What inspired you to write your first book?
I love history, I love paranormal (I have eclectic tastes!) and have loved everything from period pieces to Dracula. Even today I love The Walking Dead and ABC’s Scandal.
When I wrote Murder and Magic way back when, I decided to combine history and paranormal and Victorian Druids were born. Centered in an alternate universe where witch hunters still existed in the 1880s and hunted down magical beings.
What books have influenced your life the most?
I think every book I’ve ever read has left an impression of one sort or another. Early on I read Nancy Drew, Agatha Christie, and my mom’s Harlequins. Later I devoured genres as different as romance, historical nonfiction, and thrillers.
I don’t know that I can pinpoint a single title, author, or even genre, I adore books. It’s as simple as that.
What are your current projects?
Improper Conduct is the first in a trilogy about an LAPD detective who very inappropriately falls for her department captain while in the middle of a sensitive investigation.
I’m working on the second in that trilogy as well as a new trilogy, A Beachy Suspense. The stories are connected through friends who served together in the same Marine unit. Instead of making each book about a different couple, they’re connected in a series of loosely tied trilogies where if you were to read them all through, you could recognize characters from one set of trilogies in another. But, all the books stand alone as well.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Hard question! No, I’m very happy with not only the way the plot evolved but also the romance. I didn’t always have a say in it, sometimes the characters jumped up and demanded we go another way than I’d planned, but I really do love the story. It is my first contemporary in a long while.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
I’ve never had overly tough or pointless criticism. Reviews, well, not all stories are for all people. As a reader I understand and appreciate that. The writer in me tries to take constructive criticism as it was meant. Not always the easiest thing!
I was once told there was too much sex in a story and that surprised me and I have to say it did influence my balance of sex vs intricate plot and now I lean more towards the intricate plot. But don’t worry I don’t forget the sex!
What has been the best compliment?
When I was first published, a debut author with a single novel out, I was absolutely thrilled to learn that my first novel, Murder and Magick was voted Debut Novel that Rocks at Romance Junkies! I’ve been very lucky and am exceedingly grateful to have had such great reviews for my stories.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
These days you have to be more than just good at writing. Sure, you need to know your craft because you want to deliver the best work you can. But you also have to spend time on everything else. Educate yourself on it all—agents to publishers, marketing, publicity, and social media. Learn what works for you and what’s a time suck. Never go in blind or uneducated and blindly agree with another’s suggestions.
This is your book—make it work for you!
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
Self-motivation. No one else is going to do it for me! If I want to write, I need to do it; I have to make my own schedule and stick to it. I have a lot of friends who want to be writers or do their own passion in life. But they can’t, to use a writer phrase, finish the damn book.
It’s not easy saying no to this or that, sitting inside all day on a weekend so I can write and write and go over what I’ve just written to make it better. I love the summer and want to be outside! Or play in the snow! But I want to write, more. And only I can make that happen.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
There are times, but please don’t tell anyone, when I get moody. Well, that and distraction—like SyFy disaster movie marathons. I shudder to think what’ll happen if they collide. Moody disaster movie marathons? Ugh.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I’d like to thank you for hosting me today! I loved the interview, thanks. And I hope you’ll check out Improper Conduct and tell me honestly what you think about it.
ABOUT IMPROPER CONDUCT
One month on the job–that was all Detective Jules Marshall had with the LAPD but already she knew two things: 1. Her move from San Francisco was the best move she’d ever made. 2. Sleeping with her sexy as hell boss would be a big mistake. That didn’t stop her from wanting him or from acknowledging the same spark of need in his eyes. And Captain Callum Archer had eyes that devoured her.
But when a trio of bank robbers picks LA as their target, her attraction to Callum takes a back seat. She’s seen this pattern before and confides in Callum her suspicions. She thought the case had gone cold until it heated in spectacular fashion; the bank robbers who blew up a car inside a building and killed at least five people have similar crimes back in San Francisco. The problem? She has no proof to go with her suspicions.
Despite Callum’s objections, and the increasing temptation to give into her incredibly improper feelings for her captain, Jules plans to push ahead with an extremely unorthodox plan–date the killer.
Callum isn’t happy. Jules is the one woman he’d break all the rules for and he’s more than willing to do so to keep her in his life. When she puts herself in the crosshairs of a psychotic killer, there isn’t anything he won’t do to protect her.
But can he keep her safe and still catch the killer? Or will their improper relationship get in the way of their jobs?
ABOUT ISABEL ROMAN
A historical loving, movie watching, occasionally paranormal, mostly romantic suspense writer with way too many ideas and so little time to write them all down. You can visit Isabel at IsabelRoman.com and enter to win an Amazon Kindle Fire HD!