Today we’d like to welcome the dynamic duo Kat and Agnes who write as K A Merikan to the blog. Their latest release, Guns n’ Boys: Homicidal Instinct (Book #2) came out today!
RM: It’s been an exciting and busy time for you the past few months, you’ve moved back to Poland from the UK and are now writing full time. How are you settling in to your new routine?
K & A: It’s great, we finally have days off When we still needed our day jobs, free time and socializing were pushed to the backburner because we knew we needed to produce content if we wanted to eventually write full-time. Neither of us has any serious obligations (no children, no mortgage, etc.) so we figured if we’re gonna do this, we need to focus all our efforts on writing. For the last few years we came back from work, ate, and then worked until we were too tired to go on. Now that writing is all we do, we can actually organize our days around it and do other things, like going to the pool or sightseeing without feeling that we’re compromising the work that matters. Of course, we frequently end up writing a bit even on our days off, but that’s completely up to us.
We now live in the countryside and take long walks through the fields and the nearby woods, which really helps us clear our heads, as well as come up with new ideas. It’s pretty great
RM: 2015 is going to be another busy year for you, there’s Guns ‘n Boys Book 2, Pride – The Copper Horse #2 and personally I may be a little excited about Ghost from The Devil’s Ride getting his own book! What else can we expect this year? (Because of course 3 books isn’t enough 😉 )
K & A: Unless there’s a change in our plans and we come up with an idea we absolutely need to write ASAP we’re gonna focus on continuing with ongoing series. We might write the final book of The Copper Horse later this year, but first things first, so expect at least two biker books – Ghost’s story will be our next project. The other book in the Sex & Mayhem series we will probably release this year will be the story of a nomad assassin whom Tooth discussed with Luci in The Devil’s Ride. We also plan to release Guns n’ Boys books 3 and 4, which is what we’re probably most excited about. There are some side projects we’re considering, but nothing’s set in stone yet.
RM: In addition to the M/M books you’re releasing you’ve also created the pen name Miss Merikan for writing M/F romance. How did this come about?
K & A: For a very long time we weren’t interested in M/F, both as authors and readers, but 2014 brought on some changes, and both of us actually read some good books from this genre. I believe it inspired us to think about possible M/F plotlines, and ideas started coming. I know some authors use stereotypical M/F plotlines in M/M, but we believe it doesn’t work that well most of the time. Writing M/F gives us the possibility to explore the topics we have so far rejected because we didn’t think they would be suitable for our M/M books. It’s also a lot of fun to show our take on M/F relationships. You can expect as much weird and wonderful as from the books we write as K.A. Merikan.
RM: What should we expect from Miss Merikan this year?
K & A: Very soon we’ll be releasing a contemporary New Adult romance called All Strings Attached. It’s a London-based story about a crazy doll collector and a goth makeup artist, who struggle with defining their relationship, among other things. We really loved writing this one because it’s very close to our experience, focused on how difficult and silly love can be. Next in line is a biker book that we’re writing now. The working title is Stripped Raw, but we don’t want to reveal much yet, as it has a very surprising twist. The third novel is a paranormal biker book with time travel, this one’s called Mabel and the Beast. And last but not least, Split, Astaroth’s story
RM: How is writing M/F romance different to writing M/M and was it easy to make this transition?
K & A: The biggest challenge was vocabulary, i.e. we needed to learn more words for various lady parts 😉 Apart from that, the transition was really smooth. Now that we unlocked this door, we’re full of ideas
RM: How did you start writing together? Have either of you ever written anything without the other?
K & A: We’ve written some short stories and fanfiction on our own, but that was years ago. Both of us realized that we prefered writing with a partner and tried it with different people, but when we started working together, it was a perfect fit. Our goals are the same, and we inspire one another. Having shared many interests, we knew each other long before we started our first project, but one time we were at a friend’s house for a few days and started honestly talking about books. We chatted through the night, and before the sun came up we had a story planned out
RM: With regards to your writing, what’s your process, do you each write a character or do you write everything together?
K & A: Each of us is “responsible” for one main character, everything else is done together. We usually alternate writing a paragraph or two, but it can be more or less, depending who is more inspired at the moment. We also plan everything together.
RM: Have you ever completely disagreed as to where a story is going?
K & A: There were minor disagreements, about what to do about a character, whether to include an epilogue or not, but nothing major. We usually agree, and if not there’s always a way to reach compromise.
RM: You don’t write in your native tongue, has this ever caused you problems?
K & A: It definitely postponed the moment we felt confident enough to write in English. If it weren’t for Kat’s sister and her dare, we’d probably still be writing for fun only. I suppose that’s an issue for many non-native authors who choose to write in English. We have to be extra careful of grammar and the possibility of false friends slipping into the manuscript. On the other hand, I believe that the perspective of coming from a language that’s very different in structure and stylistics can be beneficial. It makes us think differently about our language choices.
RM: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us today and congratulations on your new release!
Guns n’ Boys: Homicidal Instinct (Book #2)
— You can take a killer’s memory, but not his instinct —
All Seth wants is to live free with the man he loves. But escaping death at the hands of the mafia is just the beginning of an uphill struggle. When Domenico wakes up from his impromptu surgery and doesn’t even remember Seth’s name, Seth’s world falls apart. Suddenly it’s him who has to plan an escape from New York City and navigate their way to Mexico. All that without even knowing if the man of his life will ever love him again.
Domenico doesn’t know who to trust and what to believe. The man who introduces himself as his brother seems to hide dark secrets behind a cheerful smile. With the mafia breathing down their necks, there is no time to piece together the puzzle of Domenico’s life, and each time he thinks he’s solved it, a new part appears to be missing. Dom needs to find out who he really is, what he’s capable of… and what is the real story hidden behind Seth’s intense eyes.
Themes: mafia, homophobia, assassin, organized crime, amnesia, road trip, chase
WARNING: Adult content. If you are easily offended, this book is not for you.
‘Guns n’ Boys’ is a gritty story of extreme violence, offensive language, abuse, and morally ambiguous protagonists. Behind the morbid facade, there is a splash of inappropriate dark humor, and a love story that will crawl under your skin.