Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Unique Sister Team, K.M. Daughters

I'm delighted to have sister team, K.M. Daughters, here today. You gals, please tell us more.

We’re sisters and each other’s only siblings. We aspired to be published authors for many years, but we pursued the goal actively five years ago by joining Romance Writers of America. Attending RWA’s national conference, we decided to write together. About two and a half years later The Wild Rose Press “called us” and acquired two manuscripts on the same day, January 26, 2008. Since then we have released six award winning books in multiple romance sub-genres: Inspirational, Contemporary and Romantic Suspense.

What are your writing goals?

Our ultimate goal is to entertain Readers so much that they can’t wait to get their hands on another K.M. Daughters book.

Tell us about your latest book. Is it available in print and e-book formats?

Our latest book, ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND LAW, is available in paperback and e-book formats on December 10th. This is the 4th book in our Sullivan Boys romantic suspense series (our publisher’s – The Wild Rose Press – Men In Uniform Series). A newly appointed CPD Captain, Patrick (Pat) Sullivan; a notorious defense attorney, Charlotte (Charlie) DeMarco; and a brutal serial killer, feature in the story line. Both sides of the law collide as Patrick struggles to maintain his reputation as a law enforcer while Charlie seems determined to free the criminals Pat wants behind bars. Pat and Charlie’s love story is highly conflicted!

Do you think your writing has improved since your first attempt? If so, in what way?

Yes, we do. A lot! Our treasured Editor for the Sullivan Boys books, Joelle Walker, recently confirmed that response after we asked her if she “liked” All’s Fair In Love And Law after her initial read through. Paraphrasing – she replied, yes sillies! Each installment instantly becomes my favorite. The writing is crisp, taught, clean, and the love scenes are more compelling – hotter. J She said if we didn’t believe her, we should go back and read our first submission.

Do you have specific techniques you use to develop the plot and stay on track?

Our plot development technique is freeform during the initial development stage and entirely verbal. We start with two characters – hero and heroine - and create a basic plot premise. For example: an ambitious, duty-bound police captain is wildly attracted to a performer onstage at an amusement park musical show. She, however, is a hotshot defense attorney substituting in the show for her identical twin sister. Her day job, to which she is “golden handcuffed” to restore her family’s finances, involves dismantling every prosecution she opposes. Then we added a serial killer to the mix.

From there we discussed back-stories for our central characters, action sequences, plot twists and resolutions. When we think we’ve covered scene progressions sufficiently we write a chapters outline and then divide the writing responsibility evenly, alternating chapters.

Any current projects?

We’ll begin edits on the fifth and last installment in the Sullivan Boys Series very soon. We’re developing six shorter stories for White Rose Publishing that will compliment our two inspirational romances for that publisher. If contracted these will be released three per year over a two-year period. We plan to begin working on a single title concept this summer and will pursue partnering with a literary agent for this project.

Where can folks learn more about your books and events?

We cordially invite you to visit our website, and please fill out the little form to subscribe to our newsletter. We promise we won’t stuff your inbox. We email our newsletter sparingly to announce new releases, events and contests. We update our website monthly to post announcements and family photos. Also on the website, you’ll find book blurbs, excerpts, reviews and buy links for all our titles; recipes featured in our books and more about how two sisters decided to write as K (atherine) and M (ichael’s) Daughters.

It's been a pleasure to have you over.

Thank you so much for hosting us, Susan. Blessings!

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

Great interview. These ladies are so talented. I enjoyed learning more about them here today.