Kaira Rouda is an award-winning USA Today
best-selling author and we love her very first psychological thriller Best Day Ever
Kaira wrote her first novel only a few years ago in 2011 after she sold her female-focused national real estate brand, Real Living. Prior to that, she wrote Real You Incorporated: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs
in 2008, which is a handbook for women to help them discover and love their personal brand.
Best Day Ever,
her debut thriller, takes the reader behind the closed doors of seemingly perfect lives.
Kaira stopped by the blog to answer some questions we had about the book.
1. Where did the inspiration for Best Day Ever come from?
Paul Strom, the first person narrator in Best Day Ever
, appeared in my subconscious one day demanding his story be told. He literally just popped into my head. I pushed aside another novel I was working on and wrote Paul’s story. I’ve never had that happen before. As for the inspiration for Paul, I’m fairly certain he springs from my encounters with a long list of bad bosses.
2. This is your firs psychological thriller. Did you enjoy writing it and did you find the writing process easier/harder than your previous novels?
I loved writing Best Day Ever
. I have written some suspense in the past, a novel called All the Difference. The rest of my novels fall into the women’s fiction category I suppose. I enjoy all types of writing but I must say suspense is my favorite, The process is the same, no matter the genre for me. I just start. I’m not much of a plotter. I simply let the characters take over.
3. Was Paul your first choice for narrator or did you considering narrating the story from one of the other perspectives first?
You probably guessed this answer based on the above, Paul was the only choice of a narrator. He wouldn’t have it any other way.
4. Books set over a short period of time are excellent at raising the stakes and creating tension. Was setting the story in a 24-hour period liberating in the sense that you didn’t have to worry as much about timings and sequencing?
So liberating! One of my biggest issues because I’m not a plotter, is losing track of days. This construct was perfect for me. One less thing to keep track of in my mind.
5. What are some of the best thrillers you’ve read lately?
Oh my goodness, there are so many: The Breakdown
by B.A. Paris, A Stranger in the House
by Shari Lapena, The Party
by Robyn Harding, Give Me the Child
by Mel McGrath, Emma in the Night
by Wendy Walker…..I could go on and on. It’s such a fabulous time to be a suspense reader.
6. Are you able to let us know what you’re working on now?
Another psychological suspense novel. And, fingers crossed, you’ll like it. I’m having fun with it.