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November CSR Discussion Day: When Opportunity Knocks by kbois


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This month's feature was a mix of so many characters, pets, and details that you needed a LONG month and a bit of a holiday to finish it all. I hope you enjoyed kbois' story, When Opportunity Knocks! Make sure you add your comments below, but first, you get to enjoy this interview. 

I say, I say… who does it better, the chicken or the chicken hawk?

Well, the chicken hawk has better eyesight, but chicken tastes better, and there are so many ways to cook it, so I’d have to go with the chicken.

What's your favorite room in your house? Do you plot or write there?

Probably my living room. It’s where I spend the most time and do most of my writing. I don’t usually plot out a story. Occasionally, I will jot down ideas for future chapters, but I write by the seat of my pants.

If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

WTF? How did I get here?

Which is your stories that you’ve written is your favorite and why?

I’m rather fond of my first story, A Tattoo for Lex. The general plot and characters banged around my head for a few years before I got the guts to write it all down. Looking back, the writing level makes me cringe, but hey, not horrible for a first-time writer. My current series is what I’m most proud of. It’s made me grow as a writer and taken my skills to a higher level.

Do you think characters or the plot is the most important part of a story, and why?

Definitely the plot. It’s what molds the characters. You can have the most personable character on the planet, but if your plot sucks, it’s not going to engage the readers the way a story is supposed to, and so often, the plot is crucial to how a character delivers a line or expresses emotion.

Your stories are a mix of genres. Do you have a preferred genre to write?

No. I write whatever floats my boat at the moment. I like trying new genres. It gives me a chance to stretch my writing wings. I really enjoy the anthologies and other challenges GA offers. They provide a platform to try something new without committing to a full-length story. Romance will always be my go-to. It just might also include some shifters, vampires, or a snarky-ass devil once in a while.

The names in When Opportunity Knocks cracked me up. Is that all author fun or do you actually know parents who are that crazy?

It’s all author fun. I have a blast making these things up. Although I did have a co-worker once who wanted to give all her kids aviation names, which is where I got the idea. Her first boy was Jet. I have no idea if she had more kids later or if she continued the theme. On a side note, my beta, Danilo Syrtis, nearly always picks up the hidden meanings behind some of the names I choose.

There are several pups in this story. Do you have a lot of pets in real life or just indulge in stories?

I was pet-deprived growing up. Once I was married, we got a dog who was with us for thirteen and a half years. After we moved to Florida, I wanted to go to the shelter to get an adult dog, medium size but instead got suckered into taking in a puppy who didn’t get bigger than a Dachshund. He’s now fourteen. We were broken into a few times, and after the last one, we got a second mutt for protection. He’s dumber than a box of rocks but is enough of a deterrent to warrant keeping him. Plus, he’s cute. So, yeah, I’ve got two dogs now, and as all my Korner Krew members know, I’m not a cat person. lol

Do you have a favorite line or scene from When Opportunity Knocks?

Anything having to do with Bruce, Rosie, or Tater.

Are you currently writing something or have something to share in the future soon for readers?

I’m technically not writing anything at the moment as I’m editing the rough draft chapters of The Light at the End of the Tunnel so I can finish posting it and wrap up the series. I do have several ideas for a few stories. I’m trying to coax Jase from Tattoo into telling me his tale. He’s been whispering, and I need him to start shouting. I wrote an intro chapter for something else, and I do have a third idea that I was going to use for the anthology, but it decided it wanted more attention.

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