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I can almost taste fall
but that does not mean Pumpkin Spice!
How about you? Pumpkin flavors: ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ or ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿฝ
(If we can't agree on that, I hope we can agree on these yummy listens!)
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Narrated by Paige Reisenfeld & Christian Leatherman
Narrated by Karla Serrato
This week's interview:
Laney Hatcher
What gave you the idea to add writing books to your busy life and career?
I debuted with Penny Reid's Smartypants Romance. The first book idea I ever had (a Neanderthal Seeks Human historical romance re-telling) was very specific, and when submissions opened for Smartypants Romance, I bucked up the courage and sent in a chapter for consideration. I also did it in secret without telling anyone--not my husband or my friends or family. Other ideas came along that became my self-published series and I'm as surprised as anyone else. Writing seemed like such a far-fetched thing. I don't have an English degree and I'd never written for my school newspaper. Being an author was up there with being an astronaut or a rocket scientist. But Smartypants Romance gave me the avenue (and the confidence) to make writing a book a reality. I'll be forever grateful.
What are your writing rituals?
I write at night. Typically, after my kids are in bed. I like it when the house is quiet. It gives my thoughts room to breathe.
What's your favorite part of the process?
I like writing the messy scenes, the dark moments. I love it when emotions are high and dialogue is snappy. It's usually when I feel most in the zone and where the story is the most fleshed out beforehand in my mind. I know that some readers don't like a third-act breakup (and to each their own), but it's my absolute favorite part to write.
What's the oddest object in your office or writing spot?
My husband got me one of those mini wacky-waving-inflatable-arm-flailing-tube-men. It's battery operated and about six inches tall and it makes me laugh. He thought I needed something fun on my desk, and he was right. Now my workspace has the vibe of a used car dealership.
What is one trope or sub-genre you love but havenโ€™t written yet?
Well, I'm making the jump to contemporary romance next year and I'm so excited to get started on that!
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