I want to welcome author Krista Ames to Suspense, She Writes. I've come to know Krista as part of the Still Moments Publishing team.
First, tell us a little about yourself.
Well I was born and raised in Indiana, even lived in Florida for a while but now I live in the northern lower part of Michigan with my awesome husband and our 4 kids. Our house is never dull, never clean either lol.
I write contemporary romance at the moment but I would love to venture into maybe some romantic suspense and paranormal/shape shifters.
As writers, we often become emotionally attached to our characters. Who is your favorite hero you’ve ever written?
So far I haven’t written too much, I have 4 short stories, 1 novella and I had a 24k contest submission that I’m still waiting to hear about but I think my favorite so far has been the contest submission hero. This character is a cowboy running from his life of being an EMT and a huge mistake that cost a life.
Have you ever fallen in love with or had a crush on one of your heroes? Tell us about him.
I fall in love with all of my heroes because I want my readers to fall in love with them too so I try to make them as irresistible as possible. To name one though it would be Gentry, my cowboy/EMT. He’s just sexy and he knows how to handle horses and women or maybe it’s just the fact I love cowboys.
How do you develop your heroes? Do you imagine their personality or their physical appearance first? Do they grow as personalities as you write or do you do a character sketch before you type the first word?
When I start a story, I normally have a hero in mind and I develop him to match the heroine but I think I create his personality first. I don’t really sketch any of my characters; I let their personalities grow as I write. It’s more fun to have them develop on their own as the story grows.
I like to give my heroes a personality quirk, just so they aren’t too perfect. Have you ever written a quirk for one of your heroes and what was it?
I’m actually not sure I’ve done that, at least intentionally but I think. that’s a really great idea and thanks to you, I may just have to start incorporating that so it’s noticeable.
How do you name your hero?
I have a huge list I’ve compiled of names and places, possible titles, things like that so I just pick a name that seems to sound good and matches the personality of the hero. I don’t make it too complicated. Sometimes my husband will suggest names and I just know when a name sounds right.
Who is your favorite hero in books, movies, or television?
I always like the underdog or the quiet one that flies in and saves the day. For example, I’m watching the new lifetime series The Client List where Jennifer Love Hewitt’s brother-in-law is in the wings after his brother left her, helping whenever he can. She comes home to him mowing the lawn (which makes her so mad because it’s her husband’s job only he’s not around) or he goes to her kids’ concert and helps put them in bed afterward. Tells her he will do whatever she needs, she only need to ask. You can tell there’s chemistry there at least on his part. Of course this is only my opinion but she just doesn’t see it yet because she’s still hurt that her marriage fell apart.
Who is your hero in real life?
My husband. He stands by me no questions asked and he’s my biggest fan. I love him to pieces J
Tell us about your most recent release and where we can find it. Who is the hero and what do you like about him the most?
My most current release is a novella called Second Chances and released through Ruby Lioness Press and is now available, yay!
The hero of Second Chances is Nick Prescott and he’s a navy man. I love military men so this one is especially yummy to me. I love this hero because even though it broke her heart, he did what he needed to do to keep her safe. He thought of her first and foremost.
Would you like a blurb?
If you could get a Second Chance...
When the love of Dana's life leaves without a word, she is forced to move on with her life. Despite loving him, she believes she will never see him again but, little does she know, she's being set up for a night that will change her life forever.
Nicholas, A Navy man, did the only thing he could to save the woman he loved. Driven by a secret, he disappeared and now returns, years later, with hope for love. With one opportunity, will he be able to make things right, or is it just too late? Will she deny any desire for Second Chances?
Thanks for joining us today, Krista. It was great getting to know you better. Check out Krista's book at