Romance Promo Central is happy to welcome Ryshia Kennie to the blog! She’s here today to answer some questions about her latest book, Fatal Intent, and also about her writing. If this book sounds like something that you would be interested in reading, please find some buy links at the bottom of the post and pick up a copy or two!
RPC – Try to describe your book in one sentence.
Ryshia – Murder, fear and confusion is not what Garrett expects as she leads a scientific team into the Borneo jungle nor is the passion that ignites between her and what appears to be a gorgeous man of the jungle offering help; but as the emerald world closes in there are no options and only one question, can anyone be trusted?
RPC – Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world?
Ryshia – If I could live anywhere in the world I’d live in Thailand. Now, I put a caveat here in that there are many countries in the world I that haven’t been to and if I were to travel to one of those yet unknown places, that could definitely change up my answer. But for now, I’m good with Thailand. I love the culture, the landscape and the weather. And if I could have everyone I know and love living just down the beach from me, it would be the perfect place.
RPC – What’s your current guilty pleasure?
Ryshia – I love ice cream and especially hot fudge sundaes. But it’s winter now so ice cream is out. Not because I wouldn’t eat it if there was any in the house but somehow the urge to drive unnecessarily in the cold to Dairy Queen for that hot fudge sundae isn’t as enticing as it is in the summer. So my winter guilty treat – chocolate.
RPC – Did you always had in mind to be a writer or it just happened?
Ryshia – I’ve been writing ever since I first held that fat red pencil in grade one. But the true beginning was in grade eight when I was inspired by my English teacher who loved my first line, something about a historic barber shop where the barber slits the man’s throat. Her praise on that line and the story that followed opened a window that suggested I might have found something I was good at. After that I was hooked and wrote in the margins of my notebooks all the way through school. Of course it took me a while to figure out how to take the writing from the margins, so to speak, and into a place where I could contemplate publication.
RPC – Did you know the title before you started writing?
Ryshia – The title is one of the first things I choose. If I don’t have the title when I begin, I’ll have it before the first page is done. It is one of the things that makes the story real to me and allows me to begin to flesh out the story in my mind. Ironically, with every book, the title is one of the first things that is changed once it begins the process to publication, or as I like to think of it, goes out into the real world. That said, Fatal Intent did end up with a title I chose but it was a title I suggested while brainstorming with my publisher. I’ve come to think of that first title, the one at the story’s inception, as the borrowed title.
RPC – Are you a plotter or a pantzer?
Ryshia – I began life as a pantser and I suppose I’ll always lean that way as I think that’s more personality than anything. But I’ve learned to plot, outline and think things through more before beginning. That tends to save time in rewrites.
RPC – What inspired you to write, you took any ideas from other books, movies etc? Did you do any research before start or during of the writing of the books?
Ryshia – I’ve been inspired throughout my life by the authors that have provided so many books for my enjoyment. Every time I step into a bookstore or library, I’m inspired. I can’t say it was any particular book or movie that gave me any of my ideas but rather my story ideas were the result of a compilation of life experiences mixed with imagination. That time-worn what if thought combined with the perfect setting to plunk that what if question into. For Fatal Intent, while I was in Borneo I knew that I wanted to write a story set there. So I did as much research as I could on location beforehand. I also researched online and I purchased a few books on the history of the tribes in Borneo and the geography of the area. Borneo was one of the most fascinating settings I’ve used so far. But I didn’t know which direction that research was going to go as far as a story until I stood on the sweeping verandah of an Iban Longhouse and heard the story of the human skull that swung back and forth in a quiet breeze. The guide told us that it was the last human head hunted and had been taken well over a hundred years ago. Fact or fiction – it was the beginning of a story.
RPC – Your favorite books and author?
Ryshia – Favourite authors – Stephen King, Ken Follett, Susan Wiggs, Lavryle Spencer, Julie Garwood, Rick Mofina and I could go on.
Favourite books – The Stand, Gone With the Wind, A Woman of Substance, and many of the books by my favourite authors. It seems there’s no shortage of good books.
RPC – Where can readers find your books?
Ryshia – They can find the list of my books, and where they’re available, on my website www.ryshiakennie.com. The books are available at all major online bookstores. Basically my website is the hub of it all – where my books can be found and where readers can contact me.
RPC – What are your thoughts on ebooks? (i.e. love them, hate them, wave of the future)
Ryshia – I love books in any format, so yes I love e-books. But right now I read more print than ebooks because I like the feel of holding a paper book. I can take a paper book into the bath, as long as I’m careful, I can line them up on shelves and have the rich feel of books all around me. But ebooks have their place. I love the ability to flip easily to another story or order a book that catches my interest without driving to a bookstore, library or waiting for that online bookstore to deliver. I also love the fact that, as I like to read more than one story at once, there’s no decision as to which book to stick in my bag when I’m heading out the door – I just grab the e-reader and make the choice at the destination. And I love traveling with one device that holds a whole library. I sense e-books are the way of the future but as much as I love them I would mourn forever the loss of paper. I suspect, or maybe hope, that is a long way into the future.
RPC – Are you reading or writing something else at the moment?
Ryshia – I’m reading Ken Follett’s Winter of the World and loving it. His historical novels are big, meaty with the characters sprawling across a broad landscape.
As far as writing – I’m working on the final revisions of a story that has me pretty excited. The idea of it began with an unexpected call from a friend and a tour through a house she was interested in purchasing which happened to be a hoarder’s house. From that came the story I’m now working on. I’m in the midst of revising the story about a woman whose life unexpectedly intersects that of a hoarder after she buys a house that is still full of many of the hoarder’s possessions.
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An expedition into the Borneo rain forest is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for entomologist Garrett Cole. It’s this trip that could finally make her a star in her field. But when her team’s guide is found dead and headless on the banks of the river, Garrett’s dream trek suddenly becomes a nightmare. Lost in the heart of the jungle, she must fight to maintain her composure while leading a panicked team of scientists to safety.
When sexy and rugged Aidan arrives in the jungle looking as if he belongs, Garrett has no choice but to accept his help. But Aidan is more than she bargained for—a man of few words and fewer answers, as comfortable in the jungle as the mysterious native tribesmen. And as the days pass and passion flares between them, Garrett wonders if Aidan’s good intentions are just another of the jungle’s illusions.
In a land rife with predators and a killer still on the loose, can she trust the one man who claims to be their rescuer?
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She saw him floating headless through a mist of tears.
Even the river’s roar was not enough to mask her scream, as overhead the Borneo midday sun skidded a brilliant reflection across the river’s surface.
Garrett clapped her hand over her mouth and squinted against the bright sun. As if that would shift reality or change the fact that all that stood between Malcolm and anonymity was the San Diego Chargers logo on his torn, water-soaked T-shirt. Instead, tears washed her vision.
Malcolm’s smiling face—his smiling, missing face. She choked and her foot slipped, bringing her dangerously close to the riverbank, and the body.
Brush crackled and something screeched, the sound harsh and loud in a place where there was never silence. It would have sent chills through the uninitiated but it was only an insect, an oversize bug—an insect that might not be classified, identified. There were so many and that was what brought her here. But now her guide was dead, headless. That thought alone was preposterous even when the evidence lay in front of her. She wanted to weep. She wanted to run. But it was up to her to get her team out of here. She needed another focus before panic clouded everything.
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Ryshia Kennie is the author of three published romances. From the Dust, is a romance set during the Great Depression. Her second book, Ring of Desire, was set against a backdrop of magic and mystery, in medieval England. With her third book she settled into a genre that piqued her interest and fed her love for travel, romantic suspense. Fatal Intent is a romantic suspense set in the heart of the Borneo jungle. An award winning author, her recent novels focus on women’s fiction as well as suspense – always with a hint or even a dollop, of romance. The Canadian prairies are home where she lives with her husband and one opinionated Irish Terrier. Visit her website at http://www.ryshiakennie.com.
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