Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Interview With Author Kris Kennedy

I met Kris Kennedy in the spring of 2008 when we were both Golden Heart finalists. I was quickly impressed with her intelligence, friendliness, and generosity. Once her first book hit the shelves (remember last week's deliciously medieval THE CONQUEROR?), I was impressed with her talent as well. Her writing is rich in historical yumminess, her plot grabs you from the first page, and her characters are people you love spending 300 pages with. When I learned her second novel was coming out this month, I couldn't wait to have her on the blog!

Here's a peek at THE IRISH WARRIOR:

Inhibited, accountant-minded Senna de Valery comes to Ireland to finalize a deal that will save her faltering wool business. What she gets instead is a cunning English lord with dangerous ulterior motives.

Forced to rely on her wits, not her ledgers, Senna frees an Irish warrior chained in the prisons, and together they flee across the war-torn land of medieval Ireland. But Finian O’Melaghlin is much more than a charming, roguish warrior. He is councilor to his king, on a grave mission to recover military secrets, and has a dangerous agenda of his own.

Neither is prepared for the powerful forces arrayed against them …

Neither can resist the fiery passion igniting between them …

Neither can imagine the sacrifices they will face, nor the choices they will be forced to make …

King and outlaws, weapons and war: Can love indeed triumph over all?

Kris chose to be interviewed by the always dashing Captain Jack Sparrow.

Captain Jack Sparrow

Kris Kennedy

Now that you know who's who, let's dive into the interview and reveal the awesome cupcake my hubby made for Kris. (He thanks Kris for the fantastically simple concept she gave him!) Since her latest novel is called THE IRISH WARRIOR, he made a cupcake fit for an Irish warrior. Without further ado, I give you the cupcake and Kris's interview with Captain Jack.

1. Would you classify yourself as a pirate or a member of Her Majesty¹s
Royal navy? Why?

Oh, dear. Are you going to be black-and-white about things the whole
interview? Umm. Bearing in mind the fact that I get terribly, vomitous-ly
seasick, which would be bad for whomever¹s side I'm on, and good for the
opposing team, I'd have to choose . . . pirates. Sorry, Jack.

2. Am I to understand you chose pirates because you actually sympathize with the navy and plan to use your delicate digestive system as a weapon against us? *shakes head* Bad form, my dear. *hands you a bucket* What¹s your favorite thing to do in Tortuga?

Well, clearly, sweat. But it's the why that matters . . . :)

3. One can only hope you refer to an activity slightly more agreeable than copious vomiting. If so, I offer myself at your service. I'm offering you free passage aboard my ship to anywhere in the world. Where shall we go, love? Besides the privvy.

Let's go check out all the sea caves of the world! And then, let's anchor
in real close to some of the best smuggling shores in England and Ireland,
because I have an upcoming story about that. You can show me all those
places, right? And you will, right? Because I can . . . sweat.

4. Darling, anyone who longs to spend time with smugglers can't possibly be overly sympathetic to the navy. Who is the hero of your story most like: me (savvy, debonair, and unquestionably smooth with the ladies), the insufferably honorable Will Turner, or that deceptive little minx Elizabeth?

Ohh, Finian is a little of both. I call him a 'good alpha.' He's super
charming, teases the heroine quite a bit, but, unfortunately for you, Jack,
he's honorable too. I say unfortunately, because you do NOT want to meet him
in a sword fight.

5. My dear, I don't want to meet anyone in a sword fight. There are so many more interesting ways to pass the time. Speaking of which. Rum? Or more rum?

More wine! More beer! No Rum!

Seriously, Jack, you are happy I¹m saying this. Me + Rum is another
vomitous proposition. Anyhow, it leaves more for you. See, I'm generous
like that.

6. I see. In that case, no rum for you! Which leads me to the age old question: Why is the rum always gone?

Clearly, you drank it all. Has no one ever told you that before?

7. You may be right. Or that wicked little pirate Elizabeth may have had an inescapable craving for s'mores and needed a bonfire for her marshmallows. What's the most piratish thing you've ever done?

Hmm, pirates steal things, right? I don't have anything there . . . Are we
talking daring and derring-do too, though? If so . . .I took a cross-country trip on my own the year before I graduated from college. Six weeks, all across the country. Yes I had my car (for part of the time) but it was all me and the open road. It was incredible. Many adventures.

Hey! One of those adventures was . . . gathering gemstones!! Like for a
treasure chest. That makes me a para-pirate, right?

8. There's no such thing as a para-pirate, love. You're either a rogue at heart or you aren't. Despite your vomitous proclivities, I sense a rogue in you. Here's a nice little test. Are they rules? Or more like guidelines?

LOL. Jack, for you, they're merely suggestions. Possibilities.

9. More like pesky annoyances I use when it suits me. I understand you're a story-teller. Any undead monkeys in your stories?

Wow. No, I hadn¹t thought of that. See how hanging with a pirate expands
your horizons? I¹ll have to try and work one in . . .

In The Irish Warrior, though, there are mysterious ancient dyes, more
precious than the Tyrian purple of the ancient world, and they're worth a
man's life, literally. The Wishme dyes have multiple militaristic
capabilities. They are beautiful weapons.

10. Am I to understand you're comparing dyes to undead monkeys? I have to tell you, having lived with one, I strongly suggest you proceed with caution in your plan to include one in your next story. They're devilish little creatures. Any curses? Heartless monsters? Irritating women who insist on taking matters into their own hands?

Ha. Yes to all three.

Check: Curses, although they are more like . . . suggestions. To stay away
from the Wishme dyes. And from the dye-witches (Not a real witch, btw. Not
paranormal-ly Urban Fantasy witchery. Just a person who has this coveted
dye-making skill)

Check: Heartless monsters, except he's a man. The villain. And he actually
DID have a heart, once, but it got all stomped on, and anyhow, it was partly
decaying, so there was no hope. (We're speaking metaphorically here,
Jack. No dead monkeys or decaying beating hearts.)

Check: Self-directed women. Oh, wait, did you say irritating? Hmmm,
well, at one point, Finian the hero has his hand clamped over the heroine¹s
mouth and asks her, "Can ye not hush for a single second?" Then he kisses
her. :) And another time he says she¹s like a spring wind, she just
keeps pushing. So, you mean, like that?

11. Aye, like that. I find myself in sympathy with your Finian. Oft times kissing a woman is the only way to shut her up. It's most unfortunate the pretty creatures usually see fit to apply the flat of their hand to the side of my face once I've successfully silenced them. One of my favorite words is "egregious." Care to share one of yours, love?

Two words: Your Choice. And Your Consequences. Oh, wait. How many words is

12. I'm not overly fond of the word "consequences." Parlay? Or draw your sword?

It totally depends. But for me, well, parlay first. Because Jack, the rest
of us have to live with these people later. You get to sail away on your
Pearl. We land-lubbers have added incentive to parlay.

13. Understood, love. You've got a crowd of cursed sailors and a nasty sea monster on your trail. How do you escape?

Holy cow. I steal your ship.

14. Slander and calumny! Blasphemy! Steal my ship and I'll hunt you down, woman or not. And, I'd bring one very undead monkey along for the ride. And you said you weren't a pirate. Romantic night in? Or adventure on the high seas?

Let's do . . . adventure.

15. Brave woman to risk the contents of her stomach like that. You're welcome aboard, of course, but don't even think about laying one pretty finger on my ship's rudder. My personal motto is: Take what you want, give nothing back. What's yours?

Wow, Jack. That's harsh. You're living the life you intend to live. So
start intending bigger, better things right now.

Thanks Jack!!! I¹ll give you a book, if you promise to read it, and
also I'll give away a book to one reader, k?

Thanks for the awesome interview, Kris! And for writing such delicious medievals. Speaking of delicious medievals, the fun isn't over yet!

Kris's Giveaway:

One lucky reader will win a signed copy of THE IRISH WARRIOR!! Here's how to enter.

1. Earn entries:

*Comment on this post with a question or comment for Kris = 1 entry

*Be a follower of this blog = 2 entries

*Tweet the link to this interview = 3 entries (Use @cjredwine or leave url to tweet in your comment so I can see it.)

*Post a link on your Facebook page = 3 entries (Leave the link in your comment.)

*Post the contest on your blog = 3 entries (Include link in your comment.)

2. Tally it up: Please tally up your entries and leave the total in your comment.

3. Check back: The contest is open until 8 p.m. Saturday, June 12th. Please check back to see if you've won and to claim your prize.

Good luck to all and happy reading!


  1. Irish warrior?

    *runs to the bookstore*


    Great interview Kris!


  2. Hey Katy~
    Yay, she's running to the bookstore! ;-) Happiness ensues.

  3. Adding your book to my TBB list, soon to join my TBR pile. Mercifully, the TBR pile isn't very high right now. Double win!

    I guess I have two points...RT and here.

  4. Great interview, and that cupcake made me hungry. I haven't got my copy yet, but am anxious to read it since I loved The Conqueror.

  5. Wonderful interview. I'm incredibly impressed that Jack Sparrow with all of his other attributes dabbles in journalism. Very impressive, and kudos to you Kris and best wishes for your success!

  6. Hi Kris,
    This was so much fun. Do you think C.J. would bring Jack over to that other loop we're on?
    I loved THE CONQUEROR. Can't wait to get my hands on THE IRISH WARRIOR. Literally.

  7. Fabulous interview, Kris, even if I never drink rum or go sailing with you (more mojitos for me, I guess)!

    The Irish Warrior is in the Q waiting to be read.

  8. I'll take the rum and I love to sail! Great interview Jack and Kris! Can't wait to read Irish Warrior!

  9. Hello girls!

    Yay! I'm going into short piles! That's the 2nd best place to be. First,of course, is in your hands. :-) Glad to book sounds like something you want to read. Let me know what you think.

    I know, right? Is there *anything* Jack can't do? :sigh:

    Hey girl! Thanks for stopping by. If you like this cupcake, you should check out the cupcake CJ's hubby made for Barbara Poelle last week. It's a bee-shark. Poor, amazing guy . . .

    You make an interesting point. We should really be allowed to take Jack ANYWHERE, right? I mean, he's not a dog, he's a pirate. Are there No Pirate laws? Signs banning them from restaurants? What if he's leashed...?

  10. Keena~
    Oh, good, I'm in the queue! Yay for being in short TBR piles and queues! :-)

    You may most certainly HAVE the rum, you and Jack. Just be careful . . . he's a pirate and all. Not trustworthy, even if he is sorta kinda cute. I'll be up at the helm, steering us for a sea cave, while you guys share rum-toasts belowdeck.

  11. I adored The Conqueror, and anything with Irish in the title is a must buy, so with Kris's The Irish Warrior I was a whimpering little pushover!

    And I want to know if you laid one finger on Jack's rudder or not...

  12. I've already made my run to the bookstore. It's fantastic, Kris. Thanks for the interview, Captain Jack.

  13. Wow, this looks like a super good book! I have to get it next time I'm out. Also, the cover is great!

  14. This sounds like a really fun book - and I loved the interview - and the cupcake :)

  15. Fun interview! That is one seriously awesome cupcake by the way.

  16. This was your Golden Heart story, right?
    I don't know about sailing but there were these guys wind-surfing - if you call jumping about 20 feet in the air and turning flips surfing - but that would probably not be real great for that sea-sick thing....
    Great interview!

  17. Cj. You're hilarious. If Barbra Poelle is your agent I see why. Dueling comediennes. Kris...The conquerer sounds great--as all your titles are. I'll add it to my already ridiculous reading stack

    rr smythe

  18. Cathy~
    You should get 2 points for remembering that this was the '08 Golden Heart winner. :-)

    Thanks to everyone who loves the cover--Kensy's Art Dept did such a wodnerful job, didn't they? I love this cover enough to eat it. I won't, of course, I just b*could* . . .

    I'm so happy the book sounds good enough to read for so many of you, and that the cupcake looks good enough to eat. ;-)

    If you do pick it up, let me know what you think through the website!

    And Bev and Pamela, thank-you for saying such nice things about THE CONQUEROR! Bev, hugs for already having picked up IRISH and reading it. And loving it. ;-)

    Thank-you thank-you!

  19. Okay, I'm up to nine points, may make it twelve if I get around to writing a blog :D However, my FB page has umpteen followers, so you will hopefully get some new followers from them. I so appreciate the interviews you do.

  20. oh, man. this was a hilarious interview--i'm so glad i stopped by! missing this would have been a crime akin to joining the royal navy. i mean, the pirates! er...

  21. Diane you have won. You have to look at newer blog for details. I really would like to win in a redraw but it would be real bummer for you to lose out!!


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