I’m excited to have author Kaira Rouda on the blog today. I think you’ll enjoy getting to know her through our interview and also learning about her book Laguna Heights. I’m loving the cover. Definitely makes me want to take a tropical vacation. How about you?
Also, don’t forget to enter her awesome giveaway!
Let’s get started…
What are your five best personality traits?
- Cheerful: I like to smile and that seems to make people smile back 😉
- Caring and empathetic: I care deeply about my family and friends
- Optimistic: I tend to look on the bright side of life
- Enthusiastic: I love to work hard and I believe anyone can achieve her dreams
- Genuine: What you see is what you get.
What’s the first thing we’d see when we open your front door?
My two dogs, Tucker and Frankie!
Aww…nothing is better than being greeted by furry friends. What’s the one thing you eat that makes your family cringe?
Mustard on French fries, but now some of them love it too! Grey Poupon preferred.
Okay, I might have to try mustard with french fries now. lol Tell us your favorite part of the writing process.
Beginning a new story with a clear idea of my characters.
I love choosing character names. Tell us how you came up with your character’s names in LAGUNA HEIGHTS.
Annie just sounds like someone you would like and somebody you would want to be friends with! I’ve never met a mean Annie. And Hank is named after a really kind chiropractor I know
Describe your book tweet style…that’s right, you have 140 characters!
Nice job with the tweet! Where do you write?
In my office. Lately at a stand-up treadmill desk!
I want one of those so bad! I’m jealous 🙂 Is there something you have to have when you are writing? Maybe you wear a lucky pair of socks, light a candle, eat something sweet…
I have to have my dog, Tucker, curled up on my desk and my other dog, Frankie, in her bed. That makes everything perfect to start writing.
What’s the one scene from LAGUNA HEIGHTS that stands out in your mind as being your favorite to write?
I loved writing the scenes on the college campus – it has been a long time since I’ve strolled on a campus as a student! Those were fun scenes! Imagining the coffee shop, the walkways full of kids. The infinite possibilities at that time of your life. Ah.
When did you know that writing was your passion and was what you wanted to pursue?
By third grade, maybe sooner, but for sure by third grade.
Why should we read LAGUNA HEIGHTS?
It’s the perfect beach romance with a twist. The story flashes between present and ten years ago, has a definite bad guy, but mostly it’s a wonderful love story.
Please share the first sentence in your book.
Why won’t Madison pick up? Annie’s hand shook as she held her phone to her ear, wishing her best friend would answer her call.
Out of all your books, which one character is most like you?
Kelly in Here, Home, Hope – my first novel.
Would you like to tell us what you’re working on now?
Absolutely! I’m working on a women’s fiction novel at present, and next, I’ll jump back into contemporary romance. I’m so happy to have my feet in both writing worlds. Next year, I’m excited my women’s fiction release, THE GOODBYE YEAR, on May 3, 2016. I’m equally excited about starting a new contemporary romance series in 2016 AND continuing both the Laguna Beach and Indigo Island romance series. I’m so excited about the future.
RANDOM FUN: FINISH THIS SENTENCE…
I wish I could slow down time. My kids are growing up so fast.
My best accomplishment of 2015 in my writing life is making the USA Today bestseller list and in my personal life, surviving the empty nest (barely).
My toothbrush is aggressively electric.
I prefer sunsets over sunrises.
I don’t plan to ever skydive.
The last thing I ate that had bacon in it was I’m not sure! I’ve been mostly vegetarian for eight years.
I’m so glad you let me interview you Kaira. I hope you had as much fun as I did.
Thanks so much for having me here!
***Laguna Heights can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novella. And if you enjoy Annie and Hank’s story, please consider reading the
rest of the Laguna Beach series.
Laguna Nights (Laguna Beach Book 1), Madison and Josh
Laguna Heights (Laguna Beach Book 2), Annie and Hank
Laguna Lights (Laguna Beach Book 3), Laura and Paul
Laguna Sights (Laguna Beach Book 4), Jamie and Scott
Annie dropped back into her seat, contemplating another cup of coffee when a guy approached her table. He looked like he’d just rolled out of bed. He was cute, with shaggy brown hair and, Annie noticed, sleepy bright blue eyes. He smiled, revealing straight white teeth. “Hey, are you Annie? From the show Laguna Nights?”
“That’s me,” she said, feeling her cheeks blush under his gaze, a strange phenomenon as this was the expected question. Coming from him, though, with his eyes focused intensely on her, she felt electricity crackle in the air between them. This was a first. So far, through high school and college, she had been on dates with some great guys, even multiple dates with a couple of them, but none of them she would consider boyfriend material. She had decided she was destined to be everybody’s friend, guys and girls. But with this guy, well, she felt her heart beat a little faster.
“Can I grab you another cup of coffee? I was just going inside to order. Black, right?” he said, looking at her almost empty cup.
“Yes, sure,” she said, shrugging her shoulders.
“I’ll be right back,” he said. “Oh, I’m Chris, by the way.”
Annie leaned back in her chair and felt a rush of happiness wash over her body.