Friday, March 23, 2018

Author Spotlight Interview: Shelley Bell and "His to Claim"

 
His to Claim
Fate brought them together. Family could tear them apart.


Blurb:

Ryder McKay may be a playboy, but he's never been a fool. Not until he met the woman he simply knew as Jane. For one night, he dropped his guard, but in the morning she disappeared---along with a copy of his top secret technology.

When it ends up in the hands of his biggest enemy---his father---Ryder knows without a doubt he's been betrayed. And when he finds Jane again, a year later, he can't decide what's worse---that her mother is marrying his brother, or that he still finds Jane irresistible, despite the fact that she's a liar, a thief, and his father's latest protégé.

Jane Cooper does have a secret, but it's not the one Ryder thinks. As their rekindled passion changes into something deeper, they'll have to work together to untangle a web of lies and corruption that will shatter everything they thought they knew about their pasts. Because Jane's not the only one with a secret---and this secret is getting people killed.  

About the Author:

Shelly Bell is the author of the popular Benediction and Forbidden Lovers series. Her book, Blue Blooded, received a Top Pick from Romantic Times Book Reviews and was nominated for an RT Award. At His Mercy, the first in her Forbidden Lovers series, was named a Top Pick from Romantic Times and received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly.

When she’s not working her day job, taking care of her family, or writing, you’ll find her reading the latest romance or thriller. Shelly is a member of Romance Writers of America and International Thriller Writers.







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Author Spotlight Interview 


1. Who is your favorite hero of fiction? 
I measure every book hero against Edward Rochester from Jane Eyre. I’m desperate to write a modern-day adaption of the book.   

2. What is your greatest regret? 
I try not to regret anything, because every decision I’ve made has led me to where I am today, and there’s no greater place to be.

3. Which book have you read the most in your lifetime? 
Probably Sweet Valley High #1, Double Love. Lol! As an adult, I’d say Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley. I love her books!

4. Which book that you’ve written is your favorite? 
Always the one I’m working on at the moment. If I don’t love those characters the most, then no one else will either.

5. What do you do as a hobby? 
Hobby? What’s that? Is laundry considered a hobby? Since I no longer have any extra time in my schedule, my only remaining hobby is reading. I read as much as I can and always have. Even in law school, I’d finish eight hours of homework and pick up a legal thriller to read.

6. How long on average does it take you to write a book? 
Too long. Every subsequent book takes than the previous. I used to write a 90,000-word book in two months. Now it takes me on average four to six months, including revisions. 

7. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? 
Research is one of my favorite things to do, and as an erotic suspense author, I get to research some odd topics. The majority of my research is on BDSM. Not just the different kinks involved, but the psychology of it. I usually do my research as I go, but I try not to allow the research to interfere with my writing time. Most recently, I researched Pit Bulls for my work-in-progress.

8. What are you working on now? 
I’m finishing up the third book in my Forbidden Lovers series with Grand Central Forever. After, I’m going to spend a few months writing novellas to self-publish and at the same time, write a proposal for my publisher.

9. How did you come up with the idea for your book? 
I knew the characters before the plot. Most of the book’s conflict derived naturally from their relationship to one another. But I was also inspired by a news article I read, as well as the movies Terminator and War Games. I’m a big proponent of asking the question, “What if?”

11. Are reader reviews important to you? 
Yes and no. It hurts when I get a bad review, but at the same time, I believe everybody is entitled to their opinion and not everyone will love my books. But reviews are important to an author, both in terms of marketing and craft. It feeds the algorithm on Amazon and in terms of exposure, that’s a necessary evil. When I began my writing journey, I wrote for my own pleasure with no intention of publishing my books. Now, I’m not just a writer, but an author. The books are for my readers, and if they don’t enjoy them, there’s no point in publishing them.

10. What inspires you to write? 
Um, my deadline? I always want to write, but I have more ideas than time.

12. Are there any nuggets of wisdom you can impart to aspiring writers? 
Don’t be in a rush to publish. Too many writers, me included, published before they were ready. Learn your craft and perfect it. Also, find your tribe, meaning the women who support you and lift you up. I have a Facebook chat with a few romance writers and we talk every few days. I wouldn’t have found success without them.

       
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