J.M. Krumbine is the author of the unique and wisecracking Alex Cheradon Series, the dead-soul hunting Grym Brothers Series as well as the tongue-in-cheek paranormal romance A Graveyard Romance.
Please tell us a bit about your book, Outlawed Love, and what you hope readers take away from reading it.
Outlawed Love is a pulse-pounding, heart-racing, thrill-a-minute, action adventure love story for both men and women! U.S. Marshal Kate Sharpe is responsible for transporting Kyle Archer from the courthouse to the jailhouse. The question of course is, can she do it with losing her life or her heart?
I hope that my readers walk away from Outlawed Love with that warm fuzzy feeling you get after watching a really good movie or reading really fun book. This is pop entertainment and the goal is to entertain!
Who are your favorite characters in the story?
Kate’s probably my favorite character in the book. As the lead and the heroine she gets to do all the cool stuff! Plus, she does all her own stunts.
Do you have a favorite line or excerpt from your book?
I’m really proud of the opening, which I think just reaches out and grabs you:
Kaitlyn Sharpe was falling.
She dropped through the air like a lead weight. Her mother would have a field day with that.
The airplane above her was slowly shrinking in the distance as it remained at its cruising altitude of 45,000 feet.
The wind stung her eyes and her vision blurred as they began to water. The sound of air rushing past her was deafening. She tumbled through the clear blue sky, not a cloud in sight, the sun beating at her back.
Kate fell and she was not alone.
Between her arms was a man. A man who she was supposed to protect.
The irony did not escape her.
She could feel his muscular physique tense as they tumbled through the air. When was the last time she had been this close to a man? She couldn’t remember. Despite their peril, she couldn’t deny the electric exhilaration of being so close to such an attractive man.
On the plus side, at least she couldn’t smell him anymore. It wasn’t a cologne, she was sure of that. But whatever it was, he smelled good.
“I don’t mean to alarm you,” he shouted over the sound of the rushing air as he twisted in her grip. Even now his voice still had that smooth, inviting charm to it. It was the voice of an unflappable man. He couldn’t point, his hands were still cuffed, so he tried to nod over her shoulder, “but that last bullet tore up the parachute!”
Kate looked over her shoulder and sure enough, the parachute was trailing behind them limply. It flapped about uselessly, at the mercy of Mother Nature.
“Don’t worry!” she looked past the parachute at the black man who had jumped after them. His arms were pressed firmly to his sides as he angled himself like a human bullet. His face was set with a determined look. He had a job to do and he aimed to finish it. “I have a plan!”
If your current release were to be turned into a movie, who would you love to see play what characters and why?
I think Rachel McAdams might play a good Kate Sharpe. She can go from sensitive to tough-as-nails in the blink of an eye. And for Kyle Archer, maybe Ryan Gosling? I think he meets all the hunk credentials for the role. Of course, now this is turning into a Notebook reunion…
What are your favorite aspects of writing?
Making stuff up. It’s my own private little universe between these book covers and I get to make up whatever I want. It’s exhilarating.
Your least favorite aspects of writing?
The end. After spending several months with these characters, you just don’t want to let them go!
Who are some of your favorite authors/books?
I’m a big fan of Stephen King. Aaron Sorkin and Jasper Fforde are also writers I follow regularly.
What are you reading right now?
I’m trying out the Sookie Stackhouse books.
If you could have a dinner party and invite five authors – dead or alive – who would they be and what would you serve them?
Stephen King, Aaron Sorkin, Jasper Fforde, Brian Michael Bendis and Joss Whedon. They are my five favorite authors. I would just love to pick their brains and talk craft with them.
What is a book that you wish you could say that you had written and why?
Well, I wish I had written Outlawed Love because it really was an exciting book. So rarely do I read a book that just doesn’t let up. It was a refreshing change of pace. Oh, wait, I did write that one… ?
What is the greatest piece of advice (for writing and/or just living) that you have heard?
No rules, just write.