I’ll have every minute of the day planned out. So here’s my plan…take the first two weeks to get used to it, but also, I’m doing a lot of traveling for those two weeks. The second week I’ll be at a writing retreat, so by the time I get back home I’ll be once again fully immersed in writing. Then I’ll continue getting up as if I’m going to work, spend some early morning time online at the Ruby blog and other places, then give myself two three-hour sessions of writing a day. I’ll probably have to use the Freedom program to keep myself off the internet because I’m a superhero at procrastination. And I have to make this work!!! I do not want to have to get another job again!!!
5. So tell us what is up next for you in terms of books? When can we get our paws on the next Kim Law book?
You won’t have to wait long! I have my second book coming out this year on Christmas Day! It’s a bit different than CAUGHT ON CAMERA in that the sexy times aren’t quite as juicy, but it’ll still feel like a Kim Law book. 🙂 It’s called SUGAR SPRINGS, and will be book one in a series of books set in the fictional town of Sugar Springs, Tennessee.
I love peeking into your process, Kim. I KNOW how differently you write from, say, me…since I attended one of your workshops with enough spreadsheets to scare the devil out of me….and there’s lots of devil in there…but I love seeing how different writers reward readers with books created in very different ways. It’s pretty obvious to me, your process works well for you. Thanks for sharing a little bit about your journey 🙂
So, now, who wants a copy? Below is the official blurb and link to buy the book on amazon.
Scandal meets seduction when America’s golden guy falls for a woman with secrets.
Beautiful Vega Zaragoza learned the hard way that sex and the spotlight don’t mix. Now the former model makes her living behind the camera, working as a videographer to escape public scrutiny. But when Vega gets a shot at her dream job, one that puts her back in the public eye, she must choose: continue to play it safe or gamble everything to go toe-to-toe—and heart-to-heart— with the city’s most eligible bachelor.
JP Davenport is the golden boy of American politics, rumored to be the governor’s 1st choice for Georgia’s open senatorial seat. Charming and gorgeous, he is also fiercely private, with a string of romantic conquests a mile long. Now he wants to add Vega to their ranks. And he will do anything to have her. Vega should know better than to trust a man like him. But kiss by heated kiss, she discovers this man may be worth the risk.
NOW, a question. Since Kim has recently reinvented herself with a new official day job, and Vega must reinvent herself after scandal, who would you become if you had to start all over again, leaving your old life for a new one?