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Into the Mind of an Author: H.K. Sterling

Romatic mystery and suspense with H.K. Sterling
Romatic mystery and suspense with H.K. Sterling
photo courtesy of H.K. Sterling

Tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you’d like your readers to know:
My name is H.K. Sterling. I specialize in mysteries and suspense, often with clandestine aspects built into the story. They usually contain some romance as well and are appropriate for ages 18+. I currently write for Breathless Press. I also love to read great books!

What made you do decide to become an author?
I've been writing my whole life. It is just that recently I decided to also publish. I currently publish under two pen names, one for 18+ books and the other for more literary and Young Adult/New Adult books. I've loved reading from the very beginning of my life, as soon as I could actually read, basically. There have been a number of books that influenced me. To do that is profound writing and part of the reason I wanted to begin publishing.

Who are your favorite authors, and how have they influenced your writing?
My favorite authors are the older science fiction icons, including: Harlan Ellison, Philip K. Dick, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, etc. I also like newer authors such as Malcolm Gladwell, Robert Anton Wilson, and Neil Gaiman. All of the above writers brought something unique to the table in their work and their books inspired me personally. They were technical masters and genius story-tellers. Some of them make you *feel* when reading or bring out new ideas and thoughts in you as well. Those things to me are the hallmarks of great writers. I read a lot of poetry and listen to a lot of music for the same reasons.

Where can we find you online?
Catch up with H.K. Sterling on the following media:
Amazon Author Page:
Twitter: @HKSterling
HK Sterling "Undercover Blog":

Tell us about your book!
My newest book is called A Taste For Danger. It's the sequel to A Taste For Killing though both books are also stand-alone reads (no cliffhangers!). Both books are mystery/suspense with some romantic elements. They both include the same detectives, a male and a female but each book focuses on something different.
Here is the blurb for A Taste For Danger:
"Still licking his wounds over blowing it with Carolyn Woods, the love of his life, Jack Heart drinks to excess daily. His apartment is in shambles, he's isolated himself from all his friends, and he stumbles to the couch every night to sleep off an alcoholic stupor. All that changes when he receives a phone call with a job offer from a man he barely knew.
Suddenly, Jack must track down an embezzler inside a swanky corporation riff with politics, game-playing, and treachery. The deeper Jack goes, the more dirt he finds. Can this out-of-place detective survive and still crack the case? Not to mention certain women he works with have plans for Jack—way more than he bargained for.
One thing is certain: Jack's taste for danger will take him to the edge of disaster."

Everyone has their idiosyncrasies, what’s yours?
Hmm. My biggest idiosyncrasy is probably that I am a total geek. I keep up with quantum physics and new science discoveries like an excited kid. LOL I love to explore new worlds, so along with tons of fiction, there are a lot of different kinds of books in my library including poetry, cross-cultural spirituality, a ton of non-fiction on science, physics, higher math, languages, philosophy and psychology.

What’s your favorite book turned movie and why?
I'd have to say the Harry Potter series. Those books will be around for a long time- are ones for the ages. The movies from the books kept the same whimsical feel yet also built the world completely and conveyed the more mature and important messages as well. Even adults love this series. Because it was so completely transformational, I am a big fan.

What’s your favorite genre to read?
Probably short stories with twist endings, though science fiction is in there too. But for me, you can't beat short stories that are tightly wrapped yet take you through a complete journey by the end. I tried to write my short story, Eyes Only in that vein and I think I succeeded. You can find Eyes Only here, as well as other retailers:
Breathless Press
All Romance Ebooks

Which do you do more, read or write, and why?
I do both about the same but in individual spurts. I will go through a phase where all I do is read, then another where all I do is write. To me, reading is one of the inspirations that helps writing. The cross pollination of ideas is vital to all artists. This is another reason I love all the arts. I am always writing though, even if it is just to jot down a title I thought of or a line, or a plot twist. I have blank books all over the house!

What is your writing process like, and what’s your favorite part of it?
My process is like pulling teeth in some instances while in others it is like one long flow of music where I don't even put the pen (ok, keyboard) down until it's done. My favorite part of the process is before the writing even begins. I am a writer that stays firmly in between the pantser or plotter labels. I love coming up with the ideas, fleshing them out, feeling out characters and imagining the plots, twists, arcs and endings. Then when I write, I have something to go by but I also follow the flow and it changes as I write. But my favorite part remains the brainstorming idea whirlwind.

H.K. Sterling is an author with Breathless Press known for stories with imagination, intelligence, a kick, and twist endings. H.K. likes to focus her writing on romantic suspense, science-fiction, shorts, and anything that is spicy and unexpected. Sometimes her books may even go dark. H.K. lives in Virginia with her husband who graciously puts up with her passion for writing. H.K. currently has a Short Spy Romance out called Eyes Only; a Mystery/Thriller titled A Taste For Killing; and two short stories in the Breathless Press Anthology, My Bloody Valentine. Her new book, A Taste For Danger (sequel to A Taste For Killing) has a release date of June 13, 2014. H.K.'s books are suitable for 18+.

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