Interview with Kitty Stephens:
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Kitty Stephens, author of Set Me Free.
Hi Kitty, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
- My name Kitty Stephens. I currently reside in Ohio, with my husband, my son, and our three guinea pigs. I’ve been an avid reader since I was very young and started writing when I was around nine or ten. Once I had internet access, I became active in fan communities and started posting my work on various fan sites. Set Me Free is my first book.
1) Do you buy a book because of the cover, the blurb, or something else?
- Definitely the blurb. A cover can be misleading, sometimes it’s truly difficult to tell from that alone if the book is something I would like. I always make a point to read the blurb first, then look at the cover art. I will also buy books based on recommendations from friends and family, or if they are used as the basis for a TV show or movie I really love.
2) What does ‘romance’ mean to you?
- Romance means falling in love. It means cultivating love and helping it grow. It means doing something wonderful for the people you care for.
3) What are your current projects?
- My current book is Set Me Free, a young adult novel about a wealthy young man named Aaron Ledbetter. His parents have planned out his entire life, including marriage to his best friend, Lynn Rossman. During an annual family vacation the summer before college, Aaron meets Jonas “Lucky” Luckett and is faced with the decision of a lifetime.
4) What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
- Writer’s block. I struggle with it a lot, and have to find creative ways to get past the block to put words on the page.
5) Tell us something about yourself that would surprise people.
- I was born in Oxford, England. For most of my life I had dual citizenship with both countries.
Thanks again & Congrats on your new release!
Book Name: Set Me Free
When an affluent college-bound boy falls for a young artist, he must choose between the life that’s been mapped out for him and the chance at true love.
Pages or Words: 63,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
They found a secluded spot to sit off the main drag and scarfed down pieces of pizza and people-watched. Aaron had been full of nerves earlier, but Lucky put him at ease. He had that way about him.
“I’ve got a few minutes left,” Lucky said when they finished their food.
They got up, sipping at their drinks as they made their way through the crowd back toward Lucky’s booth. It was now or never. He had to ask, had to get the words out, or miss his shot.
“Can I ask you something?” Lucky spoke up before Aaron could. Maybe Lucky would… Aaron held his breath, nodding. “It might sound weird.”
“Sure,” Aaron replied, his heart beating a little faster. He had no idea what was coming now; what could Lucky possibly want from him? A kiss?
“Can you take your picture for me?”
Aaron blinked at him. Lucky tilted his head off to one side and Aaron turned his head the same direction. His gaze landed on a photo booth, realization sinking in. His mouth fell open, unsure what to say. It was a little weird because they barely knew each other, but also flattering.
“I’d really like to draw you again.” Lucky seemed slightly embarrassed. “I mean, I could take pictures on my phone if that’s better for you, but that seemed creepier somehow.”
Aaron couldn’t help the chuckle that escaped at Lucky’s words, even as the idea of Lucky drawing him again and again left him breathless. “Um,” he managed to get out, glancing around at the crowd. A familiar blonde head caught his eye and he nearly choked.
Was Lyn at the carnival? Wasn’t she supposed to be with their mothers?
Aaron pulled Lucky by the hand into the photo booth and slid the curtain shut.
Lucky slid money into the slot as they sat down. His breath caught as Lucky’s hands touched his face gently. “Like this,” Lucky whispered, turning his head to the side. The camera flashed. Lucky’s fingers turned his head to the front, pulling away just in time for the camera to go off again. Once again, Lucky’s fingers turned his head to the side, only now he was facing Lucky, staring deeply into his eyes.
Aaron tried not to hyperventilate as he held Lucky’s gaze. The camera flashed for the last time but neither of them moved.
“Go out with me?” Aaron suddenly blurted out. He had to do something or he might do something even more insane, like kiss Lucky. Aaron so wasn’t ready for that yet. Lucky’s eyes widened and he smiled.
“Sure,” Lucky drawled after a moment. “When?”
Buy the book:
Apple iBookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/set-me-free/id1115847003?mt=11
All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-setmefree-2049092-149.html
Book Depository: (will update if it lists prior to release)
Meet the author:
Kitty Stephens’ writing aspirations date back to her childhood, when she and her brother would make up stories about characters in their favorite books. She eventually started writing stories in online fan communities, and majored in English at Ohio State University. She lives in Ohio with her husband and son. Set Me Free is her first novel.
Where to find the author:
oodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28764318-set-me-free
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: C.B. Messer