Today, We have the great honor to meet and talk with the AMAZING Aleatha Romig. I’ve had the great privilege to read and review Consequences which will post tomorrow.
What inspired you to write Consequences?
I’d always wanted to write a book. It was a bucket list type thing. In 2008 my husband lost his job, it was in construction materials and the economy tanked! He began working another job, third shift. Our two oldest children were off in college. Our youngest was going to bed about 8:30. That left a lot of alone time.
I had this idea of a woman in a room… I decided to sit down and see where the story would take me. I didn’t write Consequences to publish. I wrote Consequences as therapy or escape from my life. I could totally manipulate and control the lives of these characters. It was more than I could do for myself.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I think I do. I think I have a certain flow and sentence structure. Beyond that, I need to know where I’m going. For all of my books, I’ve written the beginning and the end. Then I let the middle fill itself in. I’ve tried to write without knowing the end, it doesn’t work. The fun part is letting the characters and story dictate the middle!
What books have most influenced your life most?
There are many books I’ve loved. Gone with the Wind is my all-time favorite. I also enjoy thrillers; John Grisham brought me back to reading when my children were young. I like the older Patterson’s and enjoy Greg Isles. I also have started to find more erotic romances, and admit to liking those too. These have all been entertainment, a means of escape! Your question is “influence” the only book I can say has “influenced” me is the Bible – best seller of all time!
What author has influenced you the most?
I belong to the Indiana Romance Writers Association. In our local chapter there are many talented writers, and I’ve learned and been influenced by these woman in many ways. Most of them have much more experience than I. Their willingness to share and encourage has been invaluable.
In a long distance, no direct influence kind of way, I will say E.L. James. Not because I found Fifty Shades amazing… it was good. But, she opened the door to “different books” hitting the mainstream. Consequences Series isn’t erotic; however, it is dark. I breach subjects that previously were taboo. I’m not sure that my series would have received the acceptance it has, pre Fifty Shades.
What book are you reading now?
When I’m really into my writing, I don’t read. However, I’ve been asked to read an ARC of A Taste of You by Sorcha Grace. So far… fun and HOT!
What current project are you working on?
I’m writing Convicted, the third and final of my Consequences Series. It isn’t done yet, but I do know how it ends.
What was the hardest part of writing Consequences?
The hardest part was deciding how much detail to put in my manuscript. My original draft had more detail. It was so disturbing to my mother and sister-in-law that they couldn’t read the story. So, I decided to employ more of the “fade to black” technique. Honestly, I still have people who think my reading is too disturbing and others who want more detail. I’ve come to the conclusion; you can’t please everyone – so please yourself.
How did you come up with the storyline for Consequences?
I had the “vision” or “thought” of the opening scene. I didn’t know any more, but wanted to learn more. That’s how it started…
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Two bits of advice: #1 Write for your own enjoyment. If you don’t like what you write, neither will anyone else. If your words make you smile or cry, it will do the same for others. And in the same vein, don’t let your style be dictated by the rules and limitations of others. I was told on multiple occasions, “You can’t do that.” What I hear excessively from readers is, “I love that your books are different.” Had I listened to what I was told, on how I had to fit into a mold, they wouldn’t be different.
#2 IF you plan to write a series, know that when you start. Building from a single book is much more difficult! (I plan to follow that advice in the future)
What message or advice do you want to give your readers?
Step outside the box. My series is not defined by genre. I thought I was writing a psychological thriller/ romantic element. My agent said I wrote: Contemporary Dark Romance/ thriller. My point is: branch out… keep an open mind… enjoy… and remember, it is still fiction! As much as many of us would like to believe there is a real Anthony Rawlings, there isn’t. In fiction, we can explore situations we’d never attempt in reality… just enjoy!
What were the challenges in bringing Consequences to life?
I was and am so inexperienced. Consequences was published in August of 2011 by a self-publishing publisher. In October 2012 I rereleased Consequences completely Indie. Just last week I entered an agreement with a copy editor. I’d had Consequences and Truth line-edited… and as many have pointed out, there are still mistakes. Being self-published I’m not accustomed to having someone tell me “consider deleting” or “consider re-wording” or anything else… I’m excited and scared.
The truth is, I believe I have wonderful stories and want to do anything and everything to bring the best version to the world. To date Consequences has sold over 35,000 copies! That amazes me!
What can readers look forward to in the future?
Once the Consequences Series is complete, I have ideas for other stories. I guess we’ll need to see what the future brings! All I can say is, I’ve already experienced more through my writing than I EVER imagined. Not only have I received more recognition than I ever dreamed, I’ve met wonderful people! It’s true, sometimes Life is stranger than fiction!
Thank you for having me on your blog! I’ve enjoyed! Now go read!!!!
You are so welcome! Tomorrow my own review of Consequences will be posted! See you all back here tomorrow!!!! Until then, check out the book description and Amazon link! 🙂 Happy Reading!
Publication Date: August 3, 2011
Besieged by memories of a brutal abduction, Claire Nichols wakes in an unfamiliar bedroom, within a luxurious mansion. Her recollections have one common denominator, the man she just met, Anthony Rawlings. Unbeknownst to Claire, for a very long time, she has been within Anthony’s sights. Many of the pivotal events in her life occurred, due to his sinister manipulation. Every action has a consequence, and his actions result in their chance meeting. More than a psychological thriller, Consequences is a vivid story of one woman’s struggle to survive incomprehensible circumstances. Every aspect of her being suddenly depends upon the tall, wealthy, dark haired, dark eyed businessman. Anthony Rawlings is known to the world as prosperous, benevolent, and kind. Claire quickly learns that he can also be a menacing controlling captor. With few options but concession, Claire attempts to earn her freedom, while enduring a hellish existence that truly appears perfect. Persevering tests and trials, she struggles to retain her pure Midwest values and beliefs. Encouraged by memories of a loving upbringing, she gains strength in the simplest of joys: solitude in nature and good in the face of evil. His goal in sight, Anthony’s calculated agenda encounters an unforeseen detour. He becomes captivated by Claire’s beauty, resilience, and determination. The interaction of these two compelling characters instigates strong emotions: fear, anger, love, and lust. Claire and Anthony’s tumultuous journey flows into uncharted waters of intrigue and passion. Utilizing vivid detail, this 167,000-word novel unfolds like a movie, before the eyes of its readers. From the opening criminal abduction, through twists and turns, to the unlikely romantic thrills, the suspense climaxes as Anthony’s motivation becomes evident. Anthony and Claire must decide if they will stay true to one another, or allow preceding actions to result in justifiable Consequences.