Author interview with S.G. Kiner
I’m a full-time writer. I was an executive in advertising and a former model. I currently ghostwrite for securities attorneys and consults and testifies as an expert witness in securities arbitration hearings. I have been published in numerous professional articles and journals. I recently completed the sequel to The Hong Kong Connection. I have two children and three grandchildren and live with my husband in Palm Beach, Florida.
1. Tell us about your latest book.
“Political intrigue, suspense, romance, and a gutsy and beautiful protagonist create a well-crafted masterpiece of a novel in S.G. Kiner’s The Hong Kong Connection—A Susanna Sloane Novel.”
Susanna Sloane is a brilliant, beautiful and street-wise securities attorney. A widow and grandmother of three, Sloane hasn’t lost her spunk or nerve, taking on the Chinese government, the big boys of Wall Street, U.S. government officials, the FBI, and the Russian mafia—some as foes and some as friends.
2. How did you get started as a writer?
When instructed to reduce the stress in my life after undergoing bypass surgery, I decided not to return to work full-time, but to write a novel. My original concept was to fictionalize some of the more fascinating securities cases on which I have worked, but the characters took over.
As a child I wrote short stories, but after college and law school, all I wrote was legal opinions.
3. What does a typical day look like for you?
It depends on if a book is in edit. If I’m composing, I like to be at my computer early, write all day (with the usual interruptions) and stop at five. However, if I’m working with my editor, my time is usually governed by his schedule.
4. Describe your desk/workspace.
Dresden after the firebombing is an apt description.
5. Favorite books (especially for writers)
I used to confine my pleasure reading to Ludlum, Forsythe, Fleming (I read all the Bond novels in sequence) and other writers of that genre. As I got older I discovered Susan Isaacs and other female authors. In 1996 I joined a literary club, and have been forced to expand my horizons to the classics, non-fiction, etc., and glad for it.
6. Tell us 3 interesting/crazy things about you
I’ve been married to the same wonderful, supportive husband since the age of eighteen. Besides being an avid reader, I’m a gourmet chef, an expert knitter, and the silliest grandmother (so they tell me). I love classical music, opera, and Broadway. My family was in the clothing business in New York (my home town) and I love to shop.
7. Favorite quote
The greatest test of courage on earth is the ability to bear defeat without losing heart – Robert Ingersoll
8. Best and worst part of being a writer
The frustration of finding a publisher and the joy of being published!
9. Advice for other writers
10. Tell us a story about your writing experience.
I had just written a graphic and steamy sex scene when my three adolescent grandchildren arrived. Without realizing that it was still on the screen, I left my office to greet them, became involved with preparing lunch, only to discover all three at my desk – reading what was on the screen.
Where can people buy your book?
Amazon.com, B&N.com, : www.StrategicBookPublishing.com/TheHongKongConnection.htm
Want to win a free book? S.G. Kiner gives away one book a week through a random drawing on Facebook. This is the page: http://tinyurl.com/SGKinerFB
You will be on my summer reading list. I have your granddaughter in my intro journalism class this year. I am very happy that next year she wants to join the yearbook class. She told me about a new topic you are working on…
Sex after Sixty…Please do it…just what I want to read!
I like Susan Isaacs too. Katherine is a wonderful young lady. Pleased to have her as a student.