The #1 New York Times bestselling author opens up about her first-ever erotica series, The Game Makers, and her writing process! Pick up a copy of THE PROFESSIONAL by Kresley Cole, the first installment in The Game Makers series, out Tuesday 5/6!

1. Tell us about The Game Makers series (the first installment, THE PROFESSIONAL, comes out tomorrow in print.)

Some trivia about the Game Maker series and THE PROFESSIONAL:

  • The idea for Aleksandr Sevastyan, a Russian mafiya enforcer, came to me several years ago (incidentally, right around the same time I was introducing Russian vampires in my Immortals After Dark Series).
  • I outlined and fleshed out numerous scenes with Aleksandr and Natalie (the masquerade, for one). When each of their encounters turned out more provocative than the last, I grew worried about showing them to my editor. I’d been writing about vampires and demons, and all the sudden, I was going to pop up with: “BDSM, baby! Can you dig it?!” So I decided to sit on the pages.
  • I took some of those scenes and refashioned them for my 2009 release, KISS OF A DEMON KING.
  • I’ve got outlines for books 2 & 3 of the Game Maker series (featuring Aleksandr’s brothers Maksim and Dimitri), so stay tuned for more news!
  • The book Natalie thinks about at the beginning of the masquerade scene is IF YOU DECEIVE, the last historical romance I wrote. The author with the weird first name is me.

2. Sevastyan’s past has clearly shaped his present. Can we ever truly escape our pasts? And would we want to?

I think it depends on the individual and their particular circumstances. In Sevastyan’s case, the hardships of his childhood have honed him into a fierce and ruthless enforcer. He’ll need to draw on those traits to keep Natalie alive when enemies target her. But those same qualities will make it difficult for him to open up and fully trust her.   

3. Did you always want to be a writer?

When I was a kid, if someone had asked me if I was going to be a writer when I grew up, I would’ve answered, “Never. Nope. Not in a million years.” I actually hated reading and writing, didn’t read for pleasure until I was in my teens. After that, you couldn’t pry a book out of my hands, but writing came even later.

At one point, I wanted to be a meteorologist. I found out that meteorology involved math, so that was definitely out. I flee in the face of math.

I decided to try penning a romance because reading them was all I wanted to do.

I’d already been writing quite a bit for my undergraduate and graduate degrees, and my thesis taught me that I could complete a long work. Before then, I wouldn’t have thought it was possible.

4. Describe your average working day.

I’m a very slow writer, so I try to spend anywhere from 8-10 hours actively writing (more if deadlines loom).

I get to the desk around 8:00 and warm up for about 30 minutes, responding to emails, and browsing a few sites. After that, I usually unplug the internet to avoid distractions, such as cat videos and Magic Mike gifs.

I eat lunch at the desk, scarfing down something high in protein to avoid any mid-afternoon food comas. Then it’s back to hitting the keyboard. At night, I try to get in some kind of exercise (walking from the desk to the shower counts, right?)

After dinner, I edit what I wrote that day.

Then rise and repeat.

5. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Write, write, write. Then write some more. If there are any shortcuts to fine-tuning the craft, I haven’t found them (if anyone out there has, please contact me stat).

If your goal is to be published, I think you should discover what’s selling. You can still go against the trends and blaze a new trail, but it’s good to be informed.

Lastly, I recommend joining a writers’ organization that is geared toward the genre you’re targeting. For example, I belong to the Romance Writers of America, which I found to be an invaluable resource as I set out to get my work published.