You have been publishing romances for almost 15 years. From thrillers to romance to erotic fiction, you have done it all! Is there any book or series that stands out the most for you? Why?
Dirty will remain a favorite forever, because it was the first big novel I did. Tear You Apart was the hardest to write. I’m very proud of All Fall Down.
You tend to turn up the heat in your stories, and also the drama. Your characters deal with some pretty serious issues. What are some of the hardest plots/themes for you to write about? Is it difficult to get so emotionally drawn into your writing?
Grief and loss are really difficult to write. Alcoholism, betrayal, bad things happening to people you love, all really hard topics to write about. It can be very draining to write deeply emotional stories, but in the end, if I don’t feel it, how can I expect a reader to?
In your newest novel, ALL THE LIES WE TELL, your couple is dealing with a bit of a taboo romance -- your heroine and hero were once in-laws. What are some of the difficulties stemming from their past relationship?
They were kids when they had a little crush, but time has passed. They’ve changed. Both have made bad choices, and their new passion seems to be an even worse choice. The fact they were so close growing up and she married his brother left a scar, for sure.
Allie and Niko have known each other since they were young. How have the two changed now that they are all grown up?
Niko’s gone off and seen the world, but Allie stayed home. Both lost connections to the people they loved. Both have tried to fight off the past, without success. Both are more confident in who they are as people.
Your stories definitely thrive on a deep sense of intimacy. How did you go about creating a romantic connection between your H/h?
I try to think about all the reasons why anyone falls in love. Good, bad, ugly. We hardly ever just get it right without some bumps along the way. I try to make my characters real. Flaws. Strengths. Passions.
Another book in your Quarry Road series is releasing soon. What can you tell us about it?
All the Secrets We Keep releases in June and picks up where All the Lies We Tell stops, but focuses on the other couple (while continuing Allie and Niko’s story!) Readers will get to follow along with both couples as they struggle to make their relationships work.
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Megan Hart is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than thirty novels, novellas, and short stories. Some of them use a lot of bad words, but most of the other words are okay. Her work has been published in almost every genre, including contemporary fiction, horror, romantic suspense, and erotica. She can’t live without music, the Internet, or the ocean, but she and soda have achieved an amicable uncoupling. Find out more about her at www.meganhart.com, or follow her on Twitter @Megan_Hart and Facebook at www.facebook.com/readinbed.