Today, in the latest in my series grilling romance authors on all things love and writing, I am chatting to author… Emma Bennet.
Welcome to the blog, Emma. Tell me a bit about the type of books you write and where you are in your publishing journey.
I write sweet contemporary romances and have four full length novels and two novellas currently published. My next book is due to be released at the beginning of June 2021 by Spellbound books.
I guess I just love following the twists and turns of a relationship coming together culminating in a satisfying Happy Ever After! It makes my heart happy.
What inspires your stories?
Things I hear, things I see, things I read… One of my books is based on the story a friend told me of how she and her husband got together. Sometimes I’ll be doing something as mundane as washing up the dishes after supper, and I’ll think ‘what if such and such happened…?’ and that will end up becoming a story.
Who are your favourite romance authors, past and/or present?
I love some comedy in my reads so Sophie Kinsella is definitely one of my favourites. I also really enjoy Jenny Colgan and Paige Toon’s novels. Kiley Dunbar and Sharon Booth are very good, their books are made to be devoured!
If you had to pick one romance novel for me to read, which one would you recommend?
I’d definitely want it to be one of mine, and I have a soft spot for Her Perfect Hero, mainly because it contains an evil cat called Mr Darcy, so I think I’d recommend that.
Romance writer Bronte Huntington is sure she’ll find her perfect hero someday… he’s just been held up for a while.
When she’s rescued by the debonair Sebastian Fairfax, heir to the Fenworth Estate, she thinks her dream has finally come true. Sebastian’s dashing, handsome and… well… a tiny bit boring and self-absorbed if Bronte were completely honest with herself.
Can’t she see there’s a much better prospect closer to home – her new neighbour, the rather ordinary, down-to-earth Ryan? He’s kind, funny and sweet, and they’ve plenty in common. But she’s adamant she’ll only settle for a fairytale romance.
Will Bronte open her eyes and heart to what’s staring her in the face? Her perfect hero.
Which romantic hero or heroine would you choose to spend your perfect romantic weekend with? Where would you go and what would you do?
I’d be a bit concerned about what had happened to my husband, but imagining he’s busy himself… I’d have to choose Joseph Wild, the rock star hero of my novel Starstruck. He’d take me on tour to somewhere terribly glamorous, possibly Milan, and I’d be backstage at his concert before we disappeared from all the paparazzi to a beautiful hotel.
What is your favourite thing about being a member of the RNA? What do you think you have gained from membership?
The support from fellow authors is absolutely invaluable. If I ever have a writing query or concern, there’s always someone who’s happy to help!
The conferences are so helpful and a lot of fun. I was very nervous before attending, but everyone was lovely ad I came away with lots of new friends and my head full of writing plans and advice.
What one piece of advice or tip would you give to new writers starting out in the romance genre?
Join the RNA’s New Writer’s Scheme if you are able to. You’ll make so many friends in the industry and get some honest feedback on your work. I didn’t know about the scheme when I was starting out, but I wish I had.
Tell us about your most recent novel.
Starstruck is the story of newly divorced Kate who finds school friend, now super famous rock star Joseph Wild, on her doorstep.
Starstruck was such fun to write, especially any scene containing the awful Genevieve! It is available in ebook and paperback here.
(You can read my recent review of Starstruck here.)
When newly divorced Kate finds school friend, now super famous rock star Joseph Wild, on her doorstep, her whole quiet, ordinary life is thrown into disarray.
Joseph has broken up with glamorous actress Genevieve Moore, and needs somewhere to retreat to until the paparazzi interest in his marriage calms down. Kate agrees to help him out and drawn to his simple, self-effacing charm, soon finds herself falling in love.
But can she cope with the problems a relationship with such a high profile celebrity brings? What happens when he jets back to his regular life of stardom in L.A.?
And how will Genevieve react when she finds out Joseph has moved on? She can’t possibly allow anything to sully her ever-so carefully crafted public image.
Falling in love with a rock star is tougher than you’d think…
About the Author
Emma grew up and lived in London, before falling in love and moving to Wales to marry her own hero. Emma now lives with her husband, for children, and many animals a few miles outside of a small Welsh market town. She can often be found in rivers attempting to control two overexcited chocolate labradors.
Six charming romances are currently available from the Amazon bestselling authoress:
Number 1 Australian kindle bestseller, ‘His Secret Daughter’, is the heart-rending story of Iris, a woman falling in love with the father of her child. The only problem is she never told him they had a daughter.
The beautiful landscape around her home gave Emma the inspiration for ‘The Green Hills of Home’, a tale of love and duty in which country girl Gwen struggles to save her family home and avoid her feelings for her handsome, suave new boss. Is he quite all he seems?
‘Snowed in for her Wedding Day’ is a novella picking up Gwen’s story as her wedding day approaches, but with terrible weather, and an absent groom, will she have the happy ending she so deserves?
‘Just Desserts’ is a novella about confused chef Leah, who’s falling for her handsome French co-worker Jean-Claude, but meant to be marrying to Dan in just a few weeks! Who will she choose?
‘Her Perfect Hero’ was released in July 2015 as ‘I Need a Hero’, it’s a lovely comic romantic read for anyone who’s ever searched for Mr Right (and failed to find him!). Despair of Bronte, a romance writer, incapable of spotting when the perfect man is right next door! Full of horses, country houses and dentists, just beware of the foul-tempered cat Mr Darcy!
New release, ‘Starstruck’, proves that falling in love with a rock star is harder than you’d think! When newly divorced Kate finds school friend, now super famous rock star Joseph Wild, on her doorstep, her whole quiet, ordinary life is thrown into disarray. Is the attraction between them enough to make up for all the hurdles they have to cross if they want to be together?
Emma likes (in no particular order): cake, books, Cary Grant films, prosecco, chocolate, guinea pigs, knitting, quilting and happily ever afters!
Connect with Emma:
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