Interview with K.M. Ross
Kim Michelle Ross is an emerging Speculative-Fiction/Paranormal/Romance author. She writes as K.M.Ross, because, there are quite a few established authors named Kim, Kimberley, Kim Michelle, and Michelle Ross. Kim started her working life as a Laboratory Research Assistant at the University of Newcastle, then later at the Red Cross Blood Bank. In Sept 1995 she resigned her position to be a full-time stay-at-home mum to her sons Daniel & Ryan, and Caiden. We have conducted and interview with her.
Before embarking on writing paranormal, which genre did you actually aspire to write for?
When I was a youngster I loved making-up fantastical stories, though they seemed real inside my head — I don't think anyone believed me, especially the one about a witch who lived inside the ghost train in Sydney's Luna Park. As a teenager my grandmother started giving me her 'cast-off' Mills & Boon romance novels; I eagerly lapped them up. From then on I aspired to be a Mills & Boon romance novelist. I began writing, in the back of one of school books, but then my romantic protagonists were suddenly entangled with supernatural creatures, and phone calls 'coming from the grave'. I then realised perhaps writing paranormal romances was my calling.
How different is writing speculative-fiction versus paranormal romances?
If I'm writing a straightforward speculative-fiction story I tend to steer away from the romantic aspects, though I do have a tendency to add a slight touch of romance, or hint at one, but I'd rather keep the reader focused on the story. Personally, I don't believe there's a significant difference both speculative-fiction and paranormal deal with 'unearthly beings', or challenges ideals and convinces the reader into accepting farfetched scenarios as normal everyday occurrences. Although, generally speculative-fiction can cover a larger range of subject matter, science fiction, monsters, and horror.
Which is your favourite anthology ever publish? What is it about?
My favourite anthology is, "Stories That Scared Even Me" , it was a collection of about twenty short stories about ghosts and thrillers, and it also featured Jack Finny's science fiction classic, "The Body Snatchers". I'd borrowed it from the school library to read over the school holidays, I enjoyed the thrills and the chills, in fact, I loved it so much that I read it several times over.
Are single themed trilogy easier to write than historical-contemporary-paranormal-romance trilogy?
Reincarnation is the running theme of my unpublished Netherrealm trilogy, which I've classified: historical-contemporary-paranormal-romance. The story is set in two differing centuries, the eleventh and twenty first, when a supernatural occurrence takes place inside a stone circle and connects the medieval protagonists with their reincarnated selves. Both romances endure obstacles, passion, sex, loss, wars, intrigues, murder, and the evil of a vengeful spirit determined to destroy their past and future lives after it breaks from its unearthly plane into our world then possesses the body of a young child.
Most times it never bothered me what genre I was in because if I was on-a-roll I became totally absorbed in the writing. Though, in hindsight there were a couple of occasions, to complete certain scenes, I had to jump from an historical setting into a contemporary one, can get tricky keeping certain characterizations of my medieval people similar, yet not exactly the same as their modern counterparts. Generally my writing flows when I'm focus on one genre at a time.
Why/why not Is 'darkness' your favourite word to use for your titles?
After settling on Netherrealm as the main title of my hist-cont-para-rom trilogy I decided to give each book its own subtitle, and went with Darkness as its central theme: Book One, Heed the Darkness; Book Two, Plunge into Darkness; Book Three, Cast-down Darkness.
I chose darkness because, to me, it's a foreboding word that conjures nefarious images, but also covers an array of meanings: foretelling of evil, bad things are going to happen, heightening fears, horror, loss and being lost, confusion, heading toward the unknown, and death. The darkness not only refers to my characters fateful journeys but the dark time they encounter, the acknowledgment that true evil can exist anywhere and at anytime, as well as the dealing with the ghostly presence in its intangible and tangible form.
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