I am a sucker for strong, possessive, alpha assholes.
I love reading, particularly romance in any genre just as long as there’s a love story. I didn’t intend on writing when falling in love with books, but Liam Warren’s determined to make himself known.
For those who take time to read, comment, and vote for my novels; thank you.
If you enjoyed Redemption, then you’ll be thrilled to know this is only the beginning. Redemption is part one in The London Crime King Series.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I had a predilection for dark, twisted romance novels, especially mafia (Still do, actually). Although I read said genre avidly, I often found myself bored by repetitiveness. I struggled to differentiate unwitting similarities between books. While constantly searching for a new storyline to pique interest, something raw, exciting, and unparalleled, I had ideas of what I wanted to read and came unstuck every time.
It would be an entire month before I realized why I couldn’t find the book I was looking for. People might consider me crazy for this. I remember polishing off a bottle of wine one night, staring blankly at my kindle when discerning this deep, authoritative voice inside my head and the name Liam Warren repeatedly droned until I got the laptop out and typed chapter one. At the time, I wasn’t sure what the enjoyable pastime meant or why I suddenly thought I could write a book, but once I started tapping, the words poured out of me, which ensued The London Crime King.
When did you write your first book, and how old were you?
I started writing at age twenty-nine.
How long does it take you to write?
Writing depends on day-to-day life. If motherhood isn’t kicking my arse, then I can write a solid chapter in six hours.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I spend quality time with the kids and partner. If I am child-free for a few hours, I will meet up with my squister (sister) for a Starbucks and a naughty drive to Porthcawl (we do not perve on any guys throughout said journeys), a beach in South Wales. I love reading, watching suspenseful movies, girl’s night on the town, wine sessions, and random trips to nowhere.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?
How writing challenged expectations.
What do you think makes a good story?
I read a book three weeks ago, yet I couldn’t tell you the characters’ names; I read a book three years ago and remember every unforgettable detail. Unique memorableness, that’s what makes a good story.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Only a few will understand. I wanted to give certain people a voice.
What quote inspired you and your life?
“Don’t let the tame ones tell you how to live” – Jonny Ox.
“Love her but leave her wild” – Atticus.
What movie or series character would you say describes you as a person?
Romy and Michele Highschool Reunion. Leah’s the Rhoda.
What song inspires you?
I take inspiration from many music genres.
When you wrote your first book, what inspired the story?
Imagination. I wanted to write something I had never read before.
What inspired your characters in your first book, and were they based on people in your life?
LOL! I wish I knew people akin to Liam and Brad. When writing Liam and Alexa, I was determined to stick to my guns in two areas. One, Liam’s unfaltering characteristics. Irrelevant to love, he’ll stay true to himself; conceited, superior, fearless, unforgiving, and downright dangerous. Two, Alexa’s character development. She is a nineteen-year-old girl who sustains ongoing trials and tribulations until she finds the strength to be the best version of herself. What I hate most in some mafia books or dark romance novels is when the main characters go from an iconic power couple to soppy and cliché—uncharacteristic behavior and “insta love.”
What Inspired my characters?
Their voices reminded me never to write what I hate to read.
Would you change anything from your first book?
Absolutely. I am currently re-editing Redemption offline.
If there is a message in any of your books, what would you like people to take away from reading your book?
“He was nothing but a disembodied monster I learned to forget. It was her unfaltering persistence that kept me alive” – Alexa Warren.
Alexa talks of mental health, how she held onto the bodiless voice of her mother to survive her captor. I think her storyline outshines every character in the series. She’s suffered more than most do in a lifetime, yet she strikes back doughtily.
I don’t write glorification; I write painful truths, harsh realities, and unspeakable tragedies. When readers resonate with the abuse in this series, they reach out to me, and honestly, the divulgence of semblances breaks my heart; however, it allows me to connect with my readers on a personal level.
“Amongst the stereotypical world we live in, abuse, namely sexual, is something many victims endure in silence because the unsolicited opinions of others often disregard the importance of morals.
People overlook the severity of how abuse not only leaves the victim with indelible scars but a lifelong battle of mental anguish they are obligated to tackle. For me, men, in particular, are forced to be strong, carry their melancholy, and cry in silence while dealing with their subconscious mind relentlessly controlling, berating, confusing, and reminding them that it’s unadvisable for men to feel pain or show weakness or bitterness and exasperation.
What gives an ignorant person the right to tell a man weakness is for the female population or that their tears don’t matter?
It’s okay to need help.
It’s okay to talk.
It’s okay not to be okay because big boys cry too, and they are well and truly fucking entitled.”
- Alexa Warren, Sovereign.
Why is reading a book better than watching a movie?
“In books, I have traveled, not only to other worlds but into my own” – Anna Quindlen.
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
If they make your movie into a book, who would you like to play your main character?
Unknown actors that can capture the heart of viewers.
Do you like to read eBooks or paperbacks?
Both. I mostly read eBooks because they are accessible, but I own an impressive book collection. It’s taken me four years to amass over three hundred paperbacks. They are my pride and joy. Nobody’s allowed within ten miles of those books. I will quite literally disjoint a hand if somebody dares to crease the spines.
Who is your favorite author?
“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead” – Charles Bukowski.
“Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life” – Stephen King.
Any unknown author you would like to recommend?
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