S. Courtney is new to the published writing community but has been a lifelong writer and began creatively writing in junior high. She is the author of the werewolf romance series, The Bound Series.
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Bound To You (The Bound Series Book 1) by S. Courtney ~ Genre: Paranormal Romance
Kamari Lee was just a small hometown artist with an obsession with drawing wolves… She doesn’t know why she is obsessed but she is, she feels a love and attachment she just can’t describe. Her studio is popular among the residents but she refuses to sell any pertaining to her muse until one day a man walks in…
Kayden Miller is the Alpha leader of the Cheshire pack, he finds solace in drawing his mate, or features of her. He hasn’t found her but he draws what he sees in his dreams and fantasies.
When he runs out of supplies in the middle of an intense session, frustrated, he decides to go into town to get them himself. It’s when he finds her shop, he sees her painstakingly painting her white wolf, but wait…
This sparks a story for the ages because NOTHING about her is normal.
Bound By Destiny (The Bound Series Book 2) by S. Courtney ~ Genre: Paranormal Romance
In the second installment of the Bound Series, we meet Kayari and Kamden Miller, twins of Alpha Kayden and Luna/Violet Legacy Princess Kamari Lee-Miller. Once Kayd & Kam retire from their roles as Alpha & Luna of the Cheshire pack it’s the kids turn and with that dad drops the bombshell…they will share the Alpha role. But how do twins SHARE the Alpha title? How do they choose their Beta or Betas? What if one finds their mate before the other? All those questions to answer and still protect the pack and themselves, oh and don’t forget about LOVE. It’s quite the adventure to be a Miller heir.
Unapologetically Nessa (The Bound Series Book 3) by S. Courtney ~ Genre: Paranormal Romance
In the quiet town of Lovenshire, nestled in the deep forest is the almighty Cheshire Pack and among their members we meet Vanessa Vanderbilt, a spitfire who lives everyday like it’s her last and for a single girl fated to a mate, it’s only a matter of time before he comes for her. Outfitted with an out of control wolf with an unfiltered mouth and a hot tempered witch, they protect her while trying to live carefree. If it were her choice she’d party forever but she’s starting to feel the undeniable pull towards everlasting love and her trysts weren’t satisfying anymore. She could blame her love sick best friend for rubbing off on her but her fate was sealed by the Moon Goddess long ago. Until the tie comes, it’s going to be stiletto heels, endless drinks, loud music, and wild times! Her mate better be ready to tame the wild girl within!
An interview with the author!
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
I believe my main female characters are versions of myself, the exception is Unapologetically Nessa in which she is my character’s best friend and so Nessa is based off of my best friend. Of course I had her read the story for approval and I came to her for advice on particular parts.
If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
Ironically I created essential oils blends based on all my book characters and I sell them in my shop, I Smell a Story, on Etsy. https://www.etsy.com/shop/ISmellAStory
Since Nessa is a spitfire and wild child her candle would be cinnamon scented. Sweet and spicy, bold and would fill the house with the fragrance before it was even lit.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Typically I would say a month or two but with this year being the way it is, it has given me more available time to write and edit stories and get feedback from my Beta readers. I would say it can be a month if I really buckle down and concentrate on a story.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I am a multiple story writer, all the way. I know it sounds crazy to some people but my method is when I get stuck on one story I move to the next until I can work out the problem. At one time I was writing four stories at once and it worked for me, I would cycle through them until one story really needed my attention. One of the main reasons I had a few stories completed before I even published my first book.
I have stories currently ready now but sometimes other story ideas “cut the line” and move to the front.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
I don’t always want my male characters to be macho, arrogant jerks. I wanted them to be masculine and have some emotions. I read a lot of stories where the men were loud, arrogant, abusive, and promiscuous and the female would be weak and powerless and would let him talk down to her and wouldn’t be upset to see him with another woman. I would run into this reading story after story and I finally said no, this is not how I would handle this and this isn’t how my male character would act.
The most difficult part is to balance strong and powerful with emotional availability.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Absolutely! Going through the worst bout right now with #4 of this series, which will involve a character who shows up in Nessa’s book. I have written the story twice, the first time had 28 chapters and this second time 5 chapters written but it’s just not flowing like I’d like. I know the ending but the beginning is surprisingly the most difficult right now. I have put it to the side and am working on another story that’s already written until my main character starts talking again. Yes, my characters do talk to me. I’m just the writer of their story.
How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
Bound to You came from the movie with Christina Aguilera and also the ballad she sang in the movie. That song became the soundtrack to their story. It also emphasizes being “bound” to someone by love and a powerful bond between a werewolf and their mate.
Where did you come up with the names in the story?
Usually it’s off the top of my head but I also have a list in my notes of names because most of the time my names are not common names. A lot of times I give them strong names and they embody their name and it reflect their character and their attitude. I don’t think their are no weak names but for my characters I want their name to be unique to them.
What can we expect from you in the future?
As stated earlier I have a lot of stories and ideas readily available. I just released my first MC (motorcycle club) on December 1st which is my birthday, named the Black Aces MC. I would like to finish up the Bound Series with the last two books but writer’s block. So I am currently working on a Coffee romance, I also have a mafia style romance, and a friends to lovers romance that deals with tough issues such as abuse, infertility and surrogacy.
Those stories are either complete or need just a bit of work. I also have ideas on character stories for the Aces and a story based on just a book cover, that will be my challenge because it’s also a darker genre. I’m excited to give it a chance!
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
Ooh that’s an interesting question. Hmmm I would say the Black Aces because who doesn’t love bad boy bikers? Especially one who is against all aspects of love but fate deals him a funny hand when he becomes a hero to a down-on-her-luck bartender who stupidly followed love and ended up in the middle of nowhere New Mexico. I would love to see this as a movie especially with the many plot twists in the story.
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
Of course! My pen name is S Courtney but I go by Kia, it’s just easier. I am a romance writer who loves a happy ever after but I am looking to branch away from that and explore other options. I love to read as well, my TBR list is probably a mipe long and I love supporting my fellow Indie writers. I consider having a very solid support system in my circle and they keep me motivated. I having been writing since junior high school, I’ve always loved to tell a story. I restarted my passion two years ago on Wattpad just wanting feedback from people. When Bound to You hit 10k reads on the site, a friend said, “You should really consider publishing it.” And so I did and here we are, my first year of publishing and four books completed. I’m shocked and proud at the same time. I look forward to the future!