Heart Stealer - Contemporary Romance - Release Date - April 20th, 2011
After several box-office flops, movie star Randall Rowe returns to his small hometown to rebuild his relationship with his family and asks Kayla Denton, the runaway he'd once helped, to decorate his new home. But she refuses, unwilling to work with the handsome charmer due to a lingering crush-and hurt feelings. That is, until financial circumstances soon force her to strike a deal.
With their close proximity, Randall starts seeing Kayla is an alluring woman who he can be himself with, and his attraction soon overpowers all reason. Kayla struggles to keep her guard up, until she realizes underneath Randall's bad reputation lies more than she could've imagined. Yet when Hollywood comes calling for Randall, will their budding relationship survive?
What main genre do you write in?
Please describe your writing environment.
It's a desk next to the window with a nice view of the sky and trees outside, as well as all my books around. I love to have my green tea, a blanket because I'm always cold, and my computer, of course.
Please tell us your latest news!
My debut novel, Heart Stealer, is coming out April 20, 2011. It's a romance about an unlikely duo--a movie star and a runaway--and how they fight for their love and deal with family and career drama. It has funny and sexy moments, as well as dramatic ones.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Definitely not. I love it the way it is. I love feedback and use it, but I also love to choose what's in my novel because it's a true reflection of me
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Just one is way too hard. I've read hundreds of authors that I love in romance and general fiction. My absolute favorites are Toni Morrison, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Diana Gabaldon, Jane Austen, and Margaret Mitchell.
Do you see writing as a career?
Definitely! It's what I want to do for life. I love it and would always write even if I didn't get paid. My dream is to be able to write full-time without having another job. It's a luxury not a lot of writers have.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Since being a kid, I can remember always going to the library and reading books. It helped that my mother didn't allow us to watch television until I was older. But it wasn't until I was a teenager and fell in love with books because the excitement and happiness it gave me, did I realize that I wanted to do the same thing for some else. I started soon after working on it, and then I got serious about it around twenty-five when I realize that I didn't love being an accountant.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Follow your dreams and intuition. Don't ever compromise something you really want.
Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
Both. I plan with what I feel and know, but as I wrote Heart Stealer, my characters definitely grew in ways I hadn't imagined. I didn't learn their souls and hearts until I wrote certain scenes.
What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?
I'd say getting the emotional responses perfect. I wanted my characters reactions to be very realistic, and Heart Stealer has plenty of drama, so I didn't want it to read as too over the top. Also, I have some sad poignant moments I didn't want to overdo. The great thing is the feedback has been great so far, so I feel like I achieved that balance.
What inspires your writing?
Life--what I see, hear, feel-- is an inspiration to me. I use my curiosity to explore situations and circumstances, and then I write about what I've learned. Not people or situations, but the feelings behind them, which is why I feel so connected to my characters. Kayla and Randall are real, living people to me. When they're upset, I'm upset.
Signing Off: Tiphanie Thomas