Now it's time for an exclusive interview with The Book Oscar Winner in the category for Best Book, Penny Reid! :) Just scroll down and check it out :)
on your win and welcome to Living in Our Own Story :) Thanks a lot
for sparing the time to answer a few questions for us and our
prompted you to write and release your first book?
wrote my first book on a bet. A colleague of mine (who happened to be
a Ph.D. biochemist) loved reading romance novels, but complained that
she had a difficult time finding characters to whom she could relate.
I told her I could and would write a novel about a (book) smart
heroine if she took me out for a fancy dinner.
is your inspiration for writing such incredible books?
don’t know how incredible they are… but usually inspiration comes
from the characters. I think and plot and obsess about my characters
until they feel real to me. Then I try to write a story worthy of
did you know you wanted to be an author?
always written short stories (since I was about 8) and have loved to
read. But I thought people became authors like people became mermaid
(i.e. it never happened).
long on average does it take you to write a book?
(from chapter 1 to epilogue) is usually two months. I’ve written
books in as little as 17 days and as long as 7 months.
is your favorite book boyfriend?
from Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway or Captain Wentworth from Jane
is your author idol?
Austen. Her characters are smart and clever, her stories have
relevant commentary (on the current events of her time), and the
romance always feels believable and fantastical at the same time.
sexy scene from your books you would like to re-enact in real life?
so far. Though I’d like to write a sex-in-space (zero gravity)
scene . . .
you remember the first book that made you cry and how old were you?
was the 3rd
book in The Lord of the Rings (The Return of the King) and I was 14
(spoiler alert—when the reader thinks Frodo has died).
is your writing Kryptonite?
much coffee. If I drink too much coffee then my brain won’t allow
me to focus. It’s the worst, because I really love coffee.
the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite
don’t find writing male POV any more or less difficult than writing
female POV. Some characters are exceptionally difficult to write
because I share very little in common with them (like Drew from
Beauty and the Mustache). And some characters are exceptionally easy
because he/she is basically me (like Cletus from Beard Science).
do you select the names of your characters?
it depends on the needs of the book (e.g. Ashley’s brothers all
needed ridiculous “hillbilly” names, to trick the reader into
misjudging them early on.) But if the name doesn’t matter to the
plot/central theme of the story, I go to baby-naming websites and
randomly click on a letter.
was your hardest scene to write?
Runous’s epilogue at the end of Beauty and the Mustache. Being
inside his head was. . . difficult. I don’t think I could write
from his perspective again; the scene took me over a week to write.
can we expect from you next?
is Beard in Mind, book #4 in the Winston Brothers series! He’ll be
paired off with Quinn Sullivan’s sister Shelly (from Neanderthal
Marries Human) and . . . it’s a very weird book. 😉