Friday, November 1, 2013

Shades of Pink Interview - Kallysten

After giving you teasers of the stories included in the Shades of Pink Charity Anthology in September, this month I'll tell you a little more about the authors involved. I interviewed them with questions about their contributions, their writing life, their works in progress...

Today... well, me!

I asked my fellow authors if they had any questions for me. Here's what they asked...

What were your expectations for the anthology in terms of content and did the final anthology meet them?

I was hoping that we'd cover many genres/pairings/ratings to have as much diversity in the story as possible, and I think we ended up with a pretty good mix. My only wish is that more M/M stories had been submitted. To tell the truth, when I first started trying to recruit authors, I thought an all-M/F anthology would be best. As one author I contacted then pointed out, men can have breast cancer too, so why exclude M/M stories? She was right, of course, and I changed my mind early on about what pairings I'd accept. To my own amusement, I ended up writing a menage story, with a M/M scene as well as M/F/M.

I was drawn to Shades of Pink Anthology because of the donation to breast cancer research. As an Indie-published author, I have a good idea how much time and effort you will put into making this Anthology a reality. All of us who have been diagnosed with breast cancer thank you and my question is what is your motivation for putting together this anthology?

For several years I've tried to do something special during October, which is my birthmonth. I take the occasion to 'give back' to the community of readers that welcomed me so warmly. Last year, while trying to decide what to do, it occurred to me that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The disease has touched my family, and I thought it'd be a worthy cause to champion. For that event, I was by myself, and proud that my readers raised $250. I wanted to do more this year, which is why I thought I'd try to involve other authors. The idea to build up an anthology was the natural next step. The response from my colleagues as well as from readers as been overwhelming and humbling.

What the easiest and hardest part of herding multiple authors around a common theme toward a single due date?

Due date? What due date? LOL we went from August 15th to pretty much September 15th. I'm not good with deadlines myself, so I couldn't find it in me to be too strict.

The easiest part was receiving all these stories and realizing... wow. Ths is really happening.

What was the inspiration for your own story in the anthology and how does it relate to your other writing?

I always have trouble saying goodbye to characters, and I often 'peek in' to see what they're up to after 'the end'. My story The Last Sunset is no different. It takes place as an epilogue to the Blurred Trilogy, although I tried to write it so it could be read on its own. It depicts a menage of two vampires and one human, and how the human, Kate, decides to let her lovers turn her into a vampire. It's a theme that I like to explore and it has come up several times in my stories.

Will you do it again next year?

Asolutely! I'm going to need a bit of time to recover when this event is over, but I've started to think about what to keep the same and what needs to change. I'm open for suggestions, by the way!

You deserve a reward for all you hard work on the anthology! If we could send you anywhere in the world as our thanks, where would it be and with whom?

Oh if only! I'd happily return to the island of Kauai with my husband. We spent a very short week there in 2012 as a much-delayed honeymoon, and we both hope to be able to return there some day. In the meantime, though, I'm sending the hero and heroine from my serial Ward of the Vampire to the island for a little R&R...


  1. It was awesome to be a part of the Shades of Pink Anthology- you did a fantastic job pulling everything together. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to contribute!

  2. Thank you so much for all your hard work.

  3. Thank you just doesn't seem enough for all the hard work you did. The results were wonderful and I'm very proud to be part of Shades of Pink.

  4. Great interview, great project, great book. Thanks for letting me be a part of it.


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