Plaid versus Paisley (Fabric Hearts #2) by K.C. Burn
Cover art by L.C. Chase
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Hello! I’m KC Burn and I’m thrilled to be here, chatting about me and my writing process, as well as a bit about my new release, Plaid versus Paisley, the second in my Fabric Hearts series.
- Where do you normally draw your inspiration for a book from?
I find inspiration in a number of places. I sometimes get inspired from dreams – my first sci-fi book, Spice ‘n’ Solace, were inspired by a dream. The second book in my Toronto Tales series, Cover Up, arose the route I used to drive on the way visit a friend. She lives in an area where a lot of college students rent housing, and one of the houses always had a cop car parked there, because, presumably, a cop lived there. I started wondering how hard it would be for a cop to live in a place where – perhaps – he’d have to deal with a roommate engaging in illegal acts. From there, the idea just grew. New stories often trigger ideas, and sometimes just the simple of act of writing inspires. I don’t do a lot of planning, so often the secondary characters in my book will give me ideas about how they could have their own happy ever after.
- Are you a planner or a pantzer when writing a story? And why?
I’m absolutely a pantzer! I do very little planning. One time I tried, I ended up with a scene description that said “and then something happened” – and that’s a direct quote! I wrote a book with a bit of a mystery (North on Drummond) which is 99K words. I didn’t know until 70K who done it! Plaid versus Paisley wasn’t supposed to have any paisley at all – it was supposed to be all plaid! But once I realized how antagonistic Dallas and Will were going to be initially, the paisley just sort of happened organically and I went with it. As to why I’m a pantzer? I don’t know. Honestly, I think it’s just that I’m not very good at planning. Books, anyway. I can plan a vacation down to the minute!
- Contemporary, supernatural, fantasy, or science fiction narratives or something else? Does any genre draw you more than another when writing it or reading it and why does it do so?
All of them! Actually I was surprised about how much I like writing contemporary because I tend to prefer supernatural, sci-fi, or mystery/thriller elements in my personal reading. But there’s something challenging about writing a book that has to fly on the merits of your characters and their everyday life. And hopefully I manage it.
- Can an author have favorites among their characters and do you have them?
I don’t know if I can speak for other authors but I definitely have favourite characters that I’ve written. Rick, who is featured in Cast Off, Stratford from Pen Name: Doctor Chicken, and Tate in the sequel to Plaid versus Paisley (which is in edits now) are so dear to my heart. I think it’s partly because they’re a little broken, or a lot broken, depending on your perspective, and yet they keep surviving. They keep fighting. Rick and Stratford aren’t, I don’t think, universally loved by my readers, but that’s okay. I still love them!
- If you were to be stranded on a small demi-planet, island, or god forbid LaGuardia in a snow storm, what books would you take to read or authors on your comfort list?
Oh so many! In no particular order, I’d probably include: James Rollins, Mercedes Lackey, Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels, Mary Calmes, Amy Lane, Megan Derr, Douglas Adams, Kristin Higgins… I know I’m missing more. I’m away from home as I write this, and can’t see my bookshelves for reminders!
- How early in your life did you begin writing?
I knew when I was 10 years old I wanted to be a writer. After reading The Lord of the Rings, my dad got me a book called Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings. I really liked Tolkien, but I adored Pawn of Prophecy. That book cemented the idea that I wanted to write books. Although I started a number of books from there on out, I didn’t actually finish my first book until I was in university. It sucked pretty hard and will likely never see the light of day.
- Were you an early reader or were you read to and what childhood books had an impact on you as a child that you remember to this day and why?
My parents read to me as a kid, and I was also an early reader. I do recall a number of books that stuck with me when I was young, in addition to Pawn of Prophecy that I mentioned above. Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling – I can still remember my third grade teacher reading that to the class, in her proper British accent. To this day, I still love that book. The Hardy Boys series – I adored those, and they kept me busy on long road trips. They also might have had something to do with my love of mysteries. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – I loved the way it expanded my mind. That was definitely a stunning book, just thinking so far beyond myself, about the greater universe.
Thank you again for having me here!
Two years after his life fell apart, Will Dawson moved to Florida to start over. His job in the tech department of Idyll Fling, a gay porn studio, is ideal for him. When his boss forces him to take on a new hire, the last person he expects is Dallas Greene—the man who cost him his job and his boyfriend back in Connecticut. He doesn’t know what’s on Dallas’s agenda, but he won’t be blindsided by a wolf masquerading as a runway model. Not again.
Dallas might have thrown himself on his brother’s mercy, but his skills are needed at Idyll Fling. Working with Will is a bonus, since Dallas has never forgotten the man. A good working relationship is only the beginning of what Dallas wants with Will.
But Dallas doesn’t realize how deep Will’s distrust runs, and Will doesn’t know that the man he’s torn between loving and hating is the boss’s brother. When all truths are revealed, how can a relationship built on lies still stand?
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks.
About the Author
KC Burn has been writing for as long as she can remember and is a sucker for happy endings (of all kinds). After moving from Toronto to Florida for her husband to take a dream job, she discovered a love of gay romance and fulfilled a dream of her own — getting published. After a few years of editing web content by day, and neglecting her supportive, understanding hubby and needy cat at night to write stories about men loving men, she was uprooted yet again and now resides in California. Writing is always fun and rewarding, but writing about her guys is the most fun she’s had in a long time, and she hopes you’ll enjoy them as much as she does.
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