About Laura / FAQs
New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller Laura Kaye is the author of thirty books in romantic suspense and contemporary and erotic romance. Among her many awards, she recently won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense of 2014 for Hard As You Can. A former college history professor, Laura grew up amid family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
Laura also writes historical fiction under the name Laura Kamoie, also a Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today bestseller.
Laura is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Maryland Romance Writers, the Washington Romance Writers, and she is past president of the RWA-Contemporary Romance Writers.
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What are your upcoming releases?
- 2/21/17 – Mastering Her Senses (Blasphemy #2)
- 4/25/17 – Ride Rough (Raven Riders MC #2)
- 7/11/17 – Eyes on You (Blasphemy #3)
- 8/29/17 – 1001 Dark Nights Bundle with Hard to Serve
- Sept. 17 – Theirs to Take (Blasphemy #4)
- 10/31/17 – Ride Wild (Raven Riders #3)
Do you have a street team I can join?
Yes! Laura’s Heroes is a private Facebook group so please email me at email@example.com so I can send you an invitation to join!
Do you have a reader group I can join?
Yes! Laura’s Reader Girls is a Facebook group – join here!
Where will you be appearing in person and when will you come to my area?
Check out my Events page for the latest on all my scheduled signings and appearances. I try to select events in a variety of areas because I love having the opportunity to meet you guys! But some of my travel is dictated by where my publishers send me, too. I hope to make it to your area soon!
Can I buy a signed book from you?
I am happy to work out arrangements to sell you a signed copy of any of my paperback books. The usual process is for me to invoice you through PayPal for the retail cover price of the book plus shipping. If that interests you, please contact me through my Contact page. Shipment/delivery could take 4-8 weeks depending on my deadlines.
Can I get bookmarks or other swag from you?
I am happy to send you a bookmark or swag for free. Book clubs, bookstores, or international readers requesting bulk amounts of bookmark or swags will be asked to pay for the shipping and will be invoiced via PayPal. If you’re interested in either, please contact me through my Contact page. Shipment/delivery could take 4 weeks depending on my deadlines.
Can you read my unpublished manuscript for me?
Unfortunately, my deadline and release schedule prevent me from having the time to do this for you. I highly recommend you find a local or online writers’ group that offers critique groups or critique partners. I’ve found joining the Romance Writers of America (RWA), my local Maryland RWA chapter, and various online RWA chapters absolutely invaluable. Savvy Authors is an online community open to writers of multiple genres and they’ve been great, too.
Can you read my book for a possible cover quote for me?
I love to be able to do this, but I am very selective in what books I agree to read for cover quotes mostly because my schedule is so tight that I don’t have a lot of time to read. If your book is outside the genres in which I write or your publisher typically doesn’t make use of quotes in any substantive way (i.e., on the cover or on a front, inside page), I will probably not agree to read. Otherwise you are welcome to contact me to ask – and don’t feel shy! We’ve all needed to reach out to other authors for this so I’ve been there!
How long have you been writing fiction?
I started writing in 2008 after a traumatic brain injury left me with a new and very strong creative urge. My first book to be published was Hearts in Darkness, which originally released on April 20, 2011.
What is your writing schedule/process?
I am a full-time writer and, when on deadline, I write at least five days a week, 8-14+ hours/day depending on how tight my schedule is. My usual goal is 3,000 words a day but I have written many more when I need to, and I tend to write more slowly at the beginning of a book and faster during the last half. Even when I was still working a full-time job, I made it a goal to write five days a week. Generally, I don’t plot or outline my books, although I will occasionally sketch out what needs to happen in upcoming chapters, but I’m talking about back of a napkin kind of sketching! Since I wrote Her Forbidden Hero in the spring of 2012, I have picked one song for each book and listened to it on repeat the entire time I’m writing a book. Here are the songs I’ve used:
- Hard As It Gets – Breaking the Habit, Linkin Park
- Hard As You Can – Revelry, Kings of Leon
- Hard to Hold On To – Again, Lenny Kravitz
- Hard to Come By – Blurry, Puddle of Mudd
- Hard to Be Good – Latch, Sam Smith
- Hard to Let Go – Numb, Linkin Park
- Hard As Steel – Use Somebody, Kings of Leon
- Hard Ever After – Breaking the Habit, Linkin Park
- Hard to Serve – Too Close, Alex Clare
- Bound to Submit – Never Forget You, Zara Larsson
- Mastering Her Senses – Love Me Now, John Legend
- Ride Hard – Skeletons, Papa Roach
- Love in the Light – She is Love, Parachute
- Her Forbidden Hero – Your Love is a Song, Switchfoot
- One Night with a Hero – Yellow, Coldplay
- Dare to Resist – Crash into Me, Dave Matthews Band
- South of Surrender – Wide Awake, Katy Perry
- East of Ecstasy – Somewhere I Belong, Linkin Park
Can you tell me how to write a book or how to publish my book?
These are huge questions! LOL And totally dependent on 1) what you write and 2) what your goals as an author are. The good news is that there are MANY very good books on the entire craft of writing, on how to find an agent, and on publishers and how to get published.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
- BICHOK – Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard. You can’t revise what you haven’t written and you can’t sell what you haven’t written. So write EVERY DAY. Yes, every day. Even if you only commit to an hour a day or even 100 words a day, you need to get in the habit of making forward progress. And never underestimate the amazing power of getting to write “The End” and proving to yourself you can finish a whole book.
- Read, read, read. One of the best ways to learn how to WRITE is to READ extensively in your genre. Find books you think do a great job at characters or worldbuilding or suspense or pacing and study them (just be sure that your application of those techniques in your own work is in your original words!).
- Treat it like a profession, by which I mean join the professional organizations, do the work consistently, study and hone your craft, and always present yourself professionally (on social media, on your website, and in only submitting or publishing your work when it’s in the absolute best shape it can be).
- Find a critique partner, preferably someone else who is professionally pursuing publication and not just a friend who will tell you it’s great! Because while it may be great, but everyone benefits from having other writers who know the craft and the genre give you feedback on your work. You can find critique partners through local and online writers groups.
- Don’t give up! At the beginning of your writing career, you will get a lot more nos and rejections than yeses and acceptances! Persevere and don’t give up! Every big name author you know experienced rejection at some point in their career.
Can I have a free book?
I don’t typically give books away for free just because someone asks but I do give a ton of books away in my own giveaways and in giveaways through bloggers. Follow my Facebook page for lots and lots of opportunities to win books, gift cards, swag, and other fun things from me!
Will you contribute to my blog or Facebook giveaway or charity event?
I try to contribute to as many giveaways and charity events as I can so I’m happy to consider yours, but please understand that sometimes my writing schedule or the number of other giveaway items I’ve already contributed might make it impossible to participate at that time. Feel free to contact me!
Will you write a guest post for my blog event?
I am happy to consider participating in your blog event, so don’t hesitate to ask. But please understand that my availability is very dependent on what’s going on in my writing and release schedule. In particular, I am unlikely to be able to write outtake scenes for a blog event.
Will you write anymore about Caden and Makenna from Hearts in Darkness?
This is, without question, the single most frequently asked question I receive! And the answer is…Love in the Light is finally available!!!
Will you write any sequels to Forever Freed?
Forever Freed was the first book I wrote and remains very special to me. These characters definitely still talk to me and I’ve always had at least one more story in mind. It’s possible someday I will come back and write the sequel, but for right now I have no immediate plans to do so.
Will there be anymore Heroes books?
Currently, I do not have plans to write anymore stories in this series.
Will there be anymore Vampire Warrior Kings stories?
Currently, I do not have plans to write anymore stories in this series.
Will there be anymore Hearts of the Anemoi books?
The Hearts of the Anemoi series is complete and made up of four full-length books. I am not currently planning to write more in the series.
How many books are planned in the Hard Ink series?
The Hard Ink series is complete and made up of four full-length and five long novellas. The titles and reading order are:
- Hard As It Gets (Nick and Becca)
- Hard As You Can (Shane and Sara)
- Hard to Hold On To (Easy and Jenna)
- Hard to Come By (Marz and Emilie)
- Hard to Be Good (Jeremy and Charlie)
- Hard to Let Go (Beckett and Kat)
- Hard As Steel (Ike and Jess) – Raven Riders crossover
- Hard Ever After (Becca and Nick wedding novella)
- Hard to Serve (Detective Kyler Vance and Mia) – Blasphemy crossover
Will you be writing a series about the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club in the Hard Ink novels? How many Raven Riders books are planned and what is the order?
Yes! The Raven Riders series is happening! Here are the known titles, reading order, and release dates:
- Hard as Steel (Ike and Jess) – a Hard Ink/Raven Riders crossover – Available
- Ride Hard (Dare and Haven) Available
- Ride Rough (Maverick and Alexa) 4/25/17
- Ride Wild (Slider and Cora) 10/31/17
Will you be writing a series about the Blasphemy Club mentioned in Hard to Serve? How many books are planned and what is the order?
Yes! The Blasphemy series is happening, and this one takes the erotic elements up to scorching hot! Here are the known titles, reading order, and release dates:
- Hard to Serve (Kyler and Mia) – A Hard Ink/Blasphemy crossover – Available
- Bound to Submit (Griffin and Kenna) – Available
- Mastering Her Senses (Quinton and Cassia) – 2/21/17
- Eyes on You (Wolf and Olivia) – 7/11/17
When will your books be made into movies?
I would absolutely love for this to happen! *grins* But right now, no options have been sold on any of my books. Keep your fingers crossed for me that maybe someday this will happen because it would totally rock!
When will your book be translated into my language?
My publishers are actively trying to sell my books into foreign languages, but this isn’t something I have a lot of control over. Right now, I have the following books in the following languages:
- Both Heroes books – French, Polish, Turkish
- In the Service of the King – French
- Hard As It Gets, Hard As You Can – Bulgarian, French, Japanese
- Hard to Come By – Bulgarian, French
- Hard to Let Go – Bulgarian
- Hearts in Darkness Duet – German (Hearts in Darkness only), Turkish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Spanish
If your question is not answered here, please feel free to contact Laura!
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