March 14, 2013

Writer Wrangler: Kayelle McClive

Braine: Hi Kayelle! Welcome to Talk Supe! We're happy to have you here today. Congratulations on the release of CONFEDERATE MOON! I'm sure your fans are excited to read your new novel. Can you tell us more about this series myth-wise?

Kayelle: I would have to say it follows the werewolf/vampire mythos standards pretty closely. In the book Nolan does a very in depth explanation of why wolves age slower than humans, which was fun to write. My vampires cannot go out into the daylight, werecreatures are killed by silver, and mages are human and very vulnerable. There are also other creatures in the series that will come to light in the second and third books and those will put a new spin on everything!

Braine: With all the otherworldly novels out on the market, what makes Moon & Magic  series stand out? 

Kayelle: Well I guess the biggest difference comes in the fact that vampires came out to the world during the Civil War (or War of Agression.) Slavery exists and thrives and the world is much darker. The different breeds/creatures don't hide from the humans, all of the magic, and secrets are out in the open. Vampires aren't very nice, they tend to control things are political and the wolves are the castaways left on the fringe of society. Mages play both sides of the fence and answer to wherever the money or power comes from. 

Braine: Who are the characters based on in terms of physical features? 

Kayelle: Nolan Shea was modeled after Ryan Reynolds, Bryne I always envisioned as Megan Fox with little to no make up. Estellan the vampire queen was modeled after Rhianna and our resident psycho wolf Damon was modeled after Lee Pace but specifically his character Garrett in Breaking Dawn Pt 2. 

Braine: Its been mentioned that your hubby helps you out with your writing a bit. Have you had any creative arguments about your storyline and characters? 

Kayelle: Oh yeah!!! We sure have. When I was writing CONFEDERATE MOON, we had several tiffs over Nolan's back story, who he was and where he came from. We also argued over whether the book should be written in third person or first person. He loves my first person style, and I felt the book would be better in third person. Well after 2 entire rewrites, it is in first person and I have to admit he was right :). But in the big scheme of things, we usually work pretty well together, he gets an idea, tells me and then I flesh it out more, bounce ideas off of him. He's a great writer as well even if he says he's not (He is.)

Braine: Your bio says you're a Patricia Briggs, Laurel K. Hamilton And Keri Arthur fan. Have you read the lasted Mercy Thompson book, Frost Burned? What do you think about it? Do you agree with some of the Anita Blake fans out there about how the series is not as good as the first couple of books and that Ms. Hamilton should conclude her Vampire Hunter series? 

Kayelle: I have not read Frost Burned (hangs head in shame) or the last Anita Blake book (hangs head lower) not because I don't want to, but because I don't have the time. I've been so busy writing, and we just added a grandbaby to our house so that takes up a lot of my spare time. However, I do believe that Laurell's Anita books aren't the same as they used to be. I loved when the mystery was the focal point of the story. I know a lot of people don't like them as they used to, my husband lost interest, but I still think she is one of the best authors out there that writes in the first person POV. I don't know that I'd say she should conclude it, if people are still reading, keep writing but I do think they've lost a little of their sparkle. 

Braine: Do you know what your next book is going to be? 

Kayelle: I am currently working on a three different things. (I'm a lot A.D.D.) The follow up to CONFEDERATE MOON which will be called Enemy's Mercy, a short story and another novel with author Morgan Brehman. 

Braine: Do you know how many books will you be writing for the series? 

Kayelle: Right now I know there will be 3 books with Bryne and Nolan, I've also toyed with the idea of using some of the other characters, Alex and Tristan for example, as well as wolves from neighboring cities to lengthen the series. It's a big world, and I know all the characters there and many of them have stories they'd love to share. 

Braine: Summarize CONFEDERATE MOON in 5 words. 

Sexy, sarcastic, and To Be Continued!!!!
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Kayelle lives in Southern Indiana, just outside of Louisville KY, where she was born and raised. (Except for a 4 year stint in Buffalo NY).

She is a mother of 5 chjildren and married to the love of her life who also writes and helps plot out storylines and assists with characters from time to time.

Her love of the paranormal began with The Lost Boys and there was no going back. After she fell in love with authors like Laurell K Hamilton, Keri Arthur and Patricia Briggs, she decided that she wanted to delve into a world where Werewolves, Vampires, Mages and Demons not only existed but flourished and were usually pretty sexy too!

She has a passion for professional hockey and her favorite teams are the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Her love of those boys on ice and the game itself has prompted several short stories with hockey players and their ladies as characters.

She is a self professed fan girl and has a very unhealthy (but fun) obsession with Nickelback, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Renner and Ryan Reynolds.

When she’s not up to her neck in sexy creatures that go bump in the night, or those hot hockey hunks, she dabbles with photography, watches too many movies and listens to a wide variety of music.

Her first novel Confederate Moon was the 3rd place Winner in the Passionate Ink Stroke of Midnight Contest in 2012.

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  1. Braine I totally didn't know you were writing a series! I feel like a failure as a fan... This was a neat and different interview. LOVED IT!!

  2. Braine I totally didn't know you were writing a series! I feel like a failure as a fan... This was a neat and different interview. LOVED IT!!


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