Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.
My name is Loren Beeson and I write spicy contemporary romance and romantic suspense books! I live in Texas with my hubby, son, and two dogs. It’s rare to find me without a Cabernet or coffee in hand, and I love a good vampire romance!
When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?
I would say the books that follow. Especially if they’re like my Betting On Love trilogy where each book has a HEA but the background drama continues through each one.
Romantic Suspense is so fun but challenging to write because as the author, I’m having to maintain two separate story lines as well as making sure all the plot points get connected along the way.
When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?
My absolute favorite thing is to lead the reader to believe they know what’s going to happen… and then flip the script! I love surprising people by keeping predictable tropes or certain situations fresh and UNpredictable.
Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
It’s all about your circle! Sometimes writing can be lonely. You’re strapped to a deadline you had no business making so tight, back against the wall with only the voices in your head to keep you company.
Who is your voice of reason in the writing world?
Your mom might tell you your book is a best seller, but would she have a keen eye for how your hero was going from hot to cold and back again within a few paragraphs? How about story pacing or plot holes?
I’m huge on having at least a couple of people I can call at any point to ask questions like, “How stupid does this idea sound?” Or, “Please help. I’m stuck on chapter twelve, my dialogue is trash, and I need a brainstorm sesh.” (Don’t forget the wine 😉 )
On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?
8-9 hours. Some of the best advice I ever received was to treat my writing career like a day job. Working from home is the ultimate challenge no matter how disciplined you are! But setting a work schedule for yourself even if it’s a couple hours a night will do you some good!
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.
Oh, Hazel. She’s a badass biker babe from the last book in the Betting On Love trilogy (Waging War) and man was she fun to write! I love creating strong females who know how to hold their own, but one of my favorite things to do is write them totally opposite of me—or in Hazel’s case, as a woman I aspire to be!
What is your definition of success?
Oh! I have a quote for this. My male lead in my island romance ‘One More Kiss’ was giving some advice to the leading lady, Kate. He said, “Success isn’t determined by status or title…It’s determined by hard work, dedication, and pride in everything you do.”
Work hard, be authenticity YOU, and the rest will come.
Do you have anything you want to share that didn’t fit on one of these questions?
I love interacting and talking with readers! If you’ve ever read one of my novels, THANK YOU! And never hesitate to shoot me a message or email <3
What are your social links?
Amazon author profile
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