MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR A.L. LONG
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is A.L. long and I write about Erotic Suspense Romance.
All of my books are Erotic Romance. The story line of every book were ideas that were hidden somewhere my mind and needed to be released. Whenever I get an idea on paper and eventually it is created into a story.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I have always been a fan of romance and have read many romance books in my time. It is something that I am passionate about.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Every book I write, I do a lot of research. I need to make sure that every place I use as the setting for my books is accurate and every other aspect of the book are as well.
Can you tell me about your Series?
My Jagged Edge Series that I recently completed consists of eight books. It is about a security company that was hired in my first trilogy ‘Shattered Innocence.’ I wanted my readers to know each man in the company and therefore I created the series so that their stories could be told. I would have to say that Hewitt is my favorite only because it was my first.
Was it always meant to become a series?
I wanted my readers to know them better so I thought what a wonderful way to do that other than create a series.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
My day is pretty full. I go the gym first thing in the morning before I do anything. I like to relax a bit before I begin writing, so I don’t typically begin until early afternoon. I like to spend at least four yours a day writing and two hours on catch-up things. Sometimes if my writing flows I will spend six hours writing. I love writing outside if the weather is warm otherwise I write in my office or in front of my fireplace.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I actually am working on something. I hope to have it released in February. The title is Sirius: Hidden Truth.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
The names I chose for my characters are very important. The name has to fit the characters that I have created.
Where do your ideas come from?
Most of my ideas are come from a little place in my brain. When I think of something that would make a good story, I jot it down and try to think of what a reader would like to read.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I have thought about writing a paranormal romance. It will take a lot of research since it is something that I have not dabbled in.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The research. It can be very time consuming.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I think that book trailers are an excellent why to bring your readers inside the book. It gives then a visual of what the book is about. All of my books have trailers.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
My best accomplishment was winning two awards. I given the 2017 Independent Press Award Distinguishing favorite for Next to Never: Shattered Innocence Trilogy and also received The NYC Big Book Ward for the Trilogy.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
The best thing about being an author is getting your thoughts down on paper and seeing your readers enjoy and compliment you on your work.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully I will be on the NY Times best seller list. It is a goal that I am shooting for.
Have you always liked to write?
I haven’t always like to write. I only began writing four years ago.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Advice that I would give to aspiring authors is that, no matter how hard it gets don’t ever quit. There will always be someone out there that will criticize your work, but there will also be more that love it.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do read all my reviews good and bad. And even though there are bad ones, it helps me to improve my writing. The readers are the best people to let you know what they do and don’t like. If I have the time, I do respond to the reviews.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
I think the best part of writing is when the book is finished and I can finally send it to the editor.
What are you working on now?
I am working on an Erotic Romance with a masquerade theme.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Here is and unedited blurb:
April had no idea what the hell she was thinking. She didn’t know a thing about being a server at a fancy party, but when her best friend Vanessa talked her into covering for her, she couldn’t say no. Vanessa even offered to let her have her earnings for the night, along with the generous tips she was going to get.
As she drove up to the beautiful mansion, April’s heart began to tighten as she felt the anxiety spiral through her. Taking a deep breath, she said with shielded confidence, “You can do this, April.”
Pulling her car around the back of the house where Vanessa told her the catering truck would be, she turned the engine off and got out. The entrance to the back of the house was open and a light was shining inside. Pressing her hands down her black pencil skirt, which she knew was a size too small, she feathered out the wrinkles and proceeded to walk to the open door.
Stepping through the doorway, April couldn’t believe how beautiful everything was. The floors were covered with the finest polished marble and the walls were dressed in gold and cream wallpaper. High above on the ceiling was a four-tiered chandelier which appeared to be at least three feet long.
She was in such awe of her surroundings that she didn’t hear one of the house servants walk up to her. He cleared his throat to get her attention and said, “If you are here with the caterers, your place is in the kitchen, through those two doors.”
April thought he seemed a bit rude, but she took his advice and headed towards the double doors. The kitchen was hopping, with everyone inside dressed in white shirts and either black pants or skirts. She looked for a man that fit Vanessa’s description of her boss. Vanessa had told her that her boss, Carl, was a tall man with a gray goatee and black hair. Walking up to him, she tapped him lightly on the shoulder. When he turned around, she could tell that he was annoyed by her interruption. Looking at her as though he was displeased by her presence, his baritone voice asked, “Can I help you?”
Biting her lip, as she always did when she was nervous, she answered hesitantly, “I’m here to cover for Vanessa. She said to find you and let you know.”
“Well, leave it to Vanessa to pick someone inexperienced to cover for her,” he surmised, none too happy.
“How do you know that I’m not experienced?” April said, defensively.
“Your shoes. Servers never wear heels,” he cursed.
Looking down at her feet, April felt foolish for deciding to go for looks rather than comfort. Standing tall, she smiled back at Carl and said confidently, “Not a problem.”
Rolling his eyes at her, Carl ordered her to grab a tray of champagne flutes. Pushing open another set of double doors with her butt, while trying to balance the tray, the sound of voices and laughter echoed in the room. As she turned her body, she was greeted with at least one hundred people, if not more. April wasn’t sure what kind of party this was, but it wasn’t your typical masquerade party. Not only did all the guests have on beautifully crafted masks, they were also dressed in long velvet capes. Some of them were black in color, while others were a deep blue. Just like the back entrance, this room was decorated with gold and cream colors.
April made herself useful by offering champagne to the guests. After a short while, for every flute that was taken an empty one was put in its place. Before April was able to get around the room, her tray was filled with only empty glasses. Heading back to the kitchen to refill her tray, her attention was drawn to the men and women that were going through a dark wooden door just under the staircase. Intrigued, she made a mental note to find out where it led when she came back from the kitchen.
With her tray filled, she headed back out amongst the guests. Weaving through the people, she proceeded to the staircase to see if she could get a glimpse of what was behind the door. Every time the door opened, the only thing visible were the guests entering or exiting. As she continued to watch, she did notice that never had anyone gone inside alone. April knew that she was there to work and shouldn’t have been bothered by what she couldn’t see. But her curiosity was getting the best of her and she wasn’t going to give up.
Making sure to stay near the door, she continued to serve the champagne while keeping an eye on the door. Her tray was quickly emptying, and she wasn’t about to walk away and miss her chance. No one had gone through the door or exited it for some time. It was then that she thought to herself, “It’s now or never.”
Placing her tray on a small table near the staircase, she walked over to the door and slowly turned the knob. Before she could pull the door open, a commanding voice boomed behind her. “Come with me,” he said as his hand reached out to her.
As she looked to the man, she saw he was dressed in a black cape and a black mask with gold swirls along the sides and top. Even though he was wearing a mask, she could still make out most of his facial features. His eyes were a light gray and they had an exotic look to them. His face was set in a hard, determined expression, and yet, it gave her a feeling of comfort.
Placing her hand in his, she felt she could trust him as he led her from the large ballroom into the entryway. She thought for sure that he was going to throw her out of the house, but instead, he opened a door that was across the way. Entering the room, April could see that he had led her into what appeared to be a library or study. The room, although dark and masculine, was very inviting as the warmth of the fireplace flickered, displaying different variations of orange and yellow.
April shifted her eyes from the fireplace to the man who had her attention. When he reached the massive desk, she watched as he slipped his hand under the smooth top. He must have pushed a button, because a wooden panel next to the fireplace suddenly opened. It was unlike anything she had ever seen. If she wasn’t standing in the room, she would have thought she was watching a scene from an Alfred Hitchcock movie.
He was soon beside her and she could feel his breath on her cheek as he lowered his head and whispered softly in her ear, “Remove your skirt and blouse.”
She wasn’t sure who this man was, but she was hypnotized by his charm. Never had she submitted to a man based on his request. With shaky hands she began unbuttoning her shirt. The fact that he was watching her made her feel even more nervous. When her shirt fell to the floor, exposing her light pink demi bra, she looked up to him, aware that the half smile on his face was because he approved. Reaching behind her back, she found the zipper of her skirt and pulled it down. Pushing the material down her legs, she let it drop to the floor before she stepped out of it. With only her bra, matching panties, and black heeled shoes on, she stood in front of him waiting for what would happen next.
Where did your love of books come from?
My love for books began when I went to college, I have always loved romance and in my spare time that is what I would do. Read and read some more.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I have read so many books and do have several authors that I enjoy reading. J. Kenner, Meredith Wild are of my most favorite. I also enjoy Sylvia Day.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
My most favorite character would have to be Rade Matheson. He was in my first book and I found him to be the most interesting, domineering and hard to figure out all the while extremely sexy.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing is like a high only an author can explain. To see your thoughts come to life in paper is a rush.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
I would have to say my writing kryptonite is coffee and plenty of it.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to deliver what readers want. There are so many authors out there and being original is sometimes not the best.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
My author friends have been so supportive whether they are best sellers like A.L. Jackson or just a fantastic writer in general like Mark Davis.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
I think it would be, If I could step inside my books what character would I want to be. I would tell them that all of the women in my books are a part of me and I am already hidden inside the pages of each of them. Each of them are somewhat a part of me.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
All on my books are on Amazon and I also have links to them on my web page here are all of my links.
https://www.facebook.com/ALLongbooks/ https://twitter.com/allong1963 https://www.instagram.com/allongbooks/ http://allongbooks.com/ https://www.goodreads.com/ALLong https://www.amazon.com/A.–L.–Long/e/B01AYG4TZQ
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
We are celebrating A.L. Long’s New Release “Sirius Hidden Truth”, a night of intrique and mystery.
The following authors have graciously accepted our invitation to celebrate this special day with us.
All Times Are EST
06:00 PM Mark Davis
06:30 PM Zane Michaelson
07:00 PM Dorene Clay
07:30 PM T.R. Bell
08:00 PM Reed James
08:30 PM Tom Speed
09:00 PM A.L. Long
09:30 PM Matt Converse
10:00 PM Roux Cantrell
10:30 PM Leigh Strokes