Interview: Kayce Lassiter (by Kayce Lassiter)
Why did you decide to interview yourself? It’s a good gig…you know all the answers and you get to ask only the questions you want to answer. What’s not to love about that? (I’m not stupid.)
Where and when were you born and where do you call home? (You can leave the year off your birth date if you’d like.) DUH! Like that isn’t a no-brainer. LOL I have an August birthday, was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and still live close by in the Valley of the Sun (Valley of the Hotter Than Hell to those who have visited in the summer!).
Who’s your favorite author and Why? My favorite author is Janet Evanovich because she makes me laugh out loud. That’s who I want to be when I grow up!
If you were in a bar fight, would you be punching or holding jackets? I used to be a bartender. I would be holding jackets (in a pile on top of me on the floor behind the bar). My momma didn’t raise no fool! Punching gets you a broken nose.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Ohmigosh, there are so many writers who have helped me through the years, but I’d have to say the one I call “mentor” is Amanda Harte-Cabot. Aside from being a wonderful writer, she was the first to encourage me to try and she has unfailingly been there by my side the whole way…Amanda, you rock! Aside from Amanda, I also have to give a shout out to my critique group, the Butterscotch Martini Girls—Brit Blaise, Judi Thoman, Tina Gerow, Cassie Ryan, Dani Petrone, Kayla Janz, Lynne Logan, H.D. Thomson, Samantha Storm, Isabella Clayton, and Lisa Pietsch. These girls are the ones who keep me straight, prop me up when I start to lean, and drink with me when nothing else works.
Ever go out in public with your shirt on inside out, or slippers on, and when realizing it, just said screw it? Of course I have. What else can you do when you’re 50 miles from home and all you have on your feet is your slippers? Besides, I love to laugh and make others laugh and if wearing my shirt inside out brings a laugh to someone else, what’s the harm?
Are you a “domestic” person? Make your bed in the morning? Like to cook? Those of you who know me are laughing your butts off right now. Don’t lie…you are too. Domestic I’m not! My bed gets made when I know company is coming and if they just show up, my door gets closed and no one gets “the tour”. (So if you stopped by and didn’t get the tour, you now know why.) Cooking is something I believe should be reserved for those who can. My skill happens to be in ordering take-out.
Do you prefer fuzzy or tube socks? In the winter, I prefer fuzzy zany socks. In the summer, I prefer lightweight zany socks. (Sensing a pattern, are ya?) There is never a time for tube socks…they don’t come in zany!
Do you have a nickname? Through the years, I’ve been given a number of nicknames—most of which cannot be printed here without offending at least one person. But I think my most un-favorite nickname was one given to me in kindergarten, and that one was “Woody Woodpecker”. The inciting incident was one afternoon when I was playing with some neighbor kids and we were swinging on the vines of their weeping willow tree. My vine broke (yeah, I know…what were the chances of that?) and I cut my head open on a rock. My mother (the consummate clown) convinced the doctor that after they’d stitched and bandaged my head, they should leave a little topknot of hair hanging out the top. Yep, you got it…Woody Woodpecker’s topknot. (Mom, I still haven’t forgiven you for that! LOL)
What are your pet peeves? Bad drivers, cockroaches, weeds, telemarketers, tailgaters, braggarts, barstools that won’t swivel, toolbars that take over my computer, too few checkers at the store, snail mail, summer heat in Phoenix, and grocery store parking lots with two aisles in a row both designated to go the same direction (you know who you are!).
Coffee or tea? Favorite food? Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream? Coffee! Mexican food! And chocolate anything!
What is your favorite alcoholic bedtime drink? Yes! Oh wait…that wasn’t the question, was it? Did you miss the part about me being a Butterscotch Martini Girl?
Are you fun to go on vacation with? It all depends on where we are going. If it involves holding snakes or jumping out of airplanes, I’m not gonna be a real hoot. But if it involves little pink drinks with umbrellas in them or cowboys in tight jeans or horses, you’re gonna L-O-V-E me!
What actor or book character do you have a crush on? Kayla Janz is laughing her butt off over this one and wondering how the hell I managed to miss telling someone. The actor that makes my heart go barroomph-baroomph would have to be Sam Elliott, and Hugh Jackman runs him a damn close second. As for book characters that knock my socks off, without a doubt that would be Morelli or Ranger—and they vie for first place depending on which one is flirting with me (er…Stephanie Plum) that particular day. And for those of you who don’t know who Morelli and Ranger are, you have to pick up One for the Money by Janet Evanovich and begin your E-ticket ride!
If you couldn’t be an author, who or what would you want to be? Katherine Ross or Stephanie Plum. (The love interests for some of my favorite leading men…see previous question. LOL)
Have you ever read or seen yourself as a character in a book or a movie? Really? You have to ask? Who asks a writer that kind of question? DUH! (Refer back to previous two questions for the answer to this one.)
Where did your love of storytelling come from? I think I would have to say my family. My parents are deaf and my mother used to be president of the Phoenix Theater for the Deaf. So she is very animated and there isn’t anything that woman won’t do for a laugh! So she planted the seed and then the rest of the family pretty much gave me a lot of material to work with. They are very “colorful”…yep, all of ‘em! Pretty much a loveable freak show without the tent. LOL
What does your family think of your writing? They love it, as long as it isn’t about them. My son has a great deal of difficulty reading my romance books because he’s always afraid I’m going to throw him a curve and put a love scene on the next page that will make him want to stab himself in the forehead with a fork. Yet he delights in telling people that his mother writes “smut”. He got the smart-alec gene.
Have you ever found true love? I find it daily in every romance book I read and in real life too. One thing I have found is that “true love” comes with many faces…sometimes it wears the face of a boyfriend or husband, sometimes the face of a mother or father or grandparent, sometimes the face of a sibling, and sometimes the face of a dear friend. But the wonderful thing is that life gives us all many opportunities to find it…all we have to do is be open to it. Have you found yours today?
Are you jealous of other writers? Insanely!
Have you ever hated something you wrote? No…everything I write is perfect (NOT). Yes, I have, and you’ll see it when pigs fly! LOL
What was the toughest criticism given to you as an author? The best compliment? I think the toughest criticism given to me came from my mother when she first heard I was writing romance. She looked at me with a perplexed expression and just as serious as could be and asked, “What do you know about romance?” HUH? How the heck do you answer that? Funny thing is, I think I’ve asked myself that same question dozens of times since. LOL The best compliment is actually a toss-up between two comments that came just within the last few weeks. The first was when a friend who read one of my blogs commented that it brought to mind Erma (OMG!!!) Bombeck and another was when a good friend emailed me to ask if I had ever read Janet Evanovich. She said she had just finished Explosive Eighteen and the story and writing reminded her of mine. HOLY FREAKING COW! You should have been there for the squeeing and happy dancing on both occasions! If I could only aspire to be half as funny and witty as either of those women, I would die a happy author!
Would you slay a dragon or tame it? If it didn’t turn my butt into a fried fritter first, I’d probably try to tame it. I don’t believe in slaying dragons…unless they’re the mean ones with halitosis and warts on their noses that don’t like anything but virgins. I’m just sayin’…
Is anything in your stories based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Ah, the age-old question: fact or fiction? Well, it’s a bit of both. You take a real-life experience, crush it to death until it morphs into something totally unrecognizable, then you add the dialogue you “wish you had said at the time”, do all the illegal (and sometimes immoral) things you were dying to do at the time but knew you’d never get away with, you add a composite of some of the people you’ve loved and hated through the years, and win the perfect man of your dreams that you wish you were with today…and, voile…fiction!
If your characters could speak for themselves, what would they say? Help! I’m trapped and she won’t let me out!
Do you write an outline before every book you write? Nope. I have always been what they refer to as a “pantser”…but I’m hoping to change that one day because flying by the seat of your pants shaves years off your life.
How many people have you killed over the course of your career? None…yet. But don’t mess with me—there’s always a first time!
Where and when do you prefer to do your writing? I’m a weekend warrior. I’ll take an entire day and drag my laptop to a restaurant to write. I like to start the day at one of the local Village Inns, where their fabulous wait staff always keeps the coffee coming. Then I move to Dillon’s at the Zoo and write through lunch and dinner. When the weather is good, I like to sit on the patio, which borders the flamingo enclosure. My favorite bartenders make sure I have enough libations to keep the writing juices flowing. If I get writers block, I watch people or flamingos for a while and something I see will generally trigger an opening…and if not, the drinks are good!
Do you ever write in your PJ’s or naked? I edit at home, so I sometimes do my editing in PJ’s. As for writing naked…not any more…Village Inn won’t allow it and the flamingos at Dillon’s make me nervous when naked.
What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer? Is this a trick question? You can’t be sane and be a writer! Who came up with this question?
What will you do when the zombies come? Haven’t you seen any of the movies? You have to pretend to be one, but be a slow walker so you end up at the back of the pack and then when they aren’t looking, run like hell the other way.
Do you really go around in a corset, high heels, and a whip, subjugating men? Uh…no. (That’s the story I’m goin’ with!)
Do you have any advice for other writers? Yeah, if you’re sane, stay that way and pick something easy like lion tamer or bronc buster. If you’re not, welcome to my world!
Where can your readers stalk you? Okay, the word “stalk” makes me a little itchy. But if you’re not a forty year old man living in your mother’s basement with her body in the freezer, playing video games in your tighty whities and cutting letters out of magazines and pasting them into notes, then please…stop by and say hi.
Blog: www.happilyeverafterthoughts.com (every other Friday)
www.butterscotchmartinigirls.com (in process of being revamped)
Before you go, what can you tell us about your latest projects? I just released my first single-title novel, Katie’s Rock. It’s a story about a single mother forced to choose between two brothers—will she choose the perfectionist with trust issues or the younger brother who seems to always want what his brother has? I also just released a short story—Midnight on the Double-B, which introduces a four book series which I am currently shopping with the New York publishers. This short story and the subsequent books feature Delta Jane, a feisty fairy godmother who rides a Harley, wears cowboy hats and boots, and has a tattoo on her shoulder that says, “Bite Me, Cowboy!” I will keep you posted on the fate of this series, but be sure you pick up a copy of Midnight on the Double-B and get your introduction to Delta…just $.99 on Amazon right now.
I want to add one more thank you to this blog posting…a huge thanks to Lisa Pietsch for her fabulous Social Media Superstar Handbook, which I stole from shamelessly for the questions for this interview. Thanks, Lisa!
Well, that’s my story, baseless and bonkers, and I’m stickin’ to it. Hang on tight now, cuz’ we’re gonna go real, real fast!