By Toni Kenyon
Hannah Scott’s bucking the southern small town mindset. She’s not going to settle down and marry a man who spends his days working in the local milk factory and then have a couple of children. She’s come to the big city to stake her claim on freedom and independence.
Robert Redfern is the equivalent of Auckland royalty. He’s been groomed to be the CEO of the family empire all of his life. But when he discovers that part of the requirement to maintain his position is that he take a wife, Robert’s not too happy. When the curvy and attractive, Hanna Scott crosses his path, Robert seizes the opportunity to strike a bargain with the attractive redhead that will bring them both what they want.
But, what neither of them anticipates is their magnetic attraction to one another. Can the boss and his executive assistant keep their dealings purely professional?
Meet Toni Kenyon!
AJ & Ellen: What tags best describe your genre?
I write billionaire romance and rockstar romance.
AJ & Ellen: When was your first book published?
September 2012 (the 'olden days' of indie publishing!)
AJ & Ellen: How many books have your published overall?
10 Novels and 2 Novellas
AJ & Ellen: What did you love most about this story?
I love that the book is set in my home city of Auckland, New Zealand. Hannah is a lovely young country girl who has come to the city to earn some money so she can save to go overseas. We get to see Auckland through the eyes of a person who has grown up in New Zealand, but in small town New Zealand--which is completely different from the metropolitan city that Auckland has become. Robert is an adorable CEO who has no appreciation of the beauty that surrounds him. It is through looking at his city and his life through Hannah's eyes that he comes to appreciate the real beauty and meaning of life and ultimately love.
AJ & Ellen: What made you choose your genre?
I love the total escapism of billionaire romance. Cinderella was one of my favourite stories as a child. Being swept away by the handsome Prince is every little girl's dream come true--or it was mine anyway!
Over and over again, when I look at the stories that I'm drawn to they always involve an aloof, powerful man and a woman who has come from nothing and worked hard to make someting of herself. Pride & Prejudice anyone?
The same story translates well into rockstar romance. I always say that rockstars are just billionaires with massive ego issues. More often than not, my rockstars are self-made men who think that money, fame and all of the trappings that go with those things are going to help them find happiness--that's never the case.
The more I write, the more I see themes emerging in my work. Strong, aloof men who think that money can solve their problems discover that everything they have worked for means nothing, without a deep and meaningful relationship. The struggle with self and the destruction pride and ego. Women who think that they need to make it on their own discover that falling in love isn't about subjugating themselves to a man, but building a working partnership with someone that they love.
These are some of the recurring themes that I see coming through in my stories.
AJ & Ellen: What's the most challenging thing about writing? How do you cope?
Getting the words on the page is the most challenging part of being a writer for me. I love 'having written'. The actual, at the coal face of digging words out of the word mines and putting them on the page is quite another matter.
I cope by keeping a strict record of the words that I have written each day on a spreadsheet. I reward myself by filling in one coloured square for every two hundred words written in my bullet journal. I love seeing the page filled with colour at the end of the day. I remind myself that if I don't sit down and write my words for the day, then I'm going to have to get in the car, drive down the motorway and work to make someone elses dreams a reality.
I want to make my own dreams a reality--so I sit down and write.
AJ & Ellen: Tell us about your book blurbs. How do you go about it? Give us a tip about writing book blurbs!
The dreaded book blurb!
I saw a post on Facebook recently--the two faces of Gollum, "We has to write the blurb" all wide-eyed and full of hope. Followed by, "We hates writing the blurb" looking evil and mad!
Some days that's how I feel about the blurb. How to distil the essence of a 50-75k work down to three paragraphs and a tag line. It's hard work!
I wait until I have completed the story to write the blurb. Some writers like to write it first, to help them get to know their characters, but I prefer to know my characters and my story before I even attempt the blurb. I like to try and keep it simple by writing three paragraphs.
The first paragraph sets the scene for the story and introduces the heroine. The second paragraph tells us about the hero and his motivation. The third paragraph is used to hook the reader, either by setting out the conflict that is going to be the basis of keeping our lovers apart, or asking the reader a question that only reading the book can answer.
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0733CMCRL
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0733CMCRL
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B0733CMCRL