Author Spotlight: KM Golland
Describe yourself in one word:
Wordy, although this question contradicts that.
What is your background with regard to writing?
I don’t particularly have a ‘background’ in writing per se. Before penning my first book Temptation, I predominantly wrote in birthday cards, text messages and posted Facebook statuses. That’s pretty much it. 😉
When did you first begin writing with a view of embarking on a career as a published author?
My first book, Temptation, was the by-product of boredom and curiosity. (Boy, am I glad I was bored and curious)
Anyway, prior to writing it, I’d read FSOG and Sylvia Day’s Crossfire Series. I’d really enjoyed those books and found myself wanting to read a similar premise but with a more relatable heroine — a mature aged woman and not a young virgin. I also wanted to read a story that touched on forbidden love. A friend of mine had been raving about a website called Fanfic.net. She explained that she’d been obsessively reading short stories that were written by aspiring writers wanting to carry on the FSOG story. She was loving them. So, being a FSOG fan as well, I had a look at the site and came across a section where you could upload your own stories and tag them with ‘If you liked *bla bla book* then you might like my story’. It looked like a fairly simple process, so I figured I’d start typing my story idea of a mature woman embroiled in forbidden love and then upload it to the site for a bit of fun. Within a week of uploading three chapters, I had over 1000 hits and messages by people from all over the world, asking when I would be uploading more. It really was a mammoth shock. Anyway, despite my astonishment, I continued the story and finished the book, writing it from beginning to end in the space of one and half months. And it was at that point that I decided to polish what I’d written and submit it to a couple of publishing houses, together with looking into self-publishing. The rest is history. ☺
Your entrance to the published world cam from self-publishing the first 3.5 Temptation books, which then went on to become bestsellers in the US. Harlequin Australia have since acquired the AU/NZ rights and are currently re-releasing these as both paperback and ebooks. How is the transition from exclusively self-published to both self- and traditionally- published author going?
It’s going great! I love being a hybrid author; I get the best of both worlds. Although, it requires double the work where promotion and marketing are concerned. Harlequin Books Australia are a wonderful publishing house. The entire team there are fabulous.
What is an average writing day for you? Do you set yourself writing goals, and if so could you share these?
Writing is my full-time job, so I can write as much or as little as I please. A typical day would involve many cups of tea, a bit of music, some Tim Tams and typing away until my heart is content. I’m not one to set goals, however, my writing system appears to work just fine.
Looking to your November release, Attraction, can you tell us a little more about the story?
Sure! Attraction is a Temptation Series standalone, or if reading in series order, book #4. The two leading characters, Carly and Derek, are the best friends of Bryce and Alexis. They are both carefree, fun and sexually adventurous, and are more than happy with their uninhibited lifestyles. They embark on a no-strings relationship based solely on attraction, but then soon start to question if what they share goes beyond that notion.
Now, we all love a hunky firefighter, and your gorgeous hero Derek is no exception! Tell us, what character trait of both Carly and Derek’s will endear them to your readers?
Under their feisty — and at times vain — exteriors, they are two people wanting what we all seek in life — true love. They are both vulnerable to rejection, which makes them extremely endearing.
What do you want readers to know about the romance genre?
That it is extremely vast. No love story is the same, nor should it be defined by a pre-conceived notion.
What’s next for you?
I’m currently writing another Contemporary Romance titled Discovering Stella, which I hope to publish in the New Year. You can check out the blurb on my website. After that, I’m collaborating with another author to bring an erotic romance full of angst and taboo. It won’t be your conventional love story.
What book is currently on your nightstand?
On my nightstand? That would be Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I’m also reading Sick Day by Morgan Parker, and Buying Thyme by fellow Aussie and good friend, TJ Hamilton.
What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
You’re young, experience your youth. Don’t try and grow up too quickly.
What do you find easiest to write? And, the hardest? Easiest is banter, and hardest is sex.
Favourite travel experience? South Pacific Cruise.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list: Drive in the celebrity Grand Prix race in Melbourne.
Milk, dark or white chocolate? All. They each bring something different to my tongue.
Red, white, bubbly? Neither. I like my spirits, cocktails and shots.
Salty or sweet? Sweet.
Beach or mountains? Beach.
Give or receive? Both.
About the Author:
“I’m an author. I am married. I am a mother of two adorable little people. I’m a bookworm, craftworm, movieworm, and sportsworm. I’m also a self-confessed shop-aholic, tea-aholic, car-aholic, and choc-aholic.” Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, K.M. Golland studied law and worked as a conveyancer before putting her career on hold to raise her children. She then traded her legal work for her love of writing and found her dream career.