Everything You Didn't Want to Know About Me

I'm probably going to put more here than you wanted to know but then I tend to do that.  

Let's see, I was raised in a one-room shack in the wilds of Montana, never having seen civilization until my parents were killed in a random bear attack.  Afterwards, my siblings and I were forced to subsist on twigs and berries and lived as rabid animals among the wolves until hunters found us and were forced to tranquilize us in order to turn us over to social services.

Not really but that would be a cool story.  In truth, I was born in California.  My family moved around a lot when I was little so we've lived in a few states before settling in Colorado almost 16 years ago and it is here that I have happily existed.  For the most part. Betty Boop

I've always known that I wanted to be a writer.  My earliest memories were of re-writing and adding to the plot of my mom's soap operas.  I would invent new characters and new scenarios to thrust the characters into.  It was a fun game that I played every night before I went to bed.  Truthfully, when I was younger, I thought that I was going to move to New York and write for General Hospital.

When I was about 13, I discovered a Harlequin novel in my junior high library (hey, it was California!) and from that moment on, I was hooked.  I read everything that I could get my greedy little paws on.  Things really got interesting when I discovered all the good stuff.

I still read everything from historical to erotica.  Which is reflected in my eclectic writing style.  I love a good mystery, a drop-dead gorgeous vampire, a towering Alpha Were, sex in public places, and the sweeping ballrooms of Regency England.  

Some of my favorite authors are Nora Roberts, Jayne Ann Krentz, Lora Leigh, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lisa Kleypas, Nalini Singh, Julie Garwood, Angela Knight... I could go on but the list would be exhaustive.

WHEW!  All of that to tell you that right now I write romantic suspense, erotic romance, contemporary romance, and I'm currently dabbling in paranormal romance.  Sorry, kiddos, no historical for me.  Too much research.

All of my books are interracial romance.  It's a market that I think is seriously overlooked by New York publishing houses but flourishes thanks to smaller print pubs and e-pubs.  I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Sandra Kitt whose book 'The Color of Love' set me down this path.

As for my own books, I like to think of my heroines as funny, sarcastic, kick-ass chicks and my heroes as sexy, strong, and more than a match for their women.  My books are funny and interesting.  At least to me.  

I hope that you'll feel the same.

-Monica Kaye 

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