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Interview with K.M. Daughters, Authors of Beyond the Code of Conduct

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K.M. Daughters is represented by the interviewer's Pump Up Your Book Promotion, a public relations agency specializing in online book promotion.

K.M. Daughters is the multi-published writing team of sisters Pat Casiello and Kathie Clare.  Their penname is dedicated to their parents Katherine and Michael, the “K” and “M” in K.M. Daughters. Their joint career began in January 2008 with contracts from The Wild Rose Press for an inspirational romance, Jewel of the Adriatic, and a romantic suspense novel, Against Doctors Orders, Book #1 in The Sullivan Boys series.  Beyond The Code of Conduct, Book 2 in the series, is rated 4-stars, compelling, page turner, by Donna M. Brown, Reviewer for Romantic Times Book Reviews (June 2009 Issue #304).  A contemporary romance, Past, Present and Forever is available in E-book from Sapphire Blue Publishing.  Residing in Illinois and New Jersey, the sisters continue to work on The Sullivan Boys series.  Book #3 will release later this year and two additional books are anticipated to complete the series.  You can visit their website or follow them at twitter.

Thank you for this interview, K.M.  Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing? 

We’re sisters, our parents’ only children.  We decided to write as a team a little under five years ago while attending our first Romance Writers of America national conference – walking around the parking lot at the Reno Hilton in the early mornings.  We worked out the plot for our first contemporary romance together. 

Was there anyone in your life that you can give credit to helping pave the way? 

Our dad wrote children’s stories for us and he attempted (unsuccessfully) to publish them.  We inherited the writing bug from him.  And by his example perhaps we also inherited a little of the stay-with-it attitude a writer requires to weather the ups and downs of the journey to publication.

Can you tell us a little about your latest book? 

Beyond The Code of Conduct is the second book in our Sullivan Boys romantic suspense series.  Secondary characters in Against Doctors Orders, Bobbie Leighton, now an FBI agent, and Joe Sullivan, still an inactive homicide detective after his injury apprehending The Henna Housewife Killer in Book 1, are forced to live under the same roof posing undercover as a married couple seeking to adopt a baby.  Their target is a New York Attorney suspected of baby trafficking.  We couldn’t wait to write Bobbie and Joe’s story.  With his eye patch and resentment about losing his career while saving Bobbie’s life, Joe is a pirate who commandeers Bobbie’s ship when he forces his way into her case.  Sweet memories of their past relationship collide with their married roles and the conflict smokes, builds and bursts into flames! 

What was the inspiration behind your book?  Why did you feel a need to write it? 

We couldn’t bear to say good-bye to the Sullivan family!  And, as so often happens, secondary characters think the story is about them anyway.

What message are you trying to convey with this book? 

Love heals.

Why did you choose your particular genre? 

What a great question!  We think the genre chose us, since plotting a RS seems to follow how our collective mind works.  And we do love reading romantic suspense.

How long did it take your book to be published from the time you submitted and was accepted to the time it was finally released?

The manuscript was accepted in August 2008, about 45 days from submission.   Nine months from contract date, we have our newborn Beyond The Code of Conduct.

Can you tell us a little about the publisher who published your book?  How have they been to work with?

The Wild Rose Press publishes this romantic suspense series, and White Rose Publishing, its new Christian fiction only division, publishes our inspirational romances.  TWRP is a joy to work with.  Described as a publisher created by authors for authors, we enjoy a relationship of mutual respect and encouragement with Wild Rose.  Our editor, Joelle Walker, is a superb professional with a hilarious sense of humor.  The painstaking process of line and copyediting is fun with Joelle. 

Do you have a website?  Do you manage it yourself or do you have someone run it for you? 

Yes, we do.  We were the highest bidders in Brenda Novak’s Auction benefiting Juvenile Diabetes Research for the website design.  That’s how we met the talented Jeannie Ruesch, who designed the site prior to our first book’s publication.  Jeannie is our ongoing website guru.  She just installed our Twitter feed on the site, a mysterious accomplishment to us.  But she makes all things web-related look easy.

What’s next for you? 

Our contract from The Wild Rose Press for the third book in the romantic suspense series, Capturing Karma, has been approved, so we’ll begin line edits with our beloved Editor, Joelle Walker, soon.  Our WIP is the fourth in the series, working title All’s Fair In Love and Law

Thank you for this interview, K.M.  Do you have any final words you’d like to share with my readers? 

We’re looking forward to the 7/31/09 release of Rose of the Adriatic, sequel to our inspirational romance, Jewel of the AdriaticWe hope readers who enjoy inspirational romance consider this book.  It is extremely special to us and was a glorious, prayerful experience to write.  Thank you so much for listening.  Blessings!

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