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Author Spotlight - Beth Bolden

This week, we welcome Beth Bolden to the blog!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I'm a contemporary gay romance author with (soon to be) 19 full length novels published. I like to write about chefs and professional athletes, and I also have a completed series about rock stars. Basically, I like writing heroes that usually need taken down a peg or two :)

How would you describe your brand? What makes one of your books inherently YOU?

Emotionally resonant, but fun and snarky books, with a strong, emotional love story and a solid HEA.

Tell us about what you're currently working on.

My next standalone football romance, called Rough Contact, about a kicker trying to earn his place on the LA Riptide, and his romance with the old, disgraced kicker--who's trying to figure out what to do with his life now that he isn't in the NFL anymore.

If you could dream cast your favorite book into a movie, whether yours or someone else's - what book would it be and who would you cast?

Probably my favorite series, which is Captive Prince, and I would cast a blond Timothee Chalamet as Laurent, and Jason Momoa as Damen.

What is the weirdest place you've ever written before?

I really like to write in coffee shops and restaurants. Many a sex scene has been written in Jason's Deli LOL.

What does the writing process look like for you? What comes first? How do you start? When do you know you have a good idea vs a dream?

I usually start out with an idea, either for a plot or for a character. With my football books, I like to take something unusual that happened in real life, and modify it for my purposes. For The Rivalry, I used the situation between Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks Nick Foles and Carson Wentz. Usually I do some character work then, thinking and brainstorming about motivation and personality. For me, in my romances, character is always first. Then I generally do a brief outline, usually based around the "beats," though while I'm writing I do generally modify that. I don't like to "over-outline" because I feel like I don't get those spontaneously wonderful ideas that also make my life at the same time. But an outline saves me from ending up 40k into a book and having no idea where I'm going.

If you could write about any character or story that you haven't written about yet, what would it be and why?

I would love to write more paranormal/fantasy. I have an idea for a soulmates book, with sexual magic, that I would love to explore, but there is just not enough hours in the day, and it's also way off my personal brand. But someday!

Which of your characters do you think is the most under appreciated and why?

I've always loved Xander from Savor Me, one of my Kitchen Gods books. He's such a quintessential character of mine--kind of snarky and blunt on the outside, with zero patience for any shit, but with a soft, gooey heart of gold on the inside.

What is your favorite book? One of yours and one of someone else's.

I said it earlier but my favorite series is the Captive Prince books. I think people are usually surprised by that, because I have essentially only written contemporary romance. My favorite book that I've written is probably Indulge Me, the final Kitchen Gods book, because I knew the characters so well by then, and it was so fun to show that while readers thought they knew what was going, it was really something else entirely.

Favorite show to binge watch?

West Wing

What movie have you seen more times than you want to admit?

The Fifth Element

Favorite quote or song lyric:

"You can't edit an empty page" - Nora Roberts

Where is the best place to find you online?

I hang out a lot on facebook, specifically my facebook reader's group, Beth's Boldest. I also am trying to get into Instagram more.

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