It’s Writer Wednesday! I was going to try to come up with a brilliant introduction for today’s guest, Rebecca Hunter, but she did it for me. Take it away, Rebecca!:
Hi and thanks for welcoming me onto your Writer Wednesdays, Margaret! I’m Rebecca Hunter, author of the Stockholm Diaries contemporary romance series, and I’m excited to be here. I met Margaret at a multi-author event, and I’m so excited about her fun Magic of Love series!
[ML: And I’m so thankful to Rebecca for helping me celebrate the release of A Scandalous Matter! The girl knows how to party.]
Margaret sent me a few questions about my author life that I hope you enjoy reading!
What inspires you to write?
My husband is Swedish, and we have lived in Sweden twice. Both times, I met women from around the world with interesting stories about meeting Swedish men and moving to Sweden. These stories involved chance meetings, uncertain risks and sacrifice, all in the name of love. The whole Stockholm Diaries series is a kind of tribute to all these stories.
Name one interesting thing you learned when researching/writing your last book:
I have a sort of love/hate relationship with mysteries. I love puzzling them together, but I hate the element of violence in most plots, even if it’s in the background like in cozy mysteries – it’s almost worse for me if death isn’t taken seriously. But the last book I completed was a reworking of my very first book, a mystery/intrigue romance set on the shores of Lake Huron. As I wrote the book, I found that I actually enjoyed the darker sides of mysteries if I can stay away from killing. If a publisher picks it up, I’ll find myself writing another one of these soon!
What fellow romance author do you recommend reading and why?
If you’re into hot contemporary romance, I’d highly recommend Cara McKenna. She does an amazing job with a lot of the character types that we see in hot romance today, particularly the underground fighter. I also just read a wonderful tribute to Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca by Simone St. James called Lost Among the Living. It’s so skillfully done that it surpasses its model, in this reader’s opinion!
A Bit About Stockholm Diaries, Caroline:
A pro hockey player with a rough reputation.
An American looking for a taste of adventure.
A chance to turn an intense attraction into something more.
Photographer Caroline Mendoza finally sheds her safe life in Michigan for adventure and a fresh start, and her first stop is Sweden. But Stockholm suddenly becomes more than just a casual stopover when Caroline discovers her reclusive next-door neighbor is ex-Red Wings player Niklas Almquist, whose high-profile alpha bad-boy image, both on and off the ice, has followed him back to Sweden.
While Niklas’s darker side draws her to him, she knows the sensible decision is to move on from Stockholm before she gets too attached. Her time in Stockholm is running out. She must choose between what is safe and what her heart tells her is right. Is she strong enough to take the risk?
And don’t miss Rebecca’s most recent release in the multi-author box set, Twenty Times Tempted: A Sexy Contemporary Romance Collection!
A Bit About Rebecca:
Rebecca writes sensual, emotional adventures of the heart. She is a writer, editor and translator who has always loved to read and travel. Though she earned a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in English Education, most of what she learned about writing romance has come from other sources.
Rebecca has, over the years, called many places home, including Michigan, where she grew up, New York City, San Francisco, and, of course, Stockholm, Sweden. After their most recent move from Sweden back to the San Francisco Bay Area, she and her husband assured each other they’ll never move again. Well, probably not.
Thanks so much for being here, Rebecca! I loved hearing what you had to share.