Today I talk to Kyle about her characters, world-building, and writing.
Before we get to that though...here's a bit about Omega Rising:
Cass Nolan has been forced to avoid the burn of human touch for her whole life, drawing comfort instead from her dreams of a silver wolf—her protector, her friend. When her stalking nightmares return, her imaginary dead sister’s ghost tells her to run, Cass knows she should listen, but the sinfully hot stranger she just hired to work on her ranch has her mind buzzing with possibilities. Not only does her skin accept Nathan’s touch, it demands it. Cass must make a decision—run again and hope she saves the people who have become her family, or stand and fight. Question is, will it be with Nathan or against him?
Nathan Rivers’ life is consumed by his quest to find the Omega wolf responsible for killing his brother, but when the trail leads him to Cass and her merry band of shapeshifters, his wolf wants only to claim her for himself. When evidence begins piling up that Cass is the Omega he’s been seeking, things become complicated—especially since someone else wants her dead. Saving her life might mean sacrificing his own, but it may be worth it to save the woman he can’t keep from reaching for.
Here's my interview with Kyle...keep reading after for an excerpt from Omega Rising!
1) The women you write are strong and saucy (a perfect combo for me), why do you write them like that?
I love hearing that. Thank you! In a nutshell, I write the books I’d like to read and that includes a strong heroine with a good sense of humor. She calls bullshit when she smells it. She has a quick wit and isn’t afraid to use it. If one avenue to getting what she wants is blocked, she looks for another, then another. She can be stubborn and make mistakes but she owns it. The man who captures her heart knows the ride won't be smooth, but it sure will be fun.
2) Where did the idea of the mate bond come from? It seems very intense.
I wanted intense. I had to ask myself a lot of questions regarding the Wolf King mythology and toyed using the mate bond in it. Why did mate bonds disappear? Why are they back? Will it affect all the wolves? How does it work? Where does it come from? What if it is unwanted? When the answers surprised me, in a good way, I knew I had to include them.
3) You do a lot of world-building, do you find it comes easy to you or is it challenging?
Oh I love the world building aspect. I don’t consider myself a bossy person but there is a bit of a rush creating a world, decreeing all the rules, tossing one out, creating a new one. At an early stage in writing Omega Rising, many awesome (I thought) ideas fizzled out as the story unfolded. It just felt wrong, one of those staring at the screen moments “this doesn’t work at all anymore” because of where the story was taking me. Yes, world building is challenging but at the same time it flexes my creative muscles which leads, hopefully, to a richer story.
4) You have a good mix of action and romance, which scenes do you find easier to write?
The action scenes flow a little quicker as I’m writing. It’s mainly this happens then this happens then this twisty thing happens. A straight line of thought. External. In the romantic scenes I’m in the character’s head where it’s internal and jumbled and basically a mass of squiggly emotional lines. People are complicated. Feelings don’t follow a line. They're messy. I agonize over word choices as I write and then again when I’m editing to get the words just right so a reader feels what the character is feeling.
5) What are you working on currently? Is there another Wolf King book in the works?
I’ve got two projects right now. One is a magic romance trilogy of novellas and the other is Book Three of the Wolf King series. I’m super busy but having a blast!
EXCERPT FROM OMEGA RISING!
“I’m Cass Nolan, the owner. I didn’t catch your name … again,” she said a little more breathily than she intended. She sat up slowly. The man’s eyes narrowed a fraction then slowly traveled down her leg, back up her body to rest on her eyes. Her breath hitched. The rising sun turned his eyes liquid silver, almost glowing. She didn’t notice he moved until his hand was stroking Baby’s damp neck, his shoulder brushing against her thigh. Cass closed her eyes, the scent of fir trees and fresh snow enveloping her like a warm blanket.
So familiar, so safe. Which was ridiculous considering she’d never met this man. Because, yeah, him she’d remember.
“I’m Agent Nathan Rivers,” he said, his voice deeper, and closer, than a moment ago. Her eyes snapped opened and she gawked. This close he was absolutely devastating. Those gorgeous gray eyes framed by long dark lashes, nose with a bump on the bridge, strong chin not at all hidden by the dark stubble she suddenly longed to scrape her fingers against.
Baby danced suddenly sideways, away from Agent Awesome. Cass silently thanked her as her brain sputtered back to life. Had her hand actually been reaching out? How mortifying. She quickly swung her leg over and dropped easily to the ground, the mare now between them. With trembling fingers she pulled off her helmet and tried to mitigate the damage of sweat dampened helmet hair. Stop, she told herself and dropping her arm quickly. He’s not looking at your hair which is a rat’s nest and makes you look like a crazy lady. She smoothed her hair anyway. Cass blew out a quick breath and started leading Baby to the barn still trying to get a hold of her galloping heart.
Cass stopped just inside the big door in the south aisle, Stranger Danger still on the other side of Baby, watching her. Cass started currying the mare, her hands brisk and efficient and definitely not straying toward him. Definitely not. Why wasn’t he talking?
She risked a peek at him over Baby’s back while brushing the mare’s silky coat, shedding dark hairs swirling into the air between them. Yep, still there and taking up way more space than a body ought and still staring at her. She didn’t feel any personal menace, but she was hyper-aware of every breath he took. Baby’s other side needing brushing but that would mean standing next to tall, dark and handsome, and she was so not ready to do that. Instead, she clipped a lead line to Baby’s halter and led her into the empty stall to finish grooming.
“She’s big. Baby?” His deep voice again sent little shocks through her body. Wait, was he calling her baby and why did she like it? She straightened and saw him eying the name plate on the stall but he was not quick enough to mask his eye roll. Irritation flooded through her. Good, she thought, now I’m annoyed. Annoyed I can deal with.
“You calling my horse fat, stranger danger? Fat with a stupid name? Is that what you just said?”
Anna Kyle wrote her first story at age 12 on an old manual typewriter, and though the technology has changed, she hasn’t stopped since. She lives in the Midwest surrounded by family and friends and dogs and horses. They’ve forgiven her (mostly) when they appear in her stories. She reads everything she can get her hands on, but romances, especially paranormals, are her favorite. Vampires, humans, Fae, shapeshifters, or demons, it doesn’t matter—Anna’s heart goes pitter-pat for the Happily Ever After. Hot heroes + strong, funny heroines = awesome.
Omega Rising is available on Amazon (US and Canada).