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First, if we were meeting at a coffee shop I’d be drinking a Latte with Skim. 🙂 What would you order?

Hot chocolate, of course! Or an iced tea, truth be told as I need LOTS of caffeination and I don’t drink coffee.

Thanks so much for hanging out with me today.

You have multiple series and a bookshelf of standalone reads. When you are writing, is it easy to keep characters from crossing over?  What book presented the most challenges? What can we expect next?

No! It’s not easy! My characters are demanding, attention hogs!
They’re always trying to reappear in new books! But yes, some
characters are noisier than others. As for challenges, 21 STOLEN
KISSES took me several years, and that’s because it look me a while to truly understand the heart of the story and why I wanted to tell it.
As for what’s next, why, that’s the one and only MISTER O, my next
standalone rom-com releasing May 2!

Each book has fantastic covers – do you have a part in the design?

YES!!! I love designing my indie covers. Well, I don’t do the design
work, but I guide it and have complete cover approval! Sometimes, my designers come up with the concept, and sometimes I do. But one of my favorite parts of indie writing is picking and approving my covers.

The very first book I read by you was Big Rock and I’m now a huge BigRockbyLaurenBlakelyCoverfan. I loved reading the all male-POV and falling in love with Spencer.

THANK YOU! I love writing the guy POV. It’s fun and freeing, and I feel like Lauren unleashed!

I love how you connect with your readers via video. What inspired you to start this?

I’ve always been a bit of a ham. I also used to do an online video
report on the media business back when I was a reporter, so I spent
several years making news videos. Now, with the wild and crazy side of  the books, I get to do something I like — be on camera — but do it
in a way that is more fun and allows me to just truly be my crazy
romance writing self!

Writing with a family and other commitments is a challenge, do you have a writing ritual or secret location to get the work done?

I wish I had one of those gorgeous writing cottages in the yard! I
don’t even have a separate office. My family is used to my writing and work needs now though. For the most part I write during the day, and after the kids are in bed.

Thank you so much for being here today.

***** 15 Tantalizing Tidbits  *****

1. What is a must read book and why?

Harry Potter! best series ever.

In romance, I’d have to recommend Sustained by Emma Chase these days. I loved every word in it.

2. What is one place that I should see if I visit your hometown?

If you’re talking about where I live now, I would suggest The Mission
district in San Francisco especially because it has some great
bakeries. Yum!

3. Castles or Beaches?

Beach!

4. One thing readers would be surprised to know about you.

I have ten pairs of blue shoes. I love taco shops. All my make-up is
cruelty-free.

5. Hard Rock or Classical? Favorite Band or Artist?

Show tunes of course! I love Les Mis, Evita and Anything Goes!

6. If you had an all expenses paid trip anywhere in the world for
research, where would you go?

London! I’ve never been and I desperately want to go.

7. What is your guilty pleasure?

Pleasure is never guilty! I don’t feel guilt about the things I enjoy.

8. What are you afraid of?

Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?

9. Tats or No Tats? If tats, how many and what did you choose for your first one?

None. But I have a belly button free.

10.  What’s your favorite TV show and why?

I love Veep and Silicon Valley for the humor.

11. If you could pick a book you’ve read and make it into a movie, which book would it be (besides yours 🙂 )?

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. So romantic.

12. What’s your favorite movie of all time and why?

Raiders of the Lost Ark. I absolutely love the adventure in it!

13. Would you rather see a movie in the theatre or at home on DVD and why?

Theater! I love the chance to lose myself in a great story.

14.  What is one thing you can’t live without.

Pets, family, green tea.

15. Do you love to cook or go out to eat?

Hate to cook. Love to go out.

Thanks again! Time for another Latte.

Happy Reading Dear Readers.

Happy Writing Lauren!

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About Lauren Blakely:

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Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that’s full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With nine New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller List more than three dozen times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love and Fighting Fire. She recently released BIG ROCK, a sexy standalone romantic comedy that became an instant New York Times Bestseller. In the late spring, she’ll release MISTER O, another standalone romantic comedy.

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