Thursday, February 7, 2013

Birthday Bash Day 7: Interview: Aleatha Romig

Here we are at day 7. Today I have an interview with Aleatha Romig, author of two fabulous books: Consequences and Truth. You may remember Amy's reviews of these awesome books back in December and January. 


The review for Consequences can be found HERE









The review for Truth can be found HERE.





Now enjoy my interview with Aleatha Romig. Today she is giving away autographed, print copies of Consequences and Truth! (I have added my own comments in Blue)
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Thank you for having me here today! 

How did you come up with the idea for these books?

I had the idea for the opening scene of Consequences. I imagined a woman in Claire’s situation. I didn’t know anything else. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to know; who was she? How did she get there? Why was she there?  I decided to start writing and let my imagination come up with the answers. 

I like the way your imagination works *g*

Did you write Anthony's character hoping for such a strong reaction to him?

I did and I didn’t. As I got into my story, I found myself having a soft spot for him. It surprised me. Just like most readers, my initial reaction to him was fear and angst. Yet, as I continued, he began to grow on me. I like “bad boys” and he fits that description.  Of course it helps that in my mind he is incredibly sexy and can be tender and romantic.  However, the first people to read my manuscript HATED him.  When I first learned there were people who even in Consequences fall for him I was pleased.

I know Amy has very strong feeling towards his character.

Did you have specific inspiration in mind for Anthony and Claire? Are they based on real people?

Upon my mother’s first read of the manuscript she called me all concerned and asked if the story was autobiographical.  If you knew my husband you would know how absurd that question really was! No. Tony and Claire are not based on real people.  I would say Tony is a combination of characters.  I was watching the Tudors while writing.  I think there is a little King Henry VIII in Tony. 

I have to agree with you there. I became addicted to the Tudors after one episode just because of King Henry VIII

Claire, apparently her physical characteristics unconsciously mimic a friend of mine.  One day my friend handed me her driver’s license and said, “look at this”. I was like, “sure”?  She had just read the scene where Claire is reading her driver’s license, the stats are almost identical! She asked if I had secretly gotten into her purse and looked at her license.  I started laughing, no... Claire wasn’t based on that friend or anyone else.  She’s meant to be more of an everyday common woman.

If it were made into a movie, who do you see playing some of your favorite characters from the books?

First, wouldn't that be amazing! I’d love to see Consequences a movie and of course be involved in the casting.  Initially in my mind’s eye I have seen Joe Manganiello as Tony. Some of my readers have posted pictures of Jon Hamm.  I’m seeing that too.  Claire, I’m not sure. My original was Natalie Portman.  But on a Goodreads thread they have cast other woman who would work too. 

Umm, yeah, Joe is HAWT! I am not a huge Jon Hamm fan myself but I could see him as the character.

How many books will be in this series?

Three.  Convicted will be the end of the series.

General Questions:

Do you have any books planned for the future, other than this series?

I have ideas for another series; however, I’m too centered on Convicted right now to start writing it.


What are some inspirations when it comes to story ideas?

Anything and everything. It can be something that happens to me or someone I know. It can be something I hear on the news, read in a book or see on TV or a movie.  I watch a lot of Criminal Minds and shows like that.  It is fun to get an idea and let it grow.

Have you ever heard a song (or seen a movie) and just had an entire story pop into your head?

No, but that would be wonderful! My stories grow as I write. I know the beginning and end of each book. I just don’t know how I’m going to get there.  I let the story write itself.

Do you have specific scheduled writing times?

No, and that’s a problem. I wrote Consequences in the evening. Each night after dinner I’d write until midnight or one.  Truth was different. I’d go to bed early, wake up about two and write until five or five-thirty.  Then I’d take a nap and get up and go to work. With Convicted I have the added bonus of suddenly being “known”.  I love interacting with my readers and great bloggers like you. However, this has seriously cut into my writing time.  I MUST become more disciplined.  The good part about having a readership is that I’ve been able to cut back on my work as a dental hygienist.  I am hoping this new found time will help with my writing schedule.

Are there times when you think a story should go one way and your "characters" change your mind for you?

Oh, Yes! And I love that.  I love being so wrapped up in the story that I can’t type fast enough. I love when something happens and I am completely shocked.  That happened in Truth.  I don’t want to spoil it for people who haven’t read.  But something happens to change Claire’s perspective, something that surprises her.  It surprised to me too. I had not planned on that change of course. Yet once it happened, I had to go with it!

What did you want to be when you grew up?
Wow! That was a long time ago, when I had those questions.  Originally, I wanted to be an oceanographer.  I love swimming and I thought diving down under the ocean sounded cool. However, I grew up in Indiana. We don’t have many oceans. So, I decided to be an attorney, like my father. He talked me out of that? My mother was a nurse.  I didn't want to do that, but I did love science, so I learned about dental hygiene.  I truly have never regretted that career choice. It has been very good to me! I even taught at Indiana University School of Dentistry for twelve years.  But through all of that I always wanted to write. It wasn't until recently that I had the opportunity and time.  Now, I want to be an author when I grow up!

I wanted to be a Marine Biologist, but alas, not much call for that in Wisconsin.

Which author is an automatic buy?

J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series! (I’m not as into the Fallen Angel series – not sure why) Nevertheless, I LOVE the big bad vampires of the brotherhood! Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series! I recently read Notorious Nineteen. The characters and predictable predicaments are almost like a family reunion – 
fun, light hearted and familiar. 

I am addicted to Stephanie Plum!

What do you eat/drink while writing?

While writing I don’t eat.  Drink... depends on the time of day or night. I need my morning coffee! Iced tea is my daytime drink of choice.  As the sun sets I bring out some wine.  But after losing one laptop, I've learned to go stemless!

Umm, yeah, I had that same problem with a chocolate martini once. Those darn martini glasses are so tippy. The sad thing is, it happened before I even had my first sip. I learned my lesson: Martini's and laptops don't mix!

What are you reading right now?

I just finished Kelli Maine’s Taken and am about to start Tiffany Reisz’s Siren.

I have read Taken and Siren is on my TBR.

What is your guilty pleasure?
That would probably be the wine!

I also love me some wine *g*

What TV show are you LOVING right now?

Well, I don’t watch a lot... it’s that time issue.  So, I DVR and watch what I like when I can. Many of my normal series have been good this year.  But to say LOVE... I’m anticipating the third season of Game of Thrones! I absolutely believe it is the best show with the best actors and storylines I have EVER watched.  I love the multiple storylines and diverse characters.  I’ve been told George Martin’s books are equally as amazing. They are on my TBR list. I just don’t think I’ll ever have enough hours in a day!

Ok, speed round *g*...

Jeremy Renner or Jason Statham? Is it bad, I had to look them up? I’ve never seen their movies. Based solely on first impression - Jeremy

You need to watch you some Jason and Jeremy movies STAT! Good choice with Jeremy *g*

High Heels or Flats? High heels (not too high)

Beach or Woods? beach!!!

Iron Man or Thor?  Thor, not because I’ve seen the movie, I haven’t.  I picked Thor because of Chris Hemsworth!

Gone With the Wind or Titanic? Gone With the Wind! My all-time favorite!!!! Book and Movie!
Ursula, thank you so much for having me with you and helping to celebrate your birthday bash! I hope you have a great birthday!
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Ok, don't forget to comment. Answer one of the speed round questions in the comments for your chance to win autographed print copies of Consequences and Truth! (leave email)
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55 comments:

  1. Great review! I've been meaning to get my hands on these. Looking forward to reading em.

    amandakgc(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  2. I'm so excited to read this blog! I absolutely loved these books! Beach or woods? No contest...beach. great interview:)
    Ajcraig77@comcast.net

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    1. I am a beach girl myself. Born on a naval base on the coast, how could I not be.

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  3. So Now Iwillbe getting these books. I have picked it up put it down you know how that goes! LOL... Flat shoes. I dont have a choice any more. Neck sugery put an end to heals. Very sad :(
    jess.ann@comcast.net

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    1. I am a high heels girl myself. Unfortunately after 18 yrs of ballet, my ankles are shot so only high heels if they have a chunky heels to support me.

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  4. Great review, I loved both books! Gone With the Wind or Titanic? Gone With the Wind, absolutely! bwsmith816(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I love them both. I would have a hard time to choose one if forced. I like to ask the hard questions *G*

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  5. Love both books!! Great giveaway:) Beach or woods? Beach, hands down!

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    1. Ooops...my email is: vack_pno73@yahoo.com

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    2. Thanks for leaving your email, lol. I will be sad if I pick a winner and they get disqualified because I have no way to get ahold of them. This is a great prize.

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  6. Awesome interview. Jeremy Renner or Jason Statham? Jason Statham all the way! Lol

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  7. Awesome review!!! I have yet to read these books and have entered EVERY contest I have seen!! I would LOVE to win them!!!!
    Beach or woods? Beach without a doubt! Plus, it's February, I live in Pennsylvania, it's cold and I'm over the snow....So yeah, Beach it is!!!

    mikiajanai@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by today. I only love the woods in the summer time, with out bugs, and no humidity...as long is there is a nice clear lake near by. (I am not picky at all *g*)

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  8. love her books! would love a paperback version..

    beach or woods? def beach

    mamapoch85@yahoo.com

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    1. It seems we have a beach crowd here today :)

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  9. LOVE the books! Aleatha is awesome. Team Tony all the way!! And flats for me :)

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    2. Yay for team Tony! Are we dysfunctional for loving such a dysfunctional hero?

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  10. Read Consequences and loved it...reading truth next! Would love signed paperbacks!! Oh and Thor or Iron Man? THOR!! (Chris Hemsworth of course!)
    bvalentino17771@hotmail.com

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    1. Thor is awesome but I like me more of a bad boy.

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  11. LOVE this series! Beach or woods? Beach! #teamTony! CBadder2@aol.com

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    1. Another beach girl :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. great review can't wait to read this series.
    eyeore65@hotmail.com

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  13. What an easygoing, fun interview. I don't know what I am going to read now until Convicted comes out!

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  14. These books are EPIC!!!! Love love love this series! And, thanks for the giveaway.

    Jeremy Renner :)

    LDOMJANICH@COMCAST.NET

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    1. YES! I am totally in love with Jeremy Renner right now. He just has this presence. Yummm.

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  15. Thanks so much for stopping by today everyone. I had a blast with this interview. Glad you guys liked the reviews for the books. My guest reviewer Amy got a little obsessed with them. *G* I am sure you all can relate?

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  16. stacey.jacobsen@sbcglobal.netFebruary 7, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Consequences and Truth go down in history as two of my most memorable reads. They've turned me into a bit of a pusher. Wherever I go, if I see a women reading, I am not above starting a convo and recommending these books.(Even to my husband's embarrassment sometimes.) J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood Series and Game of Thrones?!?! Two of my favorite things!!!! Aleatha Romig You Rock!!!

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    1. OK, clearly I need to be watching this show. And I am ashamed to admit that I have never read The Black Dagger Brotherhood. Please don't lynch me.

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  17. These books were both amazing!!Thor or Iron Man, Iron Man for me. annwebb74@yahoo.com

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    1. Yes, that's what I am talking about. Iron Man: Classic bad boy!

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  18. Flats!!! Now that i have two chase two little boys around all day.!!! I will have to buy these two books ASAP now
    :) Super excited!! Jermandshannon@yahoo.com

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    1. You will LOVE them. They are so worth buying!

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  19. How about: Iron Man with flats on the beach! (love me some Consequences AND Robert Downey Jr) beverly.stahl@gmail.com

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    1. Iron Man + Beach = all sorts of naughty fun I would think. Good choice!

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  20. Thank you for the interview! I am in love with this series!!! I have all of my friends reading them. They are all hooked and ready for book 3!!! :)

    I am a Forest girl... ;)
    Jason All the WAY! Handsome Rob....
    and sexy HIGH heels always make a girl feel good.

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  21. Loved these books, they are so addicting & I can't wait for #3!! I totally hate Tony but am so in love with him!! Thanks for the great books
    THOR all the way, love his long blonde hair, so sexy!!
    Crystal Johnson
    crystal_pearl3@yahoo.com

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  22. Really loved Consequences and Truth and can not wait to read Convited.. This is a fantastic giveaway!! I'd pick Titanic because that movie gets to me every time and well Leonardo Dicaprio is HOT!

    jjoanisse16@gmail.com

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  23. Great Interview! I LOVE Thor bc well hell, the guy is HOT!!

    mariebrown7822@yahoo.com

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  24. I'm thinking about dental hygiene too but I'm still undecided about the future. I wish someone could just pay me to read and critique their books. That would be the best job ever. Haha. :P

    alyssaxchen14 AT gmail DOT com

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  25. Gone With The Wind or Titanic?
    Hands down Titanic! Leonardo is my celebrity crush, so any movie that he's in will win every time :)

    sara22185@msn.com

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  26. Iron Man or Thor?

    Ahhh. This is so hard, but I'm going to have to go with Iron Man (Sorry Chris Hemsworth)!

    michelletmorris@sbcglobal.net

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  27. I definitely prefer the beach to the woods. I'm allergic to grass (yea, it stinks), so I try and stay far away from the woods!

    aras1221@yahoo.com

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  28. I love these books!! I have to pick Iron Man. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  29. I really need to check out these books....I love a good, darker book from time to time. For the quick round question, I would go with flats over heels. I am too clumsy and have too many back & leg problems for heels. Really though, I prefer flip-flops the most though.
    June
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

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  30. High Heels or Flats??? I am 5'10" so for me its almost always flats!!! Love the interview and thanks for the giveaway!! I read consequences and love it!! I am 60% through truth and I am having major anxiety for poor Claire!!! I want her happy ending!!

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  31. I really need to check out these books....I love a good, darker book from time to time.I would go with flats over heels to much back problems :)
    myajaira23@yahoo.com

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  32. Gone With the Wind is my choice too. Scarlet is pretty tough at the end and I have to figure she is going to get her man back.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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  33. Winner has been chosen and notified. Thanks guys. Congrats to Lorie!

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