Get to Know Renae Kaye

March 3, 2015

DSP: What is your dream vacation?

Relaxation.  Relaxation.  Relaxation.

I’m one of these weird people who has no huge desire to travel overseas, and I’m happy to stay in Australia and explore our lovely land.  I don’t mind the heat, but I’ve only ever seen snow once in my life – so I can’t picture cold vacations with snow, just hot ones with swimming.

My dream vacation would involve a house/cabin to stay in, not a hotel.  The cabin would be set on the edge of a beach, or in the middle of a forest, and would be surrounded by nature.  There would be lots and lots bushwalking nearby, swimming (either in an ocean or a natural pool in the tropical forest), maybe a bit of fishing, but it would be close enough to civilisation that I could get in the car and drive to a nice restaurant for dinner.

The point of the vacation would be to do nothing.  I could sit and read if I wanted, or stroll through the bush, or jump in the ocean.  Re.Lax.A.Tion.

DSP: Do you have a favorite character you’ve written so far?

**cringes with shame that she doesn’t love all her guys equally**

Yes.  I’m sorry to say to my other characters, but I adore Jay from Loving Jay the most.  He’s one of these characters you just cannot help but love.  There’s not a single sliver of hate or malice in his body.  He’s an open book to what he’s feeling, because he just opens his mouth and it all comes tumbling out.

He gets upset about animal testing for makeup. He takes over an hour to get dressed.  His restaurant order is so complicated that you just want to shout at him.  But gosh, you have to love him too.  If Liam hadn’t snapped him up, I would be rushing over there and taking him home with me.  Because most of all, Jay makes me happy.  He’s such a sweet, over-the-top, joyful, zany, loving guy, that he makes everyone around him happy too.

What is the oddest place Shawn and Harley have sex in Shawn’s Law, your forthcoming novel?

Oh, ha ha ha.  I’m not sure about it being an odd place, but one of my favourite scenes in this book is when Harley persuades Shawn to sneak off into the vegetation while at a beach.  To me, sex is about having fun, not just pleasure.  And Shawn’s Law has a lot of fun sex scenes.

In this scene, Harley and Shawn are visiting a local island off Perth for the day called Rottnest Island.  It was originally named “Rats Nest Island” because the early European explorers thought it was infested with large rats.  In fact, these animals are small marsupials called quokkas.  (Think miniature kangaroos).

So Shawn and Harley are getting funky when:

Suddenly he stopped, completely freezing in my arms and giving me a frightened look.

“What is it?” I questioned urgently. Had he heard something? Was someone coming?

“Harley? Where are your hands?”

I frowned. My hands? I was more worried about his hand around our dicks to think about my own hands. I flexed my fingers on each hand and found one on his shoulder and one threaded through his black hair. “Here and here. Why?”

“If your hands are there, then what’s touching me on my bum?”

We stared at each other for endless seconds before I raised my head and stretched my neck to peer over his body. Two black eyes stared back, unblinking. The creature wiggled its nose at me, then took a funny little hop forward, touching his whiskers to Shawn’s naked flesh.

“Harley? Please tell me that it’s not a snake?”

I bit back my smile. Shawn got all embarrassed when I laughed at his calamities. “No. Not a snake. Just a quokka,” I informed him.

He jumped a mile, scrambling over my body so that he was scrunched in the bushes on the opposite side from the little marsupial.

“Argh!”

I laughed. “Hey, buddy,” I crooned to the animal. “What are you doing here?”

“Touching my bum,” Shawn shrieked. “How dare he?”

I laughed harder. “He was just wondering what we were doing,” I soothed Shawn. “He wasn’t going to nibble your nuts or anything.”

“That’s what you think,” Shawn cried. “How do you know it’s a boy? Maybe he’s a queer quokka. Maybe he was coming over to join in?”

Poor Shawn – the wildlife are really out to get him in this book.

DSP: What is your writing space like? (if you wouldn’t mind sharing a picture we’d love that!)

My writing space is a white desk in what is known to my family as “The Craft Room.”

Several years back, we extended our house and everyone got an extra space to call their own.  My husband got a theatre room where he has the biggest, shiniest, (and most expensive) home theatre system going, complete with speakers and fancy do-dahs, that’s also hooked up to PS3 and Wii. My kids received a huge multi-purpose room that houses their toys, their drawings, their craft activities, their TV, their DVDs, etc.  This is where they spend their time if they’re not at school or outside playing.

And off to the side of this huge room is The Craft Room for me.

In this room I’m surrounded by “my” stuff – my paperback books, my craft magazines, my craft projects I’ve completed, my pictures for inspiration, my half-finished projects, my one-day-I’ll-finish-this projects, Christmas cards from dear friends, toys kept from my childhood, and framed pictures of my book covers.  It’s very junkie, its window has a view of the fence and the neighbour’s air-conditioning system (yay), but it’s home and comfort for me.

And most importantly?  I have clear sight of the kids in their space so I can keep an eye on them.

Renae Kaye's Writing Room

Renae Kaye’s Writing Room

DSP: Coffee or tea?  

Coffee, coffee, coffee all the way.

DSP: Chocolate or peanut butter?  

Chocolate. Especially white chocolate with something gooey in the center.

DSP: Print books or ebooks?

Both.  My budget says eBooks.  Portability says eBooks.  But you can’t help loving print books.  It’s so much easier to browse a bookshelf, than scroll through lists and try to remember the name of the book.

DSP: Wine or beer? 

Um.  Neither.  I actually don’t drink alcohol.  I tried it when I was 18, but I didn’t like it, so I prefer cola when I go out.  Did you need a designated driver?

DSP: Cats or dogs? 

Cats.  I have three.  All of them are sitting less than a meter from me.  It’s their dinner time and they think I may forget.
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Renae Kaye is a lover and hoarder of books who thinks libraries are devilish places because they make you give the books back.  She consumed her first adult romance book at the tender age of thirteen and hasn’t stopped since.  After years – and thousands of stories! – of not having book characters do what she wants, she decided she would write her own novel and found the characters still didn’t do what she wanted.  It hasn’t stopped her though.  She believes that maybe one day the world will create a perfect couple – and it will be the most boring story ever.  So until then she is stuck with quirky, snarky and imperfect characters who just want their story told.

Renae lives in Perth, Western Australia and writes in five minute snatches between the demands of two kids, a forbearing husband, too many pets, too much housework and her beloved veggie garden.  She is a survivor of being the youngest in a large family and believes that laughter (and a good book) can cure anything.

2 Responses to “Get to Know Renae Kaye”

  1. Waxapplelover says:

    Love the excerpt! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Angela says:

    I pre-orderd Shawn’s Law and i can’t wait for release day. Thanks for sharing this excerpt and the other info.

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