Sunday, June 24, 2012

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Kris Norris

Please welcome Kris Norris to The Qwillery as part of the Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.

Hi Sally. I just wanted to start off by thanking you for having me drop over to your blog. Such a fantastic site. I’m thrilled to be here.

Thank you, Kris. We're happy to have you visit!

TQ:  What inspired you become a writer?

Kris:  Honestly, I don’t think I ever planned to become a writer. It kind of happened by chance. I had some ‘free’ time, lol, and this story just kept playing in my head. After a while, I decided to try writing it down, and I guess I just got hooked and realized I had more stories still rattling around in there…I also had a teacher in high school who tried to get me to enter a few writing competitions based on a short story I wrote. I suppose her ‘suggestion’ never quite left my subconscious.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Kris:  Like most writers, finding time is the hardest part. I’m a single mom with three kids, I edit on the side, and I love training for different kinds of extreme races, so there are times when training takes up a lot of free time. That’s what little free time I have after the kids:) In the winter months, I swear I live at the hockey rinks.

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Kris:  That’s a hard one. I’m fairly new to the scene, so I’m still working hard to get my name out there. But if I had to pick one thing, I think getting that first book I ever wrote published. Like many writers, my first work was more of a exercise at first, but I’m pretty happy that I took the time to revisit it, and get it to the point it was published…it’s called Hard Target, and there’s just something special about seeing that book out there. Of course, I have my lovely editor, Chris, to thank for helping me make it more than just a collection of words.

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

Kris:  I like writing long books…and I love writing suspense. Most of my books are guaranteed to have both of these qualities, even if they’re in a different genre. Yes, I’ve tried my hand at shorter pieces, but I always come back to novels…there’s just something special about a book you can sink your teeth into.

TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

Kris:  I just had a book release last week! It’s called Coyote Blood. It’s a erotic historical shifter romance that takes place in the Wild West, late 1800s. It’s loosely tied to a previous release I had, titled Coyote Law, and I’m thrilled with how it turned out. I’ve discovered that I love writing in this time period and I love writing shifter books (hint, so look out for more wild west shifter books in the future, though not tied to these two.)

        US Marshal, Jacqueline ‘Jac’ Kade, isn’t your typical desert flower. She’s as tough as any man and takes her job seriously. So when a prisoner she’s been sent to escort back to Durango escapes, she’s determined to track him down. She doesn’t want help, especially when it comes in the form of a gunslinger known only as Everett. The man is more than mysterious, but can track fugitives better than anyone she’s ever met. Now if she can only get her heart to stop racing every time he smiles, they just might catch their prey.

        Coyote shifter, Everett, is hell bent on catching his prey, only it’s not Jacqueline’s fugitive. After years of roaming the wilds of Mexico, he’s finally come home to a life that was taken from him. He never thought he’d meet his mate, or that she’d be a gun-toting Marshal, but he can’t deny what his inner animal already knows. 

        A dangerous chase through New Mexico might unite them, or it might destroy his last chance at reclaiming his humanity.

As for upcoming work… I have a new series starting in August titled Between the Veils. It’s based on a group of ghost hunters and will jump from one haunted city to another. The first book is called After Dark and revolves around New Orleans. I was inspired to write the books after creating a chapter for one of the blogs I visited for AAD NOLA.

I’m also currently working on another thriller book, shocking I know, and hope to have it release later this year or early 2013.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Kris:  Again, thanks so much for having me. It’s been a blast.

About Kris

I see myself as somewhat obsessive and feel I tend to push the boundaries of common sense sometimes. My friends graciously see me as passionate and adventurous. After all, speed limits are only a guideline and shouting is just my way of rising above the chaos.

I love the outdoors. If I’m not on my computer— or chasing after my three kids— you’ll find me out on a trail somewhere, either running or riding my mountain bike. I took up adventure racing a few years ago, and do my best to enter one or two races every year.

I started writing some years back, and it took me a while to realize I wasn’t destined for the padded room, and the voices chattering away in my head were really other characters trying to take shape. (And since they weren’t telling me to conquer the human race, I went with it.)

I love writing erotic novels. I love heroines who kick butt, heroes who are larger than life, and sizzling sex scenes that make you squirm in your seat, and leave you feeling just a bit breathless.

The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a digital copy (eBook) of Coyote Blood from Kris!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

If you were a shifter, what would you become when you shift?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Sunday, July 1, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. I would love to shift into a big cat. Much as I love wolves there's just something about big cats. They're graceful, sleek and can climb trees. I'm looking forward to Between the Veils!

    Email follower- suz2(at)cox(dot)net

  2. I would love to shift into a panther:)

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  3. I am a follower and email subscriber. I would want to be a wolf. I think they are very beautiful animals. Please enter me in contest.

  4. I'd love to be a dragon shifter. They are such magical, mystical creatures. Not to mention the flying, fire breathing part!

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  5. I'd shift into a leopard.

    I follow the blog.


  6. I would be a bird shifter. I would be able to fly away from danger..

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    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  7. A lion or another big feline! They are strong, predators, and graceful as well! :-)

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    Thank you!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com