Kymber Rowean

Please give Kymber Rowean a warm welcome to A BIBLIO PARADISE! She’s in the year-long writing intensive, and the book we’re talking about today was released a few weeks ago. I’m delighted to have her here as a guest!

Devon Ellington: What was the spark of inspiration (no pun intended) for this story? And how did it grow from the original idea?

Kymber Rowean: Would you believe the first spark came from a childhood movie of a little known witch and a famous wizard? From there, I started tinkering with the idea of how this powerful couple would have to join forces against a greater evil while shifting through the different types of magic abilities at their disposal. The next thing I had to decide is if the protagonists were schooled or were gifted with elemental magic. Still not satisfied, I decided to play with fire or rather cold fire. I gave Kayla, the gift/curse of cold fire and created a powerful pair of brothers who could douse her flame. The protagonist came at a time when I was dealing with an emotional vampire who sucked the life out of my writing and that’s how the hag was born.

DE: Did you find any initial resistance to a menage story, rather than the more common two-person couple with a traditional HEA, or had you done market research before starting the story?

KR: When I first started compiling the notes of the story, I noticed that it lent itself to a ménage story, due to the nature of the magical roles. I settled in and researched some sites, which published ménages and never looked back.

DE: What kind of research did you need to do for the story? What kind of world-building?

KR: With Kayla’s talent, I wanted her to work in a field where she could use what’s considered a destructive force to help others and so began her career as a fire investigator. I read newspaper articles on fires and exploring a variety of websites, which dealt with fire investigation.

I wanted a town that offered a little bit of everything, horse country and a coastline large enough to boast a few sunken ships from the eighteen century. My witches needed a reason to settle and stay in Slone, Texas besides the acceptance of ménage relationship and gave them the responsibility of guarding a portal into the demon realm. I read a number of magic books and research a variety of protection spells, for that was the Ian and Duncan O’Rourke’s task, strengthen the wards on this side of the doorway.

DE: Is this a stand-alone, or will be see more of Kayla, Ian, and Duncan?

KR: The first book is a stand-alone, but I have feeling they’ll make their appearances as the hunt continues for the other pieces of the ‘the Goddess stone’ are sought. Besides, they are the curators of a gallery for magical items….

DE: . . .which opens the door to all sorts of future possibilities. Wonderful! What was the most interesting thing you learned about the process of fire investigation? The most surprising? The most disturbing?

KR: Probably the most surprising fact, I learned is that no matter how hot the fire burns or how destructive we believe the blaze is, forensic fire science can trace the fire back to its origins. For me, the most disturbing part is that I learned that many arsonists actually stand in the crowd watching the destruction of the fire oblivious to the danger they’ve caused. Another interesting fact in the investigation process is that police and other officials often search the crowds for familiar faces especially if there have been a series of fires.

KR: What are you working on now?

KR: I’m in the editing stage of the first book in series of eco-warriors who travel through time in effort to undo the sabotage that destroys the future. The first book is entitled Angel’s Wings and the government’s efforts to repair the atmosphere.

Blurb for WITCHES’ DUEL:
Fire investigator Kayla Flynn escaped the temptation of the O’Rourke twins a year ago, now she’s returned to Slone, Texas for the town’s annual Halloween Festival.

Mages Ian and Duncan O’Rourke have until All Hollow’s Eve to unite Kayla’s magic with their own, forming a ritual tri-bond and sealing the dimensional doorways they guard.

Can they stop the hag before she frees her master and has her revenge on the world?

Kymber Rowean lives in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois with her husband, daughter, son and his Golden Retriever.

Between her duties as DG–domestic goddess–and when the need arises and a happy event occurs she crochets baby blankets for expectant teachers and family members. She believes a family who cuddles and reads together grows with love.

Writing for her is like breathing, she can’t go a day without plotting, or working on one or more stories, whether it’s a devious villain, alpha males or heroines determined not to fall for their charms until they’ve earned their happy ever after.

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