Shadow of Perception
by Kristine Mason
Kristine will be awarding $5 Amazon gift cards to six randomly drawn commenters during the tour as well as print books to ten other randomly drawn commenters during the tour. Five will be of Pick Me, a contemporary romance; and a gnome will come with the five copies of Shadow of Danger, book one of the suspense series. [US ONLY on the books]. Follow the tour at Goddess Fish.
Hello and thanks for stopping by and visiting with me and the bunnies. It is so nice to have Kristine Mason here. Readers I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. Oh, hold on Kristine every time someone new stops by the dogs and bunnies go crazy.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I have four kids (11, 10, 7 and 2), so when I’m not writing I’m busy chauffeuring the older kids to their extracurricular activities, or doing a ton of laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, paying bills…In other words, when I’m not writing, I’m certainly not lazing poolside and sipping cocktails (I wish!). BUT, as I go about my business—chauffeuring, laundry, shopping, etc.—what I’m writing is always on my mind. I have little pads of papers all over the house and in my car. You never know when an idea might strike. What’s sad is that I can’t read my handwriting half the time. Sigh.
Where do you get your ideas?
Everywhere! I could be at the park, watching baby girl running around, and hear a quick snippet of a conversation, then quickly twist it around in my mind and take it to a place it probably wasn’t meant. I’ll do that with commercials, pictures I might see in a magazine, news articles and documentaries. The idea of Shadow of Perception, for example, began with Toddlers & Tiaras. I don’t watch the show. I never have and I’m not even sure if it’s still airing. But one night I was channel surfing and happened to catch a few minutes of an episode. The only reason I stopped surfing and watched for a bit was because in this particular episode they were showing how these little girls would wear denture-like teeth during pageants. I remember shaking my head and going on to the next channel. But those few minutes of Toddlers & Tiaras stuck with me. Not the show itself, but the idea of beauty pageants. And while Shadow of Perception isn’t about child beauty queens, or even beauty pageants, it delves into the perception of perfection. What is beautiful? What length will a woman go through to achieve their idea of perfection? This made me think about plastic surgery, which then had me thinking of how I can use plastic surgery as an angle in the book. See, now I went off on a tangent, which is precisely how I end up brainstorming story ideas!
Do you write under a pen name?
I do. My real name is Kristine, but my married name is so common I didn’t want to use it. My maiden name is a mouthful, so that was out. When I was trying to come up with a new last name, my family and friends had a good time with their suggestions. We had a New Year’s Eve party at our house, and over drinks people were throwing out names. All of us did the “stripper name” game. That’s when your first name becomes the name of your first pet and your last name ends up being the street you grew up on. If I had gone that route my pen name would have been Bunny Monticello. Fortunately, my in-laws suggested Mason. I’m not sure how many people would seriously consider reading a dark, romantic suspense by an author named Bunny. I might, but I’ve been told that I’m not all there. Thanks, Dad! LOL
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Night owl, or early bird?
I’m a total night owl, but I realize that might have to change. I used to be able to write in the evenings, but with the kids growing older, this is becoming a problem. Ugh.
One food you would never eat?
Insects. I love watching the Food Network. I happened to catch an episode of Extreme Chef and during the show they had to cook crickets, scorpions and some sort of worm. I had to turn away during some parts for fear I’d lose my dinner. I don’t care how much bacon or chocolate you put on a bug, I’m not going to eat it.
Red, or white wine?
What was your first date like?
I was eighteen (a bit of a late bloomer) when I had my first official date. I had met him through a friend and was totally intrigue because he was cute and so much older than me (a whopping six years). Anyway, he pulled up in an awesome Camaro (this was 1989 and I was easily impressed), climbed out and headed up the driveway. When I saw what he was wearing, I thought I was going to die. As I look back, I still feel sorry for him, for anyone who had been forced to partake in the 1980s fashion mishap. He had on parachute pants, which was bad enough. But to top it off he also wore a short sleeved, fake paint splattered, long duster jacket. Really? But, who was I to judge? I wasn’t exactly a fashionista. He took me to dinner, which was nice, then decided we should go for a drive. As he cruised down the freeway, MC Hammer’s Can’t Touch This came on the radio. And every time MC said/sang “Can’t touch this,” he would say/sing along and point to me, giving me a wink as if…I really can’t touch him? What? I’m cringing as I write this. Because after the drive he took me to his parents’ house—where he still lived—to meet his mom. Yeah, wasn’t feeling it. Later, when he dropped me off at home, he kissed me. I stupidly kissed him back because I was young and naïve and didn’t know what else to do. I swear I needed a drool cup during it. Needless to say, I never went out him with again.
What is your favorite thing to eat/snack on while writing?
I always have a can of Diet Coke next to me, but when the mood strikes, I like to grab a handful of Nestle chocolate chips (I keep them in the freezer, yum!).
Regular or decaf?
Decaf, please. Otherwise I’ll be up for two days (although I might accomplish quite a bit!).
Swimming in the ocean or a pool?
I love looking at the ocean and hearing the waves crash along shore, but I prefer a pool. I need to see what exactly lurks beneath the surface.
Candles or spray air fresheners?
Candles, kids and dogs aren’t a good mix. Because of the kids and dogs I’m always buying air fresheners. During football and lacrosse, my utility room smells like a locker room.
Tell us about the first story you ever wrote and how old you were
I was in second grade when I wrote “Robby the Pig.” My brother’s name is Robert, and when he was little, he went by Robbie (actually, I still call him that). So I wouldn’t get in any trouble from my mom, I thought I was particularly clever by changing the spelling of his name. I didn’t think she’d ever put two and two together. I quickly learned my Mom was seriously smart.
What types of books do you write?
I write romantic suspense and contemporary romance. I love being able to go dark and edgy with the suspense novels, but it’s nice to lighten things up with the contemporaries. Those books are fun and sexy, and I don’t have to worry about coming up with ways to hide a dead body.
What do you think of this term- Writer’s Block? How do you overcome it?
I never thought much of Writer’s Block until I experienced it. I took off a solid year of writing after the birth of my fourth child. I’m not sure if it was all the extra hormones (baby four is my only girl), or if I was just so overwhelmed with all the kids, but I swear I couldn’t come up with anything. While this was a horribly frustrating time for me, I embraced and soaked up every minute with my kids—especially baby considering I had never expected to have another. A few weeks after my daughter’s first birthday, the boys went back to school. I realized that I needed writing in my life otherwise I was going to go crazy. I missed the fire in my belly, the excitement of coming up with a new idea then executing it. So I looked at a manuscript I had worked on a bit during my pregnancy. I had written about eighty pages the year before and after reading it, decided it was worth finishing. From there, I finished Shadow of Perception in two months. I think what helped me overcome the block was realizing that I needed to schedule myself (not just my kids) and to learn and accept/expect the unexpected. And just write. You can edit crap, but you can’t edit a blank page.
Are you currently working on any new projects? What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m currently working on Shadow of Vengeance (Book 3 CORE Shadow Trilogy). In this book CORE agents have to stop a serial killer, who has been murdering college freshmen pledging fraternities during Hell Week. It’s seriously twisted and I’m loving the chemistry between the hero and heroine. You can look for Shadow of Vengeance in October 2013. In December I also plan to release Treasure Me, a contemporary romance that’s part of my Reality TV Romance series. I do plan to do another CORE trilogy with the first book scheduled to be released next spring.
Pick one profession you would choose if you were not an author. Why?
I would love to own a greenhouse. There’s something about taking something from a seed and watching it grow. I’m not sure how successful I’d be, my current vegetable garden has produced one green pepper, which my dog stole, and six green beans. But I’ve got a plan for next year. I’m determined to have a huge, blooming garden.
Where can your followers find you?
I love hearing from readers! Here’s where I can be found:
– Website: http://www.kristinemason.net
– Twitter: https://twitter.com/KristineMason7
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kristinemasonauthor
– Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Kristine-Mason/e/B00BSER7LM
– Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6937352.Kristine_Mason
Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today Kristine. It’s been a pleasure having you and I wish you much success in the future.
Chicago investigative reporter, Eden Risk, receives an unmarked envelope containing a postcard ordering her to watch the enclosed DVD…or someone else dies. No Police. After Eden watches the DVD, a gruesome, horrifying surgery, she turns to the private criminal investigation agency, CORE, for help. Only she hadn’t expected that help to come with a catch. Her former lover, Hudson Patterson, has been assigned to the case.
Hudson would rather have another CORE agent handle the investigation. Two years ago, he’d screwed things up with Eden…bad. And as more DVDs arrive, Eden and Hudson find themselves not only knee-deep in a twisted investigation, but forced to deal with their past, and the love they’d tried to deny.
Eden flinched and when she finally met his gaze, Hudson moved closer, fighting the urge to reach for her and smooth away the worry creasing her forehead, to hold her and assure her he’d never let anything happen to her. He fisted his hands instead. The wariness in her eyes, the rigidness of her body told him what he needed to know. She wasn’t ready for what he was willing to offer. Not just sex, but comfort, familiarity, and maybe this time around more of himself.
“I’m not trying to scare you. I want you to be realistic. I want you safe.”
Gripping the edge of the kitchen counter, reminding him he’d unintentionally crowded her, she leaned back. “I appreciate your concern. But I’ll be well protected tonight. All night.”
Unconvinced he said, “The security system is good, I’ve seen to it myself, but having me here—just in case—is an even better security measure.”
“Sorry, but three’s a crowd. I doubt my date will appreciate my babysitter hanging around while we’re…dating.”
She had a frickin’ date?
“Cancel,” he said, hoping he’d kept the resentment from his voice. Of course he shouldn’t have expected her to remain celibate since they’d broken up. He’d had his share of “dates” too. But knowing another man would be here, in her townhouse, in her bed, had his empty stomach churning with jealousy. The way his emotions were hitting him like a barrage of bullets today, he realized he’d never gotten over the loss of what could have been between them.
No other woman before or after Eden had stirred his gut with thoughts of love and all that other stuff he didn’t have the vocabulary to name.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I didn’t pick up my first romance novel until I was in my late twenties. Immediately hooked, I read a bazillion books before deciding to write one of my own. After the birth of my first son I needed something to keep my mind from turning to mush, and Sesame Street wasn’t cutting it. While that first book will never see the light of day, something good had come from writing it. I realized my passion, and had found a career that I love.
When I’m not writing contemporary romances and dark, romantic suspense novels (or reading them!) I’m chasing after my four kids and two neurotic dogs.
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