More Than 10 Questions with Author, Kim Cox
- What book genre do you love to read?
Mysteries and thrillers or a mixture of the two along with a little romance thrown into the recipe for good measure.
- What genre do you write?
A variation of the above. I have written sweet Romances, Romantic Mystery Thrillers or Romantic Suspense, and Paranormal Mysteries.
- What made you choose the genre?
I write what I love if I’m capable. I’ve always been pretty good at figuring out a mystery both in books and movies before anyone else. I love untangling the puzzle and the intrigue of the genre. Scary movies growing up were my favorites and I’ve always loved reading about ghosts and hauntings.
I love a good romance but I could never write a romantic comedy, although, I love those types of movies. I just don’t get comedy. I’m one of those who hear a joke and laugh when I finally get it an hour later. However, I’m often surprised when someone laughs at something I’ve said or written.
- What is the working title of your next book?
I’m working on two books right now. The first is a romantic suspense, Before We Wed, and the other is a paranormal mystery, Haunted by Her Past.
- Where did you get the idea for the book(s)?
They are books in two different series. Before We Wed is the second book in the Style and Profile series, and Haunted by Her Past is the fifth book in the Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery series.
- Tell us a little about the book(s) you’re working on.
In Before We Wed, a secondary character, Sarah, from All This Time (book one in the series), is left at the alter when her husband-to-be is arrested and dragged off to jail. When it seems he will be convicted of the crime, he tells her not to come back to see him. Sarah does everything she can to prove his innocence.
- What comes first, the character or the story?
Both I think come to mind simultaneously, but more of the story and then I sort of hold auditions for the characters to fit the circumstances and the type of character that’s needed.
- Do you use actors/actresses as models for your character?
I didn’t always, but yes, I do now. But I only use them for appearance purposes to keep me familiar with what they look like. I also write a few paragraphs on each character—usually more than what I need.
- If yes, who did you use for the characters in the Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery series?
I have a whole casting page for the series on my Pinterest site at https://www.pinterest.com/kimwrtr/casting-for-lana-malloy-paranormal-mystery-series/.
I’ll list the main characters as I see them here:
Main Character: Lana Malloy – Angie Harmon
Love Interest in the Beginning, more later: Anthony (Tony) Davide Calabria III – Andy Garcia (as he appeared in Godfather III)
Lana’s Aunt: Lucy Ann Malloy – Betty White
Lana’s Best Friend: Demi Lancaster – Gabrielle Union
- Are you a jump right into the writing or do you plot?
I’m mostly a write by the seat of my pants girl, but I do plot also. I start with an idea and I normally know where the story will begin and sort of how it will end. I try to begin the book with some type of action or a conversation between characters.
I write 2 or 3 chapters and then I go back and write a brief synopsis. Then I may write anything that pops into my head about the background of one or more characters. Then at some point during the writing process, I’ll find images of the characters that are in my head.
- Do you do any research before or during the writing process?
I may research a place if it’s somewhere I’ve never been or a long time since I’ve been there before I start writing. Generally, I mark areas with brackets [[ ]] that I need to research and make sure to do that before the second edit. It’s best I not to mess with my flow during the writing process.
- Have you read any good books lately?
Oh yes. I just finished, The One Discovered by Yvette Calleiro and loved it. It’s a young adult fantasy. It’s the first book in a series. It was so good I wanted to start the second book right away, and I have the second book on my Kindle right now, but I had other books lined up that I need to read first.
I also read Into Dark Waters by Rebecca Reilly that was wonderful. I believe there could definitely be a sequel to that book or at least another book with some of the same characters that got pretty close. Rebecca has a wonderful relaxed style and you could tell she had firsthand knowledge of cruise ships. I can’t wait to read her book, Haunting Megan, that sounds awesome. I believe I own all but one of her books now.
I loved the first book in Gordon Bickerstaff’s Gavin Shawlens Thriller series so much I now own all of his fiction books. I don’t usually like medical thrillers but this one pulled me right in and kept me enthralled to the very end.
There are just so many wonderful authors that I’m beginning to love that I never knew before and I can’t wait to pick up all their books. I can highly recommend Lori Soard, Maureen McMahon, Sheryl Hames Torres, Elizabeth Delisi, Amy Reece, Harmony Kent, and William Stuart. I’m sure I’m leaving some out. There are just so many.
And right now, I’m reading Bravura by Lisa Kirazian and loving it.
Kim Cox is an author of Paranormal, Mystery, Suspense and Romance. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with her chain saw artist husband, their West Highland White Terriers–Scooter and Harley, and a Yorkie mix, Candi. Kim is published in novels, short stories and articles.
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A ROMANTIC SUSPENSE NOVEL
In the city of Boston lies a story of revenge and hidden identity. Ryan Donatelli, posing as Thomas Randolph, sets out to avenge his sister’s death, even if it means using Sam Southard’s daughter to do it. After all, Ryan is sure Sam’s responsible.
Natalie Southard is determined to keep her family business out of the hands of known crime boss, Nick DeMarco. After her father is killed, Natalie and Ryan are forced to run for their lives. But, will they live long enough for their hearts to heal once everything is revealed?
“Is that her?” Detective Walsh asked, talking around the wad of gum in his mouth.
Ryan Donatelli tugged at the neck of his old football jersey while he looked everywhere but at the body on the steel examination table. The morgue walls were closing in on him. “I don’t know.” Even to him, his voice sounded tinny and far off. “Shelley’s small, but this woman seems much smaller. It’s hard to say.” The obvious resemblance struck him, but he looked for any reason he could to deny it.
“Dehydration from the burns,” the gray-haired coroner said. “It changes the facial appearance.”
Ryan glanced up and noticed the older man’s immense nose and his astonishing resemblance to the comedian and singer, Jimmy Durante.
The detective shrugged. “Well, if you can’t be sure, I guess we’ll just have to— Wait a minute! What about this?” Walsh removed a small envelope from his jacket pocket and extracted a plastic bag containing a necklace that had been tagged for evidence.
Ryan’s stomach spasmed. Acid scorched his throat. Every conscious thought screamed denial, yet his trembling hand reached for the bag. Under the fluorescent lights, the ruby pendant glowed like a hot ember. He squeezed it in his palm, trying to feel its pulsing warmth—like the warmth of Shelley’s smile.
Oh, God! It was as cold as the body on the table.
“You okay?” The detective’s voice was muffled.
Ryan wanted to laugh at the stupidity of the question, but at this moment, mirth was a foreign emotion to him.
With his index finger, he traced the outline of the small stone before turning it over to read the inscription he knew he would find. Unshed tears blurred his vision, but there it was. Happy B-day, Love, R.
“It’s Shelley,” he said and turned away. He could no longer deny the evident truth, or hang onto the tiniest thread of hope that this was a terrible mistake.
Sweet, stubborn Shelley, his baby sister. She’d never argue politics, movies or anything mundane as the weather again. Shelley loved to challenge him. She’d made him think in new ways and consider new options. What would he do without her?
Editorial Review Quotes
“…Will keep you reading right to the end. Kim Cox’s characters are so well developed that you feel like you know them. The plot contains enough red herrings and spine-tingling chills to keep you rooted in the story.”–CathyGladstone,Simegen.com
“Suspicious Minds is an intriguing read, providing the reader with several plots, which add to the complexity of the story.” -Tina, Timeless Tales
“…Filled with interesting characters and a few twists. It keeps the reader on the edge of their seat wondering what is coming next. Natalie and Ryan are great characters…”–Hattie Boyd, Writer’s Club Romance Group