June 22, 2013

Kay Phoenix

Kay Phoenix Rises Out of the Nevada Desert


Kay Phoenix is a rare lifelong resident of Las Vegas, Nevada.  She serves on the board of the Las Vegas Romance Writers and is also a member of the Kiss of Death and Women’s Fiction chapters of Romance Writers of America.  Kay writes in the contemporary and paranormal romance categories, as well as non-fiction articles.  She shares her life with a lovely family, friends, two desert tortoises, two black cats and the world’s best rescue dog, Rembrandt. 
     Kay is also a member of the Las Vegas Artists Guild as a photographer. 

Please describe your writing environment. 

I have a pretty purple laptop –the brand, speed, and all that mumbo jumbo doesn’t matter to me as long as it works.  It’s purple, shiny, and I like it!  So, my writing environment is anywhere my shiny purple laptop and I decide to go.  (It’s a Dell, I had to look.)
What are your hobbies?  
I love to be in nature.  Hiking, camping, and driving aimlessly on any of the hundreds of miles of dirt roads around Las Vegas are all ways that I like to spend my spare time.  I’ve stumbled upon some very interesting things on these dirt road expeditions, like ancient Indian petroglyph sites that aren’t on any maps, and a site where a brothel from a neighboring county had illegally dumped many of their out-dated “menus”. 
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 
I believe that all writers are perfectionists, and some of them, like me, are perfectionists to a fault.  I probably would not change the story line, but I would tweak all of the words endlessly if there weren’t such animals as deadlines.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? 
I was on a camping trip with my grandparents when I was about 8 years old.  We sat down to eat and a jackrabbit came to watch us.  My grandmother suggested I try to write a poem about him, thus my first poem entitled Dinner with a Hare was composed that very day. 
Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer? Or Still do?
I am currently a full time mom to the best son in the world, and my writing comes in second.  Prior to becoming a mom, I worked as a Graphic Artist in the casino and gaming industry for 15 years.  It was a very exciting and rewarding career, but I am looking forward to the new doors that my writing will open for me.
Who is your perfect hero? And why? 
Indiana Jones is my perfect hero.  He is smart, funny, and cares about worthy causes like helping orphans and protecting archeological artifacts.  And, he looks just as hot wearing a fedora while carrying a whip as he does in a suit. 
When you have writer's block how do you break free? 
I go for a hike.  Walking puts me into kind of an “automatic pilot” zone, and it clears all the static clouding my thoughts.  When I’m not worried about anything but putting one foot in front of the other, my thoughts flow easier and I’m able to organize them.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group? 
©    Website:  www.KayPhoenix.com
©    email: KayPhoenix@yahoo.com,  
©    Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/KayPhoenixAuthor/, and
©    Twitter:  https://twitter.com/KayPhoenix_ 

What was your first published work and when was it published? 
My first published work is a short story titled The Plane Truth which came out in August 2012.  You can download it for FREE with the code QA52X from https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/214003.

What would you do if you thought you were going to die, and you were strapped into a seat next to the person that might be the love of your life, especially if you had never told them how you felt?
Locked in their seats, Emily and Aiden are forced to face life and death together after fate throws a lightning bolt their way.

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