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Interview with Debut Scribe KJ Montgomery, Author of Trove

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KJ Montgomery. KJ. Montgomery. Got that, cookie cakes? KJ Montgomery is a name to remember, a writer to savor, and a talent that mustn’t be missed. The debut scribe’s tales are elegantly penned and mirror her affection for the mystical, the enthusiasm of sexual tension, and the enticement of a multifarious mystery.

The coastal New England native has unremittingly observed outside the explicable and resolutely trusts there are no such things as happenstances. Ever since she was a youngster, the Katie Walsh Mysteries creator has hungered for knowledge no matter how murky and sagaciously safeguarded it is, knowing that someday she’d discover a use for it.

Ready to make history with this extraordinary first time novelist? Enjoy!

KJ, please share how you came up with the concept for The Katie Walsh Mysteries?

I love suspense novels and I love puzzles, so I combined the two elements in Trove. Factor in my love of archaeology and ancient history and, voila, my story was born.

When you’re deeply connected and immersed in a book, KJ, have you ever had a dream that you felt was not your dream? Do your characters dream within you?

I think you’re asking me if I connect with a book on a deep subconscious level. If that’s so, then I yes, I have. I find this is especially true when I’m “stuck” with how to move the story forward. My characters show me what needs to happen next and why…thank heaven for them keeping watch over me!

Have you had a dream that was one of your characters?

I’m not sure if that’s a lucid dream, but I can recall one scene that appeared in my dreams and I was looking through the character’s eyes. What I mean is that I knew I was dreaming and I knew who I was (KJ), but the scene was as if I were in Katie’s head, using her eyes to see the dream.

What do you love most about the romance genre?

I love the push-pull that the heroine and hero suffer through. I love a deep conflict that ties the two together in one instant and separates them in another. My only requirement is that the conflict has to be real and not contrived merely for plot purposes. I need to believe that if I met and knew the heroine and hero, I would accept the conflict as part of their complex relationship. It makes the HEA or HFN all worthwhile.

KJ, please share the titles of three romances on your nightstand?

Eternal Lovers – Sekhmet’s Guardians – Book One by V.S. Nelson
Shades of Desire by Virna DePaul
The Vanishing (Mystere Parish) by Jana DeLeon

Who are some of your favorite romance writers?
Linda Howard; Heather Graham; Kresley Cole; Kristan Higgins; Maya Banks, but that said, I’m always looking out for new stories and authors!

How do you find balance?

I don’t know if it’s balance in the typical sense, but I tend to carve out chunks of time for myself. I may go days or sometimes weeks without my focus on “my stuff,” but then my time frees up and it’s like an influx of oxygen when that happens.

What did you learn about yourself while penning Trove?

That I could put into writing one of the many stories running through my head. I also learned that it was a satisfying and creative process that in the end, people were interested in reading. It’s a wonderful feeling.

What challenges did you endure while penning Trove?

Since Trove was my first real attempt of writing a novel, it was a learning experience for me. I had to learn about “info-dumps,” and “showing, not telling.”

I must have rewritten the first half of the novel at least 3 times (and it’s almost 100,000 words) and once it was finished, I went back and completely changed the second half, twice.

I guess my biggest challenge was penning “The End” and to stop rewriting it.

As a debut writer, KJ, what fears were you facing with the release of Trove?

That no one would want to read it. Katie Walsh has issues and will need to address them. She is a multi-layered character and just like an onion she will peel back her layers and grow into the person she was meant to be. Although I’m biased, Trove is the beginning of a series that I think many will find entertaining and perhaps thought-provoking.

What are you most ambivalent about when you sit down to write?

I have a general idea for a book when I sit down to write, but I don’t fret over it, I just let the ideas germinate and then they flow onto the computer screen.

What do you want your readers to walk away with after reading your books?

First, I want them to have had been entertained by the story and the wonder about the issues that weren’t neatly tied up in Book One of The Katie Walsh Mysteries.

Second, I hope they begin to question things they’ve been taught and open their eyes to other possibilities.

And finally, I hope they are intrigued enough to follow Katie on her path of discovery, both internally and externally.

If you were able to go skydiving with whomever you want (past or present), who do you pick and what are you talking about?

I think it would have to be Plato. I want to know all there is to know about Atlantis!

Thank you so very much, KJ.

Thank you Diane for this opportunity, you are a breath of fresh air!

Oh, KJ, how extremely kind of you. Thank you so much. Now breathe! We did it! You did! BREATHE! Congratulations, KJ, now get back to writing, so we can do this again.

Shout out to Evernight Publishing for the capturing the mystical essence of Trove with their incredible cover!

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