Friday, June 16, 2017

Inspiration by Kailee Reese Samuels, author of Grunt plus Giveaway

 Inspiration for Grunt

Kailee Reese Samuels

 After the first two books in The SOS Series – The Initiation and Tea for Two – I felt main character Sal Raniero needed to go through a period of growth. There had been questions posed within the previous “chapters” of his life and Grunt serves to answer many of those. Grunt is a standalone piece, interconnected within the SOS series, yet independent. It is completely possible to read any of my work out of order.

The twists and turns exist abundantly within Grunt. From the time of his capture until his release, Sal endures increasingly difficult levels of manipulation. During this time, he begins to take on the character visible in Juliet – sharp, confident, and controlling.

The inspiration for Grunt ultimately belonged to Sal. After writing Juliet, I really wanted to take an in-depth look at who he was prior to then. I wanted his backstory. How did he achieve his position at Juliet? Why is he so broken? Why is he teetering between Serene’s submissive and this unforgettable Dominant?

I needed answers, so The SOS Series predominantly formed to answer those lingering questions in my own mind. The difficult part of writing a book such as Grunt is that the first third of the book exists with Sal being in a solitary environment without much dialogue. This allowed the opportunity to learn how to keep the momentum going without the crutch of people. The book became Sal’s internal struggle with his past and present merging into an undecided future.

Throughout the book, I maintain Sal’s inner issues, giving a real insight into this boy becoming a man. From the time of his initiation to the gross devastation and loss in the second book, Sal has met with challenges and stood up to them. The challenge in Grunt is now taken out of his hands, and he must decide how he will survive. Not only does he manage to keep his focus, he thrives under the conditions thrown at him.

From a personal perspective, I found inspiration in my own life struggles at the time which I could transfer to the page. I began writing Grunt in the fall of 2015 when my father was in the hospital. The original manuscript was a sloppy mess. I would come home from the hospital and just want to escape in writing, and I did—without any chapters or order in the mix. I always know the beginning point A to the end point Z, but I don’t always know the journey the characters will take to get there.

The book required vast amounts of reorganization on my part, but I did it and along the way chose some different aesthetic aspects which I think lend to the feeling of the story. Such as the use of quotes from characters instead of chapter headers. It became part of the immersive feel of Grunt. I wanted the reader to be alongside Sal in the cell, and I feel I accomplished that.

Thank you for the time! Have an enjoyable day! – Kailee XO

Kailee Reese Samuels

(The SOS #3)
Publication date: May 30th 2017
Genres: Erotica, Romance

Six days.
No one thought I could last
Here in the cell—I now call home
They didn’t know I grew up in the prison of my crime family’s dream.

Six weeks.
No one thought I could withstand
The loss, the drugs, the torture
They didn’t know how much I would enjoy their game.

Six months.
No one thought I could survive
Their puppet and prey—but I like to play—Hard.
And I don’t lose.

They picked the wrong guy. Their so-called ‘grunt’ would fight to get home and take revenge. I vowed to come back—for her—for Kaci. But everything changed.
My maniacal mind wrapped with a pretty mug, I am an unforgiving opponent, tough—tougher than they ever imagined.
And I will never – ever – break.

Author Bio:
Embracing diversity. Coffee addict. Mango lover. Blueberry fetishist. Sweet peach tea crazy. Red wine devout. Whiskey deviant. Tattooed & pierced. Loves shoes. Collects rosaries. Fanatical organizer/cleaner/list-maker. Never sleeps. Hermit and recluse.
KAILEE REESE SAMUELS has been spinning tales since she can remember. Her books are contemporary fiction with a no-holds-barred attitude. She adores listening to her characters ramble and putting them into situations that push the boundaries.
Creativity is the way to change.