Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.
Harley Easton – Romance writer. Sometimes I write paranormal romance. Sometimes I write sweet romance. Sometimes I write erotic romance. No matter what, all of my romance comes with a kiss of magic and usually a little snark. I have had a ton of different jobs and I grew up reading fantasy, fairy tales, urban fiction, and humor, so you definitely see influence of all that variety in my work.
When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?
Getting things started is difficult for me, so the first book seems to be the hardest. It is why I don’t currently have a series out. I’m still working on that first book. Once a project is in motion, I have better momentum.
What comes first? The plot or characters
The plot usually comes before the characters. I’ll get a rough outline and start working on a project, but at some point the characters always take over the story. They will very loudly let me know if something I’ve planned doesn’t work for their personality or how they think.
What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?
I’ve been lucky enough to meet a few of my favorites, like Neil Gaiman, Molly Harper, and Stuart McLean (before he passed). I would love to meet some of my favorite modern day fairy tale authors. Jane Yolen is top of my list, but Melissa Albert, Theodora Goss, and Merissa Meyer are all tied for close second.
If you could ask that author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?
1. Other than the classic tales, what inspires you most?
2. What is your favorite fairy tale trope and how do you like to subvert that trope in your writing?
3. Which book of yours was the most difficult for you to write and how did you work through those difficulties?
What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series.
I always think naming a book is hard. It’s tough to find the perfect few words that can really interest a reader and touch on the depth of the book. I’m much better at blurbs.
What is your favorite memory so far as an author?
I don’t have one favorite memory. My favorite part of being an author, is the friendships I’ve made with authors and readers. That makes every signing, every anthology project, and every promo a good memory. It keeps me going when I’m struggling on a project.
What is your definition of success?
Success is finishing a project and it being done well. I really enjoy having a physical copy of something I’ve written or edited. Turning the cover of one of my books, feeling the pages flip between my fingers and knowing I’ve put my all into a story is extremely satisfying.
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