When I started the Very Holiday series I knew when I was writing A Very Bossy Christmas that the next book would be about the hero’s youngest brother and that it would be a friends to lovers story. I came up with his best friend’s name for him to mention in the Bossy book. I knew that there was potential for their male cousins to have books later but didn’t know what their stories would be when I was writing Bossy. There was such a huge response to Piper, the adolescent niece in Bossy that I knew by the time I was writing the Valentine’s Day book that she would have a book too, but by then I also knew that the Irish cousin’s book would be next.
I’ve just put out the first book in The Brodie Brothers Series. It’s a three book series and I worked out the titles, plots and characters for all three books in advance because everyone from the Brodie family shows up in the first book.
When I wrote Sleeper I knew that I would write Nico’s book next but I hadn’t planned on writing Troublemaker yet. I wrote that one because I wasn’t ready to leave those characters and that world.
My book covers are very important to me and I actually choose the cover model image long before I start writing my books now! Occasionally I will buy the cover image even before I know the story I want it for. I just need an image that will inspire me to write the hero. It usually has to do with the model’s eyes. My heroes are pretty nice guys, so I like models who have kind eyes. Then once I have the title and synopsis, or at least the story, I send the image and info to my cover designer and work with her on the design concept.
My favorite couple is always the one that I’m writing at the time.
I have less than two months to write a novel now. I spend about two weeks in the preparation stage–working on characters, planning the story and doing research. A month and a half of actual writing. Within that time I have beta readers reading it and then it goes to my editor and proofreader.
I prefer to read or listen to mystery and suspense for fun. Especially if they’re written by British authors.
Before writing steamy romantic comedy novels, Kayley Loring got her BFA in creative writing from a Canadian university and had a fifteen-year career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles (under a different name). She mostly wrote PG-13 family comedies that studios would pay her lots of money for and then never make into movies. In 2017 she decided to move to the Pacific Northwest and write about all the fun stuff that she wasn’t allowed to write about in those PG-13 scripts. Now she’s breathing cleaner air and writing dirtier words. It’s an adjustment that she’s happily getting used to.