Hello everyone! Today I am very excited to welcome author Kari Gregg here to Joyfully Jay to talk to us about writing and her new release Collared (which I will be reviewing here tomorrow). Kari also brought a great giveaway so be sure to comment at the end of the post for your chance to win.    

Hi Kari, welcome to Joyfully Jay! We are so excited to have you here today!  
Thanks for having me!
To get us started, can you tell us a little bit about Collared?
Connor Witt is an anomaly — the chemistry in his brain regulating aggressive and dominant behavior has been suppressed rather than stimulated by the unfolding biological disaster in which genetically altered crops mutated and propagated in the wild. CEO David Martin, Connor’s boss, collars him to protect Connor when security consultant Emmett Drake scents Connor as sexy prey. David can’t be Connor’s master, though; David’s straight. Or is he? Irresistibly drawn to both men, Connor must choose. Quickly. Congress is in session to vote on the legal status of anomalies — Connor’s time may be running out.
The story takes place in an alternative universe.  What do you like about creating your own world for a book?
I’m fascinated by how each of the worlds I create works, but even more fascinated with how it doesn’t. Is anyone trying to fix those problems? Are they even recognized as problems? How did this society develop? How did the customs and mores evolve? World-building is a wonderful playland of who-why-when-where-what-how.
Collared features three very different men.  Did you have any particular inspiration for these characters?  Any hot pictures as your muse? 😉
No hot pictures, I’m afraid. As the characters mature inside my head, I see them more and more clearly and for me, every single one of them is unique. Asking me what celebrity they look like is likely to leave me slack-jawed and staring with great big ole bugged out eyes. Whaddya mean who does Connor look like? He looks like CONNOR, dude. LOL. Seriously, though, Collared’s cover artist, Petite-Madame VonApple, must have some kind of alien brain-meld going on because the Connor on that cover? Is MY Connor. That’s never really happened to me before. I’ve been more or less happy if the hair and eye color was (reasonably, lol) accurate, but this? Wow. Awesome.
Can you tell us what else you have in the works? Anything you are working on or coming out soon?
After Collared, my final book of this fall/winter will release — a M/M BDSM mystery called In the Red. Forensic accountant Brian Foster had it all: the love of his life, a supportive family and a thriving career in TFOS (Terrorist Financing Operations Section in the FBI). Before he was abducted, that is, and left for dead nine days later. He retreated to the mountains of western Maryland where he focused on hoarding guns, lamps and a wonderful collection of neuroses. Special Agent Zachary Murdock is tasked with returning Foster to TFOS and back to work where he belongs. Murdock isn’t sure which presents the biggest complication, though — Foster’s special brand of crazy, the case that nearly killed him a year ago, or Foster’s surprising (and surprisingly enthralling) kink. Anyway, In the Redis scheduled to release in January. [Wow, sounds awesome! I love a hero with a little crazy!]
OK, so how about something fun.  Can we do favorite things? 
Favorite food? Peanut Butter Oreos. I discovered them a couple-few weeks ago — OMFG
[I have a serious chocolate peanut butter addiction.  Must check these out.]
Favorite book? The Stand by Stephen King. I read it every cold & flu season, but ONLY once I start sniffling myself. Makes the plague-y parts more fun. ;-D
Favorite movie? Dawn of the Dead (the remake, not the Romero original). Love the sprinting zombies.
Favorite online past time? Twitter! No matter how busy I am or how hard I’m working, I make time for twitter so if you want to hang out, be sure to catch me at: https://twitter.com/#!/karigregg
Favorite actor?  Actress? Oh, dude, I really don’t care about stars or celebrities. They simply don’t register on my radar unless someone beats me over the head with a 2×4 about it. And even then, I’m like to squint at whoever’s supposed to be the Hot Guy of the Moment and say, ‘whut?’
Favorite vacation spot? I had a WONDERFUL time in Myrtle Beach, SC in October. Off-season and intentionally so. Hardly any traffic. No lines. We had the pool, the hot tub, the beach & the ocean pretty much to ourselves. It was unbelievably relaxing. Can’t wait to go back.
Favorite musician? I listen to 80s rock and metal mostly. Some new stuff, but I still stick to the old standbys. Def Leppard, KISS, Wasp.
Favorite guilty pleasure? READING. One thing nobody tells you when you become an author, the deadlines and work eats away at your just-for-fun reading time. I still sneak books in. I’d go insane if I didn’t, lol, but when my back’s against the wall…I may not read for weeks. Ye gods, that’s horrible.
Favorite fantasy man? (Woman?) My dh. >:D
Favorite way to spend a free day? Sprawled somewhere with my Kindle, reading something I didn’t write until the kidlets get home from school and then investing hours in trashing my kitchen while we cook or bake something. Especially if/when what we cook turns out to be a disaster. Loads of fun. Then a movie marathon that night, any movie, really.
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer all my questions?  If readers want to learn more about your or your books, how can they find you?
Thanks for having me! If you would like to catch up with me, caffeinate yourself and head on over to http://www.KariGregg.com.
Thank you again Kari so much for coming! It was great having you here at Joyfully Jay! 
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As promised, Kari is giving away one of her backlist books (excluding Collared) to one lucky winner.  Be sure to leave a comment below to enter.  The contest closes Monday, December 12 at 11:59 EST.  
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  • Winners will be selected by random number.
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Thanks again to Kari for joining us today!
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