Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Interview with romance writer Naomi Boom

My special guest today is Naomi Boom. We’re chatting about her new Regency romance, To Entice an Earl.

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Naomi Boom never expected to love writing. Her inspiration struck while searching for the perfect historical romance novel to read. Nothing sounded appealing, so she decided to write her own. That one novel has morphed into a series, and hopefully many, many more.

Welcome, Naomi. Please share a little bit about your current release.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume everyone has had a crush on someone unattainable. I know I have, and it sucks. Watching that one guy from afar and wishing just once he would notice you. Well, To Entice an Earl is based on that premise. Except instead of a short-lived crush, the heroine falls for a guy. For years. The hero is too blockheaded to notice her until he is forced to act as her guardian. Do they end up together? Seeing as this is a romance, the answer should be obvious, but getting to the happily ever after is the fun part.

What inspired you to write this book?
I love the friends to lovers trope and couldn’t resist writing one.

Excerpt from To Entice an Earl:
“I have too given you compliments.”

“Really?” She exhaled. “Name one.”

He contemplated the matter for a moment and then said, “I told you your hair was prettier in disarray.”

She had forgotten that. “So you said one thing. Congratulations.”

“Thank you.” He swept an exaggerated bow and smirked up at her.

“That is not something to be proud of. Why, it’s not even that monumental a compliment.”

He straightened, and a light flared in his eyes. There had always been an easy mood between them, but he had never looked at her in such a way before. It was almost, well, sinful.

“Allow me to remedy my error, then.” He caught her hand in his, and gazed deep into her eyes. “Your eyes remind me of a summer storm.” Her gaze faltered from his, but he continued. “Your skin is as smooth as fine porcelain, and your hair is made of the most enticing curls I have ever seen. I can imagine your freed hair would make a man lose his senses. And lastly, you have deliciously kissable lips.”

She swallowed. His ridiculous, probably oft-used lines had the most amazing effect on her. Her knees had grown weak, and her mind was slow to focus. “I-I d-don’t think…” Her voice trailed off as he chuckled.

“With that said, you also possess a tremendous ability to irritate me beyond comprehension.”

What exciting story are you working on next?
I am working on the next novel in the series. To Entice an Earl leaves a bit of a cliff-hanger for the next story, so be warned. I couldn’t wait to write the fourth novel in my series, and it won’t disappoint.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I had a hard time grasping the idea that I am a writer. I still kind of feel like an imposter, like maybe I shouldn’t consider myself one until I reach my tenth book or so. Logically, I know that is nonsense, so I started calling myself a writer once I had my first novel written.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I am kind of a stay at home mom who works minimal hours at a gas station and writes in my spare time. Typically, that means I can only write at night after my toddler has fallen asleep. Sometimes, on the weekend, I’ll sneak off into a little room and devote more time, but that’s usually on extensive revisions or edits. My husband really makes writing possible for me. It would be tough without him.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I spend a lot of time in the gym when I’m in a writing rut. That one tendency is the only thing saving me from being 500 pounds because when I really get into writing, I sometimes binge eat. Excessively. And drink, but I think consuming alcohol is fairly normal for a writer.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A lawyer and a model because, you know, they go so well together. Eventually, that dream morphed into boring stuff like retail management, and now I just want to write.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
My family and I recently moved back to my home state of South Dakota. I’ve been having a difficult time finding a good place in my home to write, and now, I am excited to say I claimed a storage closet. It’s tiny, can fit a recliner, and I love it. I’m just so excited about it I couldn’t resist telling you.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Naomi Boom said...

Thank you for hosting and taking the time to interview me!

Victoria Alexander said...

Great excerpt!

Naomi Boom said...

Thank you!