All about KS Augustin
I was born in Malaysia and am Eurasian, so the whole concept of being 'outside' something is very familiar to me. I think you'll find that thread in a lot of my releases. I've always been a writer of some sort, from writing stories for the school newspaper, moving onto high-school editor, computer programmer, technical writer. Even teaching Computing to undergrads and adults involves a lot of writing and creativity. From the time I was a child, I've been hopping between fiction and non-fiction and, right now, I'm in the fiction camp again and finding it a lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun.
How KS Augustin got into Erotic Romance
I started writing erotic romance because I was very comfortable doing that and because I believe that sex is nothing to be ashamed of. I also believe that you can tell a lot about a person by their approach to sex, so it's a natural part of any characterisation.
I feel that ER is actually an incredibly varied field and I like the flexibility that gives me. So I can write about a man under a dragon curse and an hermaphrodite discussing futuristic sex-toys and still have them nestled next to spies and divorced partners, all within the same field. It's great!
My current WIP is a sci-fi romance novel entitled "War Games". I'm in first edits at the moment but may actually put that aside after I'm done and start on a couple of novellas. I realise I've only written one fantasy romance so far, so I have to get cracking on another, and I want to revisit the Republic, which is where both my TEB stories are set.
According to my meta-plan, I have one more novella to complete and submit this year and five works on the cards already for next year, not counting three abandoned projects that, I'm sure, will spring to life at the appropriate (or inappropriate!) moments!
What KS Augustin likes to read...
I'm heavily into science-fiction, historical romance and politics. The politics I'll leave out! ;)
At the moment, I'm reading:
Science-fiction: "Geodesical Ascent" by Sean Williams with Shane Dix; "The Algebraist" by Iain M Banks
Romance: "Candle in the Window" by Christina Dodd; "A Dangerous Beauty" by Sophia Nash
The Sensible Questions:
1. What made you start writing erotic romance?
Rejections from Harlequin! LOL The rejections were actually very nice, "We like your voice, we like your pacing, BUT..." It was up to my DH to point out that Harlequin and I had very different styles (Harlequin weren't publishing any erotic-slanted/kick-ass adventure romance yet in 1999/2000, remember. And they certainly weren't publishing sci-fi!) and that I was better off finding a publisher with whom I had a closer "fit".
- 2. What inspired you to write your first book?
Writing is like having another person in your head, constantly nagging until you can get it down somewhere and get it out. It's not so much inspiration as yelling, "Get out of my head!"
- 3. What's your process for writing a book?
I'm a planner. I need to have a start, a finish and a couple of intermediate scenes rock solid in my head. Then I sit down and do a scene-by-scene summary, character names, descriptions, even page counts! Then I begin writing.
- 4. What do you enjoy about writing?
Believe it or not, I like editing my first draft. I'm not obsessing that I'm going to forget the perfect plot twist I've just thought up. I've completed something, which is always an accomplishment. The first edit gives me a chance to smooth things and add details. It's very satisfying.
5. What really p's you off about writing?
The writing itself. Getting it down on the screen to begin with. The agonising over words, the ripping through several dictionaries and thesauri to find a word you have the nagging feeling doesn't exist in English. The constant fear that you're going to forget a perfect plot twist. The constant fear that readers won't like it.
- 6. Who would you count as your biggest supporters?
My husband is number one. Couldn't have even got this far without him. I have no other family and the kids are too young to understand. Also, as I have a full-time job, I keep quiet about my writing at work. So, if you discount DH, people who have never met me are my biggest supporters. :)
- 7. How do you celebrate when you finish a book?
I don't. When I finish a book, there're the first draft edits to get through. Then the second. Then polishing the synopsis. Then getting the submission pack together. By that time, the brain is already working on the next manuscript, so it's time to sit down and plan that once the submission pack is out the door.
I only celebrate when I've successfully contracted a book and usually by popping a bottle of bubbly. No contract, no celebration.
8. Describe your writing space.
At the moment, it's on a laptop at a desk in our bedroom. A long flank of windows along one wall looks out into other apartments and across north-east Singapore. It's nice during the day but spectacular at night. I'll blog about it soon.
I would rather be here:
The Naughty Questions:
- 1 How many toys do you have in your toy-box? (and we don't mean Barbie dolls!)
A Why do you think I only buy rechargeable batteries nowadays?
B I could hold my own "toy party"! ::wink::
C Just enough to keep things interesting between DH and I
D Are you nuts? This is Singapore! No sex toys allowed here, thank you very much.
2 What or who does your ideal man look like?
A Bald and intelligent with a characteristic frown.
B Nice butt.
C Strong forearms
D All of the above ::swoon::
3 Top or bottom?
- 4 Short shorts or short skirts?
Swishing is sexy. Definitely skirts!
5 How would you describe you sex life?
A. Still have stuff to try out. Rowr!
B. Arranging it around the kids can heighten the anticipation.
C. Planning naughty afternoons at nice hotels even as I type this.
D. "Darling, I'm having some problems describing this. Care to help me out?"
6 Have any of your toys accidentally gone "public"? Tell us all about it. (We won't tell)
I'm at the other end of the scale. A very good friend of mine used to be manager of a sex-toy shop. When we met up in Los Angeles one time, I had to tag along while he visited every similar shop around Sunset Boulevard and Melrose Avenue, just so he could compare inventory and issues with the other shop managers. I've never squeezed so much silicone in my life! :)
KS Augustin's Reader Competition
My first newsletter launches in October and I'm always looking for subscribers!
There's a winner with every quarterly issue and I'll be including gift packs of exotic trinkets from Singapore as well as book downloads, depending on my mood.
Click here for the details on how to sign up.
KS Augustin Releases
- Genre(s): Futuristic, Sci-Fi/Shapeshifters, Morphers
- Rating: Total-e-sizzling
- e-Book: Short Story
- ISBN: 978-1-906328-04-7
Hoara Felin thinks she's in love. The problem is, the man she's fallen in love with is forbidden to leave the planet. Plus, he's not quite a man...
Sub-Commander Hoara Felin of the Republic Space Fleet has crash-landed on a planet. Her ship is inoperable, her shipmates are dead. The only thing that can make a bad situation worse is finding she has crashed on the notorious prison-planet of Bliss--a place condemned criminals are sent...and never leave.
She finds an unexpected ally in Toh, a handsome and caring man who treats her injuries and hides her from those who would hold an officer of the Space Fleet for ransom. But, as Hoara is about to find out, Toh is keeping a terrifying secret of his own.
What the reviewers are saying
"KS Augustin has written an exceptional story. I loved it from the first exciting page... I would recommend it to anyone looking for a spicy, suspenseful story. I look forward to reading more from this wonderful author."
~5 hearts from Sandra at The Romance Studio~
"Run, don't walk to get your copy of On Bliss...This fantastic new release from KS Augustin is a definite must-read that belongs on your Keeper Shelf!"
~5 lips from Kerin at Two Lips Reviews~
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- Genre(s): Sci-Fi/Shapeshifter
- Rating: Total-e-burning
- Length: Novella
- Release Date: 24th September 2007
- ISBN : 978-1-906328-33-7
A lonely being in a lonely galaxy...Heron Meed has two strikes against it. It is an hermaphrodite in a galaxy dominated by two-gendered beings. And it's a convicted criminal.
After six years of incarceration, Heron is trying to start a new life, but that isn't easy when so many avenues are closed to it. It finally finds a refuge of sorts on the Castor Xeni Orbital and a surcease from its pain in the arms of voluptuous Subah Doisson but then various systems on the Orbital start getting sabotaged. With a small engineering population, and Heron the only newcomer to the station, how can the hermaphrodite prove its innocence amid a sea of entrenched prejudice?
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KS Augustin's Backlist
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The Commander's Slave
- Genre Scif-Fi Erotic Romance
- Publisher New Concepts Publishing
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The Dragon of Ankoll Keep
Genre Fantasy Romance
Publisher Samhain Publishing
Genre Erotic Romance/Contemporary
Release Date 25th December 2007
Publisher Samhain Publishing
Genesis: space opera novel available September 2008 from Samhain Publishing