Monday, June 30, 2014

Interview with J.K. Coi, author of In Bed with the Competition - Win Prizes!


Title: In Bed with the Competition
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: J.K. Coi
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Language: English
Pages: 181
Format: Ebook

This rivalry is too hot for the tropics… Elizabeth Carlson and Ben Harrison used to be friends, coworkers...and almost lovers. But that was before Ben proposed mixing business with pleasure. Elizabeth refuses to lose her heart to a hotshot tycoon with a cutthroat, take-no-prisoners attitude. Not with the prospect of starting her own company at stake. Driven to succeed in all areas of his life, Ben couldn’t resist the temptation to make Liz his. But then she walked away, igniting a bitter rivalry. Competing for the same contract at a Caribbean conference ignites sparks too hot to ignore, and Ben’s determined to finish what they started, even if it’ll only last a few steamy, tropical nights. Elizabeth’s resolve begins to crumble under Ben’s blatant seduction. Can she walk away from a hot island fling with the sexiest man she’s ever known with her heart intact, or will losing herself in Ben destroy everything she’s fought to achieve?


What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?

In my personal life, the thing I’m absolutely the most proud of is my son. He’s a bright, intelligent boy with a warm heart and bold ambitions. I can’t wait to see what he does with his life, and I hope that when he goes for his dreams he’ll think of me. Because the other thing I’m proud of is that I’ve been pursuing my own dreams and getting closer and closer to realizing them every day. It isn’t an easy thing to make dreams come true, because I can’t sacrifice my family’s happiness for my own. It has to be a balance that fulfills everyone, right?  

How has your upbringing influenced your writing?

Ummn. That’s a good question. Can I say…I have no idea? I guess it’s helped me to stay focused and determined. My parents imparted a strong work ethic. I think success is at least as much persistence and determination as it is talent, maybe more. 

When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing about six years ago when my son was still young enough to be in bed early in the evenings, leaving me with some “free” time on my hands. Of course, it didn’t really work out that way. Free time is never really free, but I still used the opportunity to try something that I’d been wanting to do for a while. At first I wasn’t really sure that it was a … you know, a thing … but when I finished that first book I knew I wanted to write more. Many more.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I wrote a lot of short stories and poetry in high school and always did a lot of reading. It just felt natural to pick the “pen” back up and let the imagination flow.

When did you first know you could be a writer? 

I don’t know if I ever really thought about it so concisely as that. All I knew was that I enjoyed writing, and I wanted to keep doing it. Even if I never sold a book, I think I would still write.

What inspires you to write and why?

Every day things inspire me. The look on a person’s face, a unique situation, a particularly intriguing phrase. And then I just see what I can build with it. The spark is just the beginning!

What genre are you most comfortable writing?

I like writing a lot of different genres. I’m most comfortable writing paranormal and fantasy just because I’ve written more of it, but I like to diversify and challenge myself.

Who or what influenced your writing once you began?

I find influences in a lot of different places. I might try to learn from an author whose dialogue I find especially natural and engaging, and then I might read a book where the plot has so many twists and turns I’m amazed how it got pieced all together. I’m constantly learning and growing by studying people who do it better than me!

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?

I love the spark that comes in the beginning, with that great idea. And I love building the conflict of the characters to see how badly I can torture them (*evil laugh*). And when the writing is flowing, there’s absolutely nothing better than that. But it doesn’t always go so smoothly, and when I’m “stuck” that’s kind of the worst frustration ever!

Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?

This particular book was great for me because it’s not often that I write light and fun contemporary romance. I’m used to writing dark, angsty stuff and I needed this kind of a challenge. 

Do you intend to make writing a career?

I DO! J Yes. I always feel like I take the long road on these sorts of life paths, but it’s what’s right for me. I have to be able to provide for my family, which means no drastic decisions without a safety net. But the plans are in place, and I keep working toward my goals!

Have you developed a specific writing style?

My writing style is just to keep plugging away. I’m easily distractible, so I find that in order to write effectively, I have to turn off the internet, the television, the music, and pretty much everything else and just keep my nose to the grindstone until I make my daily goal. I try not to do anything else (ie. social media, website updates, blogging) until those words are done for the day. If they don’t get done, I don’t get online.

What is your greatest strength as a writer? 

I will keep working on something until it’s perfect. (Which is also my greatest weakness, because of course, nothing is ever perfect.)

What is your favorite quality about yourself?

I like to listen to people, and help where I can. Since I’m otherwise kind of an introvert, this is the way in which I open up.

What is your least favorite quality about yourself?

Well, that part above about being an introvert? Sometimes it seems to others like I’m being standoffish or uncommunicative, but the reality is that I sometimes find it difficult to engage (which is why I love being online J )

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?

I’ve never really thought of what my favourite quote would be, but there’s one by Oscar Wilde that I really like.  “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – And I guess I like it because it reminds me to make the most of every day. If this is the only life I’m going to get, do I want to look back on it and remember a sea of boring days filled with drudgery and chores? Or do I want to remember being happy, excited, and fulfilled by the life I led?

So…that’s me!! Thanks so much for your questions! 


J.K. Coi is a multi-published, award winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance and urban fantasy. She makes her home in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and son and a feisty black cat who is the uncontested head of the household. While she spends her days immersed in the litigious world of insurance law, she is very happy to spend her nights writing dark and sexy characters who leap off the page and into readers’ hearts.



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