Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!
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I tend to write “unvarnished” heroines, and by that I mean characters who’ll answer a doorbell wearing smeared makeup, who may have forgotten they’re not wearing a bra, and who might have spilled a little something-something on their shirts. They may leave the house before realizing they’re wearing three different shades of black or that they’re actually not wearing legitimate shoes. They may toss on a hat rather than fussing with their hair and distract you from their unkempt eyebrows by wearing even redder lipstick than usual.
They’re not charmingly low-maintenance because they’re confident in their natural state. Often, they’re scatterbrained or they lose track of minutes because they’re obsessing over something, and they prioritize tasks differently than their peers. (“I’ll change my jeans after I finish reading this chapter.”)
Maybe they feel a little guilty about that.
I used to. I grew up with a grandmother from the “don’t be seen unless you’re going to be seen well” generation. I figured out during my college dating romps, though, that it doesn’t matter how cute I am because I don’t have a cute personality to match it. Packaging should give a hint of the contents inside, right?
I ended up marrying the guy who’s pretty tolerant of my lack of varnish. He doesn’t care if I can get my hair into a perfectly smooth bun. He just wants to be told on Friday night if there’s not enough coffee left for Saturday morning. (I…kinda forget.)
Several years into my marriage when I started writing romance, I decided to write happily-ever-afters that looked like mine. I write those HEAs keeping in mind that the reason that one partner is so forgiving of the other’s foibles is because he or she may have reasons they needed to be handled gently, too.
That’s what I love about romance. There’s someone for everyone, and there’s beauty in imperfection.
My current obsession is Anna’s Takeover series. It’s compulsively re-readable m/m centered on a group of tech consultants. These books have the exact shade of dark humor I like for contemporary romance.
Questions for the Author:
Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.
This is a tough one. I think to be able to feel the romance, you have to be receptive to it, so I’d say…Junior Prom. Teenagers are so aggressively affectionate with each other, and when you’re with someone, you can’t help but to get swept up in the ardor. (I stopped believing in love for a while around Senior Prom, but breakups will do that.)
Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.
My best friend from college frequently joins me for conferences and conventions. I’m her pusher. I send her home every time with piles of books to read and share. The diversity of the drama makes it accessible and approachable.
Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?
Beaches and bodies of water. You don’t have to talk when you’re on the water. You stand in awe of the vastness of it and humble yourself because it reminds you that you don’t want to surmount the big obstacles in life alone.
Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?
George and Louise from The Jeffersons. Anyone who knows me well could probably figure out why they’d make my shortlist. The television I watched during my formative years shaped my sense of humor. They disagreed and they constantly quibbled, but they endured. They got each other. And George knew deep down he wouldn’t have been anything without Weezy. He may have been the moneymaker, but she was his rock.
Tell us about your dream date.
I’m a simple girl. A perfect date would be no makeup, comfortable pants, a pile of movies I haven’t had time to watch, a blanket large enough to share, a variety of salty snacks, and a partner wise enough to hit the pause button when I’ve gone too still or too quiet for too long. (Wake me at your peril.)
Holley is generously giving away a full set of either the Reedsville Roosters eBooks or the Norseton Wolves eBooks, winners’ choice, one to a US friend and one to an international friend.
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Holley Trent is an award-winning author of more than three dozen works of sexy, snarky romance. From athletes to cowboys to psychic Vikings to werewolves, she leaves no alpha unredeemed.
She also writes erotic sci-fi romance under the not-so-secret name H.E. Trent.
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