1)Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?
I would say it chose me. It’s what I like to read, so it was a natural progression to writing in the genre. However, the first book I penned (not published) was a YA romance, so I’ve jumped around subgenres, but the love story is always the most important thing for me.
2) Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?
I actually didn’t grow up reading romance. I read a lot of mystery, suspense, and horror as a teen and in college. So I didn’t have that attachment to any of the ‘classic’ romance authors. Though, now I’m embarking on going back and reading some of the pioneers of modern romance from the 80s and 90s. I would say the roots of my love for romance actually came from movies I watched growing up. Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman, When Harry Met Sally, and anything by John Hughes. I also think that’s why I tend to add humor to my stories because I enjoyed so many romantic comedies.
3) Please, tell us about your latest book and, if you can, about your future projects.
My releases are a little different in the UK vs. the U.S. So my latest release in the U.S. is FALL INTO YOU, but my newest in the UK are CRASH INTO YOU and MELT INTO YOU. All of my series centers around an exclusive BDSM resort in Texas where the wealthy can go to live out their fantasies. Crash is about Brynn, who is trying to find her missing sister and needs to get into The Ranch to find her, but her only way in is through Reid Jamison, her former lover and the guy who broke her heart. The next project that will be out is an e-serial called NOT UNTIL YOU. It’s the first time I’m doing this kind of format. It will be a long novel released in eight parts (one part will come out each week). It will follow Cela, a girl who just graduated from veterinary school and her neighbor, Ian Foster, who she’s been secretly crushing on for a year.
4) How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get published?
It took a little over two years for me to break through. The third manuscript I wrote was CRASH INTO YOU, and that’s the one that finally got me the agent and the book deal. What’s funny is that I was writing that one kind of “on the side” while I waited for word on my second book. It was the first time I allowed myself to go for it and write erotic instead of just “sexy”. I mostly expected that no one would ever read all that racy stuff I’d written, lol.
5) What’s your opinion about this Ebook revolution? Would you consider the indie route?
I honestly love both ebooks and print. I’m really an equal opportunity reader, lol. I have about as many books to be read on my Kindle as I do on my shelves. I was an early adopter of ebooks because so much of erotic romance used to be available only in e-form from small presses, so I’ve never looked at them as a bad thing. And I think the indie revolution is definitely shaking things up. I like that some stories that may have never gotten a shot in traditional publishing because they were too quirky or niche now have a way to get to readers. As for myself, I’m very happy being in traditional publishing and hope to stay there, but I also think that the authors of the future are going to be hybrids–doing some works traditionally and some on their own. I don’t think it has to be an either/or. Both sides offer benefits, so why not have a foot in both?
6) Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use Social media a lot to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are your thoughts?
I’m kind of a social media junkie and have been from the beginning. I blogged for those two years before I had a deal. And I do Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest/etc. I love meeting other writers and readers and connecting with them. I do think it’s tough to find a balance now that I’m under deadlines constantly, but I’m learning to manage it. For instance, I used to blog five days a week and now I do two or three. I live on Twitter–it’s like the company break room for me since I’m not working in an office with others, but I know I have to click that window closed sometimes when I need to get my daily word count in. So it’s a learning process. But I’m glad to have it as an outlet. : )
Info about the author:
Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son.
If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that’s it.
She is the National Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series.
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