The Literary Vixen presents…
Joining us today is L.E. Martin! Her newest release, Laying it Bare with One of the Guys released on April 2nd.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I always loved to read but never really gave much thought to writing. Anytime I had to write something for school or even in college, the teachers and professors were rather negative about what I had turned in so it was never something I gave much thought to. However, about ten years ago, when I awoke from a very vivid dream that I remembered almost in its entirety, I grew very curious about what had happened before and after that scene with the characters. So more as a joke, I started jotting down ideas and within a few months I had a story. This grew into a series I published in another genre from what I’m writing currently but it was enough to give me a start. Especially when readers enjoyed it. Then a funny text exchange with a friend of mine brought about a story idea for a romance novel and my friend encouraged me to go for it. And here I am today loving every minute of it.
What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?
How connected I feel to each couple. I laugh along with them and cry along with them and think wow I couldn’t love another couple as much as I love this one. And then when the next story comes along, I’m falling in love all over again and feeling deeply every emotion they experience.
Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?
Harley from my first novel Laying it Bare with a Friend Request holds a special place in my heart. Although she definitely went through the ringer, she overcame so many issues. And she did so in a real way. Her story brings hope to those who don’t believe there is any to be found.
What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
I read a lot of books from authors like JR Ward, Lara Adrian, Angel Payne, and many other amazing ones and I’m sure their style has rubbed off on my own writing in one way or another.
Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?
On many occasions I hear from readers through reviews and on social media. They tell me they love my characters and some even relate to the situations. They tell me they laugh out loud at some of the scenes and swoon over the heroes.
Do you write listening to music? If so, what music inspired or accompanied this current book?
I usually don’t listen to music while I’m writing. However, with my latest release Laying it Bare with One of the Guys, I was actually listening to Def Leppard while writing one of the scenes and a few of the songs became embedded in that scene.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Reading of course, but I also love to bake and I’ve been known to once in a while play the piano. However, that doesn’t happen as often as I’m pretty busy.
Do you have any new series planned?
I have a standalone outside of my Laying it Bare series I plan to release the end of this summer and I have ideas for a short series (maybe a trilogy) in the paranormal romance genre but I haven’t had a chance to dive too deeply into that yet. I have too many side characters from this series that need their own stories told.
What is advice would you give to other authors?
Write if you love it. And don’t give up. It’s hard and some days you wonder why you keep doing it when you aren’t seeing the sales. But if doing it makes you happy, keep creating those stories.
What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?
I would hope readers would know that each couple and their situation come from deep within my soul. I may not have experienced their situations but their story is very real to me. And a part of my heart goes with these characters. Their stories are not just words on a page but a pouring out of my heart and soul.
Thank you L.E. Martin for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, Laying it Bare with One of the Guys today!
Apryl Berry has a huge problem. Her best friends are alpha sexy males. That wouldn’t be a problem if she hadn’t started to fall in love with one of them. When dating him causes a rift in the group, Apryl is left scrambling to figure out a way to hold on to the guy she loves without losing the friendships of the guys who mean the world to her.
L.E. Martin is a romance author.