Please welcome Hilary Wynne to The Romance Realm!
Have you ever woken up one day and said, “Today’s the day I’m going to do (insert thing here)?” Well, I did, and the result is my first novel, Stay. I always thought of myself as a decent writer, and then a trip down memory lane through my ninth grade book of poetry confirmed it. I realize that I have always had a romantic side and a way with words. With support from my husband and kids (and an unspoken agreement to leave me alone for a few hours every night), I embarked on this incredible writing journey.
I’m originally from sunny Southern California and spent my summers in South Florida. I attended college at FSU and received my Masters in New Mexico. I finally settled in the Washington, DC area. My happy place has always been anywhere near the water.
When I’m not writing, I help run a business with my husband, watch an inordinate amount of sports (my kids play something 365 days a year), indulge my competitive spirit on the tennis court, and spend time with my awesome family and friends.
I am an avid reader, but find my characters feel neglected when I hang out with other author’s characters for too long. When I do read, historical fiction is my favorite genre. I love traveling and experiencing different cultures, places, and times.
I feel so blessed that my love of books inspired me to finally do something that I forgot I had always dreamed about doing.
My someday has arrived!
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Vivi's Chat with Hilary
Vivi: Hilary, thank you for hanging out with us at The Romance Realm. I’ll try to make this as painless as possible, but we want to pry a bit into your life. Tell us what prompted you to begin writing?
Hilary: About a year ago I went on a romance book binge and at the end I decided to throw my hat into the ring and see if I could add something fresh. I’ve always wanted to write, this just happened to be the first time in my life I really had the time and opportunity to do it.
Vivi: If you were a food, what would it be?
Hilary: Pizza – Because who doesn’t like pizza? Pizza is a fun food and always invited to parties. There is also a lot of variety in Pizza – you could change your toppings like you change your shoes J
Vivi: Tell us about your favorite scene or chapter in the book.
Hilary: This is hard to do because I wrote the book (I’d love for readers to tell me what their favourite scene is) but if I have to pick I’d chose Chapter 11. Alexa and Julian spend the chapter getting to know each other and the sexual tension is really building up. It really explodes in Chapter 12 too! In Chapter 11 you get to see the connection growing between them and start to get to see who they are.
Vivi: What was the hardest part to write in the book?
Hilary: People who have read Stay know that my heroine, Alexa, is a going through a rough time. She frustrates readers because she just can’t seem to pull herself together enough to believe in love. I was tempted to make her more “whole” because I was rooting for her too. It was hard to keep her flawed, because I want her to have her HEA too.
Vivi: How long did it take you to write and publish the book?
Hilary: I started writing the book in late March and it was released in late November.
Vivi: What is the most difficult part of the publishing industry?
Hilary: What’s not difficult? For a newbie like me I had to learn how everything worked. Self-publishing means you make the decisions on your own and I spent a lot of time second guessing everything. There is no magic recipe and finding out what works for you is hard!
Vivi: Okay, here’s the speed round. Give me the first thing that comes to mind.
Favorite food – Chocolate. That’s a food, right? If not I will go with Mexican Food.
Favorite ice cream flavour – Peanut Butter and Chocolate. Best invention ever!
Favorite color - Green
Weirdest place you’ve ever been – Hard one. That would have to be a concert in the 80’s or Wal-Mart during the holidays.
Tell us a scary story about yourself –Thank God, my life has been relatively “scary-free.” I will say that publishing a book, one with such steamy content, has been pretty scary though.
Tell a high school blunder story – Has to be the worst haircut EVER I got in 9th grade. It was the 80’s and I was a fan of alternative music. Need I say more?
I would be voted most ______________ and why – Loyal. I’m fiercely loyal to my family and friends. I might also be in the running for most sarcastic. I’ll own that.
It’s a zombie apocalypse. What 3 things do you take with you to survive? I should go ask my kids, because they’re more familiar with the ZA than I am. Off the top of my head though, I guess I’d take my iPhone, my favourite pair of flip flops and a book on how to survive a Zombie Apocalypse.
Stay by Hilary Wynne
Stay is Book 1 of The Alexa Reed Series
STAY is an impassioned tale of a modern romance as sexy and sultry as its South Beach, Florida setting. Intoxicatingly handsome and successful entrepreneur, Julian Bauer is unexpectedly and quite literally bowled over by independent, beautiful, girl next door, Alexa Reed.
Neither was looking for a relationship, yet their palpable chemistry and immediate emotional connection is something that can’t be ignored. Serially unattached, Julian finds himself desiring to be in a relationship for the first time in years, however, Alexa’s secret past and haunting memories of her last relationship threaten to tear them apart as she struggles to open her heart and love again.
Julian and Alexa’s budding relationship is also challenged by Alexa’s best friend, Luke Miller, whose own love for Alexa leaves him willing to do anything to convince her that Julian is not the man for her.
Julian and Alexa embark upon a rollercoaster ride of emotional and physical passion that paradoxically pulls them apart and holds them together. Despite their affinity for each other, and despite Julian’s promise that she can trust him, Alexa believes in her heart Julian will not STAY when he learns about her past.
As the weeks pass, Julian finds himself increasingly uncertain Alexa is being honest with him about her feelings and about her relationship with Luke. He is unsure he should fully open his heart to a woman who in so many ways remains a mystery, a woman who keeps threatening to run, a woman who can’t decide if she is going to STAY.