Q&A With K. Bromberg
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Q&A With K. Bromberg
Today’s Q&A is with author K. Bromberg. The K stands for Kristy. K. Bromberg’s sweet, emotional, sexy romance novels have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, & Wall Street Journal Bestsellers Lists. Some of her series are The Driven Series, The S.I.N. Series, Wicked Ways Series, & The Play Hard Series.
Q: So Kristy when in your life did you realize that being an author was what you were called to do? What made you want to write romance in particular?
A: I’ve always enjoyed writing, but there was no pre-thought out notion of being an author. I have degrees in economics and political science – so nothing to do with creative writing. After I had kids, there was a time when I had three kids under the age of five. I was going a little bonkers mentally and needed to challenge myself. I had read the big trilogies at the time – EL James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, Jodi Ellen Malpas’ This Man, Raine Miller’s Blackstone series … and I thought, I want to try and do that. The first book I wrote was Driven . . . and that was the start of it all.
Q: What is your advice to anyone wanting to write a great romance?
A: My biggest advice is to devour the trope/genre you want to write. Reading book after book will give you a feel for what readers expect, for pacing, for key components that are expected. But the biggest thing is to make sure your readers can connect or relate to the characters. This is why I like to put a touch of reality into my books. I think along with the swoon worthy moments, the touch of reality allows the readers to relate better to the characters you want them rooting for.
Q: Is it fair to say that the characters and places in your novels are loosely based off of people you know and places you’ve been? I like it that authors can draw inspiration from places they saw and people they know in order to make great fictional people and worlds.
A: I think when I first started out this was more true than it is now that I’m on like book #35. My characters are completely fictional but I do infuse places and situations that I know or research in each book.
Q: If you were to write in a different genre outside of romance, which genre would it be and why?
A: I’d probably write mystery or suspense -with a touch of romance, of course.
Q: What’s your advice for aspiring authors who suffer from writers block? Have you yourself ever suffered from writers block? I know some authors said they were lucky they never had that problem and others said they had.
A: Writer’s block is a real thing. I suffer from it at least once in each book I write. The best way to overcome it is to write your way through it. It’s not a pretty process, but when you have a deadline you have to meet, you have to keep going. Sometimes I skip the scene and write on. Other times, I have to take a step back and breathe for a day or two. Each author has to find their way through it in their own way. I wish there was a right or wrong answer, but there isn’t.
Q: Can you tell me and the readers of my blog about your new novel coming out titled Until You? Also if you’re writing a new novel now is it the sequel to Until You?
A: Sure. Until You is about a single dad of twin eleven year old girls. Struggling with his wife’s abandonment the year before and then an on-the-job trauma (he’s a police officer), he decided to spend the summer at his uncle’s house in the small town of Redemption Falls. He figures that fresh air and getting out of their normal routine will give him and his girls the perfect respite they definitely need after eighteen months of chaos.
The only drawback is that he’s going to have to be a landlord to the tenant on his uncle’s property.
That tenant is a quiet, keep-to-herself book editor. She is gorgeous, intelligent, funny and nothing at all what he was expecting. They slowly grow close but it is clear that something from her past still haunts her. The question is, will it come between them or will they become closer because of it?
Q: What advice do you give to new authors on how to deal with online trolls, unsupportive family and friends and negative reviews?
A: There is negativity in any job. Unfortunately in this one, online trolls get to hide anonymously behind keyboards so their words can often cut much deeper. As an author, you have to come to the realization that not everybody is going to like your book. You can’t please everyone and that’s why reading is subjective. For me, it’s easier if I just stay in my box so that I can ignore the negativity. It’s not always easy, but it does help.
Q: I know Amazon has the rights to your Driven Series, and they might have made a series out of it already. Does Hollywood have the rights to your other books?
A: Actually, Passionflix is the company who has the rights to the Driven series. They just sell it on Amazon. At this time, no other rights have been sold for movies.