Who is Lauren Blakely?
I’m just a smalltown girl, living in a lonely world. Sorry, I was practicing my karaoke song! Though, truth be told, my karaoke standards are Sweet Child of Mine and Living on a Prayer (much like McKenna in Trophy Husband). But seriously. I am a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister, a dog person, a writer, a ghostwriter, a reader and a cheerleader for my friends! I love romantic comedy flicks, witty TV shows, and really goofy humor. I also love happy endings. Most of all, happy endings.
Tell us a bit about your books.
My three novels are Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine and Trophy Husband and they’re sexy and sweet, fun and flirty, new adult and contemporary romances.
Is it necessary to read Caught Up In Us and Pretending He’s Mine before reading your new book Trophy Husband?
Nope! Don’t you want to though? *bats eyes* But the hero in Trophy Husband is the brother of a supporting character in both Caught Up In Us and Pretending He’s Mine – Jill – who will be the lead character in my next release, Playing with My Heart.
You just released Trophy Husband, how do you feel in the days running up to a book being released?
Nervous, emotional, a total crying wreck! Wait. I’m cool, calm and collected. (Said no author ever).
Do you get nervous when it comes to reading the first reviews of a book?
Definitely! I try to stay away from reviews, but that’s pretty much impossible, so I just hope that readers like my books and are entertained by them enough to leave lovely, gushing reviews!
What is your preferred genre to read?
Romance! Romantic comedy, sexy romance, erotic romance, new adult romance, and young adult romance.
I’m guessing romance lol
What do you think has started the New Adult craze?
What I love most about the New Adult craze is it’s reader-driven. As soon as new adult novels started hitting the virtual shelves, readers snapped them up. I believe that’s because there’s been a gap in the shelves. Young readers who grew up loving young adult novels wanted something a bit more adult as they became older. New Adult stepped in, and readers said YES. WE WANT THESE BOOKS.
When you wrote your first book, did you find the road to publishing daunting?
Do you hold any superstitions?
If I can, I try to unroll the car windows when driving across a bridge. You know, in case I crash into the water and the only way I can escape is through the car windows because then I’d be pissed if the power windows weren’t operating while the car was submerged. Well, I guess not that pissed. I’d probably be dead. How’s that for a morbid superstition!
I have read that you love toast? I am a firm believer that tea and toast is one of the most satisfying things to eat. What do you like to put on your toast?
I adore you. Yes! Toast and tea! I can’t start the day without toast and tea. I have my toast with butter, and I drink Jasmine Fancy green tea every morning. I am a creature of habit, and I love this habit!
If you couldn’t live in California where would you like to live?
Do you have a motto you live by?
Yes. Karma is real. Be good.
What three luxuries could you not live without?
Pedicures. Visits to the salon every five weeks. And fancy chocolate.