Friday, September 17, 2010

Goddess Fish Tour - Featuring Author Kele Moon

Please welcome fellow Ellora's Cave author Kele Moon today!!! :)
Tell us about your current release.
Beyond Eden is en erotic, Garden of Eden tale about three life long friends who find themselves tangled in a web of love, pain and dangerous secrets.
In exploring the Garden of Eden theme as a M/M/F ménage love story I realized what an angst-ridden tale it was and Beyond Eden reflects that. It's a deeply emotional story, but I'm proud of how it turned out. The symbolism and complex characters made it a joy to write!
Tell us about your next release.
I’m working on Claiming Eden, the prequel to Beyond Eden.

Has someone been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?
Lots of people have been instrumental. My husband has supported me for years as I worked on honing the craft. My mother has also been extremely encouraging, even when romance novels were eating my room as a teenager :D
As far as success stories. . . I’d have to say JK Rowling has inspired me immensely! I really, really admire her and what she’s accomplished with her writing.

Has someone helped or mentored you in your writing career?
I have been extremely lucky! I have many, many people who have helped me and walked the writing journey with me! Lori Toland, Tibby Armstrong, Laurann Dohner my agent Sartiza Hernandez just to name a few.

Who is your favorite author?
Oh, my Gosh. . . It’d probably have to be a toss up between JK Rowling and Pat Conroy. Which is strange, since neither of them are erotic romance writers. But, I do love them!
When was your first sale?
March of this year when I was 9 months pregnant. It was extremely emotional for me, because I felt so blessed to be having my daughter and to sell my first book at the same time. . . It was incredible!

When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
I write at night, though with a new baby it’s turned into whenever I can find time. I actually don’t have a time so much as a word count. When I am writing I try to do 3000 words a day. I have, however, taken a few weeks off for the release of Beyond Eden. I’m going to start again shortly and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve missed writing!
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Starting them. Once I get into the characters and they become real to me, it becomes less of a chore and more of an indulgence.

Where do you research for your books?
I’m a big fan of going to the source. I’ll talk to people who know about the topics I’m writing about. I’ll ask them to read over the parts they are experts on to make sure I’ve gotten it right. Like most authors, I do use the internet. I also try to write what I know in one way or another. The cities I use in my writing are usually places I know well—LOL! Does that mean I cheated?
What does your family think of your writing career?
They are all really excited! It’s been sort of funny, because Beyond Eden is an erotic romance. it’s also a ménage story that has strong BDSM elements. So family members like my mother are a bit hesitant to read it (I think she’s worried it’ll break her brain knowing I wrote it) but she’s still very happy for me!!

Who are your books published with?
Beyond Eden is my first and it’s with Ellora’s Cave.

Do you hear from your readers?
I have gotten a shocking amount of feedback from Beyond Eden since it released last week. The main questions are for more books with the characters from Beyond Eden. Which is a good thing, and I’m happy to tell them I am writing the prequel. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and supportive.
Plotter or Pantser?
Pantser. . . A total and complete pantser. Perhaps because I am such a character writer, once they’re real to me, I just let them tell their story and I really can’t plot that. My characters are always taking me places I never expected.
Tell us about your family.
My husband and I have four children total, my step-daughter is nineteen, then we have a fourteen year old son, a seven year old son and a daughter who is five months old. We’re really experiencing the whole spectrum of parenthood right now--from college student raiding our cabinets for food (she took our salt and pepper shakers last week) to newborn baby. It’s been lots of fun!

Do you use a pen name?
Kele has always been my nickname. There wasn’t tons of creativity used to come up with it. And I’m thankful I used it now, because it makes it a lot easier when signing posts and emails. I never have to worry about signing the wrong name. LOL! As for Moon, I just like it and it seemed easy for readers to remember, which was important to me.

Do you listen to music while writing?
I do listen to music, but it has to match what I am writing. So I listen to a huge spectrum, from classical to rap and everything in between just depending on the mood and theme of what I’m writing.

What was the scariest moment of your life?
Trust me, you don’t want me to answer that. It involves an ICU and two weeks of my life flashing before my eyes.

What book are you reading now?
I am reading Kaily Hart’s Picture This. Laurann Dohner’s Mate Set and The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A writer! Go me!

What are your favorite TV shows?
True Blood, Master Chef, American Idol—Honestly, I don’t watch tons of TV. The TV is dominated by others in the house. I’d rather read or write. I do love True Blood though! It’s awesome!

What songs are most played on your Ipod?
Currently, I’m writing Claiming Eden, the sequel to Beyond Eden. Its dark and sexual, Enigma’s been playing constantly!

What is your favorite meal?
Christmas dinner at my in laws. My mother -n-law is an amazing Cuban cook and so all the best is out for Christmas dinner, roasted mojo pork, black beans and rice, yucca, Cuban sandwiches, etc. . . I love it!

What do you do to unwind and relax?
Hot bubble bath with my ipod playing—which probably isn’t a great idea. But, I make sure it’s well away from the water, LOL!
Any suggestions for beginning writers?
Write. . . Just write lots and lots, second only to reading lots and lots.
Morning or Night Person?
100% night person!

Tell us about your favorite restaurant
Melting Pot, it’s a fondue restaurant. It takes you three hours to finish a meal, but it is fantastic!
What question do you wish was on the list? Your answer?
If you won a million dollars, what would be the first thing you’d do?
Go to Disney World!! That sounds like a joke, but it’s so true. I love Disney World. I’m a kid at heart.
Anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Just a huge thank you! I’ve been very lucky with wonderful feedback and an outpouring of enthusiasm for Beyond Eden. It really means more to me than people will probably ever know!

Kele Moon’s breakout novel Beyond Eden at Ellora's Cave:

Kele’s website with book trailers for Beyond Eden and more:
Here's a taste of what you'll find inside Beyond Eden.
Three lifelong friends find themselves tangled in a web of love, pain and dangerous secrets in this erotic Garden of Eden tale.Tall, dark and handsome Danny Carlow has always gotten whatever he wants except for the two he wants more than anything—his best friends, lovers Paul and Eve. Determined, he waits like a snake in the grass, poised for the right moment to offer them a temptation too delicious to resist.Artist Eve Everton makes the painful decision to leave behind her true love Paul for the Siren’s call of New York City. Ten years later with her life in shambles, she returns home. When Paul’s waiting arms aren’t available, Eve falls for Danny’s charm and finds herself a willing accomplice in the dangerous games Danny plays.Former college football star, Paul Mattling is now a successful attorney with a bright future ahead of him. But behind those brilliant blue eyes are secret desires for a taste of the forbidden. Will he play it safe or will he give into Danny and Eve and bite the apple?
Paul reached out, handing Danny a gold-foiled packet he had obviously taken out of his pocket before he pushed his pants off. Danny took it and tapped his finger against it as his eyes fell lower. He eyed Paul’s cock that grew long and thick as he stared at it.
“So, you’re sacrificing yourself for Eve?” Danny asked, still standing at the open shower door, heedless of the water splashing out onto the bathroom tiles.
Paul avoided his eyes again and ran a hand through his thick hair rather than look at Danny. “I don’t want you to bother her.”
“Because I always make a habit of taking advantage of drunk women,” Danny said, his voice razor sharp and icy. “How long have you known me?”
Paul winced and closed his eyes as he took a shuddering breath of frustration. “Are you going to let me into the shower or not?”
“I want to know why you want in first,” Danny growled at him, his eyes narrowed reprovingly. “Give me an honest reason and I might let you in.”
Paul’s chest rose and fell as he took short pants of breath that betrayed him far more effectively than his hard cock. “S-Seeing Eve has me frustrated.”
“Then jerk yourself off,” Danny snapped, his eyes still narrowed menacingly. “What happened to breaking the addiction? According to you this isn’t healthy or normal, so what are you doing here?”
“You want me to admit I’ve fallen off the wagon?” Paul asked in a soft voice as he looked up at Danny, his blue eyes a storm of arousal. “You want me to beg?”
“Yes,” Danny said slowly, his eyes running over Paul once more. He licked his lips and then pushed his wet hair away from his face. He tilted his head and looked pointedly at Paul’s cock, now fully hard and standing at attention. “I want you to beg.”
Paul squeezed his eyes shut and Danny noticed the little things, like the fine sheen of goose bumps that spread over Paul’s body, making all the thin, blond hair on his arms stand on end. The tautness in his shoulders was obvious, the anticipation pounding off him palatable. It was those nuances that sent blinding lust spiraling through Danny so forcefully he barely kept his casual composure. He reached up, gripping the bar on the top of the shower to hide his reaction that had his body tensing in arousal, his muscles tightening in anticipation of pouncing.
“Please.” Paul swallowed hard and tilted his head back to stare at Danny unwaveringly. “It’s been three weeks. I’m getting better.”
“It is a record,” Danny admitted reluctantly, because he wanted no part in this ridiculous game Paul had been playing with their lives. “Do you want a gold star for it?”
“No, I want you to fuck me.”


  1. Wow, what a powerful excerpt. I had to shiver after reading it. Congrats on the new release, Kele!

    My daughter was born the same month my first book came out, so I know exactly what you mean there.

    And J.Jk Rowling is one of my favs too. I hope she doesn't stop with the Harry Potter series!

  2. Oops...posted my comment on the wrong post! Sorry about that!

    Basically, I said I love the Melting Pot and didn't know Rick Riordan had a new book out.

    And congrats on the release! It sounds awesome!

  3. Congratulations on your release. That's wonderful that you've had so much feedback from people wanting to read more.

    I just submitted my first erotic romance to EC. After all my publisher research, they seem like a great place for an author to house her book.

  4. Linda, thank you! I'm thrilled you liked the excerpt!

    It really has been an exciting year with so many good things happening at once :D

    JKR-- :( At this point, anything by her would be exciting!

    Thank you again!


  5. Molly, thank you!

    Melting Pot. . . Mmmmm. . . Its so fantastic! My favorite celebration location!

    Rick Riordan. . . It's YA like Percy Jackson and excellent thus far. He's quite good! His plots are fast moving and engaging and his characters are fantastic. He's rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors!


  6. Miranda,

    I love EC. . . I'm a real pom pom waver for my publisher. . . It's an excellent place to be if you enjoy writing erotic romance!!

    Good luck!


  7. Kele, I'm so happy to have a fellow EC author to showcase. This looks awesome and because it's payday I can get me a copy! :)

  8. Amber! I am so excited to be here! Thank you so much for having me! I really appreciate it!!

    BTW! Amber is one of my favorite names ever. . . My soul story (that I have yet to finish--bad me) has a heroine named Amber :D

    Thank you again!


  9. P.S. Amber, I hope you really enjoy Beyond Eden!

  10. Hi Kele,

    Thanks for another great excerpt. As for music, what was at the top of your playlist while you were writing Beyond Eden?

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  11. Cathy,

    Closer to God by Nine Inch Nails was probably the most played while writing Beyond Eden. I don't think the song is a proper representation of the whole book, but the scene that was the most challenging needed that sort of theme music. LOL! If I never hear that song again, it probably won't be too soon. I rewrote the scene in question at least fifteen times and cut over 50,000 words through the process. . . You can imagine how many times I had to hear that song.

    Other than that. . . Chasing Cars from Snow Patrol, Starry Eyed Surprise (This was purely for scenes with Eve in it, that was her theme song) Mr. Brightside, Wildflower--there were lots. I pulled a lot of songs out of the Beyond Eden playlist and put it into the Claiming Eden one--but, Closer to God wasn't one of them. ::grins::



  12. Thanks for the excerpt. It was a great interview. It's interesting to find out more about the author's life.

  13. Thanks for the excerpt Kele. I love author interviews because it's nice to get an inside look into an authors life.

    What are your favorite kind of heroes?

    I'm currently reading J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series and I'm completely obsessed with Zsadist and Rhage. So I would definitely say I'm a women who melts and gets weak in the knees for the tortured hero types.

  14. Becky.

    I like tortured heros, they're my absolute favorite! I especially love when they become bitter and cynical, I dunno why. LOL! But, I also have a thing for underdogs. . .I want someone to root for! They'd probably be my second fav :D