What type of music do you listen to?
I have such eclectic music tastes it’s not even funny. I used to play in the high school band, so I gained appreciation for all kinds of music. I can go from listening to Bob Marley to Creed to the Temptations to Bach to Frank Sinatra to Earth Wind and Fire to Miles Davis to Jay-Z. You will find all of these on my iPod and many others.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?
On the beach, near water. Being near the water is as therapeutic and cathartic for me as writing. So, to have a breezy beach house where I could hear the waves break would be an absolute slice of heaven for me.
Short answer favorites: Dessert. City. Season. Type of hero. Type of heroine. Actor. Actress. Band/solo singer. Color. Cuisine.
Dessert – Cheesecake. City – Chicago. Season – Fall. Type of hero-Alpha Male, manly men. Type of heroine – Strong and funny. Actor – Will Smith. Actress – Jessica Chastain. Band/solo singer – Mint Condition. Color – Black. Cuisine – Italian. Italian. Italian. And more Italian.
What is your dream car and why?
This is a trick question because there are too many answers. I’ll try to narrow it down. First, the BMW 6-series because BMW’s are cars for people who know how to drive cars. I’m one of the few women in the world who love the intricacies of driving. I can feel the difference in the balance of a BMW versus a Ford Mustang. If I could have a black one, I’d be a very happy woman.
With that said, I have to tell you, I’ve fallen in love with these newer muscle cars, particularly the Dodge Challenger. The Hellcat is a thing of beauty. If I could have a black one with chrome rims and trim, I’d be a very happy woman.
If I could have both—eternal bliss.
Describe your dream date.
I’ve been on my dream date once before. It started with a sexy, smart Alpha male. Very protective and gentlemanly. A great conversationalist. We met at Union Station in D.C. for drinks. Then he drove me to a club for lots of dancing, including slow dancing (which I love). Then he took me to an ethnic restaurant in Columbia Park where we snuggled at a table, had great conversation (he told me how beautiful and smart I was), and listened to live music. After that we shared a sweet kiss and parted ways goodnight. Absolutely perfect.
Which TV show(s) can you absolutely not miss every week?
I have several shows that are my unadulterated favorites. The top on the list right now is Undateable, an NBC Sit-Roma-Com—that’s my new term for situation romantic comedy. It’s hilarious. One of the writers offered me tickets on Twitter when I gushed about how much I loved the show, so that kicked it up to number one.
I’ve been a huge fan of Big Bang theory for years. I never miss it.
When it’s on, I never miss an episode of Suits. I used to be big on Scandal, but the whole B613 storyline threw me out of it. I still DVR it so maybe I’ll fall back in love with it this season.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
If you add up the hours I put into writing every day of the week, you would say I’m a full-time writer. However, I work a full-time job as well. It’s very hard but when you find your calling or your passion, you make time for it and it never really feels like work. At least it doesn’t for me. I could work 12/13 hours a day on the weekends (and often do) and never feel it until I’m done.
What is your greatest accomplishment as an author so far?
Without question, my biggest accomplishment is finding the thing that I love and not allowing factors outside my control to make me quit.
This authoring/publishing business is so incredibly difficult. Writing books is such hard work, people don’t even know. Publishing books and releasing them into the world is incredibly difficult. There are a lot of people who were in the industry when I started who have given up and quit writing or trying to publish.
For better or worse, I just finished my ninth book and quitting writing isn’t even a blip on my radar, despite the fact that I haven’t reached that bestseller status or had the level of success that I dreamed about. No Oprah. No New York Times Bestseller list. But I sure have found what I love to do more than anything in the world except being a mother. And I tend to believe the longer I write and the more books I publish, the more the odds tilt in my favor that something will break out.
What inspired you to write your latest release?
My theory about how people find their purposes and destinies.
Some people know what they are meant to do, almost from birth. They go through every day of their lives knowing what their gift or talent is and spend most of their time trying to figure out how to bring it into the world.
For others, they have zero clues about who they are meant to be. These people seem flighty and switch from job to job or “thing” to “thing” because they are desperately searching for their purpose and won’t stop searching until they find it.
For yet others, they discover their purposes at a very early age, but they talk themselves out of believing they can’t do it. Some fear failure, others fear success. They don’t have faith that if God has given them a purpose, he has also equipped them to fulfill it. So they bounce around aimlessly from “thing” to “thing” trying to discover what they’ve already known for most of their lives.
This book is about Miki Vincent, a woman who fits squarely into the latter category. She’s known her purpose from a very early age but fears failure and perhaps success. She’s addicted to beginnings because she’s afraid of endings—in life and love. So, instead she’s accomplished nothing, committed to no one, and gets into a lot of trouble because of it. This book chronicles the part of her journey where paying for her mistakes and some rude awakenings help her to embrace what’s she’s already known her entire life.
Which of your books has sold the best so far and why do you think that is?
Hands down, my very first book and romantic comedy, The Bum Magnet. First, it is just a very funny book with a loveable and relatable main character. She’s smart but about as imperfect as they come. And women can relate to her dating woes as they laugh at her self-talk.
Secondly, I came up with a concept of a very funny “chick lit” cover. It is an illustration of a woman being chased by “bums,” and her expression is one of borderline horror as she tries to run away.
Third, I self-published this book right at the beginning of the ebook revolution (before the market got overly saturated when you could stand out) and it sat at the top of the chick lit charts for months on end. It also hit number 1 in African American romance and the top 25 of African American literature. Eventually, it got picked up by Simon & Schuster in a 2-book deal and got distribution in all the major chains and stores so it was just very widely available—and, thankfully, lots of people bought it.
Which hero from your books would you absolutely not date and why?
I probably would not date Brent from my new release 12 Honeymoons. He’s a very nice guy who does almost all the right things, says the right things, very understanding and knows how to give great date—but he has one fatal flaw—he’s a momma’s boy. In my experience, if a man can’t cut the apron strings, he tends to be too needy and clingy for my tastes. My perfect guy is strong, independent, and has his own dreams and pursuits and he wants to support me as much as I do him, he wants to move forward. Momma’s boys tend not to embrace forward movement or change or progression. With that said, you want a man who loves and respects his mother, you just want him “weaned off the breast” so-to-speak.
Miki Vincent’s entire life stalled because she’s addicted to the beginnings of things, especially relationships. She relishes in the emotional highs, first hugs, first kisses that new love brings. But sex always ruins it. That’s why abstaining during the first three months of a relationship—following the 90-day rule—was supposed to help land her down the aisle with Mr. Right. Miki finds out the hard way, Mr. Wrong can wait that long, especially if his ultimate prize is her inheritance.
One assault charge and depression later, Miki devises the Honeymoon Plan, guaranteeing her a lifetime of firsts and zero heartaches. But following her own rule sends her life into an out of control spiral in which she’s sentenced to more than perpetual break-ups. A new pursuit and a string of sexy suitors offer her the opportunity to jumpstart her life and test her new strategy. The only problem? It just might work.
Miki’s best friend Pam, a repressed artist, struggles to keep her honeymoon alive but she can no longer ignore the blatant evidence staring her in the face: Her husband is having an affair. A different kind of “honeymoon plan” designed to free her from her troubles, and a chance meeting with a handsome artistic stranger, help reignite her passions. But will they destroy her marriage in the process?
My Grandma Pearl once told me there are two kinds of men: the ones who will make you count your blessings, and the ones who will make you want to start counting from zero to forget they ever existed.
Wiggins fell into the latter category. He made me determined to not only start again…but to start better. The end of our disastrous liaison quite literally drove me from love’s hangover straight to Circuit Court… in a brand new S-Class with a dented rear fender. The real shame of this sham was that I had him pegged within days, maybe moments, of meeting him. The red flags went up and flapped like crazy, batted against the winds of Deceiving Bastard, but I convinced myself to ignore the warnings and continue with the charade. And finally, I figured out the real problem.
See, at that time, I still viewed “the honeymoon period” in a relationship as a wonderful pit stop on the yellow brick road to everlasting happiness—and I was wrong. So wrong. The actual truth was concealed behind the blare of my biological clock, which was ticking like an Old & Barren bomb merely seconds from exploding over the remnants of my life.
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About the author K. L. Brady is a D.C. native but spent a number of her formative years in the Ohio Valley. Her writing career started in the pages of diaries when she was 7 or 8 years old. But it wasn’t until her 40th birthday and an Oprah “Live Your Best Life” moment that she finally answered her calling and wrote her first novel–The Bum Magnet. The originally self-published novel was picked up by Simon & Schuster in a two-book deal, and K.L. hasn’t looked back since, penning the follow-up, Got a Right to Be Wrong and self-publishing the first books in two young adult series and a spy thriller series based on her 20+-year career in the U.S. Intelligence Community. She has a B.A. in Economics, an MBA, and is a member of the Maryland Writer’s Association, Romance Writers of America, Sisters In Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She’s addicted to writing and chocolate—not necessarily in that order—and currently lives in the Washington D.C. area with her son. She is hard at work on several projects, including the next installment of the series.