What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?
Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?
I actually try not to read books or watch movies from the same genre when I’m writing. I prefer to keep my ideas fresh, though every romance book or movie is, of course, filed away in my memory, contributing to characterization and plot!
Who are your book boyfriends? (list a maximum of five) What do you like about them? What characteristics do they share with the hero from your latest release?
My top five book boyfriends… hmm. This list is always rotating, but right now I would have to say:
- Bren from the Beyond series by Kit Rocha, because he’s an alpha male, but not a stereotype
- Mac from Natural law by Joey W. Hill, because there is something so beautiful about the way he gives up control to the right woman—and only the right woman.
- Wyatt from Caught Up in You by Roni Loren, because he’s not at all what he seems to be on the surface.
- Alex from Tempted by Megan Hart… I’ve never been able to put my finger on why I love this character so much, but I do. Maybe because he challenges the hero to admit what she really wants and who she really is, but in the most delicious of ways?
- Daemon in the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, because only Katie could bring out his true self.
Everyone has a favorite couple (an “OTP” in ‘shipping terms) in romance, whether in a romance book, movie, or television series. Who is your favorite couple, and why?
Hands down, my favorite television couple is Spuffy (Spike and Buffy) from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I’m not sure why I liked Spike far more than Angel, other than the fact that I always tend to cheer on the underdog. Ultimately Spike and Buffy were both too damaged as individuals to be a healthy couple, but they still had that undeniable chemistry that just made me want them to be together so very much.
FIRST ROMANCE (AKA My First Time):
What was the first romance novel you read? Oh geez. I’ve read about a zillion. Not sure if it was first, but the one that pops into my mind is Lovers by Judith Krantz.
What do you remember about it? That it was absolutely scandalous, at least in my probably eleven-year-old eyes.
What did you like most about it? That it was my mother’s and I wasn’t supposed to be reading it!
What did you like least about it? I think probably that she went back to the man she’d left in the beginning. This wasn’t a traditional romance per se, but I remember being distinctly disappointed that she went back to the man who had taken her for granted in the beginning, because the lovers she’d had between were infinitely more exciting.
Have you ever reread it? If you did, how do you feel about it now? I’ve never reread it, but I do think about it occasionally. And I’m pretty sure that if I reread it I would feel the same—I would want her to end up with one of her more exciting lovers! I always wind up rooting for the underdog.
Darcy or Wentworth? Neither. Boring.
Christian or Gideon? Christian!
Spock or Kirk? Zachary Quinto as Spock.
Sunrise or sunset? Sunset. Sunrise is way too early.
Angst or humor? Humor. I have enough of my own angst to wallow in anyone else’s.
Tea or coffee? All the coffee, all the time.
Wine or beer? White wine, the sweeter the better.
Cake or pie? Both have merit… but probably cake.
Scruff, beard, or clean-shaven? Scruff.
Blue-collar or white collar? I’ve been on a blue-collar reading kick latterly.
Jeans or a suit? Jeans.
New York Time and USA Today bestselling author Lauren Hawkeye never imagined that she’d wind up telling stories for a living… though when she looks back, it’s easy to see that she’s the only one who is surprised. Always “the kid who read all the time”, Lauren made up stories about her favorite characters once she’d finished a book… and once spent an entire year narrating her own life internally. No, really. But where she was just plain odd before publication, now she can at least claim to have an artistic temperament.
Lauren lives in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada with her husband, two young sons, pit bull and two idiot cats, though they do not live in an igloo, nor do they drive a dogsled. In her nonexistent spare time Lauren can be found knitting, reading anything she can get her hands on, or sweating her way through spin class. She loves to hear from her readers!