Book Tour & Author Interview: Eclipsed by Kim Deister

Title: Eclipsed
Author: Kim Deister

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Caffeinated Words Publishing
Cover Designer: Kim Deister
Photo by: Elizabeth Tsung

Every girl has that guy. He's that guy that turned her world upside down just by existing. He's the guy she never forgets, no matter what happens in her life. She will fall in and out of love, but still he holds a place in her heart and soul. But can reality ever be better than the fantasy?
Nico is that guy for Holly, the guy she fell for the very first time she laid eyes on him. It didn't matter that she was too young to know what love was. She just knew. But that's the thing about crushes, about love... sometimes they go unrequited. And what happens if you find out that the fantasy was just that, a fantasy? Some things are better left unexplored. Are her feelings for Nico one of those things?
Eclipsed is a story about second chances...

Kim Deister is a former US Army soldier who traded camouflage and combat boots for the more comfortable uniform of a writer. She is a sever bookaholic who has been known to read cereal boxes in desperation. She's wanted to write for as long as she can remember, but it was always something to do "someday." Eventually, her husband got sick of listening to her talk about it and told her to get to it. She listened.
She is from the wilds of the northernmost part of New York, the small college town of Potsdam. These days she lives in paradise, in the Hawaiian Islands. She is happily married to the man of her dreams, a soldier who looks great in camouflage. They have four sons.

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The words barely left my lips before Nico drove his hands into my hair and pulled me to him. He brushed his lips against mine and paused for one brief, delicious moment. I knew in that instant that what I felt was far from some schoolgirl crush. His lips were soft and warm on mine, gentle and sweet like the first kiss of the teenagers we once were. But we weren’t teenagers anymore and when he pulled back to look at me, I saw the smoky heat in his eyes. I heard it in the huskiness of his voice when he whispered my name.
My eyes drank him in as he sat facing me. The green Henley he wore matched his eyes and clung to his chest in all the right places. He braced himself with one hand on the back of the couch, leaning toward me. His muscles bulged under the snug shirt, hard under my hand. He still had drummer’s arms, strong hands. I felt the heat of his hand even through my jeans as he rested it on my thigh.
For so long, I’d dreamed of this moment, of kissing Nico. But I never really believed it would happen. Until tonight, he had never seen me beyond the awkward girl I had once been, the girl that had driven him nuts with her stupid crush. I wasn’t that girl anymore. I hadn’t been for a long time and he finally noticed. I had wanted this for so long, longer than I had been willing to admit even to myself. But it was happening and I was greedy. One kiss wasn’t enough. One kiss was never going to be enough.

1. What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

One of the most interesting involved John Steinbeck. I lived in Monterey, California twice, a year each time. That's Steinbeck country. It was fascinating to walk along Cannery Row, wander through Salinas, all the places of so many of his stories. On the opposite end of the literary spectrum was Bangor, Maine, the home of Stephen King and the setting of many of his books. The icing on that trip was having a brief conversation about the amazing coffee in the coffee shop we found ourselves in.

2. What is the first book that made you cry?

I honestly can't remember this. But there are few books that have hit me hard. One was The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. The subject matter came at a time that just tore me apart. The same is true for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven tore me to pieces, too, as did Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander.

3. What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?

This is a question that is difficult for me to answer. In my experience, I've been lucky and I haven't really been a victim of unethical practices. But the issues I've seen seem to be more in the pre-publishing phase, in the services in support of publishing a book. Price gouging or, worse, taking the money and running. That's discouraging for writers and honest service providers alike.

4. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Most of the time, it energizes me. Better than a cup of coffee and that's saying something because I love my coffee! The only time it is truly exhausting is when I'm stuck and struggling. In those moments, it's truly draining.

5. What are common traps for aspiring writers?

I think there are a few, some I've experienced and others I've seen others go through. One is self-esteem. It is easy to second guess everything you write. It is easy to get mired into that. I certainly struggle with that. Another trap is in trusting the wrong people, putting faith in someone and having it betrayed. I think that happens more than is talked about. That can cost time and money and it is demoralizing.

6. Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

Personally, I think it hurts. Having confidence is great, but there is a fine line between that and arrogance. There is no quicker way to alienate readers than to be arrogant.

7. What is your writing Kryptonite?

Sex scenes and dialogue. An easy answer! I have to work hard at both. Sex scenes... I giggle like a 12-year-old boy, but I get through it. Dialogue... it can be stilted. For many years, I wrote technical reports and analyzed intel for the Army. Then I worked as a tech writer for Corning Glass. This has led to academic writing, which doesn't work in a novel!

8. Have you ever gotten reader’s block?

Yes and no. I've never gotten it to the point that I can't write at all. But I have gotten it with certain scenes, getting from A to Z. It's frustrating!

9. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

Not really. I was a book blogger for a long time and I made a lot of connections through that. I didn't want to lose them by starting over under a new name.

10. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

Funny you should ask... this is something I've been struggling with lately. The things I love to write most are not what most seem to want to read. As it was pointed out to me recently, I have three choices. Write what I think readers want. Write what the readers want and also write the things I want. Write what I want to write, even if very few ever read it. I think this is probably a choice most writers face now and then.


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