I’m delighted to welcome Alison Aimes to my blog to talk about her new release, Tormented, the third book in her wonderful sci-fi/romance series.
Me: To someone who is new to your writing, how would you describe your style?
AA: My books are down and dirty, high heat and, in my sci-fi romance series, the world is dark and action-packed, but I always, always like to deliver a happy ending and an epic romance. In my latest book, Tormented, my hero is a hothead, but he’s also a smart-ass so I got to try out a little humor, too. You’ll have to let me know if that worked out for me or not.
Me: What made you want to write?
AA: I’ve always loved reading and writing—and when I was younger I used to steal my mom’s romance novels (I confessed this to her long ago, but still…sorry, Mom!) and then, after I’d read them numerous times, I’d make up a million different stories in my head inspired by those purloined books. Then, I went on to get a PhD in history and, as much as I loved teaching and researching, I kept coming back to the epic, happy-ending love stories in my head. When I got pregnant with my son, it seemed the perfect time to take a break from teaching and try my hand at writing in the genre I’d loved since I first (and last) dabbled in thievery. I have never looked back. Or regretted that choice.
Me: What scenes do you find most difficult to write and why?
AA: Writing the ending is the most complicated part for me. By those final pages I am deeply connected with (and often crushing hard on) my characters so saying good-bye is rough. On the other hand, I love giving them the happy ending they deserve. Gut wrenching scenes of loss can be painful to write too, but they’re also cathartic.
Me: Do you write more than one story at a time?
AA: Oh, that I could. What I wouldn’t give to write faster and be able to juggle more than one story at a time. Sadly, though, that feat is not for me. I can only plod along on one romance at a time and sometimes even that feels like a lot. J Still, the end result is, I hope, a story people will be staying up late to finish. That’s a common bit of praise/lament I’ve gotten from readers—and it thrills me to hear it every time.
Me: If you could eavesdrop on one conversation – be it historical, between your characters, etc. – which conversation would it be and why?
AA: This is seriously off-the-cuff and I’m not going to pretend I’d understand exactly what was going on, but I would dearly love to have been there when Einstein’s theories on gravitational waves were challenged by his peer reviewer Howard Robertson. I know it didn’t occur in an actual conversation, but the exchange did lead to a revision by Einstein and a note of gratitude. Is it just me who feels this would have been interesting to eavesdrop on? Anyone else? Lol. Probably not, but I LOVE to study the story behind scientific discoveries. (I did teach on this topic in a past career.) They’re so much more dramatic than anyone realizes. And for us romance writers, it’s all about the drama. Which brings to mind another “conversation” I’d loved to have witnessed: Lin-Manual Miranda talking with Thomas Kail and Alex Lacamoire about the score and blocking of Hamilton. I finally saw this musical and was blown away. To peek into the workings of such brilliant creative minds would be amazing.
Me: If you could jump into a book world and live there forever, which book would it be and why?
AA: Where is the book world where I can fly and swim under water without a scuba tank and eat as much chocolate as I want without getting a cavity? That’s where I want to go. If that’s not possible, I’ll take a relaxing tropical beach location like the one in the first book in my Billionaire Bad Boys series. I love the beach. And the warmth. And as much as I like writing about the dark, wild prison planet Dragath25 where my current sci-fi series take places, I am not inclined to live there. My heroes and heroines do okay there because they’re way more kick ass than me. I wouldn’t last a day—though given the ripped, alpha, good-guy hotties populating that place, I might actually be willing to give it a try.
Me: If you could collaborate with any author, living or dead, who would it be and why?
AA: How about EJ Frost? Her books are awesome, her world building unbelievable, and her sex scenes HOT. (Aww, thanks!) But since she’s likely busy writing her next book like me, I’ll also throw out Virginia Woolf, Charlotte Bronte, George Sand, Jeanette Winterson, Kresely Cole, Julia Garwood, Anna Hackett, Linnea Sinclair, Nalini Singh, and Laurann Dohnner. I suspect there’s about a million more, but those are the amazing authors who sprung to mind first.
Me: Tell us three random facts about yourself.
AA: Hmmm. Number one: I’m a terrible cook. The worst. My friends know this and have learned to adjust accordingly, having us over as often as they can. Or, when there’s no way around it and I’m the only one able to host, they not so subtly beg me to order in. You may see this as deliberate incompetence on my part and you may be right. (Shush. Don’t tell. I really like ordering in.) Number Two: I love to dance and, even now, when it is an unquestionable, total embarrassment to my kids, I perform in an urban/pop dance squad filled with other moms like me who have never had any kind of formal training but have reached the age where we don’t care what others thinks, we just want to shake it and have a blast. It’s soooo much fun. Number three: I lived in Ecuador my junior year abroad and absolutely loved it. Since then, I’ve returned several times and done my best to travel to as many other places across the globe as possible. Traveling is my favorite other indulgence besides chocolate and reading romance after romance.
Me: Who is your perfect book boyfriend and why?
AA: Don’t tell my husband, but when it comes to book boyfriends I’m definitely a love the one you’re with kind of gal. One moment I’ll be all into a grunty caveman MC bad boy and the next I’ll be drooling over a smooth, dirty-talking venture capitalist who moonlights as a heart surgeon. (Has anyone ever written a book like that? If so, please let me know as I’d like to read it and see if I really do like that guy. J) Then, I’m falling for the angsty, emotionally broken billionaire, followed by the strong, moral Commander with chiselled abs whose been charged with saving the world from alien invasion, then it’s onto the hot, blue tentacled alien himself. Point is, I’m a genre-hopping romance addict who devours all kinds of stories and, as long as the tale is a good one and the hero and heroine work, I’m all in.
Me: Thank you so much for spending time on my blog during your busy launch of Tormented!
AA: I just wanted to add a huge thank you. Thank you to the fabulous EJ Frost for having me—and thank you to all her readers (I’m one, too) who’ve taken the time to read through this interview and get to know me a little better. I hope you’ll consider checking out my Condemned Series and my newest release Tormented – it’s a lot hotter and action-packed than any interview of mine will ever be. J xoxo!, Alison