Please welcome A.M. Hargrove to The Authorteers! She's here to answer some burning questions from us about her writing and more.
1. Describe your latest book in the length of a tweet or less.
Nerdy scientist meets hot sexy rich guy. Who knew sparks would fly. But how far can it go when both are as screwed up as can be?
2. I've been following you since you published Survival. When you sat down and wrote that book, did you know it would lead into a series and branch off into another?
Absolutely not. When I wrote Survival, it was soooo long (it was actually Survival and Resurrection), I had to break it into two books. I have a friend who is a publicist in the traditional side of publishing and she told me there was no way I could publish that book. She recommend I edit it down. Well, there was way too much story in it to cut out that much, so I broke it up into two books and released one at the end of November and the other in January. I thought that would be it. But I started getting fan mail and things started to snowball. So that’s when I wrote Determinant. And here I am.
3. You started out with a young adult series featuring aliens, then dove into the contemporary romance world. What sparked that genre jump?
This answer could take a book! The short version—if there is one— is when I was writing The Guardians of Vesturon series, I wrote the 3rd book, Determinant. In that book, I introduced a character that demanded a book of his own. However, it had to be an adult book since the character was 500 yrs old and he was really irreverent. Basically, he was a jackass. So I wrote a spin-off called Dark Waltz. I liked writing in the adult genre so much, I decided to write a contemporary romance, just to see if I enjoyed it as much as I liked writing paranormal. And I actually liked it better. So that’s how I jumped on that train.
4. What has been your favorite book to write so far?
Yikes! That’s a toughey! I would have to say in the Guardians series, Determinant is my favorite. I just like the plot line because it has the whole element of world annihilation from a biological warfare standpoint before any of this was seen before. Mind you, this book came out in 2012. And I also like the way I introduced the Praestani. They were shapeshifters, but they shifted into energy, and not other animals. As for my contemporary books, Tragic Desires is my favorite. I love Drex Wolfe. He’s a badass guy that you don’t want to mess with. And the book is totally plot heave with suspense. The female MC was raised in WITSEC but doesn’t know it because her mother was killed in a car accident before she has a chance to tell her. It has all kinds of suspense in it, with terrorists, the CIA, you name it. And it’s big mystery until the end.
5. Which character's point of view have you enjoyed writing the most?
Gemini from Tragic Desires. She was so complex because she thought for her entire life she was one person and then suddenly she finds out she’s someone else. It’s mind bending for her.
6. A lot of writers would love to do what you did--quit the 9-5 job and start telling stories for a living. When you made that decision was it scary or mostly a relief?
Haha! The truth is my company was gobbled up by another and I was given a severance package. I decided that I didn’t want to go back to corporate America. I’d been in management for too long and was tired of the government controlling everything you do. So I figured I would try my hand at something I’d wanted to do forever, but never had the time.
7. Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
No, because in reality there is no magic bullet. I wish I could find the answer. The market is so crazy right now with Kindle Unlimited. It’s hurting the smaller authors, in my opinion. The only thing I know is to stay connected to your readers in any way you can.
8. What are you working on right now?
I’m currently editing Kestrel (A Hart Brothers Novel Book 3) which is a stand alone novel in the series. It releases on March 29. And as soon as I finish with this I will start on the 4th book in the series which will release sometime this summer.
Thank you for stopping by, A.M. Hargrove!
About the Author
A.M. Hargrove's latest release is Kestrel:
**This is the 3rd book in the series, but it is a Stand Alone Novel
**Not intended for readers under the age of 18 due to its mature content and strong language.
Two lives with horrific pasts. One chance meeting that changed them both forever.
“One look at her and I want to run. Frizzy hair, thick glasses, mom jeans, and ruffles up to her neck. Who the hell wears shit like that? What decade is she living in? My mother doesn’t even dress like that!”
Raised by a monster, Kestrel Hart somehow survived. Now that the monster is dead, he’s trying to move on, to pull himself together. Struggling with issues no one can imagine, he moves away from his family, from the brother who loves him, and the sister-in-law who supports and understands him the best.
Charleston, South Carolina is his new home. And he has a purpose. He’s opening up a new division of his brother’s corporation. But a surprise awaits him. Her name is Carter Drayton.
Carter’s past is also a painful one. She is dealing with the tragic death of her family. She’s healing in the only way she knows how.
Carter needs love. Kestrel craves human contact. Neither of them recognizes what’s right before their eyes. Will they see it before it’s too late?
A.M. Hargrove is giving away the entire Hart Brothers series to one lucky winner!
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