What does it mean to be kept?
When a woman becomes a long term sex partner to a man to whom she is not married, she is kept if he provides for her. Provisions could include gifts of rent and/or mortgage payments, payments for cars, jewelry or clothing. Usually he is married to another woman. If this is the case, one can expect him to be controlling of his mistress, sex partner.
If you could pick any actor to be your sugar daddy, who would it be?
There are two actors I’d pick, and they’re in no particular order. Denzel Washington is one, and the young Sean Connery (When he was James Bond) is another.
Why did you pick that actor?
Denzel is sexy in an understated way. The fact that he doesn’t find himself sexy is a turn-on, and Sean Connery radiates a power and sexiness unmatched by another. Connery often tried to play down his sex appeal—but to no avail. In fact, for a novella in the works, I’ve borrowed pieces of Bond’s character played by Sean Connery. My character is debonair with a touch of humor.
What made you choose this theme?
I wanted to try my hand at romance writing, and since I know two people who’ve been kept by a man, I decided to write about it. I included the suspense part to portend the potential dark side of being kept.
Have you ever been kept?
I’d never tell if I was.
Was it difficult to write the sex scenes?
Very, and I’m still not certain I’ve written them with the taste they deserve. While I’ve never considered myself an erotic writer, Kept has erotic overtones, and I hope I’ve depicted my characters and their actions realistically.
Tell us about the character, Kate Mercer.
She’s a vulnerable woman who got caught up with her sugar daddy, Carrington Grant who is totally controlling. So she decides to take her life back, and along the way she reconnects with her ex-lover, Lamar Burton. It’s then that she realizes she’d made a mistake and should be with Lamar, but she’s being stalked and has to fight for her life.
Tell us about Carrington Grant.
He’s a man you never say ‘no’ to. With that being said, Kate dares to walk away from him. Will her decision cost Kate her life?
Tell us about Lamar Burton.
Lamar is a prideful man who is partial to damsels in distress. But Kate is from his past, and he’s uncertain of their future.
Is this novella a series?
Yes, it will be, but with different characters populating each novella, although the second book in the series will feature Kate Mercer again.
When will you release the next novella in the series?
On February 1, 2014, I will release Kept: Book 2 just in time for Valentine’s Day. The novella will be an update and continuation of Kate Mercer’s story.
Tracey Lampley is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio with a degree in English. Since she was a kindergartner, she wanted to be an author and publisher. So at the tender age of five she published her first book by punching three holes in ten sheets of typing paper and binding them together with her hair ribbon. Her uncle bought her book for 5 cents. One nickel, imagine that! Now she wants to be the Shonda Rhimes of novellas.
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