Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Interview with Gwen Hayes, author of 'Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door'


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Title: Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door
Genre: Romance
Author: Gwen Hayes
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Pages: 67
Language: English
Format: Ebook

Online dating columnist Dane Martin has no plans to give up his reign as bachelor extraordinaire. He has a reputation to uphold, especially with the upcoming release of his book Coming on Strong. Holly Winters, everyone’s favorite girl next door, thanks to her blog of the same name, gives advice, but she doesn’t always take it. When she meets Dane Martin, every fiber of her being warns her to turn tail and run. Instead, she risks her future as an authority on relationships, jeopardizing her upcoming self-help book for women struggling to find commitment among the Virile sycophants. Has the Girl Next Door tamed the most Virile man alive, or is she just another notch on the bedpost?



The Interview

What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?

 My youngest just turned 18. That means I kept two children alive from birth to adulthood. I’m pretty stoked about it. I’m thinking of trying a houseplant next. I think I might be ready.

  How has your upbringing influenced your writing?

 There were always books and soap operas growing up. I think this explains a lot. (*Shout out to Patch and Kayla*)

  When and why did you begin writing?

 I wrote on and off as a child/teen, but it wasn’t until 2007 that I decided to try for real. And then it was just something I had to do.

  Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

 My interest in writing has stemmed from the voices in my head. They talk, I transcribe.

  What inspires you to write and why?

 Music, photographs, people watching, reading, dreams…and the voices. I find inspiration everywhere and I enjoy trying to make up people’s stories in restaurants and grocery lines.

  What genre are you most comfortable writing?

 I write kissing books.

  What inspired you to write your first book?

 My first full length was inspired by a scene I couldn’t get out of my head of a burning man falling from the sky. I had no idea what or who he was.

  Who or what influenced your writing once you began?

 Nora Roberts, Joss Whedon, and John Hughes are big influencers to me…but I get a lot of support from friends I’ve made through publishing.

  What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
The hardest part is getting it from daydream to paper. I come up with great ideas in the shower or in the car, but when I sit down to the computer, I have a hard time finding the motivation to bypass the internet.

  Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?

 I can write sexier than I thought! I’ve even had reviews say it was too sexy. That makes me smile.

  Do you intend to make writing a career?

 I did…and actually, I’ve circled back to making writing a hobby and editing a career.

  Have you developed a specific writing style?

 No. It’s pretty much a crapshoot every time.

  What is your greatest strength as a writer? 

Humor, I think.

  What is your favorite quality about yourself?

 I pick really great people to surround myself with. My friends and family are the best part of my life.

  What is your least favorite quality about yourself?

 I can sometimes be judgmental.

  What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?

 "We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all." John Hughes, The Breakfast Club


Gwen Hayes lives in the Pacific Northwest with her real life hero, their children, and the pets that own them. She writes stories for teen and adult readers about love, angst, and saving the world. Gwen's first novel, Falling Under, was released in March of 2011 by NAL/Penguin and followed up by the sequel, Dreaming Awake, in January of 2012. In addition to writing, Gwen is a freelance editor at and is Editorial Director of Scandalous Books, an imprint of Entangled Publishing She is represented by Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency.


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