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Agent Gwen Fredricks is a living target. Captured after a failed mission, the code to crack a safe has literally been permanently hidden on her. To free herself, she must retrieve a final key. All Agent Colin Alexander has to do to avoid a desk job is get a code said to be on an enemy agent. He never dreamed it would actually be on the agent, especially Gwen.
The simple shoot-and-swoop mission takes a turn for these two sometime-lovers and full-time rivals when they call a truce to give into their desire. Now with the promise to keep both hands on each other at all times, they share a night together. Loyalties are tested when Gwen manages to swipe the key away, and Colin discovers the code carefully embedded into Gwen's tramp stamp tattoo in a glow of UV light. When morning comes they must decide if what they feel for each other is worth betraying their agencies.
Tell me about yourself. I've been writing seriously for over eight years, and I just had my first release. I have a very demanding day job that I love, but the writing decompresses me. I hate flying, I love Little House on the Prairie. My puppy and I are the only girls in a house of boys (two sons, one husband, one cranky dog). I am a sucker for a designer purse and my favorite people to talk to are the voices in my head.
What sets you apart from other writers? I think it is the fact that I am completely insane, I jump in with both feet and make sure I'm in the deep end. We all come to writing with out own unique background. Mine happens to be sales and marketing, so I think I get a little overzealous sometimes, but I am always passionate. I am very goal driven.
Who are your favorite authors? VC Andrews – when she was alive. Johanna Lindsey, Louisa Bacio.
We’re in a bar and I’m buying you a drink. What’ll it be? Probably a Diet Coke – but never a Pepsi, if not that then an Iced Tea but only if it is freshly brewed. If I have a drink it will most likely be shot of vodka or a greyhound, anything else makes me feel guilty.
What are you currently reading? Crimson Shadow: Noir by Nathan Squires
What are your writing vices? I write completely out of order, sometimes starting with the ending and then scenes I see and finally filling it. I can't stop. If I try to write in order, I get writer's block. Sometimes the last scene I write can be the beginning. Also, I write to music and have been known to listen to one song over and over again (as much as 60 times) as I work on a scene. I apologize in advance to anyone who has to drive with me.
If you could gift yourself one superpower, what would it be? I would call it CC Capability – the ability to shop anywhere for anything - even impossible to find items, and they are always in stock, in your size, and your credit card is never declined.
How do you deal with rejection? First I cry, then I read something I wrote that I like, get my submission ready for the next place, and then I get back to writing. I don't allow myself to wallow more than one hour. I will set a timer if I have to.
Where did the idea for your novel come from? I am a huge fan of female spies, I loved Alias and Point of No Return, and I am a sucker for a tattoo. When faced with writing a story that had to involve a Tramp Stamp, I wanted to make the tattoo an important part of the clues needed for my hero and heroine's mission.
You’re stranded on a deserted island. What three items would you take? Sunscreen, a knife and a bottle of Benadryl.
What project(s) are you working on now? I am currently three scenes away from finishing a story called "Closure" which deals with a woman being confronted by her high school crush who doesn't recognize her. I am editing my novel, "Trifecta", a contemporary ménage story about three life long friends, and I am starting my new story (working title "Heat") a paranormal ménage.
What would I find in your couch cushions? The remote control, a pink sharpie pen, a miniature yellow pad, a dog treat and eye serum. I also hope that I would find my missing cordless phone.
Do you ever encounter writers block? Yes and it sucks!
Do you have a day job? Yes. I would call it more of a day and night job, as I work all hours :)
Is your writing based on real life experiences or is it all imaginary? I always intermingle my real life experiences into my stories, even if it's just something as simple as the room they are sitting in. I love seeing parts of my life be reimagined in my stories. However, my stories are much more exciting than my real life.
What does your main character think about you? Would he or she want to hang around you as their author? I think that Gwen and Colin would think I'm a wimp, they are agents so they are tough, but I think they would think I am funny. I would be like a pit stop for them to get special gadgets.
Who would play the starring role(s) if your book became a movie? Adam Levine and Zoe Deschanel
If you’d like, provide an excerpt.
"Stop!" A man yelled.
The barrel of another gun met her inches from her face. She tensed, not from the gun, but from the familiar inflection in his voice. The position of both their weapons hid the man's face.
"Get in and lower your gun, or we'll both lose."
"Back up and lower yours, or you won't have a hand left." No one told her what to do, not ever again. The click of her cocking her weapon echoed around them.
He stepped back. "Get in and close the door."
With her gun still raised, she stepped and waited for her opponent to flinch first.
"Now." He moved a fraction of an inch.
She did the same, and with the silent acknowledgement they would both comply, they lowered their guns in unison. She almost shot herself in the foot at the sight of the man who greeted her. Before she made a mistake, she de-cocked her gun and shook her head. "Colin?" Her body betrayed her by trembling. Was this her punishment?
"Gwen." He shoved the gun in his waistband. "You're the one. I would have never guessed."
Think. She screamed at herself to remember her training, and not allow him to best her or distract her. She glanced around the room, giving her time to not look at him. Agents were supposed to be everyday people and blend in, but Colin Alexander stood out. From the moment she quite literally fell into his lap through a two-story ceiling three years ago, she wasn't sure why his agency chose such a standout. She supposed his combed-back black hair and golden eyes were some bizarre form of female torture.
Would you like to say anything to your readers / fans? I want to thank everyone for making my first release so special. I know it's a short story but it is the world to meJ You all allowed me to live my dream, and without dreams you really have nothing.
Where link-wise can your readers / fans stalk you?
Website / Facebook / Twitter
As a writer, it can be difficult to find enough time in the day to get everything done. Would you like to share your favorite ‘quick and easy’ recipe? Just make sure you write something every day. Even if you don't hit your word goal, write anything and never stop.
Sarah, thank you for having me here today. This was my first interview, and now I feel like a celebrity!
Thanks for stopping by, Kim! It was a pleasure interviewing you and I wish you oodles upon oodles of luck with Hands on Me. :)
Kim Carmichael began writing eight years ago when her love of happy endings inspired her to create her own. She has a weakness for bad boys and techno geeks, and married her own computer whiz after he proved he could keep all her gadgets running. When not writing, she can usually be found slathered in sunscreen trolling Los Angeles and helping top doctors build their practices.