Today we've got another interview with one of our awesome authors. This time it's the lovely Lia Peele. Lia is a British author from the North East of England who writes contemporary erotic romance all day long.
So let's kick it off with the basics. First, what's your genre?
Contemporary, erotic romance
What was the title of the first book you ever wrote?
Definition of Flawed
Do you have a tagline?
Deliciously Dysfunctional Romance
Give us five words that best describe you.
Tenacious, Assertive, Perfectionist, Worrier, Loyal
Tell us about your current work in progress.
Completing my five book 'Definition' series. Working on the last book now - called Definition of Absolution
Let's take a few to talk about what's coming next. What's the next title?
Definition of Craving
Give us the Dets. but no spoilers.
Flawed is a prequel novella, and technically Stripped is book one. Both Flawed and Stripped have been published. Craving is a continuation of the dysfunctional relationship that is Scarlett Trent and Dev Jackson. It's full of twists and angst.
When will you be releasing it?
If there's one thing we all know it's that authors are readers too. What was the first book that made you cry?
I remember the last book that made me cry: J A Redmerski, The Edge of Never. It really affected me, but I wonder if I read it now, whether I'd feel the same way.
What was your favourite childhood book?
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
Do you recall the first book you ever read?
I've been reading forever, but I can remember the first adult novel I read - Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann. I was probably about 13.
Which book inspired you to write?
I read a cougar book about a woman who fell in love with her son's best friend. They married and had a baby. I finished that book and a lightbulb went on. It hasn't stopped shining since 2015.
Now let's talk about writing. What do you think are the common traps authors fall into?
Relying on your own edits and publishing - I read too many books that obviously haven't been edited and the typos spoil what would otherwise be a good book.
Do you try to be original or deliver what you think readers will want?
I've tried original with my current series. The next one is going to be delivering what they want, but that won't be difficult because I love reading dark erotic romance.
If you could tell your younger self something, what would it be?
Before starting to write read self help books on how to write first. Then I'd tell my younger writing self to start networking under her author name much sooner. Big mistake on my part not joining Facebook until last summer when I'd been writing for two years previously.
What was an early experience that taught you that language has power?
As a teenager I babysat on a regular basis for someone. She paid regularly at first, but then she'd say she didn't have the spare cash and could she pay me next time. This happened twice, and when she asked me to babysit again, I told her in no uncertain terms it wouldn't happen again unless I got paid. I was only 15 but wasn't afraid to stand up to her and speak my mind.
What's the most difficult thing writing about the opposite sex?
I'd love to know what it feels like to orgasm as a man and be able to describe it. My husband can't help because I've tried asking him!
Next, we're going to ask you a couple of questions about the book community. What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
Authors trolling other authors, or inciting their readers to troll another author. This is an abhorrent practice.
Do you participate in the book community on social media?
Yes I participate sometimes in my author name, sometimes in my real name, it depends on the group. I prefer to keep my author name as a benign entity so I don't attract negative publicity. If I want to be controversial, I use my own name. Social Media is a necessary evil for networking. Find the right group and they can help to make your book a success.
Do you read your reviews? How do you handle negative ones?
When a book is first published I read them then. Unfortunately I imbue them with too much power, especially the negative ones. Most are fab, but if I read a negative one it affects my mood for days. I need to get tougher, and grow a thicker skin but I'm not there yet.
Now we want to know a little more about your books! Did you ever think you wouldn't be able to finish your first book?
Actually, I started writing a book in 2013, and only got as far as one chapter. I never went back to writing until 2015 when I got the idea for Stripped. Once Stripped took hold though, wild horses wouldn't have stopped me. I may re-visit the first one at some point!
Are your books standalones or are they connected?
Body of work with connections between each book, then spin offs from that if the series is well received.
Do you have any secrets hidden in your books that only some will find?
I have a motif running through my books - it's a number. I also sprinkle song lyrics throughout, spoken in a sentence as dialogue.
Who are your books dedicated to?
Always dedicated to my husband.
What is the one thing you think readers generally don't know about your specific genre?
I advertise as a contemporary erotic romance author, ergo my books are adult content which include profanity and sex. One reviewer said my character's swore too much and there was too much sex. I'd like to take that reviewer to one side and ask her what she expects from a contemporary erotic romance novel.
What was the hardest scene to write?
The ending of Craving. I cried.
Thanks so much Lia for answering our questions!
Readers, you'll want to get your stalk on...
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLiaPeele/
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