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Q&A With New York Times Bestselling Author Penny Reid! | DR. STRANGE BEARD


Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

Yes! I read as much as time allows. I love David Sedaris and read everything he writes.

In the romance genre, I adore Lisa Kleypas and Amy Harmon, and actually had a super awkward interaction with Amy Harmon the first time I met her. She walked onto a hotel elevator in the middle of the night (had just flown in for a signing) and I was on the elevator (having just returned from dinner). I saw her, gasped, pointed, and said, “Oh my God. You’re Amy Harmon. I don’t know where to look.” Because, really, where does one look after saying such a thing? It’s the only time in my entire life I’ve every fangirled to such an extent.

The closest I’d come prior was when I met Francis Collins (former head of the NIH and Human Genome Project). I shook his hand but couldn’t seem to form words.

What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?

Early chapters are started on my Freewrite (which is an e-ink typewriter). I love it. No distractions, no self-editing, just words on the page. I then transfer the file to Word and edit on a laptop. Once I’m 3-4 chapters in, the rest is usually done on my laptop.

How important is research to you when writing a book?

Oh jeez, so incredibly important. My readers are nerds (which is fabulous), but it means that they’ll let me know if I miss a detail or make an error. Not just that, but when the author pays appropriate attention to the details and minutia of a subject, it allows the overall story to feel more authentic. And, therefore, readers are better able to suspend disbelief and submerge themselves completely in a book.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Writing is like exercising, or eating well, or knitting. It’s the antithesis of instant gratification. One must write (or exercise, or eat well, or knit) every day in order to see progress. The most difficult part for me is trusting that, eventually, writing every day will actually yield a finished product. Even after 18 books, I still have doubts that I’ll actually finish my current work-in-progress.

What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?

Dialogue. Oftentimes, when I don’t know where to start a scene, I start with a conversation. For better or worse, I’ve become quite adept at carrying on conversation with the voices in my head.

What makes the Romance genre so special?

To my knowledge, romance is the only genre where happiness and fulfillment are celebrated.

Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.



Q&A: Carly Phillips of DARE TO TAKE

Dare To Take Carly Phillips

Guess who has a Romance blog, several cups of coffee, and got to interview the amazing Carly Phillips? Us! We’re excited for so many reasons. Check out our Q&A below and don’t miss out on DARE TO TAKE, out right now!


What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

Not a big movie buff … I like romantic comedies more … Overboard, Cocktail (eons ago), Dirty Dancing, The Notebook, Sixteen Candles and yep, Fifty Shades of Grey.

Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

See?I like the comedy scenes in Overboard and Sixteen Candles and that’s what I remember. So pass LOL!

Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?

Nope. Like I said, not a big movie buff.


If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?

Kristen Ashley – Mountain Man – because … early Kristen Ashley!

Harper Sloane – Axel – because it was raw and gritty and real and stayed with me.

Lexi Blake – any of the main Sanctum books because she can tell a serious story with humor and everything else.

Sophie Oak – any (because she’s Lexie Blake too) – and over the top hysterical erotic romance.

Lainie Reese – Table for Three – because it’s just so hot and I loved it the insta-love erotic romance.

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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?

I should duck here because I don’t typically collect book boyfriends. I’d probably go back to the books I listed and find their heroes because if I loved the books, it’s a guarantee I love the heroes. For me, a hero has to be larger than life, put the heroine first, have a bit of a savior/alpha complex, and make the heroine feel more important than anything. I try to infuse my heroes with a touch of all of that without going over the top and giving the reader a true emotionally deep story.

Tyler Dare in Dare to Take definitely wants to save Ella when she’s stranded, he’s Alpha, he’s got a lot of emotional baggage that drags him down and prevents him from giving into a relationship without a lot of internal fighting but he tries to let her know she’s all that matters.


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?

Oh … TV … I was a huge Alias fan and Sydney Bristow and Michael Vaughn were it for me.  That show had everything and they loved each other but couldn’t have each other for so many various reasons, it tugged at my heart. Just love them and miss them!

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