Regina Kyle knew she was destined to be an author when she won a writing contest at age ten with a touching tale about a squirrel and a nut pie. By day, she writes dry legal briefs, representing the state in criminal appeals. At night, she writes steamy romance with heart and humor.
A lover of all things theatrical, Regina lives on the Connecticut coast with her husband, teenaged daughter and two melodramatic cats. When she’s not writing, she’s most likely singing, reading, cooking or watching bad reality television. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and treasurer of her local RWA chapter.
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First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
I’m a wife, lawyer, stage mom, Diet Coke-aholic and lover of all things theatrical. When I’m not writing, I’m most likely singing, reading, cooking, watching bad reality television or obsessing over my current celebrity crush/hero inspiration. (So far I’ve cycled through Joe Manganiello, Adam Levine and Jessie Pavelka and have moved on to Chris Evans and Tom Hiddleston.)
Did you always want to be a writer?
I’ve always loved to write, but I went through a lot of career phases, mostly due to the influence of television and movies. There was medical examiner (Quincy), journalist (All The President’s Men), lawyer (The Paper Chase). I got a journalism degree in college and wound up as a lawyer, both of which involve a substantial amount of writing. But I didn’t really think about pursuing a career as an author until I hit my mid-life crisis.
What kind of writer are you? Panster or Plotter?
Is there such a thing as a Plantser? My first book was pretty much pantsed, but I’ve plotted the next two to a degree, as I have to submit a proposal to my publisher that includes a (gasp!) synopsis. At first I resisted, but I have to admit it does make the writing go faster when you know where the plot’s headed, at least generally. Plus, I get to make a pretty plot board with colored sticky notes.
Where do your ideas come from?
A lot of places. Pop culture. The news. The interweb. And I draw a lot from my real life (the names are changed to protect the guilty LOL). In Triple Threat, the setting is theater, something I’ve been involved in for years, first as an amateur actress and then as “stage mom” to my daughter, who toured the United States as Jane Banks in Mary Poppins. Gabe in my next book, Triple Time, is a prosecutor, like me. Ivy, the heroine in book three of the Art of Seduction series, struggles with her weight, again like me. I guess you could say there’s a little of me in all of my books.
A la Twitter style, can you describe your book (or series) in 140 characters or less.
Playwright & Hollywood heartthrob face life-threatening accidents that could close their show…or give them a chance to finish the sexy something they started as teens
What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
My Ipad mini is chock full of all types of romance, but I’m really a contemporary gal at heart, the steamier the better. I love a good reunion or friends-to-lovers story, smart-mouthed heroines who know what they want and beta heroes who don’t know how awesome they are. Oh, and books with a sense of humor. Because what’s life if you can’t laugh at it once in a while?
Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
I can’t say that I have one favorite book, but I can tell you the book that started me on the path of writing romance: Leslie Kelly’s Slow Hands. I had just gotten my first e-reader, and it was a free book that month. I read it in a day and then devoured almost everything she’d written. Somewhere along the way, I started thinking maybe I could write one, too. And thus, the seeds of Triple Threat were born. Leslie’s books are angsty, steamy and, most important, funny. Plus, she’s written the absolute best sex scene with food I’ve ever read. (Check out Overexposed. All I’m saying is it involves a cannoli.)
What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write?
Probably when it gets really emotional. Deep POV is my bailiwick. My critique partner Lisa is great at pushing me to go the next level, really dig deep and make my characters suffer. I’m better at writing snappy dialogue. At least, I think I am. I aspire to be the Aaron Sorkin of the romance genre.
If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
Living? Dead? Either? If I could include those who’ve left us, definitely Harper Lee. She only wrote one book, but To Kill A Mockingbird is a masterpiece. Plus, Truman Capote was her pal, and the inspiration for the character of Dill, so it’s like getting two authors for the price of one. And Lin Manuel Miranda. He’s the genius behind the musical In The Heights, and he starred in it, too. (He gets a shout-out in Triple Threat.) As for romance writers, I’d say Leslie Kelly, since she’s the one who got me started, but I was lucky enough to have dinner with her at this year’s Romance Writer of America conference in San Antonio. (We chatted about our mutual love for community theater and compared photos of our kids in various productions. It was surreal.) So I’d have to pick Susan Elizabeth Phillips. That woman can flat out write. Her descriptions are so vivid, her characters so engaging and her books so darned funny. I mean, a heroine walking down the highway in a beaver suit? How can you not root for her?
Last question, are you working on anything right now?
I just submitted the proposal for book three in the Art of Seduction series for Blaze, tentatively titled Triple Dare. It tells the story of Ivy, the third Nelson sibling, and Cade, her twin brother Gabe’s best friend. And I’m finishing up the second book in the series, Triple Time. That’s Gabe and Devin’s book, and they’re both introduced as characters in Triple Threat.
Because Triple Threat is theater-themed, what’s your most memorable theatrical experience? And I’m not talking making out in the back row of the cineplex.
The Theater of Temptation presents Sabotage…and Seduction!
The Playwright: It’s emerging playwright Holly Nelson’s big break. Broadway. Having survived her traumatic marriage and divorce, Holly is now aiming for success, not love. And any naughty dreams about Nick Damone—the gorgeously dishy star who was her crush back in high school—must remain a fantasy.
The Star: For Nick, Broadway is a chance to go from big-screen-eye-candy to serious actor, and to explore the lust blazing between him and Holly. But life-threatening accidents will force a chain of events that could bring down the curtain on the whole production…or give Nick and Holly a chance to finish the sexy something that started fifteen years ago!
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