Beyond the Code of Conduct – author interview- K.M Daughters

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Beyond the Code of ConductcoverJoin K.M. Daughters, authors of the romantic suspense novel, Beyond the Code of Conduct  (Wild Rose Press), as they virtually tour the blogosphere in June on their first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!



FBI Agency Brass and Sullivan family connections force Special Agent Bobbie Leighton into an undercover operation with inactive Homicide Detective Joe Sullivan.

Posing as a cattleman and his arm-candy wife the couple is assigned to infiltrate NY attorney Bradley Sterling’s illegal operation. Suspected of baby trafficking, Sterling maybe be connected with Joe’s brother, Jimmy Sullivan’s murder.

How do Bobbie and Joe adhere to their professional code of conduct living under the same roof? Can they forget their personal history, ignore their volatile feelings for each other and ensnare their target when they might be next on Sterling’s victims list?




Hi K.M. Daughters,


Welcome to Paperback Writer



Q: Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?

A: Secondary characters in the first book in the series thought the story was about them!  We were curious about their fate.  Did they get back together?  Did Bobbie find the career fit that had eluded her in the past?  Did Joe adapt to inactive status as a former homicide detective because of his injury?  As we searched for answers the seeds of a plot took root and bloomed.


Q: Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it? 

Because we’re a team an outline works best for us. 


A: Do you know the end of the story at the beginning? 

Q: Yes, we do, conceptually.  But the last sentence is written in sequence and it is the last thing we write.


A: Do you have a process for developing your characters? 

Q: We create life histories for our primary characters, sometimes from young adulthood, sometimes from childhood depending on their internal conflicts and baggage when the story opens.  We don’t use the majority of their back-stories in the story itself, but we have a layered, complex understanding of who they were and are before we begin developing plots.


Q: It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be? 

A: Very little of our personalities are written into our heroines, or heroes for that matter.  The restaurant choices they make, the settings where they live and work, and maybe their sports team allegiances might have something to do with our personal biases.


Q: What is your most favorite part about this book? 

A: It is so hard to pick just one!  Especially without giving away the action.  Let’s just say the ending.


Q: When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher? 

A: We already had selected our intended publisher, The Wild Rose Press, since we published Book 1, Against Doctors Orders, with this wonderful company.  Our contract stipulates first right of refusal on the series, and we were hopeful they’d be interested in Book 2 as well.  Thankfully they were – as well as Book 3, Capturing Karma, which we just contracted to The Wild Rose Press. 


Q: What struggles have you had on the road to being published? 

A: Uncertainty in the face of difficult odds of finding the right Editor who heard our unique voice and thought it held promise. 


Q: What has been the best part about being published? 

A:  Every single thing.


Q: What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel? 

A: We hope readers perceive our characters as “real people”, accessible, relatable.  Our writing is emotional and we hope readers experience emotions along with our characters.  We’re not happy unless we make each other cry during our read-throughs.


Q: Do you have plans to write another book? 

A: Book 3 is in edits now and our work in progress is book 4.  We have a rough premise for Book 5, the conclusion of The Sullivan Boys Series.  We also plan a single title, mainstream fiction.  Recently we’ve played with some ideas for a paranormal romance series, also.


Q: Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?  

A: Crazy, wonderful and full of daily delights.  Dorothy Thompson is remarkable. 


Q: Where can readers find a copy of your book? 

A: Online in digital with a click through to Amazon at the publisher’s site:  At Amazon: or Barnes and Noble: or any local bookstore can order it for you – ISBN#1-60154-544-4


Q: Do you have a website for readers to go to? 

A: Yes, we welcome visits often and invite readers to sign up for our mailing list, too.


Thank you, K.M. Daughters for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.


BEYOND THE CODE OF CONDUCT VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ’09 will officially begin on June 1 and end on June 26. You can visit K.M. Daughters’ blog stops at during the month of June to find out more about this great book and talented authors!
As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors’ blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they become available.

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2 thoughts on “Beyond the Code of Conduct – author interview- K.M Daughters”

  1. P&K—

    Wow! Gimme a minute—lemme catch my breath! That last mile or so was a real doozy and the traffic was killer. OK. For those of you not familiar with this dynamic,writing duo—authors of Against Doctors Orders and Beyond the Code of Conduct and the up-and-coming Capturing Karma—you need to get on board! I predict the sinfully handsome Sullivan boys and their equally gorgeous, bright and independent women may have their own HBO series out, some time in the not too distant future. But you’ll want to read the books first… There is, of course, the outside chance I might be a tad prejudice — I’m their editor who indeed hears their wonderfully talented voices, loud and clear. Hugs, girls.

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