MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR VALERIE TWOMBLY!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Valerie Twombly, paranormal romance, romantic suspense.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My recent release, Rescue Me, is part of a firefighter series. I’ve always wanted to write a series with firefighters. However, I wanted to include real action because a lot of the firefighter romances I’ve read don’t have that and I feel it’s important. I waited until I was able to spend time doing research as well as get a real firefighter to check my work for me.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve always loved vampires and when I started reading paranormal romance I was hooked. It’s a given that I would write this genre.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
For Rescue Me, I’ve spent a lot of time watching YouTube videos of firefighters wearing helmet cams. I also have a friend who is a firefighter and he not only offers ideas, but reads my work to make sure I get it right.
Can you tell me about your Series?
Sparks Of Desire series is about a group of firefighters at station 3 in Kirkwood MN. Some of them are human and some are dragon shifters. What readers love about this series so far is my shifters are different than many dragon shifter books. This series is on the lighter side of paranormal, at least compared to some of my other series and it’s got elements of romantic suspense as well.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Right now there are only 2 and I’m working on the third. Rescue Me is my top pick. Derrick and Halee have such chemistry together, they simply sizzle. This story, like all my others is for those over 18 who love a lot of steam in their reads.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Since I work a full-time job, I’m up at 4:00 am. Get ready for work then I have about 30-45 minutes that I write. I also take a tablet with me to work and write on my lunch. If I hit my word count goals for the day, then I have the evening to take care of social media and relax. Otherwise, I try to hit the rest of my goal when I get home.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I do. It’s called Finding Hope. This is also part of the Sparks Of Desire series and is based around the Christmas holiday. It will be releasing in December as part of a paranormal boxset with 9 other authors.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Sometimes when the characters won’t cooperate. I know there is something wrong and I just need to figure it out.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I’m on the fence about trailers. I’ve had a lot of readers tell me they don’t watch them. However, I do have a few and I have one for Rescue Me. You can view it here: https://valerietwombly.com/mbdb_Series/sparks-of-desire/
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Creating new worlds and sharing them with the readers. Meeting readers in person. I’m always humbled by the words of encouragement and love I receive.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Retired from my day job and writing full-time!
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write what you love. If you do this no matter what the hot topic is at the moment, readers will love you. Your passion will shine through. Don’t sensor yourself. Write it no matter how silly it may sound.
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 scan through them, but I don’t respond.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Marketing! The market is always changing and getting your newest book into new hands can prove a challenge.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Sure, here is an unedited morsel.
“You really didn’t need to cook me breakfast.” He brushed past her as he reached for a piece of bacon and took a bite. She couldn’t stop staring at his mouth which glistened from the grease and before she could react, he touched the rest of the piece to her lips. She opened and he fed it to her. Time stopped while they both stared at each other. Her heart beat against her chest so loudly she was sure he heard it.
She licked her lips.
Deep blue eyes locked onto her mouth.
He cleared his throat. “I’ll grab the syrup.” Then he was gone and she was left wondering…
What. The. Hell?
Had she done something wrong? He certainly hadn’t hesitated to kiss her the other night or, on the couple of dates they had gone on. She would have laid money on him kissing her seconds ago. Suddenly she felt like a complete fool and turned to finish getting the food on the table when he snaked his arm around her waist. She closed her eyes and tried to push away all the desire that swept through her body.
“Hope,” he whispered in her ear. “Don’t think for a minute that I’m pushing you away. I want you.”
“I-I’m confused.” Her voice was barely audible.
“My reputation is no secret in this town and frankly I made sure it wasn’t. I never wanted any woman to get the wrong idea. It’s also why I go to the city.” He spun her to face him. “You are the first woman I’ve actually asked out since… Well, in a long time.”
She sensed he left something unsaid.
“I’m giving you control of what happens between us. You decide how far and fast this goes.”
It took her a moment to process his words and there meaning. “Is this because of my past or, yours?”
“A little of both.” He brushed a lock of hair from her cheek. “We better eat before it gets cold.”
Hope gave a nod and pulled herself together. Moments later, they were both seated at the table quietly eating while she considered the gift the man across from her had just placed in her lap. Everyone joked that Chance O’Connell was a one and done man. He lived a carefree life, with a vow to never settle down. Certainly, a man that most sane women would avoid like the plague. Yet here she was, literally in the dragons’ lair.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I love Larissa Ione, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter, to name a few.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I like to think I am. I write what I love and what appeals to me. So far, readers have said that my writing is unlike any other author.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ValerieTwomblyParanormalPalace/
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️