The Slayer by Kele Moon is hands down one of my favorite reads this year. I was simply in awe of how Kele Moon brought Chuito and Alaine’s story to life with this book. If you don’t believe me, check out my gushing review for The Slayer HERE. I simply adored this book and I was in massive hangover after reading it. It took me a while to recover from it to be honest.

I was ecstatic when I got the opportunity to interview (ahem, more like bug) Kele for the blog tour she’s doing for the Slayer. And OHMYGOD, I can’t wait to share them all here with you. Kele was gracious enough to answer all of my questions. She talked about Chuito and Alaine, the difficulties she encountered while writing The Slayer, her favorite scenes, characters, etc.

But before that, just some housekeeping stuff I need to get out there before I forget. The Slayer is now AVAILABLE on Amazon US, Amazon UK, Loose ID, and B&N. And after the interview with Kele, keep on reading for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD 6 or a $100 Amazon GC. Unfortunately, the Kindle Fire is open only to US residents but you can still enter and win the $100 GC instead.

Anyway, here’s the full Q&A with Kele Moon. Enjoy!

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An Interview with Kele Moon

TRLR: Hi Kele! Thank so much for doing this. I loved The Slayer…actually the whole series including Battered Hearts and now the Untamed Hearts. What was your favorite part about writing this series? 

Kele Moon: Um, probably Nova. Whenever he shows up, the words flow a little easier and I’m a pretty happy author. He’s the easiest character to write. He has a very strong voice and his scenes usually end up being some of my favorites.

TRLR: Chuito started out as a side character, when did you know he was going to get his own book? 

KM: Immediately. I actually knew when he was mentioned in one line in Defying the Odds as the other UFC fighter they currently had living in Garnet. Hal just called him The Slayer. I didn’t know his name yet, but I knew I wanted him to have a book.

TRLR: Interesting. Do you always see or envision certain side characters getting their own story or does it just happen? 

KM: There are certain side characters I create deliberately either with the intention of giving them their own book, or at least the prospect of it. With The Slayer, there are several NEW side characters who have essentially demanded their own books.

TRLR: Alaine is a very interesting character to me. I pegged her to be shy and timid but in this book, I was like, “Whoa!” What’s the best part about writing her character?

KM: Actually, the most interesting part for me was that she was very much a girly girl. Little things like her sparkly hand sanitizer amused me to no end even though it probably didn’t stand out to anyone else. Usually I’ll write heroines with harder edges like Jules, or perhaps ones who are beautiful, but not traditionally beautiful like Katie, Tabitha and Melody from the other Untamed Hearts/Battered Hearts books. I think Alaine’s the most traditionally beautiful heroine I’ve written in this series, not that the others weren’t beautiful and their heroes all loved them EXACTLY as they were. . but as far as just cover model pretty, Alaine is it. And she would’ve fit great into this mold her father wanted for her, to be good, obedient arm candy for a husband her father approved of, but Alaine wants other things. I think she’s aware she’s pretty. She doesn’t argue it or she’s not surprised by it when a man says it. . . but what’s important to her, as a woman, is other things in life. Her career. Her friends. The man she loves. Those have value to her.

She’s also a bit of a budding feminist and that also amused me. . . Especially when mixed with her sparkling hand sanitizer because I always believed feminism is about women being powerful being exactly who they are and in Alaine’s case, that’s a loving, caring, strong-minded woman who likes makeup, sparkly hand sanitizer and sexy gangsters.

TRLR: In writing this book, are there parts that you enjoyed writing more than others? Which parts are those, if you don’t mind. And which part was challenging for you to write. 

KM: Um, as far as scenes. . .There’s one scene in Miami, we’ll call it the morning after scene where a couple of characters do something scandalous and that really flowed. I got the idea in my head and I rolled it around for a while and finally I decided to write it just for me. To entertain myself. Which I don’t do often and I liked it so much I incorporated it.

Any scene with Chuito and Tino together was easy. Their friendship was very organic and though there were some serious, very intense times for them, there was a lot of fun to it. I enjoyed writing them as friends very much, which I think is obvious. LOL!

As for what was hard. . .The timeline was OMGSOHARD. . . To the point that I was in tears more than once over the corner I felt like I painted myself into. This book crosses the timeline of two other books and it was NOT easy to put together. I was rearranging chapters right up until the end. Conquering the pacing in this book was a HUGE deal for me and I can’t tell you how happy I am that I not only did it, but am very proud of how it turned out cause it felt impossible for a long time.

TRLR: I got to say, as someone who has an aversion to crazy timelines in books, you were able to pull it off really well. It flowed seamlessly. What’s the most fun part about being an author? What’s the least fun part? 

KM: I’ve spent a lot of time trying to decide what the best part of being an author is, cause it’s a roller-coaster. I’ve cried so many tears over it, but I’ve also had moments where I’m on top of the world and I truly feel the best part for me is creating the story.

When I finish a story and I’m happy with it. Man, that’s the greatest feeling in the entire world.

The least fun. . . The business side of it frustrates me sometimes as I’m more writer than business woman.

TRLR: What do you do when you’re not writing or when you’re in-between books? 

KM: Kids, husband, family, friends. They all keep me very busy!

TRLR: What’s the most memorable compliment you’ve ever received from readers? 

KM: There is NO WAY I could pick one. Honestly, every beautiful review. Every email. Every person who stops by my booth at a signing. They are all amazing. They all stay with me and leave me feeling incredibly grateful.

TRLR: What’s next for Kele Moon beyond Untamed Hearts? 

KM: A few things, depending on the business side of things that I mentioned above, but I do have another crime based series based out of Ybor City where my husband’s family is from that I’m looking forward to working on! What can I say? I like writing the bad boys!

TRLR: And we LOVE reading about them, so this makes me happy as I’m sure your readers are happy with that news as well. Thank so much again for answering our questions, Kele!

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Kele Moon A freckle faced, redhead born and raised in Hawaii, Kele Moon has always been a bit of a sore thumb and has come to enjoy the novelty of it. She thrives off pushing the envelope and finding ways to make the impossible work in her story telling. With a mad passion for romance, she adores the art of falling in love. The only rules she believes in is that, in love there are no rules and true love knows no bounds.

So obsessed is she with the beauty of romance and the novelty of creating it she’s lost in her own wonder world most of the time. Thankfully she married her own dark, handsome, brooding hero who had infinite patience for her airy ways and attempts to keep her grounded. When she leaves her keys in the refrigerator or her cell phone in the oven he’s usually there to save her from herself. The two of them now reside in Florida with their three beautiful children who make their lives both fun and challenging in equal parts–They wouldn’t have it any other way.

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