1.Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?

I love to read good character driven romance, so it seemed natural to write them. Even my women’s fiction titles are more what I like to call romantic women’s fiction. There is so much doom and gloom in the real world, I think we’d all be better off if we spent more time reading romances with their traditional happily ever after endings.

 

2. Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?

I adore Nora Roberts. She’s a true wordsmith and she really knows how to write from the male point of view. I love her alpha males and she can weave a great story. Love her!

 

3. Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future projects.

I just released a new eBook called The Sweetheart Hoax. When urbane architect, Phil Williams, must bring a woman home to quell rumors he’s gay, his only choice is the one woman least likely to impress: his dowdy receptionist. Margot Manning has been secretly in love with Phil for years. She’s just quit her job and is ready to begin her life anew as a nurse. Phil’s outrageous offer is one she can’t refuse. As Margot readies to accompany Phil to his hometown, she steels herself for heartbreak. After Margot’s makeover and a weekend spent attached at the hip, Phil admits he misjudged his former employee. He’s ready to pursue her in earnest, if only her scandalous past didn’t stand in their way.

I have a short story coming out in the WG2E’s Valentine’s Day Anthology and I’m forging through the first few pages of my current work in progress, another character driven romance.

 

4. How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get published?

Nearly impossible, which is why I decided to become an indie author. I would query and pitch my current manuscripts until the next one was written and begin the process all over again. I’d average 50 queries per manuscript. By the time I decided to indie publish, my manuscripts were garnering contest finals and agent and editor requests.

 

5. What’s your opinion about this Ebook revolution? Would you consider the indie route?

I decided to take the bull by the horns and publish my work and let readers decide my fate. The learning curve was huge, but the rewards have far outweighed the challenge of learning so many new skills. I love the freedom and accountability indie publishing requires.

 

Info about the author:

Christy Hayes writes romance and women’s fiction from her little basement office outside Atlanta, Georgia. She’s cooked up all kinds of trouble for her flawed characters when she’s not driving her kids to one sporting event or another or walking her pesky rescue mutts through her neighborhood. Follow Christy on Twitter @SeaHayes, check out her group blog,  WomenUnplugged, and be sure to check out her website: www.christyhayes.com

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