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Authors as Readers: Kaje Harper

…where we ask our favorite authors about their LGBT reading experiences…

What was the first book you’ve read?
*The Persian Boy by Mary Renault

What is your favorite book?
*just one??? I can’t pick just one. If you force me at gunpoint, maybe…Chase in Shadow by Amy Lane but I have over 50 M/M on my favorites list.

What’s your favorite sub-genre/category (paranormal, shifters, cops, suspense, dystopian, BDSM, etc)?
*mystery/suspense/cops

Which book would you love to see made into a movie?
*Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk

Which book do you wish you had written?
*Scrap Metal by Harper Fox

Who is your book boyfriend?
*Weber from Frog by Mary Calmes

What book are you currently reading or reading next?
*I needed something I knew I’d love so I reread Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen

Kaje Harper’s website can be found here.

41 comments on “Authors as Readers: Kaje Harper

  1. KJ Charles
    September 16, 2013

    A Widdershins movie would be *awesome*.

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  2. suecbookylove
    September 16, 2013

    Yes! Another WeberLover :)
    Great answers – there’s a couple I haven’t read either = win/win :)

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    • Kaje Harper
      September 16, 2013

      God, Weber is a doll. Perfect blend of tough and sweet, and great with kids… Mmmmmm.

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  3. amiesavitri
    September 16, 2013

    Widdershins movie will be lovely.

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  4. Elin Gregory
    September 16, 2013

    Hear hear about the Widdershins movie. I’m so happy that there’s a new book in the series soon.

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    • Kaje Harper
      September 16, 2013

      I loved both of those books – fun, different, and just well done. I’m going to jump on any more in the series. I could totally see this as a series – the visuals would be so much fun, and the characters are vivid.

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  5. syleegurl
    September 16, 2013

    Wow…I am so late to the Widdershins love! Now I’m dying to read this! And “Scrap Metal”…that book was GORGEOUS. Thanks, Kaje!

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    • Kaje Harper
      September 16, 2013

      Harper Fox’s way with words just holds me in awe. She paints such vivid visual pictures they pull you right into another world.

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    • jeayci
      September 16, 2013

      Hmmm… looks like WordPress ate my comment? I said something about wanting to say “What Susan said” for this comment and the one about Full Circle. Thanks, Susan, for keeping me from needing to come up with my own original words before I’ve finished my coffee! =D

      (And darn you, WordPress, for forcing me to try to remember what little I *did* come up with!)

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  6. Kat
    September 16, 2013

    I’ve read and loved all the books in your answers Kaje. I also love everything of yours and some of my favourites of them are your fantasy ones Ghosts and Flames, Gift of the Goddess and Nor Iron Bars A Cage.
    kalimar2010 @ gmail.com

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    • Kaje Harper
      September 16, 2013

      Aw, thanks :) Gift of the Goddess will be released as a standalone short (or novella or whatever 20,000 words is) around the end of September, so I’m hoping a few more people will find it, although it has a dub-con moment that won’t be for everyone. I do love writing fantasy – the freedom is fun.

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  7. Ami
    September 16, 2013

    Widdershins is a good series, Susan. But of course, I would love to see Kaje’s Life Lessons becoming TV series. You know, one of those 22-24 episodes series, so I can watch Mac and Tony for longer time *lol*

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    • syleegurl
      September 16, 2013

      Have you read “Full Circle”. Gah…that’s one of my FAVORITE Kaje Harper stories. It’s really emotional and powerful.

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      • Ami
        September 16, 2013

        Of course I have. I read anything Kaje’s — including the free short or long *lol*. The only one left of Kaje’s list that I haven’t read is “Gift of the Goddess” and I plan to buy that when it is released separately

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  8. Christine J.
    September 16, 2013

    Loved the responses, Kaje, and now I have a couple of new titles to add to my To Read list. Thanks for a great post!

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    • loederkoninginkatinka
      September 16, 2013

      Same here! The Persian Boy’s been on my To-be-read pile forever. Must definitely bump it up.

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  9. Sheri
    September 16, 2013

    Weber….
    *swoon*

    I have a feeling my tbr list is going to be bursting at the seams soon! :D

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  10. shelley
    September 16, 2013

    Oh I can see my TBR list getting WAY out of hand because of these author’s recommendations. Widdershins? I’ve never heard of it …I’ll go see :)

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    • Ami
      September 16, 2013

      It’s historical paranormal Shel. For someone who don’t like historical like myself, I find Widdershins series quite interesting. Maybe because it has the paranormal element.

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  11. Con Riley
    September 16, 2013

    Loved your picks, Kaje, especially your choice of Widdershins as a possible movie. Whyborne and Griffin would be epic to watch in 3D. LOL

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    • Kaje Harper
      September 16, 2013

      Ooh, 3-D with all the paranormal parts of it. Yeah. (Or were you thinking other things in 3-D ;)

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      • Con Riley
        September 16, 2013

        Ha! I was thinking of the spooky parts (especially if Threshold was made – WOW what a movie that would be) but now that you mention it, there really haven’t been enough… ahem… fundaments in 3D movies lately. LOL

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  12. ilhem3606
    September 16, 2013

    Adding Widdershins, thanks Kaje! I discovered Harper Fox’s writing recently with “Brothers of the Wild North Sea” and even though something punchier is more to my taste, I found her writing excellent. It really adds dimension to her story.

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    • Kaje Harper
      September 16, 2013

      You could try her “Life After Joe” – shorter, very emotional, still great language. Her longer books do tend to be more lyrical although the plots are pretty dramatic. They simply hit my sweet spot. “Brothers” was great, but only about fifth on my top ten of hers.

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      • ilhem3606
        September 16, 2013

        I’ll have a look at “Life after Joe”, then. Is it the first on your top ten?

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        • syleegurl
          September 16, 2013

          There’s also “Half Moon Chambers”. I really enjoyed that one. It might be that “something punchier” you’re looking for, Ilhem.

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      • Kaje Harper
        September 16, 2013

        No, just more compact than most, given your comment. First place would be “Scrap Metal” but that one is very atmospheric – the remote countryside is practically another character.

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      • ilhem3606
        September 16, 2013

        Ah yes. That’s the one I would have tried next. I’ll keep your rec in mind. Yours too Susan.:)

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  13. Allison
    September 16, 2013

    Always looking forward to more from Ms. Harper!

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  14. marilenalena
    September 16, 2013

    Now I am starting to wonder which Mary Renault I read first, The Persian Boy or The Last of the Wine. Both were great. Whichever one it was must have been the first LGBT book for me too.

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    • Kaje Harper
      September 16, 2013

      My 17-year-old just read The Persian Boy and loved it. A classic. I was even younger – back then there wasn’t a lot of gay lit with positive endings (not that The Persian Boy is all happy, but there is love in it that isn’t toxic or immediately doomed.) That’s probably part of why I started writing it for myself. And now there’s more than anyone can read :)

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      • marilenalena
        September 16, 2013

        Yeah, I think I was about 15 or so. I was taking Latin and Greek in high school and way interested in the classics. I never read the first or last part of the trilogy (I had not realized I had picked up a volume 2 when I started), because Baogas (?) wasn’t in the first and what was the point of the last book when the second ended so tragically?

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  15. Valerie
    September 16, 2013

    I love the idea of a Widdershins movie, too! Scrap Metal was one of the first M/M romances I read and is still one of my favorites.

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  16. Jenn
    September 16, 2013

    Interesting answers!! I’ve never heard of Widdershins, but am adding it now to my tbr pile. Thanks. :D

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  17. Runell
    September 17, 2013

    Just added a couple of these to my TBR–which I had been weeding down, but now am building back up again. Oh well.

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  18. Cayce (@nijiclover)
    September 17, 2013

    Whistling in the Dark is such a great pick me up book. And I also loved Chase in Shadow :)

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  19. suze294
    September 17, 2013

    Loved Scrap Metal. Very british read

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  20. jenf27
    September 17, 2013

    Wow! I love all those books you mentioned. “Chase in Shadow” is one of my benchmark books.

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  21. Tiny Tina
    September 18, 2013

    I’m currently reading Scrap Metal! I love getting to know that authors are reading books by other authors I follow. This is exciting. I’m also a fan of Amy Lane and Mary Calmes! I’m going to have to check out the other books on this list of yours. I have to say, I also really like your book, Show Me Yours which I’ve read recently and I’m really looking forward to checking out your Life Lessons Series!!

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    • Kaje Harper
      September 20, 2013

      I’m glad you liked “Show Me Yours.” The original picture and prompt for it were inspiring, even though the writing time ran a bit short. But I have an affection for the guys (and their game.)

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