Today’s 10 Questions installment features KJ Charles. KJ Charles is a writer and freelance editor. She lives in London with her husband, two kids, an out-of-control garden and an increasingly murderous cat. KJ writes mostly romance, gay and straight, frequently historical, and usually with some fantasy or horror in there. She specializes in editing romance, especially historical and fantasy, and also edits children’s fiction.
Fans of gay romance should definitely be familiar with KJ Charles because she writes such wonderful male/male romance! Even better is that she writes historical gay romance which is not a thing that I find that much of out there. I highly recommend her A Charm of Magpies series which is a historical gay romance *with* some fantasy thrown in there to hit all of my catnip buttons at once. Her A Society of Gentleman series is simply wonderful because it has so many layers to it from a group of friends (another thing I love in books) to historical political intrigue. You should definitely read both series!
Ten Questions vol. 2 #12 KJ Charles
Bookish Devices: What is your favourite word?
KJ Charles: Changes daily but I have a profound love of “oleaginous”. It’s the most sophisticated way to call someone a slimy git.
BD: What is your least favourite word?
KJC: Nubbin. Particularly in the construct “pebbled nubbin”. Please, no.
BD: What turns you on creatively?
KJC: Almost anything. The world is full of inspiration.
BD: What turns you off creatively?
KJC: Petty anger. Big angers are a fuel to writing, but squabbling and annoyances are a blocker.
BD: What sound or noise do you love?
KJC: Working in my garden shed with the birds singing around me. (Not like in Sleeping Beauty or anything. Just, outside the shed.)
BD: What sound or noise do you hate?
KJC: Squirrel mating cry, a loud repetitive gurking sound like a creaky door. There are a lot of squirrels round here. /sour face/
BD: If you could have drinks with any author or literary figure, who would you invite?
KJC: William Blake. Radical poet, printmaker, artist, visionary, genius.
BD: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
KJC: Tbh I don’t really want to be doing anything else. I love being able to write, and being read, for a living.
BD: What would you choose for your last meal?
KJC: Sushi– meaning out-of-the-sea super-fresh sushi. Including sea urchin and broiled eel and fatty tuna and mackerel and salmon roe. Really good sushi is probably worth dying for.
BD: What is your favorite curse word?
KJC: Talk about an impossible choice, but I am very fond of the British neologism “cockwomble”.
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