Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Aria Hawthorne, and I am a bestselling romance author. I have released three novels in my non-traditional billionaire romance series, PRICELESS, DEVOTION, and CLOSER. It’s a non-traditional series because all my billionaire romances are stand-alone novels set in Chicago within the same world and share some minor characters and secondary plot lines, but they can be read and enjoyed in any order, which is fun for me as the author and for my readers. CLOSER, my most recent romance novel, received an All-Star Bonus Award from both Amazon US and UK for being a top 100 “Most Read” Kindle Novel. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016M0D3GO
How did you choose the genre you write in?
I LOVE the challenge of doing the alpha male billionaire romance in a different way! Billionaire romances are a popular subgenre of romance because they offer a wonderful escape from the daily grind of our real, less glamorous lives. And although most of them offer a dominant alpha male hero, I LOVE the troupe of a wounded, flawed hero who ultimately is "saved" by the heroine in unexpected ways rather than simply the hero saving her. Plus, if it's a billionaire romance, you know it's going to offer some amazing heat and naughty sex between the two main characters, but I always try to go deeper and more emotional within each of my love scenes so they are truly an exploration of the connection between my hero and heroine.
You write some incredibly hot sex scenes. How do you go about writing a good sex scene?
I am totally and completely ALL about my hero pleasuring my heroine! I also love creating incredibly deep, emotional set-ups between my hero and heroine for every sex scene. In other words, the sex scene doesn’t just exist as the “money shot”, but exists to fulfill the conflict between the characters—both emotionally as well as physically. My favorite part about CLOSER is that my main heroine, Inez, is a sassy, witty, but also a staunchly guarded woman who has never been able to trust her past lovers enough to have an orgasm with them. I think one of the most beautiful aspects of CLOSER is the way that my hero, Sven, finds a way to earn Inez’s trust. And so, of course, that can only mean one thing, right?
Where do you get your ideas?
Just as my readers often read my books as an escape, I often use writing as my own escape. That said, I’m a romantic at heart and I’m a sucker for a long-drawn out courtship. You know, a good old-fashioned romance that makes you always wonder…will they or won’t they? When I was a little girl, my mother used to watch daytime TV soap operas -- Days of Our Lives, As The World Turns, and Santa Barbara – and I’m convinced that the root of all my angsty love stories are from those years and years of wondering whether or not Beau and Hope, Patch and Kayla, and Eden and Cruz would ever get their happily ever afters (gosh darn it!).
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
I recently read Brittainy Cherry’s The Air He Breathes, which I SO. VERY. MUCH. admired for the way it took its time—both in the way Ms. Cherry wrote every single line as well as the way she developed each scene and each character. I truly love a slow-cooked romance. Yum.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your author experience that you would change?
I wouldn’t have stressed ever about being a slow writer, and I would have ignored everyone telling me that I have to write and release a book every four months or else romance readers will forget about me. Unfortunately, for me as the author, it takes a long time to discover the journey of my hero and heroine. Just like in life, true love cannot be rushed! Several authors I know thought I was crazy to spend 8 months writing and editing CLOSER. Well, in the end, it had an extremely successful launch and its only repetitive criticism from readers was that they wanted even more, more, more!
Will you have a new book coming out soon?
I am planning several exciting things in 2016. I plan to release both the audiobook and print versions of CLOSER in the fall of 2016 along with a new bonus epilogue (yay, more Sven and Inez!). I also am currently writing a new billionaire romance novel about second chance lovers. But I never hold myself to a release date or a production schedule because I want to the freedom of exploring the love story without rushing it and mucking everything up! A great “will they or won’t they” drama takes time to brew. And I know my true fans agree that it’s totally worth the wait.
How do readers find you?
The best place to find me is my author facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAriaHawthorne/
I rarely send out newsletters unless I am releasing a new book. But when I am ready to launch, I always offer free copies in exchange for honest reviews for anyone who wants to join my ARC team. So if that’s something you’re interested in, definitely be sure to sign up for my newsletter and mention that you want to be added to my ARC team in the comments section, especially if you’re an audiobook lover and you want the chance to be one of the first reviewers for the audiobook edition of CLOSER: https://frenchkisspress.com/join_mailinglist/
And finally, if you’re a member of NetGalley, you can STILL request an ARC of CLOSER in exchange for an honest review. I plan to reach out to all my NetGalley reviewers when the print and audiobook version of CLOSER is available this Fall 2016. So that’s a great opportunity as well.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be interviewed. Some amazing high-profile romance authors have been featured in your newsletter and I am thrilled that you’ve given me a chance to introduce myself to your readers!