MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR A.M. HARGROVE
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Contemporary romance, sprinkled with angst, comedy, suspense, and steam!
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Sometimes the stories come from my own experiences and sometimes they just plow into me when I see something.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I started in YA sci-fi fantasy then in one of my books I introduced a character that was 500 years old who nearly stole the story. He demanded a book of his own. After I wrote it, which was an adult sci-fi-fantasy, I crossed genres into contemporary and that’s where I’ve stayed.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I always research things in all my books that pertain to certain aspects—drugs and drug abuse, the FBI, bombs, medical situation, diseases I mention in my stories, counseling for whatever I’m writing about, and so on. I’m constantly fact checking about locations, things that are unfamiliar to me, etc. My last book is about a man who is Italian but bilingual, and I’m currently having an Italian friend and a British friend (because part of it takes place in Cambridge) read it to ensure I’ve captured the correct sayings.
Can you tell me about your Series?
I have so many I wouldn’t know where to begin.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I can’t really say I have a favorite in any series. When I write, that particular book becomes my favorite at the time because I’m so invested in those characters.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
The idea for the current series I’m writing (The West Sisters Novels) came from the last series I wrote (The West Brothers Novels) because it’s a spin off.
Was it always meant to become a series?
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I get up and manage my business for one hour and then I write for four. Then it’s back to business.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
My upcoming release is One Shameless Night (A West Sisters Novel #2). It’s an enemy to lovers single dad stand alone.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Not really, I just have to love the names.
Where do your ideas come from?
I think I answered this already.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I want to write mystery thrillers and also go back to sci-fi fantasy with a paranormal twist.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The end. I write longer books and love for them to go on.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I don’t have them.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Two books—one I co-wrote with Terri E. Laine – Cruel and Beautiful and my first single dad book—For The Love of English.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
My own hours and I can work anywhere!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Playing with my grandkids!
Have you always liked to write?
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t give up!
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I wouldn’t. I’d be a lazy retired woman! HA!
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Of course I read them haha!
If they are constructive, I take them and use them. If they’re useless, I disregard.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Clicking that publish button!
Where did your love of books come from?
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
JR Ward and Karen Marie Moning
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Jurek from my adult sci-fi fantasy because he was my first bad ass alpha.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I always write what I want.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Don’t Do What I Did!
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️