Mittwoch, 21. September 2016

#RARE17 - Booked up in Berlin: The authors


Bookfriends all around the world,

bereits vor 14 Tagen hatte ich angekündigt, dass ich bis nächstes Jahr Juni (hoffentlich wöchentlich) einen der Autoren des RARE 17 Events in Berlin vorstellen werde.
Nun hatte ich das besondere Glück, dass sich zumindest eine Autorin schon bereit erklärt hat sich meinen kleinen, aber feinen Fragen zu stellen - mehr Interviews befinden sich bei den Autoren und ich warte nur auf Rückmeldung.

Den Anfang der "RARE Class of 2017" macht A.M. Hargrove (eine Rezension zu ihrem kürzlich erschienen Roman "For the Love of English" wird es in den kommenden Tagen geben), lest was sie auf meine Fragen beantwortet hat. Das Interview ist auf englisch und gerne bin ich bereit euch die Fragen, wenn ihr sie nicht verstehen solltet, zu übersetzen.

Nun lasse ich Anne zu Wort kommen ...

A.M. Hargrove


1. Can you tell us more about you and your books :) ?

I write a little of everything from Romantic Comedy to Ugly Cry Romances. I also write solo and with a writing partner—Terri E. Laine. When I started out, I wrote YA and then made the leap into Adult Contemporary Romance, which is my main focus now. I’ve written Romantic Suspense. The Edge Series (The Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge, and Kissing Fire), The Tragic Series (Tragically Flawed and Tragic Desires), and The Hart Brother Series (Freeing Her, Freeing Him, Kestrel, and The Fall and Rise of Kade Hart) are all in the Romantic Suspense genre. Then Terri and I formed a partnership and wrote Cruel and Beautiful and A Mess of a Man, which are both part of the Cruel Series and they are Ugly Cries. We’ve also written A Beautiful Sin, a forbidden romance about a priest and we are currently working on a sports romance series. The first book, Sidelined: A Wilde Players Dirty Romance is out with the second, Fastball, releasing on September 22. Each book will be about a member of the Wilde family and center around a different sport. And finally … the book I released this week, on September 15, is called For The Love of English is a single dad romance but is also a rom com. It has elements of everything though—angst, suspense—it’s really a rollercoaster of emotions.


2. What can your German and American readers expect from you in the next months (any chance a german publisher publishs your books)? Is there anything in particular you are looking forward to?

I would LOVE to be picked up by a German publisher, but it’s fairly difficult these days from what I’ve been told. As I said above, Terri and I are continuing with our sports romance—The Wilde Players Dirty Romances and we are also working on the final book in the Cruel series. I’m currently writing another book, which is untitled at the moment, that is a combination of rom/com, angsty romance. And Terri and I have something else up our sleeve—or in our computers, haha, that may pop up later!

3. What do you do in your spare time when you are not working on a book? Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

Um, yeah—that would be nice. This year has been CRAZY! Terri and I have been on a tough schedule with what we planned and then our solo books, too. Free time hasn’t been very available other than trying to spend family time. My kids are grown and don’t live in the same town my husband and I do so we try to spend as much time with them as we can. And then I have this crazy dog—#WalterThePuppy that takes up a chunk of my time. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you will most certainly catch a glimpse or twenty of him there!

4.I have to admit I haven´t read one of your books (yet) so I´d like to know which book (to start with) you recommend for a new reader? I know, it´s like asking a mother to pick her favorite child …

I have two. The first has to be Cruel and Beautiful because it was based on a true story—mine. Terri convinced me to write it and she pitched to me this ingenious idea of how we could team up to make it happen. Personally, the book never could have been written without her, and if you ever read it, you’ll understand why. Actually, just read the prologue and that should tell you enough. So when she came up with the idea, I jumped on it and Cruel and Beautiful was born. It was our USA Today Bestseller. My second is my newest release, For The Love of English, because it was inspired by a true story—that of my husband’s when he was a single father of two young children. So they both have intense personal meaning for me.


5. Are you a reader yourself or do you not read anything while writing a new book? Are there any books on your bed stand?

I TRY to read but this year has been really difficult for me. But yes, I LOVE to read. I’m a Kindle reader and my iPad stays on my bed stand. It’s weeping because I haven’t touched it in days. And I go through withdrawal when I don’t read.

6. When did you start writing? Have you already written some stories when you were a child? If so, can you remember your first story?

I’ve always wanted to write. I wrote stupid silly things as a kid and would make up outlandish tales. When I was in college, I minored in journalism, but loved it so much I ended up one class short of a double major in it. I also took creative writing. But circumstances— Cruel and Beautiful can explain!— kept me from working so when things did change I ended up in the pharmaceutical industry. I know—miles from writing. It never left my “wishes” list. I stayed there for years and then that window opened one day when the company I worked for was bought out by another larger company and I received a severance package. I took and that’s when I wrote my first bool.


7. Any advise for those who write in their spare time and want to get published?

Write, write, write. That’s the only way you’ll ever succeed at it. If that’s what they really want, they have to go for it. 

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Ich danke A.M. Hargrove herzlichst dafür, dass sie sich für das Interview bereit gestellt hat und freue mich schon darauf sie im Juni 2017 persönlich zu treffen und noch viele ihrer Bücher zu lesen.

Wenn ihr mehr über sie und ihre Bücher erfahren wollt schaut doch auf ihrer Homepage vorbei - einfach auf ihr Bild klicken und schon seid ihr dort. 


Nun kann ich nur hoffen, dass euch das Interview neugierig auf sie und ihre Bücher gemacht hat. Euch noch einen schönen Mittwoch!

Wir lesen uns wieder - das nächste RARE Class of 2017 Interview kommt sicher schon bald!

Hugs
Mella

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