Friday, March 04, 2011

Meet Kimberly Lang Author of Girl's Guide to Flirting with Danger


Kimberly Lang hid romance novels behind her textbooks in junior high, and even a master’s program in English couldn’t break the obsession with dashing heroes and Happily Ever After. A ballet dancer turned English teacher, Kimberly married an electrical engineer and turned her life into an ongoing episode of “When Dilbert Met Frasier.” She and her Darling Geek live in beautiful North Alabama with their one Amazing Child—who, unfortunately, shows an aptitude to sports.




Book Description:

GIRLS’ GUIDE TO FLIRTING WITH DANGER

Life is good for marriage counselor Megan Lowe—until the media discover that she’s the ex–wife of Devin Kenney, America's most famous divorce attorney! Now the paparazzi are digging for a scoop just in time for the launch of Devin's new book. His gorgeous smile smirks at Megan from magazines and billboards — making him infuriatingly impossible to forget…
It's time for Megan to throw her rulebook out of the window and face her dangerously sexy ex. And their sizzlingly hot reunion — well, that's most definitely headline news…
Welcome Kimberly to Romance Author Buzz. 

Hi Marilyn! Thanks for having me.

How long have you been writing and what was your call story?

I got serious about writing in late 2004.  (I’d been dithering about before that, saying I’d write a book “one day.”).  I submitted that manuscript in 2005 and sold in 2008. So that’s not too bad, I guess.

I’d submitted the full and got a three-page revision letter that pretty much sent me back almost to square one.   But they loved my voice (so they said) so I ripped that book apart and rewrote into something only vaguely recognizable from the original. 

The day of my call (May 2, 2008), I was on my cell phone with Rhonda Nelson when the house phone rang.  I didn’t recognize the number, so I let the answering machine pick up downstairs.  I could hear there was a message being left, but not what it was, so I Googled the number and found out it was from Mills and Boon in London.  I ran downstairs – still on the phone with Rhonda – to listen to a message saying they’d call back.  It was the longest hour of my life.  All because I thought my “Call” might be from a telemarketer. ~sigh~

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer? Have you had other jobs along the way?

I have a Master’s degree in English, so I had a long and storied career in the food service industry.  I was a ballet dancer, a program coordinator for a non-profit organization, a conference organizer for NASA scientists, and I taught English to ungrateful Freshmen.  It’s a bit of a mixed bag, but I learned things at all the jobs that I use as a writer—and I didn’t even know I wanted to be a writer until I was in my mid-20s!

Do you plot your stories or let your characters lead you?

The characters lead the way.  Always.  It’s not the easiest way to write a book, because I never know what’s around the next corner; it could be something really cool, or a complete dead end. But I’m not a plotter. I can’t plot out a book to save my life, because I never know where the characters are going to go.

Of all of your characters, do you have a favorite you identify with and why?

There’s a piece of me in all my characters and there’s always something in them that I identify with. I can’t pick a favorite.  It would be wrong to try.  Their feelings might get hurt.

What are you currently working on?
 
I’m finishing up a trio of books featuring three brothers from a powerful political family.  My Marshall brothers are sexy and powerful, and they have heroines who turn their lives upside down. Look for them in 2012.

If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?

Whatever she wanted! I’ll make it work.  Hey, that English degree might come in handy… I’m good at analyzing literature any way you want me to.  Oprah, you tell me the theme, and I’ll make it work. ~grin~
 
Describe a day in the life of Kimberly Lang.

Up at for thirty minutes of meditation and thirty minutes of yoga.  I make a cup of tea, then go meet the Geek and the Amazing Child for breakfast and spend a little time with them before they head off for the day. I answer fan mail for half an hour, then loose myself in new manuscript before I go investigate that strange beeping sound…

I slap the snooze button again, but the Amazing Child is shouting that she has no socks, and she needs lunch money, so I have to pull myself out of bed anyway. We’ve all overslept, so I toss her a banana to hold her until lunch and find out she was supposed to bring two dozen cookies for the PTA bake sale today, and the garbage truck is coming and the bin’s not down at the curb…

Yeah, it’s kind of like every other suburban mom’s life, only I can sleep for a little longer in the morning because I get to wear sweatpants to work and showers are optional.   

What is something you definitely want readers to know about you?

That I adore each and every one of them. Having someone appreciate what I write is a great honor that just tickles me to no end. 

What are you currently reading?

I can’t tell you. J  I’m reading the books that came in my RITA judging package, and we’re sworn to secrecy about what we’re reading until the after the contest. But a couple of them have been really awesome…

Kimberly , thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me!

 
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GIRLS’ GUIDE is a reunion story, so I’d like to hear about your exes! Have you ever reunited with an old flame? How did that work out? Or are you just glad your ex is an ex. I’ll give away a copy of my other reunion romance, BOARDROOM RIVALS, BEDROOM FIREWORKS!, to one commentor.  Winner will be announced March 31st.  Don't forget to leave  your email address so that you may be contacted.

22 comments:

Virginia C said...

Hi, Kimberly! I enjoyed hearing about your different jobs. I have worked in a number of different professions, and can definitely say that each one was quite a learning experience! One of the best things about each job is that they lead me to at least one new lasting friendship : )

I love reunion romances! I'm still waiting on mine. I met the love of my life when I was sixteen. He was a friend of a friend, and at first I thought he was just a smart-aleck. However, it didn’t take me long to realize that he was more, much more! He was tall and slim, and he had thick, wavy golden blonde hair and the most beautiful green eyes ever! He smelled better than any man I’ve ever met, and for years I could think of him and instantly smell his scent. Witty, warm, somewhat of a cowboy, and like me, Southern to the core. He put me on a pedestal, and he never thought that he would be accepted by my family. I have never been treated with such protectiveness and respect, but he had very low self-esteem. We saw each other off and on throughout the years, but we never had our “HEA”. He married once and divorced, and I have never married. Neither one of us has children. I will always believe in first love and second chances. You are never too old to love and be loved in return : )

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Barbara Vey said...

No exes I'd like to think about, so I'll just say HI and I love Kimberly's books. Fun stuff!!

Lynn Raye Harris said...

I'm glad that snooze button woke you up because I was thinking "No way!" I love ya, but just couldn't picture 30 minutes of meditation and 30 minutes of yoga at 5AM. I've roomed with you many times, and I *know* you have to have your caffeine first. ;)

I love reunion stories and love to write them! But I've never really had my own reunion. TG. I met and married early in life -- and we're still together. Looking forward to reading the latest and greatest Kimberly Lang book!

Word verif: ovulap - sounds like some kind of birth control. Probably the kind Presents heroines take (yeah, the one that fails all the time)....

Playground Monitor said...

My divorce was just final last year (November 17 but who's counting?) so I'm glad my ex is still an ex. And there's no bloody chance we'll ever reunite (but who's bitter?). OTOH, I love a good reunion romance on paper.

No need to enter me in the drawing. I'll get my own copy.

The "other" Marilyn

Sarah Morgan said...

Great interview Kimberly. I love hearing call stories and 'writing day'. Can't wait to read your latest! Love the title....

Natalie Anderson said...

Great interview Kimberly!!! But have to admit I'm another who enjoys reunion stories on paper rather than in real life - not my life anyway!!! *VBG*
But I'm more than happy to read about a couple truly right for each other who first met at the wrong time... and then they get that second chance... think that's nice :)

chey said...

I'd rather read a reunion story than live one!

Seo said...

No I've never reunited with an old flame thank goodness...I think it would be incredibly awkward!!

sxg21 at scasd dot org

Margay said...

I've never had a romantic reunion with an ex (although there is one I would've liked to!), but I have run into one a time or two (we have two children together) and every time I see him, I remember why we're divorced.

Margay1122ATaolDOTcom

Kimberly Lang said...

~waves to everyone~

Hey, y'all, sorry I'm late coming by (but when the Geek offers me a quick trip away, I've gotta go!)

I agree that reunion stories do work better on paper than in real life, most of the time. Most of my exes are exes for a reason, thankyouverymuch!


(and it sounds like Lynn was about to "out" me as a liar, if I hadn't done it myself...)

Linda Kish said...

I've had a few exes and I am so happy that they are gone. But...there is that one that I'd love to meet again.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Kimberly Lang said...

Ah, Linda, that sounds like a story.

And Virginia, I love that you remember how good he smelled.

Erin said...

I LOVE reunion stories. The shared history between the characters and the rekindling of the relationship often make for great reading. However, like most of the posters, I have never had my own reunion story as my exes are that way for a reason! I am looking forward to reading Megan and Devin's story - I think Kimberly's books are fabulous!

Kimberly Lang said...

Aw, thanks Erin. I think you're pretty fabulous too!

desere_steenberg said...

Stunning stunning post thank you so much for sharing. You already know that I simply adore your books but Ill say it again BRILLIANT WORK !

I simply adore reunion stories and this one sounds unbelievable in my case I am definitely going to stick to I am glad my ex is just that ..my ex!

Take Care and thanks for the great giveaway!

Desere
desere_steenberg@yahoo.com

mommawj said...

I've never reunited or desired to reunite with an old flame. I like the one I'm with.
Judy W
lward@infionline.net

Dena said...

I have reunited with an ex and at first it was great, but then he started smothering me. Also in between our break-up, it was about 9 years I had a daughter and that further complicated things. I always thought about him and am glad we did have a second chance, even though it didn't work out. So then I never had to wonder, and have thoughts of what if.........
denwal1@aol.com

Marilyn Shoemaker said...

I've just got to say, I adored this book. I laughed and cried and absolutely couldn't put it down! xxoo

dlynnpen said...

I am a widow and although I hope to reunite with him oneday...I have a few more things I want to do before then.
Sure the time goes slow and if on an off chance I see an old flame that I had before true love came calling I see why I love to read reunion stories but not live one.
After adding your book to my read list I found one of my old yearbooks.Took a walk down memory lane.With the help of the internet I was able to see a couple of old flames then and now.I love to read reunion stories but so glad not to have to live through one. :)

Marilyn Shoemaker said...

Kimberly and Lynn Raye Harris are on their way to the Romantic Times Convention so I'm going to pick a winner and I've got to say Virgina C. Like you the man I fell in love, I sent away. Maybe that was good because two years later I met my wonderful husband and now 5 years later since he passed away, I miss him every day! Thanks all for your comments.

Virginia C said...

Thank you so much! I emailed my info : )

From Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Love Changes Everything":

Yes, Love,
Love changes everything,
Brings you glory,
Brings you shame.
Nothing in the
World will ever
Be the same.

Kimberly Lang said...

Thanks for handling the details Marilyn!

Thanks for all the comments and kind words!

 

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