Writing duo, Skye Kohl, is here today! Skye’s latest book, Melt in Your Mouth, is available now!
Tell us about you! Can you share some interesting tidbits we may not know?
Skye Kohl is actually two people — Laura Stember and Felicia Browell.
Felicia is a rock hound. She’s been picking fossils, gems, and minerals out of the ground since she was 10.
Laura volunteers as a mentor for three different organizations and is on the board for two more non-profits.
What inspired you to start writing?
Felicia started writing as a junior in high school, writing mostly science fiction and fantasy. Her turning point was a creative writing class as a high school senior.
Laura has been writing since childhood. In sixth grade, her teacher Miss Brindger had everyone write books; Laura still has her original bound book.
Other than writing, what are some of your passions in life?
Laura’s passions include volunteering, which inspires her to be a better person; her kids, who also inspire her to be a better person; and the myriad animals that share her home.
Felicia’s passions–glasswork, martial arts, gardening, and photography–each enhance different ways of thinking, and provide her a break from writing and help her feel creative.
What was your debut novel, and how has your writing process changed since your debut?
We published Melt in Your Mouth in April 2017. It’s taught us how to work collaboratively and as we become more entrenched in our series’ world, we should be able to write the next book even faster.
What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process and why?
For Felicia, two things make her feel alive and keep her writing: 1) when the characters do things she doesn’t expect; and 2) making the story smoother through editing.
Laura is always interested in where the characters are going and getting to know them better as the story progresses.
What is your most challenging part of the writing/publishing process and what do you do to make it easier?
The most challenging part of writing for Laura is writing detail; dialogue is her strength.
Felicia’s challenge is completing the first draft and getting the story to work front to back.
For Felicia, one way to make the writing process easier is to take a break; do a craft or hobby for a few hours. And Laura rewards herself with a piece of dark chocolate when she hits her writing goal for the day. Either that or a game of Solitaire.
What does a typical day look like for you? How do you find balance?
There is no typical day!
Both Felicia and Laura have full-time day jobs, kids, and other activities. We schedule time to write and meet weekly to discuss blog posts, plot points, and marketing.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Laura would tell her younger self to just do it–just write; don’t be afraid to fail.
Felicia would tell her younger self to not be afraid to write a shitty first draft. She also thought it would be easier to get published and never thought being famous (she’s written a non-fiction book) would be such a pain.
What do you love about writing romance?
Our favorite parts about writing romance are the characters, the conflict, and the sex–it’s all fantasy anyway so we make it great.
What kinds of things do you find romantic in real life? Can you share a story?
When Laura was married, occasionally she and her contractor husband would end up on the same street in different cars at a stop light. Her husband would buy flowers from a street vendor and send them back to Laura in her car. That gesture always made her smile.
Felicia would love someone to surprise her with a bucket list scratch off; the one that comes to mind first is a full spa day/weekend at Nemacolin Resort.
Do you read your book reviews? If so, how do they affect your writing (if at all)?
We do read our book reviews; they encourage us to continue growing as a writing team.
What is the craziest, funniest, or most surprising thing that has happened to you since publishing your first book?
A gay co-worker bought Melt in Your Mouth and gives Felicia updates. He really likes the hero, Hank.
Several male friends of Laura’s have bought and read the book, expressing surprise at the good writing and the fact that they like the book.
Melt in Your Mouth is the first book in the Mocha Magic series. It involves a no-strings-attached relationship between Elizabeth and Hank. Our second book in the series, Savor Every Moment (working title), tells the story of Kara and Mitch, who are introduced in Melt in Your Mouth.
We also have a short story, Coming Home, which gives John from Melt in Your Mouth a happy ending of his own. If you send us a comment from our website, we’ll send you Coming Home for free.
Is there any other news you would like to share?
We don’t have any major events coming up, which means we can focus on our writing! Laura will be attending a November writing weekend in Ohio and Felicia is planning an intensive writing workshop later this fall.
We are already hard at work on books 3 to 6 in the series. The second book is in our editing process and we have several short stories in the works, in addition to Coming Home. We’re looking forward to you reading more about the characters we’ve introduced in our first and second books.
The recipes we include on our website are relevant to our stories and we’ve had fun experimenting with them.
Five Facts Just for Fun!
1. What’s your favorite ’90s jam?
For Felicia, it’s all ’80s music and everything from Mozart to Nickleback.
Laura prefers Pink, Imagine Dragons, and Eminem.
2. What was the last gift you gave someone?
Laura gave her daughter a ticket to London to visit a friend.
Felicia bought one of her daughters a snare drum and the other one new-used furniture for her apartment.
3. What were you like as a kid?
Laura was on the fringes of the popular group, desperate to fit in.
Felicia was quiet, shy, and always had her nose in a book.
4. What was the last thing you binge-watched & what did you think of it?
Laura is currently binge watching Outlander, a much quicker consumption than the book.
Felicia binged on the second season of Shooter and is eagerly awaiting the next season.
5. What is the one thing (other than your loved ones) that you cannot live without?
Felicia cannot live without her creativity (and electricity to keep her hobbies going) and Laura loves hot running water and electricity.
MELT IN YOUR MOUTH
Mocha Magic Book 1
After her parents are forced to sell their bakery due to the economy, Elizabeth Carpelli wants security, and that means a dependable man with a college education and a stable job. No matter that her degree in marketing is being wasted in a coffee shop. She wants it all. But then, with the help of her boss, and the most deliciously sensual chocolate, she discovers lust beyond her wildest dreams in a no-commitment arrangement with an uber fit carpenter—a blue collar worker.
Having his heart ripped in two by a cheating fiancée, Hank Lehman wanders into Mocha Magic to drown his sorrows in a steamy black brew. When the sweet and sassy barista gives him an offer he can’t refuse, chocolate body paint and a canvas of silky flesh with no strings attached, it may just help him forget his past and turn his future toward a more tasty adventure.