LaClaire Nights is on its way to becoming an audiobook. The narrator I will be working with is perfect for the book.
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I'm addicted to audiobooks. I usually listen while on the road, washing dishes, cleaning the house, or doing laundry.
Before I started writing dark romance thrillers, I only wrote contemporary romance. But I’ve always been such a huge fan of dark books. While I wrote my contemporary romance books, I read a lot of dark books on the side. In 2015, I finally closed my eyes and took a plunge into the dark with my first dark romance/psychological thriller, Veiled Obsession (His Agenda 1). It was so much fun to write. I completed the first draft in 4 weeks. I never looked back. I'm completely in love with my dark side.
Why do I write dark romance/romantic thrillers? Because love isn't always a bed of silk and roses. There are so many broken hearts out there, people broken beyond repair…all because of love gone wrong. Love and romance can seem perfect today and expire tomorrow. The person you think you know could turn out to be a total stranger in the blink of an eye. Hot tears in the middle of the night, heartache so strong it feels physical, broken promises, shattered dreams...that's reality sometimes. I write for people who believe in love, but also those who have been scarred by it.
But ultimately I write what I enjoy reading. Dark romance thrillers make my heart beat faster. They shake me up. They make me think. They give me chills, reminding me I’m alive. But now and then I do enjoy reading and writing something lighter and easier to digest.
Right now, I'm really enjoying writing the After Hours Series. I'm falling in love with the LaClaire brother. I hope you are too.
P.S. What are your favorite dark romance books? Leave a comment.
Do you sometimes wonder how the Amour Toxique story idea was born? On May 6th, 2015, we found a letter in our mailbox. My husband opened it without reading the name on the envelope. After reading a few handwritten lines, we noticed it was meant for someone else and stopped reading immediately. The next morning, my husband returned it to the mailman. That was it for him. He forgot about it. I didn’t. Handwritten letters are so rare these days.
I have what I call my “story box”. Every time I see, read, or think of something that could turn into a potential story, I make a note and throw it into my box. After I finish a book (or series) I go through my box, searching for ideas. That letter left me asking myself a lot of questions about the sender and receiver. I cooked up several scenarios and shelved them at the back of my mind to come back to at a later stage. And I did, a year later, when I started writing Midnight Scent.
Just thought it might be fun to share this story with you.
P.S. It was so much fun writing chapter 1 of Midnight Scent, when Ivy finds Judson's letters underneath the mattress. When was the last time you sent a handwritten letter to someone? Comment on this post or send me an email. It’s about two years ago for me. I LOVE receiving them but I’m just too lazy to write them. One of these days I have to change that.