#Feature Interview Post: Lessons in Love by Kathryn R. Blake #CharactersBehavingBadly @KRBwrites

His management style might not be HR approved, but he was the boss and she was his assistant. So, he set the rules.


Pam Weston didn’t have many choices as far as employment went. Her prison sentence saw to that. With limited secretarial skills, and an even more limited budget, she never considered herself executive material. So, when she was ordered to report to the CEO of her company as his new personal assistant, she fully expected to be checking out the “Help Wanted” section of the paper before the day was over.
Robert Peterson knew his management style was not HR approved, but he believed in using the stick as well as the carrot. Employing the tenets of domestic discipline, he helped mold his personal assistants into confident women who recognized their own self-worth. Even so, his unorthodox methods were only one of the reasons many considered the position of his assistant to be a revolving door. To Rob’s mind, Pamela Weston was perfect for his purposes, though given her past, he expected convincing her to agree to his program would be a challenge.
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Author Interview



Can you tell us a little bit about where you are from? I was born and raised in Greenwich, CT, worked at a major television network in New York City, and in the advertising department of well-known health care company. Moved to the west coast when I worked in Hollywood for a bit, then slowly moved back east. I currently reside in a suburb of Cincinnati, OH.
What inspired you to write your first book? Though I love romance books, my first interest was horror. I find the vampire myth to be erotic and seductive. So, I wondered what would I be willing to do in order to save the life of someone I loved. Would I willingly condemn them to a life of perpetual darkness just to keep them alive? Is that living?
Do you have a specific writing style? In other words, are you a plotter or a pantser? I’d say I’m a pantser who tries to get a semblance of a plot down first.
How did you come up with the titles to your book(s)? Some titles come to me before the book is even written, others are more of a struggle. My first book, Mortal Illusions, was originally titled By Invitation Only, since vampires can only enter your home through an invitation and becoming one is sort of like joining a by invitation only club. But the publisher felt the title wasn’t romantic enough. Since he heroine in that novel had some illusions about the vampire myth and she as mortal, the title soon followed.
The book that gave me the most title trouble was Acting Lessons. It’s based on the idea of Kiss Me Kate, only the actors are actually doing Kiss Me Kate, not Taming of the Shrew, and they were once married and in a domestic discipline relationship where he spanked her. For the longest time it simply had the characters’ names of Kate and Peter, but then I realized the hero is indeed the heroine’s former college acting teacher and he is trying to give her lessons in how to behave, when actually she’s the one who teaches him to be more considerate of others. Thus Acting Lessons was born.
Is there a message in your book(s) that you want readers to grasp? Most of my books deal with realizations of some sort where the heroine and often the hero come to realize they are indeed worthy of love. Love, worthiness and respect. And since I write stories that primarily deal with the concept of domestic discipline, I want to show how the practice is completely different from abuse. In fact, my novel “A Simple Misunderstanding” spells out the difference in very direct terms.
How much of your book(s) have a bit of you in the characters? I’m probably more similar to my heroes than my heroines, but there’s a little bit of me in all my characters. My heroines have a lot more spirit and gumption than I have, though I stand up for myself and others when I feel it’s necessary, usually through humor.
What are you currently working on? Can you give us a sneak peek? I’m between books at the moment, but I have a prequel to A Dom’s Dilemma, my only BDSM story, that I worked on during the last NaNoWriMo. It’s an age play story, which means the male character prefers his submissives be adult little girls. The male protagonist, who is a hero in his own right and someone the heroine falls in love with, does some things I’m not entirely comfortable with, so it’s simmering on a back burner right now. I need to reach out to some other age play authors and see if they have any recommendations or if they think I should allow him to do the things he’s insisting on doing.
Do you have any advice to offer new writers? Read as much as you can in the genre you’re thinking of writing. If you don’t enjoy reading it, believe me, you won’t enjoy writing it. You spend hours with these characters in their world, so you need to feel comfortable being in their presence. It’s okay that they occasionally do things that take you out of your comfort zone, but for the most part you should recognize worth and feel they’re worth all the effort you’ll be putting into bringing them to life.

The Fun Stuff
What genres I write in: Paranormal, Historical, Erotic Contemporary Romance
Favorite genres to read: Along with the above, I enjoy reading horror
Favorite TV shows: The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, Madam Secretary
Last movie I saw on the big screen: Jurassic World (yeah, it’s been a while)
What’s on my Netflix list (to be watched): Too many to list here, that’s for sure.
Coffee or Tea: Normally, coffee, but when I’m sick it’s tea.
Chocolate or Caramel: Definitely chocolate. Love chocolate with nuts, especially.
Apple Cider or Pumpkin Spice: Apple Cider to drink, though I love Pumpkin Spice scented candles.
Lumberjack or Police Officer: Police officer, gotta love a guy in uniform.
Tropical Island or Winter Cabin: Winter Cabin. Cold outside while being warm and cuddly inside.

Author Bio 
Lessons in Love is Kathryn R. Blake’s sixth novel with Blushing Books, and fifth spanking romance where Domestic Discipline is primary to the plot.  Although Kathryn is relatively new to the spanking romance market, she is not new to stories where the hero spanks the heroine.  In fact, most of her novels have some sort of spanking in them.  However, even in Kathryn’s novels where the hero firmly believes in using spanking as a deterrent, he has no desire to cause the heroine injury and takes no delight in hurting the woman of his heart.  In fact, sometimes he finds it extremely difficult to follow through on his threats or promises.
To date, all of her heroes are dominant, alpha males who are extremely protective of the women they love.  However, part of that protectiveness includes the need for a certain amount of control.  They do not suffer defiance or disobedience lightly. Even so, these men aren’t infallible, and they do make mistakes, but love and respect will always triumph in the end.
Kathryn has been a member of RWA since the early 1980s and has joined several local and special interest chapters. Besides writing, Kathryn enjoys traveling, reading, attending the theatre, and is a passionate lover of animals, so much so that in 2015 a stray cat adopted her. The stray now sleeps in Kathryn’s bed.  She has also recently taken up the expensive hobby of making and selling jewelry.
Her personal website, http://www.kathrynrblake.com, is filled with photos and links to information about her many interests as well as peppered with quizzes, contests, games and lots of other fun things to do and she loves to hear from her readers, so she has an e-mail link at the bottom of every page.
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  1. Thanks so much for inviting me over today, Samara.

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