Kyleigh Drake

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    I was born and raised in Texas and have to say I would not live anywhere else but here. I love the openness and hometown feel of a community where people actually speak to you on the streets and know your name, but then you can drive an hour or two for anything you may want to do or see in the big city.

    I am now forty-five years old and life couldn’t be better. My children are grown and out on their own, so at home it’s just me, my husband, and dogs. I have a full time job that keeps me extremely busy. Although it is definitely fulfilling and rewarding, it is also quite stressful and overwhelming. Those are the times that I write. Writing gives me peace and a way to escape the mundane problems of everyday life. Writing is my “happy place,” and I go there as often as possible.

Q: Why do you write erotic romance?

A: I love the fact that I am a woman and that I am a sexual person. I think in our society many of us feel we can’t truly express our needs and desires when it comes to sex or feel guilty or ashamed when we do. So when I write, it is a way for me to express what I hope many others can relate to as well and that’s the freedom to be who you are without being judged.

Q: Do your characters portray you in any way?

A: Absolutely! I have always known from the time I was a little girl, that I needed a dominant man in my life. My father was a dominant man, but he was not able to express his love or feelings, so even though I had the dominance part, that’s all it was and I needed more. In my dreams I was always with a man who loved me, nurtured me, and knew what my needs were. He protected me and always made sure I was safe, no matter what. He never let me get “out of hand” so to speak and wouldn’t allow me to treat him with disrespect just because I may be angry. My books have dominant men and spankings because I want to know that a man is in control and he’s not going to let me talk my way out of any trouble I may get into. I want someone who is strong enough to make me surrender my defiance—in a loving way of course!

 Another way that my characters are like me are the fact that I’m not a thin woman. I have always been self conscious about my weight, as are 99.9% of females in our society, so when I write I want it to be for those women who are not supermodel skinny and can honestly relate to what it would feel like if you had to take your clothes off in front of someone you just met. I want every woman to feel loved and accepted, no matter what their size or shape may be. Through my books, I hope that I can help another woman if she may need to escape to her own “happy place” and feel that same way too, even if only for a little while.

Q: What are your other past times when not writing?

A: I love, love, love spending time with my “girls!” I know that I can absolutely tell them any secret or thought that I may have and would not be judged by them. They are my true friends and I am blessed to have them in my life. We get together at least once a month, but sometimes more if there is an emergency girl’s night needed! I love to listen to music and most of the time, I have music on. I love to dance. My husband catches me all the time in the kitchen or around the house jamming down and letting go. I love life and cannot imagine it without music or dancing! I also like to play pool and go riding around in my mustang.

Q: What is a typical day for you?

A: I get up around 6ish, on a good day I exercise (LOL), then take a shower and get ready for work. I travel a lot with my job, so I always take my laptop and notebook with me in case I have down time and can write down ideas. Sometimes I find it difficult to concentrate at work because I just want to be at home writing. So, at the days end, I am eager to get home. I try very hard to make sure I am spending quality time with my husband, but when I’m really into a book, he is always patient with me and allows me my time alone so I can “do my thing!” Hopefully, one of these days I will be able to write full time, but for now, I have to be patient and keep on typing!

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