Monday, July 7, 2014

J.K. Coi Likes a Challenge!

Please welcome JK Coi to the blog today!

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How this paranormal author started writing contemporaries

When I first started writing, way back when in high school, I wrote about aliens. Specifically, aliens who possessed a teenage girl’s radio pretending to be the ghost of her dead boyfriend.

Now, without getting into all the things that were wrong with that (and all the things that were WAY COOL), it does illustrate the place from which my imagination was born. I’ve always written paranormal, or horror, or some form of supernatural. I’ve had vampires in my books, immortal warrior dudes with commitment issues, ballerina spies with metal and gears for legs, and werewolves involved in satanic rituals. The crazy list goes on.

So why did I suddenly decide to write a contemporary romance about two people starting their own tech companies at an industry convention in Antigua?

Well, the truth is, all the stories I’ve written have one thing in common besides the paranormal aspect: they challenged me in some way. One book I told in first person point of view because I’d never done it before; another book I wrote because I wanted to turn the trope upside down and make the heroine the vampire instead of the hero. I wanted to challenge myself to write a zombie book that could also be sexy. I wanted to challenge myself to write a series.

With IN BED WITH THE COMPETITION the challenge was to write a full length contemporary romance. I’d written short contemporaries before but not a full length book, and I always thought I would need serial killers, or bombs, or something abnormal to make a story about two regular people interesting enough to keep readers with me until the end.

But the truth is…I really liked it.

And now I’m writing another one. I bet you want to know what the challenge is going to be for the next book, don’t you? *grin*

JK Coi (www.jkcoi.com) is a multi-published, award winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance and urban fantasy, who loves writing dark, tortured characters that leap off the page and into readers hearts. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

This rivalry is too hot for the tropics…

Elizabeth Carlson and Ben Harrison used to be friends, coworkers...and almost lovers. But that was before Ben proposed mixing business with pleasure. Elizabeth refuses to lose her heart to a hotshot tycoon with a cutthroat, take-no-prisoners attitude. Not with the prospect of starting her own
company at stake.

Driven to succeed in all areas of his life, Ben couldn’t resist the temptation to make Liz his. But then she walked away, igniting a bitter rivalry. Competing for the same contract at a Caribbean conference ignites sparks too hot to ignore, and Ben’s determined to finish what they started, even if it’ll only last a few steamy, tropical nights.

Elizabeth’s resolve begins to crumble under Ben’s blatant seduction. Can she walk away from a hot island fling with the sexiest man she’s ever known with her heart intact, or will losing herself in Ben destroy everything she’s fought to achieve?


Book Link on Goodreads


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Sounds like lots of fun! Can't wait to read it!

I love how J.K. switches genres for a challenge. I wrote my YA Steampunk for the same reason - and that MG sf idea refuses to go away completely!

How about you - do you have ideas for different genres knocking at your skull trying to get out?

43 comments:

  1. Yes, I do. I'm writing my first paranormal right now.

    In Bed with the Competition looks like a great read.

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  2. From aliens to contemporary - who knows where you'll go next?

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  3. Switching to contemporary is a big leap. Awesome that J.K. was brave enough to do it. Good luck with her book!

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  4. I didn't read any contemporaries either, so not sure how I started writing them. But switching genres is fun and I'm working on my fourth genre right now.

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  5. Sounds like switching genres worked well for you, J.K. Being challenged in your writing draws out the best in what a writer has to give. Wishing you much success.

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  6. I think it would be fun to turn genre conventions on their heads!

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  7. Mediea - that's awesome! Can't wait!

    Alex - I wonder if you'll make the switch! :)

    Natalie - it is a big jump! Fun though! :)

    Diane - love it! I bet you've never backed down from a challenge in your life! :)

    Mason - so true! Challenges keep us fresh :)

    Elizabeth - me too! Love smashing up expectations :)

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  8. I think I know of the aliens possessing a teenage girl's radio. No more Lady GaGa!

    Moving around the genres is right up my alley. That's a weird expression. I don't have an alley, as such.

    Thanks for having J.K. Coi make a visitation to your amazing site, Jemi.

    Here we go...acronym alert! YA Steampunk and MG! HELP! LOL

    I'm outta' here, eh.....

    Gary :)

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  9. I have all kinds of genres, and types, running through my head. If only I could write fast enough to keep up with them all!

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  10. Hello J. K and Jemi!

    Its awesome that you broke the mold and the genre to write different!

    All the best!

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  11. I've very impressed that you've tried so many different genres. I like a few different genres to read and write also but have never tried contemporary.

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  12. Yes I'm an equal opportunity genre girl. But some genres aren't for me to write. Romance is one. :)

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  13. Gary - those acronyms are just to keep you on your toes ... and I know you have those! :)

    Beth - that perfectly describes me as well! :)

    Kelly - agreed! It's awesome! :)

    Susan - contemporary is fun - you should give it a shot one day!

    Teresa - and that's my favourite! It's awesome we're all so different! :)

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  14. What a fun-sounding book!
    Hi, Jemi!

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  15. I don't do horror but I've always loved stories with some aspect of paranormal romance. I write it too. I've written contemporary and love it. I also discovered that you really don't need suspense or any props to tell a good and involving love story. I've recently read several authors whose stories are just about the finding the romance despite the pitfalls in the way. They were very layered and engaging. It reminded me WHY I love romance.

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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  16. Hi Carol - I agree! :)

    Sia - great points! I love so many varieties of romance as well - and they're so very different! :)

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  17. Mediea - I'd love to know what your paranormal is about! I love paranormals, and even though I'm currently writing contemporary I don't think I'll ever leave them behind. There are so many different challenges to be had in paranormal :)

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  18. Alex - that's the awesome thing about books, there's no limit to the stories that can be told!

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  19. Thanks Natalie, it's a big leap, but change is good right? :D

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  20. Diane, good luck! switching genres can be tricky, but it keeps things fresh :)

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  21. Thank you so much for the kind words and good wishes, Mason!

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  22. Elizabeth - Turning genre conventions upside down is a great way to write familiar tropes in a way that makes them feel all brand new!

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  23. Jemi -- Thank you again for letting me visit today! I've had so much fun. Sorry I haven't been able to stop by earlier! :)

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  24. LOL Gary, not sure where the world would be without Lady GaGa :)

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  25. Oh you're absolutely right, Beth. Time. That's the hardest part!

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  26. Thanks, Susan! I think it's important to keep trying new things in all areas of life

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  27. I completely understand, Teresa. As much as I love to challenge myself, there are things I already know I would be absolutely no good at.

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  28. That's wonderful, Sia! Thank you!

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  29. Congrats J.K.
    It seems like lots of authors are taking the leap and writing across genres.
    The book sounds like fun!

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  30. Michelle - it does! Can't wait to get to it :)

    JK - thanks again for popping by! :)

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  31. Yay! I saw another post from J.K Coi last week, and I got the book. I did. There was such amazing personality in the post that I decided I'd found a kindred spirit. =)

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  32. Yup. I've tried my hand at sci fi, romance, mystery, and I'm working now on a paranormal suspense. Too many good ideas out there to limit yourself to one genre.

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  33. Crystal - that's awesome!

    Linda - that's exactly it - so many ideas, so little time! :)

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  34. well, who wouldn't that in bed.... /lookingatthebookcover/

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  35. I love contemporary, so this is perfect for me.

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  36. Dezzy - yup - definitely worth a look! :)

    Lee - me too! :)

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  37. I am so impressed that she switches genres to challenge herself. Writing can be challenging all on its own. :) Wishing JK Coi the best of luck.
    ~Jess

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  38. Jess - so very true - but it's also fun!! :P

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  39. Oh, sounds fun!

    It's really cool that J.K. can switch genres like that!

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  40. Dawn - I agree! Certainly keeps things interesting! :)

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