terriluvsbooks talks to L.K. Shaw

LK and I met through Space Coast Book Lovers. She is as passionate about her writing as her hunky men are about the women they love.
*** Read to the end and see LK’s new cover reveal***
If you weren’t a writer, what would be your dream job? I’d love to be one of those people on the travel channel who gets to travel to far away countries and explore the culture there. Yeah, that would be pretty amazing!
Where do your ideas come from? Most times, they’re sparked by another book I’m writing. And sometimes my first idea isn’t the final product.
What is the best writing advice have you received and what would you advise new writers? The best writing advice I’ve ever received is to read A LOT, especially the genre you write. Reading gets the creative juices flowing, and it helps you to become a better writer. My advice to new writers would be to invest the money into an edit and cover designer. Even if that means you have to wait until you save the money before you publish. A well-edited book and a cover designer who knows the market for your genre could mean the difference in whether people buy, and recommend, your books to others.
Tell us all the genres you write. I write romantic suspense with kink/BDSM, as well as contemporary romance
Do you consider yourself a pantser or a plotter?  Total pantser. I tried to outline and plot a short, holiday novella featuring all 4 couples from my series. By the time I was finished, I realized I’d completely forgotten to include 1 of the couples.
Describe your dream vacation. My dream vacation would be traveling around Europe
How do you decide on names for your characters? I try to use letters of the alphabet I haven’t used yet. Then, I just come up with random names. I’ve learned to Google the name to see if there are famous people with the same name. If so, I change it.
Describe any writing rituals you use. Hmmm, none that I can think of.
What snacks do you eat while you write? Do you listen to music? If so what kind? Lots of chocolate. I used to listen to music when I wrote. I wrote 7 books listening to music. During the last book, it was such a mentally exhausting endeavor that required utter focus and concentration that I had to shut the music off. Ever since then, any time I try to listen to music to write, I can’t.
What is the last book you read and why did you choose it? The last book I read was War of Hearts by Julia Sykes because I’m lucky enough to call her my critique partner. Her books are amazing, so I’m ecstatic each time she writes one, because I get to see it first. The last book I read “just because” was The Barbarian’s Bride by Loki Renard, because she writes super hot spanking stories
What was the first book you remember reading? I don’t remember the title, but it was one of Richard Scarry’s Little Golden children’s book. It might have been The Best First Book Ever
You can only have five books on your bookshelf. What are they and why? Dakota Desire by Dana Ransom because that was the first romance novel I ever read and it was the one that started them all. Knight by Julia Sykes because it was so powerful and empowering, Making Faces by Amy Harmon because it is the only book that has ever made me ugly cry, Sweet Lullaby by Lorraine Heath because that book had the sweetest underdog hero of any book I’ve ever read, and Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas because it was a book that had me rooting for the “villain” who turned into the best hero.
Your other job is in the health industry. What is it about the healing world that calls to you and how does that influence your writing? I’ve always wanted to do something meaningful for people and working in health care allows me to do that. I’m not sure how it influences my writing other than the fact that for some people, reading is meaningful. It allows them to forget about their worries for a short period of time by falling into a story.
Who is Miss P and can we see a picture?
Oh, Miss P. Miss P, real name, Penny, is my food-loving, attention-seeking, high maintenance dog. I adopted her from my local shelter 6 years ago today, in fact, when she was 7 months old.

On your Amazon page, you said, “hot alpha heroes and the strong women they love.” Why is this important to you and how do you define alpha heroes and strong women. To me, alpha heroes are strong, dominant men who are bad ass and take charge and strong women can hold their own against their alpha male. I want women to read my books and know that women are powerful in their own right.
To find out more about LK’s books check out her Amazon page.

And Now, Without Further Ado…

 

SAY YES 
LK Shaw
 
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On March 1, Say Yes will only be available in KU, so get your copy today!
 
Blurb:
Friends make the best lovers. Or so Casey Santiago thinks.
For ten years, she’s lived with the memories of an abusive childhood. Now, she’s ready to make new ones. Who better to help her than her best friend, Philip Maxwell?
When she approaches him with her shocking proposal, he hesitates. Sex complicates things.
Can Casey convince Philip that their friendship is strong enough to withstand anything, including falling in love?
Thank you, LK. 
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