The man she can never have . . .Kerris Moreton should be the happiest woman in the world: She has a successful business and is about to start the family she's always wanted. But the man of her dreams-the one whose green eyes see straight into her soul and whose gentle hands make her body hum with pleasure-is not hers.
Each secret moment with Walsh Bennett serves to remind Kerris of what she's missing. And every stolen hour makes it harder to see her future without him. But being with Walsh would betray a sacred promise and upend her perfect life. When tragedy strikes, the razor's edge between love and loyalty grows sharper than ever. And Kerris must decide where her heart will fall
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*Please note, LOVING YOU ALWAYS is book two in The Bennetts Series, book one is WHEN YOU ARE MINE*
Happy release day everyone! Loving You Always by Kennedy Ryan is live. The Reading Room Blog was very fortunate to get the opportunity to pick Kennedy's brain for an interview to correspond with today's release. Let's jump in with a few book related questions:
1. What is the last book that you read that made you go “Wow” and what was so special about it?
I recently read Kristen Callihan’s The Hook Up, and was so impressed. It was special on so many levels. As a writer, I admired how seamlessly Callihan transitioned genres, from historical paranormal to contemporary new adult. The dialogue and her approach felt so natural, and also the transition to first person point of view from third. As a reader, she did a remarkable job of creating really complex characters, who were much more than they first appear to be. And she beautifully layered their back story for us, unpacking it along the way to help us understand the characters. Anna and Drew, the heroine and hero, were both just great. Anna was someone you’d want to be your friend. And Drew was definitely someone you’d want for more than one night! LOL!
2. Is there a book or author that inspired you to become a writer?
I always wanted to write, and cannot remember early enough when I didn’t express myself through poetry, storytelling, essays, short stories – you name it. But there were authors early on whose works gripped me, specifically in the classics. The emotional intensity and obsessive love from Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. The use of dialect and the everyman lyricism of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. Margaret Mitchell. I read GWTW about six times in one summer! LOL! For Romance genre specifically, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Meagan McKinney, Tiffanie DeBartolo, Judith McKnight to name a few.
3. What is your creative process? Do you need to lock yourself away in quiet, do you write in fits and starts, etc.?
I don’t need complete quiet. In fact, one of my fave places to write is a whole in the wall pizza joint. I order a slice of mushroom, spinach and feta pizza and get a bottomless Diet Coke, and start writing. I tune EVERYTHING out like it’s not even happening. I cannot write with music on, but if people are around, it doesn’t bother me. I do not write in order. Usually some pivotal scene comes first. For example, with WHEN YOU ARE MINE, the first scene that came to me was one of the most tumultuous moments of the book. I don’t usually write linearly. I will see certain key scenes and maybe act them out. I act out high-emotion scenes. Like, heart racing, crying, screaming in a room all by myself act them out. It helps me “feel” the visceral responses of the characters. Helps me with cadence for dialogue. I’ll act out a scene a few times and then record it. A lot of that becomes actual dialogue in the final copy. I get these key scenes down, lay those out, and then start writing around them. I generally know where I’m going, but I’m not really a formal outline kind of person. Definitely not a fly-by-the-seat of-your-pants writer, though. I know what will happen. It’s just a matter of getting it down.
4. When You Are Mine and Loving You Always deal with some heavy issues. Is it hard to pull yourself out of your characters angst and then deal with the day to day of the real world?
I am an extrovert and a very outgoing, gregarious person. Very much sunshine! When people meet me in person or interact on social media, they expect me to write about lighter things, and are often surprised at the weightiness of the material. That is my life. I have some real, life-long challenges that make things hard sometimes. And writing is an escape for me from real life pressures, but I invariably bring some of that weight into the process. It is hard for me to leave my characters alone, though. I get this look in my eyes, I guess, when I am “In their world” when I should be mine. My hubby always says, just from looking at me now, “Get out of your head. You’re with me now!” LOL!
5. Can you give a tease of Love You Always in 5 words or less?
They will all grow. LOL
Now for the fun questions...
6. Go to romantic movie?
The Notebook. #RyanGosling #HeyGirl LOL!
7. Go to weepy movie?
Right now, 12 Years A Slave (though I cannot ever actually watch it again. Too hard!)
8. Favorite band/musician of the moment?
Florence + The Machine
9. Guilty pleasure?
Chris Brown! LOL!
10. Drink of choice?
11. Snack of choice?
Chocolate covered almonds
12. E-book or print copy?
Kennedy Ryan writes contemporary romance and women's fiction. She always give her characters their happily ever after, but loves to make them work for it! It's a long road to love, so sit back and enjoy the ride. In an alternative universe and under her government issue name, Tina Dula, she is a wife to the love of her life, mom to a special, beautiful son, and a friend to those living with autism through her foundation Myles-A-Part, serving Georgia families.
Her writings on Autism have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, and she has been featured on the Montel Williams Show, NPR, Headline News and others. Ryan is donating a portion of her proceeds to her own foundation and to her charitable partner, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA).
Her interview series MOMMIES DO THE MOST AMAZING THINGS is featured each month in Brooke Burke's online magazine Modern Mom.
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