I’m so excited that today Sex and the Books is hosting the Blog Tour for Consequences! As many of you already know, Aleatha Romig is my number 1 favorite author and I’m so grateful for my friend Elmarie for recommending her books to me!!(:* Elmarie).
Here is a little teaser from Consequences (if you haven’t read them yet, please hurry, along with its sequel, Truth, Consequences is my all time favorite book!!):
Claire floated in that place before consciousness. She had difficulty distinguishing reality from fantasy, unsure of what she was feeling. The epiphany came with the realization, she was –feeling. It had been so long since she felt anything. She felt warm, safe, and secure. Her mind tried to convince her it was a dream, but she remembered feeling that way before she fell asleep. She questioned herself, is this real? Her soft skin rolled on the silky sheets and felt radiating warmth. Hesitantly, she opened her eyes. Right in front of her, close enough to touch, was Tony’s firm broad chest. Again, the questions, is he really here? He usually left her bed before she woke. Why is he still here? Now as Claire rolled onto her back and saw the beautiful ornate ceiling she wondered, Where is here? This isn’t my room.
With a rich raspy tone, he greeted her, “Good morning, Claire.”
If you want to check out my review of Consequences, here is the link: https://beautyandthebeastlybooks.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/review-consequences-by-aleatha-romig/
Today we would like to welcome the fantastic Aleatha Romig to the blog! Thanks so much for being here today!
What inspired you to write Consequences?
I’d always wanted to write a book. It was a bucket list type thing. In 2008 my husband lost his job, it was in construction materials and the economy tanked! He began working a third shift job. Our two oldest children were off in college. Our youngest was going to bed about 8:30. That left a lot of alone time.
I had this idea of a woman in a room… I decided to sit down and see where the story would take me. I didn’t write Consequences to publish. I wrote Consequences as therapy or escape from my life. I could totally manipulate and control the lives of these characters. It was more than I could do for myself.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I think I do. I think I have a certain flow and sentence structure. Beyond that, I need to know where I’m going. For all of my books, I’ve written the beginning and the end. Then I let the middle fill itself in. I’ve tried to write without knowing the end, it doesn’t work. The fun part is letting the characters and story dictate the middle!
What books have most influenced your life most?
There are many books I’ve loved. Gone with the Wind is my all-time favorite. I also enjoy thrillers; John Grisham brought me back to reading when my children were young. I like the older Patterson’s and enjoy Greg Isles. I also have started to find more erotic romances, and admit to liking those too. These have all been entertainment, a means of escape! Your question is “influence” the only book I can say has “influenced” me is the Bible – best seller of all time!
What author has influenced you the most?
I belong to the Indiana Romance Writers Association. In our local chapter there are many talented writers, and I’ve learned and been influenced by these woman in many ways. Most of them have much more experience than I. Their willingness to share and encourage has been invaluable.
In a long distance, no direct influence kind of way, I will say E.L. James. Not because I found Fifty Shades amazing… it was good. But, she opened the door to “different books” hitting the mainstream. Consequences Series isn’t erotic; however, it is dark. I breach subjects that previously were taboo. I’m not sure that my series would have received the acceptance it has, pre Fifty Shades.
What was the hardest part of writing Consequences?
The hardest part was deciding how much detail to put in my manuscript. My original draft had more detail. It was so disturbing to my mother and sister-in-law that they couldn’t read the story. So, I decided to employ more of the “fade to black” technique. Honestly, I still have people who think my reading is too disturbing and others who want more detail. I’ve come to the conclusion; you can’t please everyone – so please yourself.
How did you come up with the storyline for Consequences?
I had the “vision” or “thought” of the opening scene. I didn’t know any more, but wanted to learn more. That’s how it started…
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Two bits of advice: #1 Write for your own enjoyment. If you don’t like what you write, neither will anyone else. If your words make you smile or cry, it will do the same for others. And in the same vein, don’t let your style be dictated by the rules and limitations of others. I was told on multiple occasions, “You can’t do that.” What I hear excessively from readers is, “I love that your books are different.” Had I listened to what I was told, on how I had to fit into a mold, they wouldn’t be different.
#2 IF you plan to write a series, know that when you start. Building from a single book is much more difficult! (I plan to follow that advice in the future)
What message or advice do you want to give your readers?
Step outside the box. My series is not defined by genre. I thought I was writing a psychological thriller/ romantic element. My agent said I wrote: Contemporary Dark Romance/ thriller. My point is: branch out… keep an open mind… enjoy… and remember, it is still fiction! As much as many of us would like to believe there is a real Anthony Rawlings, there isn’t. In fiction, we can explore situations we’d never attempt in reality… just enjoy!
What were the challenges in bringing Consequences to life?
I was and am so inexperienced. Consequences was published in August of 2011 by a self-publishing publisher. In October 2012 I rereleased Consequences completely Indie. Just last week I entered an agreement with a copy editor. I’d had Consequences and Truth line-edited… and as many have pointed out, there are still mistakes. Being self-published I’m not accustomed to having someone tell me “consider deleting” or “consider re-wording” or anything else… I’m excited and scared.
The truth is, I believe I have wonderful stories and want to do anything and everything to bring the best version to the world. To date Consequences has sold almost 50,000 copies! That amazes me!
What can readers look forward to in the future?
After Convicted, I plan to do a “novella” called, Behind His Eyes. It will be The Consequences Series Reading Companion. It will have various Tony POV’s. I’m not rewriting the entire series, only specific scenes. I had one blogger ask for Tony’s POV before Consequences begins… while he’s watching Claire. Do you think anyone would be interested in that?
Once the Consequences Series is complete, I have ideas for other stories. I guess we’ll need to see what the future brings! All I can say is, I’ve already experienced more through my writing than I EVER imagined. Not only have I received more recognition than I ever dreamed, I’ve met wonderful people! It’s true, sometimes Life is stranger than fiction!
Ok the first thing I have to ask (because I know it’s all I’ve thought about How did Consequences come to you?
I believe I watch too many strange television shows, like Criminal Minds or have read too many strange books, but one day the opening scene: Claire locked in the room came to me. I decided to write it down and find out how she got there… and if she’d get out.
Now I have read Consequences and Truth and am totally Team Tony! But are you Team Tony ?
I love Tony. I love Claire and all my characters. If I have to be Team someone, I’d say I’m team Claire.
If I admitted to being Team Tony or Team Harry or Team Phil it could give something away… and I’m not doing that!
How would you classify Consequences? I mean its not exactly romance when people ask me how to best describe it I say it’s kinds sorta like the TV show Revenge (which is my current addiction)
I think I’ve invented my own genre: Contemporary Dark Romance / Psychological Thriller. Obviously, Consequences by its self isn’t a romance. However, since it is the relationship of Claire and Tony that propels the series, I’ve been told that makes the series a romance. Now, that said, I definitely believe it qualifies as DARK and PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER.
Did you have any specific people inspire your characters physical attributes?
My husband! (lol) No, I honestly made my characters up, their physical characteristics and their personalities. Then, one night after I’d completed Consequences, I was watching True Blood with a friend. Alcide, Joe Magellano, came on. Another character asked him how tall he was, Alcide replied, “Six four – six six.” I was like , OMG, he’s Tony!!
Do you expect your readers to view Tony as a villain or a hero?
I have NO expectations. I love receiving messages or reading reviews where people say he is both! When a reader says they HATED him, usually threatening some sort of bodily harm, and then turns around and says, they LOVE him, despite their better judgment, I believe I’ve done something special.
Are you getting many invoices for your readers’ therapy for completely messing with their mind? Ha ha ok that was only a joke! But what’s the craziest thing one of your readers has said about Consequences?
lol! No invoices because I don’t give out my address! I’ve been threatened! I think I could get some great “group” rates! There is a wonderful “Consequences Series Group Therapy and Hugs” group on Goodreads! Once you’ve completed both Consequences and Truth (because there are many spoilers) I suggest you go visit! There are 3 Tony POV’s on there, too.
I’ve received so many messages and had so many reviews, I can’t possibly zero in on one crazy thing! But, I will say, I’ve started laughing out loud while reading some of my readers’ comments! I’m so thankful my readers share their thoughts with me. It seems as though I evoke a little emotion!
Thank you for having me on your blog! I’ve enjoyed it! ~Aleatha
Aleatha Romig voted #1 “New Author to Read” on Goodreads, July 2012 through now! She is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writer’s of America. She has lived most of her life in Indiana, growing-up in Mishawaka, graduating from Indiana University, and currently living south of Indianapolis. Together with her husband of twenty six years, they’ve raised three children. She works days as a dental hygienist and enjoys spending her nights writing. She also likes to spend time with her family, friends and patients. Her pastimes include exercising, reading and writing. Aleatha enjoys traveling, especially when there is a beach involved. In 2011 she had the opportunity to visit Sydney, Australia to visit her daughter studying at the University of Wollongong. Her dream is to travel to places in her novels and around the world. CONSEQUENCES, her first novel was released in August 2011 and has sold over 20,000 copies. TRUTH, the sequel was released October 2012 and has surpassed 10,000 copies in less than 3 months! Aleatha originally published through self publisher Xlibris a subsidiarity of Author’s Solution/ Penguin Publishing. In October of 2012 she re-published on her own, a true Indie Author. Later that month she published Truth through Romig Works. Aleatha is happy to be represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.
I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Aleatha for bring us such an amazing story and another HUGE thank you to Hardcover Therapy, for bring us this blog tour!