Friday, December 23, 2011

Fabulous Friday with the AhMahZing Daniel Kaine

Okay, babies, here's the dealio...
Today I have the first installment of a series of interviews with hot new talent, Daniel Kaine, aka Dangelina and fiance of the BradVic. 

*gives the you damn well better behave eye*

Remember, he's a bloody Brit. 
Ergo, his humor may not make sense to us damn Yanks. 

If you're not sure, raise your hand and I'll have our resident Brit/Aussie translator team at your house in a trice. 

No, really.

And I know it's a bloody long post, but he's so damn cute I couldn't help myself. Plus, just look at this cover...could you have said no?

I'll post up some excerpts --one from his currently released novel which is now available on ARe (<---click on the word to see it! ) and one a salacious tease from the sequel to Dawn of Darkness. And yes, this first in the Daeva series is Daniel's debut novel.

Don't miss this one kiddies. The boy is lava-lava burning hot, and his writing is damn good too. 

*wicked grin*

***AhMahZing Interview***

Daniel, when did you first know you wanted to become a writer?

I guess if I had to pick a specific point in time it would be around the time I finished my first novel. I started coming up with ideas for sequels, and other stories. Before long I had so many ideas I didn't know what to do with them all. But I did know that I wanted to continue writing them, and after I received some great reviews from a few friends on the NaNoWriMo forums, I decided I wanted to share them with the world.

Why do you write?

Because I enjoy it. Because my mind is constantly supplying me with new ideas, and telling me that I absolutely HAVE to write them. I can't not write... I'd go crazy otherwise.

How long have you been writing?
I started writing in 2008 with some Naruto x Sasuke fanfiction. I could never complete the story though. Then in January 2010 I started writing my first original piece of fiction and I've been writing (procrastinating mostly) ever since.

What keeps you motivated?
Besides Vic offering me spankings and other surprises if I hit my target word counts? Oh, the promise of some smexy M/M scenes too – because inevitably nearly everything I write ends up with some hot mansex. Writing is a great excuse to just sit there and fantasise about hot guys, and to do research... lots and lots of research. You know, on possible positions and everything. Very easy to get distracted by research. And on a more serious note, hearing that people enjoyed my stories is a massive motivational boost.

*LOL at the Vic gifting Daniel with spankings*

Where do you write? Describe your writing space?
Mostly I just write at home in the living room. It can be hard at times, with other conversations going on around me, and the TV playing too. And it can be difficult to write certain scenes with other people sitting close by. Good job I have the laptop to cover any tell-tale signs, which pop up quite a bit with all the research I'm doing. Vic does not help with that problem.

What’s your writing schedule/routine?

I don't have one. I write when I feel like it, until I reach a block. Sometimes I'll write 3,000 words in a day, other times I won't write for a week. It just depends on circumstances... and the number of distractions.

*wanna bet by "distractions" he means Vic? --waggles eyebrows*

Where do the ideas for your novels come from?

The idea for my first book was inspired by the anime, '07-Ghost'. I don't cry... no, seriously, I don't cry. But the story of Teito and Mikage was possibly one of the most heart-wrenching things I had ever watched. It ALMOST had me in tears. But there was just one thing wrong with it. Wait, two... Teito and Mikage never had sex. Actually, there were never even in a relationship, although there was a total bromance going on.  I wanted to change that, so I started writing my own story.

As for my other ideas, they just randomly pop into my head at the most inconvenient times. It could be a random thought I have while I'm walking home and have nowhere to write it down, or while I'm in the shower. Or just as I'm about to fall asleep and really don't want to get out of bed to write it down.

What genre/genres do you write in?

Mostly paranormal fantasy, but I also have some crime and high fantasy planned. Of course, nearly all the books I plan to write have at least some hot guys getting it on with each other.

*Oh goody. I loves the hot mansex happening in well crafted books*

Why/how did you choose the genre/genres you write in?

I've always loved paranormal fantasy, ever since I got hooked on the Anita Blake books. Ironically I went off them when they had more sex than anything else. In my defense, the main character was a woman, so that may explain it. I enjoy reading about monsters and magic, things that we don't see in our own world.

If you could try your hand at another genre without worrying about deadlines or what your editor thinks, or actually selling it, which would it be?

Science-fiction. I do have one half-formed idea that's an inter-galactic M/M story with lots of xenomorphic aliens that want to devour everything. Except Vic. Only I get to devour him *winks*

*Oh. Oh my. It's actually quite flustering when he winks. Er, what were we talking about?*

Do you plot out your stories before you write or do you just work it out as you go along?

When I start a book, I usually know the beginning and the end. I know what the major turning points of the book will be. As for the rest, I like to let the characters tell me how they're going to get there. That's probably why the book I'm currently writing has more sex scenes that I was planning on having. I blame the main character, of course – damn pervert.

How do you combat writer’s block?

By not writing. I like to completely forget about writing. I might leave it for a few hours, or even a day or two. I get on with other things that need doing, like chores.

What’s your stress release?

Hot water. A nice long bath or shower does wonders for me. I'm not sure what I do once the hot water hits me, but I can stay in a shower for half an hour and it will only feel like five minutes. Same with baths. I usually come out looking like a lobster with wrinkly toes and fingers.

And you can't beat a good orgasm for stress release. Vic's very helpful in that department. He knows a lot of ways to relax. Oh, and he owes me a back massage as well.

*Vicktor...oh, Vicktor! Did you hear that?*

What’s the most difficult part of the writing process for you?

Doing line edits. I do the majority of my editing myself, and I hate it. But I'd rather do it myself. I'm not going to pay someone to do something that I can very easily do myself. What makes it difficult is the repetitiveness and the amount of time involved. By the time I get to the third read-through, I feel like wanting to violently murder someone... or have several hot baths, with bubbles of course.

What’s the easiest part of the writing process for you?

Sex scenes. I just need to sit back and let my perverted imagination take over and then the words (and other things) start flowing. I'll usually play out a sex scene in my mind a couple of times, and making myself quite horny in the process. Oh, and let's not forget the research. I enjoy doing research, and as a result, I enjoy writing sex scenes. I think that's what makes them easy for me, because I enjoy writing them.

Is your family supportive or do you find you have to steal your writing time? Come on now, be honest…

I usually have to steal my writing time. I don't really talk to my family about much, and definitely not my writing. Sorry Mom, but you are NOT reading my sex scenes. You hear me? *hugs laptops close to him*

Who gets to see your manuscripts first?

My main beta-reader is Patricia Lynne, author of 'Being Human' and avid Mik-fangirl. Can't blame her... Mik is hot. Vic agrees too. I have a few other beta-readers who get to view my manuscripts too. They usually won't see it until the end of the second draft though.

How much input does your editor have for what your next project will be?

None, because I don't have one. This is where the self-published authors jump on me for 'giving indie authors a bad name', and the traditionally published authors try to use me as an example for why they're better than the indies. Hate to disappoint you guys, but I've had no complaints about editing issues. Self-editing isn't for everyone, but if you can pull it off I say, why not?

Rejection – how do you deal with it?

Chocolate. Hot baths. More chocolate. Porn... hey, it's what the internet was made for!

What was the greatest thing someone has said about your writing (can be from a reader, editor, reviewer, etc)

All the reviews I've had so far have been great. It's hard to pick out just one thing as greater than the rest. I'm gonna go with this one though: “starting it before bed may be hazardous to your mental health and your sleeping pattern.” This was from the first review I got from a paying customer, so it was extra special to me.

This one made me laugh though, “by the end I didn't know WHAT I wanted to do to Mik, but I wanted to do it soon...and fast...and probably hard”.

Which one of your heroes is your favorite and why? Don’t forget to tell us what book/books he’s from.

Oh god... I don't know which one to pick. On the one hand we've got Mik, the snarky, introverted one. On the other hand, there's Ash, the extroverted, cocky, flirty one. I love them both, and I don't think I could choose just one because they're both just so great together. Oh, and they're from my first book 'Dawn of Darkness'.

What’s the worst story you have about a book signing?

The one where I haven't had one yet.

*making shocked face that no one has offered the wonderous Daniel a signing...*

What’s the most exciting thing that’s happened to you as a writer?

Receiving my first reviews. I think I actually held my breath while reading them. And then when I was done, I jumped up and did a little fistpump. Okay, not really... but I did imagine myself doing it.

What do you remember about your first crush?


Any pets?

Two dogs. I've also had five guinea pigs, three other dogs, a rabbit, two rats, several hamsters, and eight fish. I plan on getting another rat because they're just so cute and cuddly and smart, even though Vic disagrees. I'm sure I can persuade him to let me have a guinea pig too. I think the ferret and iguana are gonna be a little more difficult to get permission for though.

What do you love to read?

Mostly paranormal/supernatural books.

Which authors are a must buy for you?

Jeff Lindsay. I love the Dexter series. LOVE them! Charlaine Harris for my paranormal fix. Heidi Cullinan for hot mansex.

What are you reading now?

Currently reading the 'Sword of Shannara' trilogy.


General Links to Daniel's Stuff:
Where to get the Goods 
Goodreads Author page 
Createspace (for the paperback)


  1. Avid Mik-fangirl... that's going in my twitter bio. XD

    Nice interview, now get writing. =|

  2. As well it should Patricia. As well it should.

  3. Thanks for sharing all those details about writing and... er... other stuff with us, Daniel. *g* I wish you the best of luck with your writing. Hopefully you'll be doing that first book signing soon :-)

  4. Thanks for having me, Cherie. And for the record, any translation errors are due to you silly Americans perverting the ENGLISH language *sticks tongue out*

    @Patti: Maybe you should do what a certain someone has been doing and write Mik a letter and post it on your blog. Hehe.

    @Taylor: Thanks. I think I'll make it one of my life goals to do a book signing... hopefully before I'm 30 :)

  5. I see I came at the right time. *Stares at Daniel sticking his tongue out and shakes head*.

    Brilliant interview you too and I must admit I smiled every time I saw my name, although some references may have made me laugh and blush a bit. Learned something new too.

  6. I'm still chuckling that Daniel has written SasuNaru fanfic. *giggles* Learn something new every day. =)

  7. Dammit, I want to read this but I just can't focus!!! Remind me after the...ah, hell, just remind me. Not like it's getting any less hectic once Christmas is over.


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