Digging Deep with Derek Adam
When I initially decided to do author interviews I knew I wanted to do a few things different.
- Unique questions specific to each individual (not duplicated)
- Fun and engaging questions that readers would love to know
- Thoughtful questions that get into the meat of the person
But then Kayla interviewed me and put me in the hot seat with some steamy questions so I thought it was only appropriate to ask her some legit stuff while also turning the tables. Here you go, folks. KD In all her hotness, exposed.
Derek: You just recently shared your experience being on the other side of the table from your favorite authors, but I’m curious – what spurred you to make the switch and start writing? What made you hop the table?
KD: I’ve wanted to be a romance author since I ran off with my mom’s Sandra Brown books when I was 12. I started out as a blogger while I was in college, and then became a professional editor for Hot Tree Editing. Finally, after telling a few of my author friends how my husband Jason and I met, they told me I should write it as a trilogy. So that’s when I sat down and finally wrote The Blogger Diaries Trilogy. From there, I’ve written several entirely fictional stories, from Rom-Coms to Dark BDSM.
Derek: What was it about your hot hubster that made you latch on and wanna keep him?
KD: I have so many inappropriate answers for this question… and they’d all be true. Know that saying about everything being bigger in Texas? (*wiggles eyebrows) LOL! But for real, I believe in soul mates, and something just told me we were put on this earth to be together. And if y’all have the chance to read our true story, The Blogger Diaries Trilogy, it’ll make a believer out of you too!
Derek: What’s your trick for getting his attention when you want to man handle his mango crop?
KD: BWAHAHAHA! #dead
We are on month 25 of baby makin’. When we realized one year in that it wasn’t going to be easy like our other daughters were, we made a promise that we wouldn’t let it become a chore, we’d keep it fun and enjoy it. We’ve got a toy collection that would rival Christian Grey’s (or Seven’s, if you’ve read my Club Alias series *wink) and it’s hard to keep our hands off each other to begin with. Also, boobs.
Derek: You’ve got a couple books out, and I’m working on getting into No Trespassing (and it’s fucking great so far), but which book was your absolute favorite to write? Where are the fondest author memories for you?
KD: No Trespassing! That’s the reason I suggested that one for you to read. Even though I have eight book babies now, NT is still my favorite. It was my very first venture into writing something that was completely fictional, coming out of my imagination instead of the reality of Jason’s and my story. I got to set it in my favorite city in the entire world, New Orleans, and it was inspired by my favorite TV crush, documentary host Don Wildman. I love adventure movies, like National Treasure and anything Marvel, and I’ve always enjoyed a good enemies-to-lovers story, so I combined all that with a slight obsession with Egyptian and French history. Making up the clues Emmy and Dean find while trapped in the catacombs beneath NOLA, it was an absolute blast blurring the line between documented truth and my imagination, until they find the mind-blowing buried treasure.
Derek: Do you read through your books after you publish them – like the printed copy? If so, were they just one romp in the text or do you dig into your books more than once?
KD: I love going back and reading my Blogger Diaries just to reminisce. It’s fun reminding Jason of stuff from the past he might’ve forgotten about. But I also go back and read The Confession Duet and Seven, because I’m working on my Club Alias series now and I like going back to remember things about the side characters who are now getting their own books.
Derek: What’s a storyline that you’ve always wanted to write but haven’t yet… and what’s stopping you?
KD: Doc. Doc is the very first character who popped into my head from the Club Alias series. But he wasn’t ready for his story yet. He is a bad ass therapist who got tired of hearing victims’ stories of their sexual assaults and not being able to do anything about it, so he formed a mercenary team who find the guys who escaped justice and “take care” of them, all while making it look like an accident. Doc is everyone’s favorite. He’s the leader, the head honcho, and every scene I write with him in it, I catch myself smiling because I just love him so much. He’s definitely my favorite voice in my head haha! But he had work to do before he found the love of his life. So I started with his team members first. I wrote Corbin and Vi’s story (The Confession Duet). And then Seth and Twyla’s (Seven). Next will come a couple of novellas starring Brian in some Kindle Worlds, and then Doc will finally get his happily ever after. Brian will get his story last, but only because his girl is playing hard to get.
Derek: Gimme your favorite type of book boyfriend and an example – where can others find this sexy bastard?
KD: My favorite type of book boyfriend is definitely an antihero alpha who won’t take no for an answer… even if it means stealing her against her will. I’m a sucker for a captive romance. Have been since I was 10 and Beauty and the Beast came out. Hence why I have a Belle half-sleeve tattoo. If you love super dark romances, my favorite is CJ Roberts’s Dark Duet. Caleb is the ultimate antihero.
Derek: Gimmie a weird food you eat that makes your friends/family look at you like you’re nucking futz (mine is totally mac and cheese with a little ketchup on it).
KD: Chocolate milk and pickles. The sweet of the milk with the salty of the pickles. OMG. Perfect combo!
Derek: If you could do anything for the rest of your life as a career, other than be an author, what would you be really passionate about?
KD: I’m also a full-time editor for Hot Tree Editing. I love it so much! Getting in there and tweaking and perfecting, leaving suggestions and finding little things the author might not have thought about… it’s exhilarating. Plus, I get to read ladyporn all day and get paid for it. It’s pretty amazing!
Derek: What was your most exciting “fuck yes!” moment from 2017?
KD: When Susan Stoker gave my Seven five stars! I had no idea she was even reading my book, but she messaged me to tell me she loved it and I about died. At Shameless Book Con, she even stood by my table and told people to buy the paperbacks. It was pretty surreal haha!
Derek: We’re creeping up on the end of the year and holiday season is hitting us, I want to know…
- What’s your Halloween costume this year: Loki
- What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish: Sweet potato casserole
- If you could have just one thing for Christmas, what would it be: Two pink lines (*wink)
- New Year’s… what’s the resolution: My resolution every year is to drink more water. That’s how bad I suck at it! LOL!
Derek: Hit me with your absolute favorite food you love making at home (link a recipe if you got one!)
KD: Pork chop biscuits. I’m from NC, land of Bojangle’s. And living in TX, I miss their biscuit sandwiches SO bad! Lightly bread thin-cut boneless pork chops with flour and Tony Chachere seasoning and fry those babies up on the stove. Slap them in a Grand’s Flaky Layers Butter Tastin’ biscuit with some mustard, and then try not to eat too many. I dare ya.
Derek: Guilty/not-so-guilty indulgence:
KD: Hubs and I are addicted to Desperate Housewives LOL!
Derek: Self-gratification – speedy little bullet or Hulk dildo?
KD: The Whisper. Amazon that shit. Trust me.
Derek: As a reviewer, reader, and super hottie what’s the one factor that you look at most often when deciding whether or not to read a book?
KD: BWAHAHA! <3 The blurb. I’m kind of immune to hot covers. They sort of all look the same to me now. But if I can make it all the way through a blurb and my squirrel brain is piqued, I’m all for it! There are two books coming out that I am DYING for. Golden Czermak’s The Agency (which is actually a series) and K. Webster’s Lawn Boys. I was able to bribe one of these amazing authors into giving it to me early, and OMG. I cannot wait to blast that baby all over the internet, because It. Was. Phenomenal.
Derek: Author question time – what’s a writing habit or author habit you have that you can’t break that just drives you nuts when you do it.
KD: I was an editor first. I envy those authors who can just put their fingers to the keys and bust out tens of thousands of words a day because they don’t self-edit as they go. I literally edit after each paragraph. It’s so annoying. I wish I could just close my eyes and let the words flow, but I can’t. I write a bit, and then go back and tweak, then write a bit, and go back and tweak. *eye twitch Also, I’m a pantser. I wish I could outline, but I completely suck at it.
Derek: What are you most excited for or looking forward to in 2018?
KD: The books I have planned to write and the signings I’ll be at! Coming in 2018 will be 4 novellas in various Kindle Worlds, featuring Brian from my Club Alias series. Steal You, a super dark, twisted novel I’m co-writing with my author bestie CC Monroe. Doc’s book. And Brian’s novel at the end of my series. So far, I’ll be at Bella Nola in February, Books are Bigger in Texas and Booking in Biloxi in March, Naughty at the Beach in June, and Shameless Book Con in October!
Derek: Do you have a hot sister you could hook me up with?
KD: Sorry, I only have three big brothers. Unless you’re into that. #nojudgement
Derek: Tell the readers about your most memorable sexy-time!
KD: Excerpt from Wished for You, book 1 in my Blogger Diaries Trilogy:
I can’t tell if I’m actually moving or if I’m just mentally floating until my back makes contact with the wall next to Jason’s bed. I’m pinned between it and his solid body, barricaded in by his rock-hard biceps, cocooning me in until I am aware of nothing but him. His denim-clad knee moves between my bare legs, and he presses his thigh upward until he rubs against my white linen shorts-covered center, making me whimper as his tongue thrusts against my own. He’s devouring me, making my heart pound with both excitement and maybe a little bit of fear at his intensity. There is nothing tentative about his touch, nothing like the normal first time of being with a new lover. He doesn’t bother gauging my reactions with cautious caresses. He knows just what to do to send me reeling, and he doesn’t worry about asking permission to do it. He is in complete control of my body, playing it like a savant, already aware I would never tell him no. I give myself over to him, putting my trust into his capable hands, believing he’ll do what he says he will and make me feel the way I’ve never felt before, feel the things I’ve never felt before. His hands leave where they were pressed on either side of my head against the wall, and they come to rest at my throat. My heart thuds with alarm for a second, never having been touched in such a dominant way before, until the gentle stroke of his thumbs along my jaw soothes it away.
The stroke moves lower, tickling down my neck, over my collarbone, separating to travel around the outsides of my breasts, sending a shiver up my spine, making me moan into his mouth. My skin breaks out in gooseflesh and his caress moves down my sides until he finally stops to grip the bottom of my pink V-neck T-shirt. Somehow, even in the hypnotic state he’s put me in, my self-consciousness breaks through. My hands land on his, gripping them tightly to keep him from pulling my shirt up. I usually keep my top on, which guys don’t seem to care when I let them skip over second base and head straight to third. He stops kissing me, and I move forward to retrieve the connection we lost, but he stands up to his full height, bringing his knee out from between my thighs. I feel cold from the sudden distance. “Let go,” Jason demands.
“I…I just want to keep it on,” I tell him, unable to meet his eyes.
“Let…go.” His tone leaves no room for disobedience, and I lighten my grip on his fisted hands. “Good girl, now put your hands above your head and don’t move them.”
Derek: It’s the zombie apocalypse, you’re hungry, you finally stumble across a little town in the middle of nowhere and break into a house to find food. What’s a treat you’re hoping to find?
KD: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
Derek: What is one of your biggest challenges you face (or have faced and overcome) as an author?
KD: I have severe ADD. Like, medicated for it and everything. But when I take my meds, the voices stop talking. So it’s a battle to get myself in the right setting, in the right mindset, to sit down and write my stories. What I’ve found that works: Sitting at Dunn Brothers Coffee in a booth while listening to Two Steps from Hell through my headphones.
Derek: Name one or more apps that you use all the time (not social media apps) that you can’t live without or absolutely love having?
KD: Amazon Music and YouCam Makeup. I like tricking people into thinking I’m good-looking (*wicked grin)
Derek: Have any of your stories or characters ever been inspired by a real person?
KD: Yes! Several, actually. Emmy in No Trespassing was based a lot on my bestie Laura. Erin in the same book is based on Erin Noelle, and so is Calvin and Ricky McWells (I adore them and want to be their best friend in real life, so I live vicariously through my characters LOL!) Sierra Burrell plays the bff in Before the Lie. Seven is based on Justin James Cadwell, who is on the cover. He inspired his entire character. I could go on…
Derek: As a reader (when you actually get time to read) what’s something that will instantly turn you off and make you close a book?
KD: I don’t like a bitchy heroine. She doesn’t necessarily have to be a sweet damsel in distress, but I like a heroine I would want to be friends with in real life.
Derek: What’s the next book you’re working on right now that everyone should know about?
KD: Steal You, by KD Robichaux (that’s me!) and the awesome CC Monroe.
So back up a few months, to the night before Jason’s semen analysis before I got on my fertility meds. I was in the tub, and he was sitting on the floor of the bathroom like he always does (stalker <3 ) and my crazy “came out of the box” as he says. I started crying, saying “Maybe I should go with you. What if the doctor thinks you’re so hot that she steals your sperm and impregnates herself? Do you know how fucking PISSED I’d be if someone else could have your baby, but I couldn’t?!” Blubbering. Crazy. Mess.
But then my breath caught, and I looked at him, probably looking like a psychopath. “That would be a fucking crazy book,” I told him. And then my mind started spinning. “But what if… what if I told it from the doctor’s perspective? An anti-heroine. She’s fucking crazy, but the reader roots for her, wanting her to win.”
And with wild eyes, right there in the tub, I FaceTimed CC like we always do (being naked just makes us want to chat for some reason) and told her the story, and I told her I wanted her to write it with me, because who would better understand the emotional roller coaster of infertility than my CC, who is going through the same crap I am? Who better to let our crazy “out of the box” with and write a completely psycho heroine who everyone will love?
So look for Steal You, coming out (hopefully) February 2018!
Derek: Last question: If someone new to the romance genre came to you asking you to recommend three really good authors/books, who (and which books) besides your own would you tell them to grab to introduce them to the lovey sexy-times we write about?
KD: Oh jeez. Pressure!
I’m going to stick with Indies, because if I go into my love of PNR, it’ll take up an entire page. In no particular order:
- Aurora Rose Reynolds’s Until Series
- Erin Noelle’s When the Sun Goes Down and As the Dawn Breaks
- Red Phoenix’s Brie Series
Wanna Check out KD’s books? Here’s the deets!
The Blogger Diaries Trilogy
This is the real life story of how Jason and I met. Every. Single. Word of it is true, right down to explicit love scenes. I know, wtf was I thinking? I have no shame.
Here are the Universal links for the boxed set:
The Confession Duet:
(FREE on KU)
It was love at first sight. Not just for Vivian, but for Corbin as well. Their eyes locked across the room, and that was all she wrote. But they didn’t rush things. They wanted to do it right. After all, they would spend the rest of their lives together.
The love of each other’s life. Soul mates. He was the intense and fiercely protective soldier, and she was his doting and faithful lover.
They found their happily ever after. This was their story… until it wasn’t.
Ten years after Corbin divorced Vivian, after her confession while he was deployed, he still hasn’t spoken to the girl who brought him to life only to stab him in the heart, sending him into an even darker state than where he was before he met her.
Ten years, he’s been watching her from afar, keeping tabs. After an honorable discharge from the Army, he’s now part of a group of mercenaries who carry out justice. Criminals who hide behind their fancy lawyers and power—they take care of them and make it all look like karma. And with intel from their founder, Dr. Walker, a therapist with a long list of predators whose victims were too scared to turn them in, work is plenty and fulfilling.
Until Vi begins her sessions and Corbin discovers the reality he’s lived the past ten years was nothing but a lie, when the truth is revealed.
*Triggers may lie within this book*
(My personal favorite of all my books)
If you like the movie National Treasure, you will love this book!
Being the daughter of world-renowned archaeologists, it’s in Emmy’s blood to want entry into the many off-limits historical places around the United States. Having graduated with her degrees in history and archaeology, you’d think she could just waltz right in wherever she wanted, right?
Dean Savageman, host of The Adventure Channel’s No Trespassing, is the rock star of documentaries, and is always called first to explore the most forgotten, dangerous, and inaccessible places around the country. No one gets dibs before him—certainly not the huffy wanna-be archeologist who keeps showing up at the most obscure undocumented locations, no matter how beautiful she is.
After years of run-ins—and unwanted fantasies—with her self-proclaimed mortal enemy and having given up on gaining entry to one of her dream sites the legal way, Emmy sneaks into the NOLA Catacombs, having no idea Dean is in their depths.
What happens when these two get trapped together, alone, twenty-five feet under the streets of New Orleans is one for the history books, or at least an episode of… No Trespassing.
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Seth Owens, co-owner of Club Alias, has always taken full-advantage of the endless supply of willing submissives who frequent his high-end establishment. But he’s never trusted anyone enough to let them get to know the man beneath the leather mask.
Twyla Quill has always been the good girl, the responsible one, which has left her no time to indulge in the many pleasures of life—much less a relationship.
When Twyla finally convinces her sister to leave her abusive boyfriend, they have no choice but to move across the country and hide out, away from the monster determined to get her sister back. With their savings quickly running out, Twyla takes a position at the local sex shop—where she meets Seth, a man who is all too willing to show her what she’s been missing out on.
What happens when the witty Dom meets the sweet new girl in town? Sparks fly and a whirlwind romance neither ever saw coming begins. But will Seth be able to protect the woman he considers his?