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Five Questions with Gwyneth Bolton

Monday, June 11, 2007

Gwyneth Bolton turned her passion for reading romance into being a passionate romance writer. If you're looking for a tantalizing gripping story, pick up any one of her novels.

Why did you decide to write in the romance genre?
I have been a huge fan of romance ever since I was a
preteen. I started out sneaking my mom's Harlequin
in the 80s. I've always known that I wanted
to be a writer. It took me a minute to decide that I
wanted to be a romance author. It wasn't until I
finished my first nonfiction book, that I realized
that I could actually finish a book. And once the
realization hit, I knew I had to write romance. I
adore the genre. On any given day, if I have a spare
moment to read a book, you can best believe it will be
a romance novel in my hands. So, it only made sense in
my mind to write in the genre I to read so much.

How does your family feel about you being a writer?
My family is really happy about me going after my
dreams of being an author. My mother loves telling her
friends that her daughter writes romance. And my
husband is going around telling everyone he can about
his wife's books. The funny thing is, I'm the only one
of my mother's kids who picked up the romance-reading
bug. None of my younger sisters admits to reading
romance. One loves mysteries only. Another has a thing
for vampires. One likes street-fiction. Another likes
true-life stories. But each of my sisters has read my
books and encourages me to keep going after my dream.
My family has been wonderful.

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing or teaching or grading papers or
watching my favorite television show, I'm usually
reading. I have a huge book addiction and I love to go
to the bookstore to buy more books to feed my
addiction. My idea of the ideal weekend would start
with a trip to the bookstore on a Friday evening,
perhaps after dinner with the hubby. Then I would go
home and curl up with my new purchases and spend the
rest of the weekend making my way through my
to-be-read pile.

Tell me about your books.
My current book, SWEET SENSATION, is the second book
in my Hip-Hop Debutantes Trilogy. It's the story of
Deidre "Sweet Dee" James and Fredrick "Flex" Towns.
The idea behind my hip-hop debutante books is that
they are hip-hop remixes of classic romance
storylines. So in SWEET SENSATION we have a mix of the
secret child storyline and the lover's reunited
storyline. The book is set in the world of hip-hop and
has a lyrical aspect to it as well. One underlying
question of the novel is, what happens when hip-hop
heads grow up and have kids? It also looks at black
family relationships across several generations. I had
a ball writing it and so far it has gotten some
amazing reviews from RAWSISTAZ, Black Butterfly Review
and Romance Junkies.

I just signed my second contract with Harlequin Kimani
for the first two-book in my Hightower Honors
series. Here's a brief look at what the series will

Cops and firemen bring sirens to mind--red-hot-blazing
sirens. And these men offer just that, loud,
heart-pounding sirens of seduction. Hightower Honors
is a four part series that chronicles the lives and
loves of four very hot and sexy brothers from a strong
upper-middle class Paterson, New Jersey family with a
rich legacy of public service. Most of the Hightower
men are either cops or firemen and have been in this
line of work for several generations. These Hightower
brothers add two cops and two firemen to the family
lineage of service.

In PROTECT AND SERVE, Jason Hightower is a police
detective for the Paterson police department who needs
to conquer his past by finally confronting the first
love he thinks betrayed him. He needs to do so before
a threat from her past takes her away for good. In
MAKE IT HOT, Joel Hightower is a fireman injured on
the job and forced to think about a career outside of
his dream job. Too bad he can't think around the
spunky physical therapist helping him recover. In
UPHOLDING THE LAW, the woman Lawrence Hightower finds
himself falling in love with could very well be a
criminal. He needs to figure out who she really is
before the criminals looking for her find her. In
SIZZLING SEDUCTION, Patrick Hightower is used to
putting out fires, but a sweet and sexy kindergarten
teacher breaks through his protective shield and gets
him thinking it might be more fun starting one.

The Hightower men are all tall, dark, handsome and
alpha. Their upbringing dictates that when push comes
to shove, they should always do the right thing. The
only catch is that sometimes the right thing in their
minds has to be done the right way, their way. Raised
by two loving parents, James and Celia Hightower, the
brothers know what real love looks like and they want
it for themselves. Eventually. On their own terms. The
Hightower Honors series offers four books about love,
family, and romance in sometimes gritty, urban
settings that explode with passion and deep emotion.
The two firemen stories are hot sexy, courtship tales
about the thrill of the chase and the glory of
surrender. The two cop stories are deeply emotional
and passionate stories with a hint of intrigue.

What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Never give up on your dream to write and be published.
Write as much as you can and read as much as you can.
Also, realize that publishing is a business. So do
your research on the business aspects. Find out a
company's history before signing the contract. And
just watch out for your business interests as well as
your creative interests. You'd be surprised how much
getting into business with the wrong publisher can
negatively impact your creative life not to mention
your finances.

To learn more about Gwyneth Bolton and her books, visit her
website: http://gwynethbolton.com/

Interview by Shelia M. Goss, National Bestselling Author of My Invisible Husband, Roses are thorns, Violets are true and Paige's Web. For more information, visit her website: www.sheliagoss.com.
posted by Shelia, 6:06 AM


Great Interview...a true Gwyneth Bolton fan, glad to know I will have more books to look forward to...

Love and Blessings...
Way to go, Gwyneth. Thanks Sheila for another good interview.

Can't wait for the Hightower men (although every time I hear that name, you know I think of Steve "Mr. Hightower" Harvey)!
commented by Blogger Patricia W., 8:47 AM  
Angelia, I've become a fan as well.

Patricia...I'm looking forward to the series too.

Thanks for stopping by.
commented by Blogger Shelia, 9:00 AM  
Angelia ~ Coming from a talented author such as you, I'm feeling really happy right now. You know I'm a fan of your work as well.

Patricia ~ I know, I keep thinking of Mr Hightower too. LOL.

Shelia ~ Thanks for providing this opportunity, I'm a fan of your work as well. And I just think it's wonderful that we can have this kind of community and exchange with sister authors... it's a beautiful thing... ;-)

commented by Blogger Gwyneth Bolton, 11:56 AM  
I'm a true Bolton fan. Read all of her books and can't wait to read about the Hightower Men.

commented by Blogger Deltareviewer, 8:40 AM  

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