Book tour, day 9: On writing realistic fantasy vs fantastic realism

…there’s nothing to say that it -couldn’t- have happened as it does in the book. Men in love with each other is not a modern concept. Surely somewhere, somehow, two men figured out how they could be in love and live their lives together, if in a bit of secrecy. Surely some of the so-called […]

In the Hollywood adaptation of Right Here Waiting, who would play your main characters? Why

As my book is written as a love letter to Old Hollywood, I’m going to go with the classic Old Hollywood movie stars I had in the back of my mind while I was writing the novel. For the dashing and genial bomber pilot, Pete Montgomery, I would cast Gregory Peck: lanky and rawboned, but […]

Q. People say write what you know. Do you think that is right or even important?

A. I think it’s both right and important. I think it’s impossible to write competently about something that you know absolutely nothing about. There’s always an element of your reality, or a fragment of yourself in anything you write. It doesn’t mean that every single character is an exact copy of yourself, or that you […]

What is your favorite Golden Age of Hollywood movie, and why?

It’s propaganda, to be honest. The entire premise behind the movie is to show the folks left at home that their soldiers are being cared for when they cannot, to show them stories of lasting love and faithfulness. It gives the soldiers an idea of what they might see at these canteens to give them […]

What gave you the idea for Right Here Waiting?

I was thinking about how bleak many LGBTQ storylines in movies, tv and books can be. When I was a teenager, the gay people I saw on TV and in movies were always part of a terribly depressing and traumatizing storyline – there were no happy endings. It seemed the gay characters were always going […]

An excerpt from Right Here Waiting — released today!!!

Prologue Benjamin Williams always hated being alone on Christmas Eve. He’d kept busy all day, delivering presents to his nearby friends, though with the snowstorm coming, he’d made sure to be home early. The bumpers on their Packard had long since been sacrificed to the scrap metal drive; the tires were worn nearly bald and […]

Right Here Waiting is “One of the best period romances I’ve read to date.” – Carly’s Book Reviews

K.E. Belledonne makes history come alive with her debut novel RIGHT HERE WAITING. Ben and Pete stand out as individuals in this story while at the same time somehow manage to represent the heart of the men that served during World War II. Their story is amazing because it is realistic. They are imperfect men […]

Ridiculous exuberance over a good review

Just need to note this: I have listened to Harry Belafonte’s “Jump In The Line” seven times in a row, and danced ridiculously to it, in celebration of a review my book just got that contains this line: “One of the best period romances I’ve read to date.” – Carly’s Book Reviews I’m not sure […]

They scrambled up to the cockpit, two chairs side-by-side with a small space between them. Pete motioned for Ben to sit in the left side, the captain’s chair, and sat in the co-pilot’s seat. The cockpit smelled of leather seats, hot metal baking in the sun and the pungent tang of engine oil. Ben delicately […]