[Author Interview] Sonya Loveday | What It Takes: A Dirt Road Love Story
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ATAI: Tell us a little about you.
Sonya Loveday: I’m a mom and wife first and foremost. I’m addicted to coffee, Outlander, Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. Most days you’ll find me in front of my computer still in my PJ’s, or as I like to call them, my work attire. I’m a full time author with 11 published novels under my belt. I write Contemporary Romance with angst, suspense & humor. My currently published titles are: What It Takes (standalone), The Six Series (5 books to date and two more to come), The Casted Series – a two book PNR series, and I’ve also co-written three Game of Hearts Novels with author Candace Knoebel.
ATAI: How long have you been writing?
Sonya Loveday: I started writing in 2009. The first book I ‘finished’ will probably never see the light of day, but it proved to me that I had what it took to start and finish a story.
ATAI: What was your most recent release?
Sonya Loveday: What It Takes officially released May 18th 2017 with Pronoun. Since then I’ve moved it from Pronoun and re-published it under my own name in June 2017.
What It Takes is a standalone contemporary (western) romance set in the small town of Garwood, Texas. It’s a story about two friends, Gracen and Slade, who have grown up on a ranch together. Both are secretly in love with the other, but afraid to say how they feel and risk ruining the strong friendship they have until the last moment when Slade is set to leave Texas and move on.
This story has heat, tender moments, and a little bit of a twist. It isn’t your typical cowboy rides of into the sunset with the little woman, but does wrap up nicely with a happily ever after.
ATAI: What do you love most about writing?
Sonya Loveday: I’d have to say the creation process. I love that I can give a character their voice and share their story for others to lose themselves inside of.
ATAI: What do you find most challenging?
Sonya Loveday: Some days it’s not easy to get motivated, but those are the days I push myself harder. If the story stalls out, I give it time. A new scene comes to me and I’m back at the keyboard. In the in between I’m on Facebook with my Street Team and posting on my author page. Opening scenes tend to kick my keester a bit too.
ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?
Sonya Loveday: Every book I’ve written has started out with a scene blip. I use that character introduction and build the story, or I should say the characters build the story around it. I am but a shell that hosts the many voices who spin their tales. I think it helps that I’ve always been a creative person. From drawing to creating things by hand. Before I was a full time writer I owned a craft business with Candace Knoebel. It was fun, but it wasn’t a long term career. Writing completes me more than anything else I’ve ever done. It makes me happy. What more could you ask for in life?
ATAI: What is your writing process?
Sonya Loveday: My writing process. I’d have to say that I’m a total panster. I have no set writing schedule that I follow, but I try to write daily when I start a new story. Scenes unfold one into the other a lot easier for me with dual POV’s. Usually, once I start a story, I sit down every single day and get everything out of my head to clear up space so the story can keep moving forward.
ATAI: Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own?
Sonya Loveday: I can get a general outline for my fiction stories but then the characters step in. They change the story and muck about in it until the final words are typed. Most days it’s easier to go by the seat of my pants since it technically happens that way anyway.
ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?
Sonya Loveday: I’d have to say my favorite part (and this covers a series) is the humor I intertwine throughout the stories. Life isn’t always dramatic, and it isn’t always hearts and flowers. Sometimes there is pain and humor. Heartache and laughter. Friendships and fallouts. But in life, it’s genuine, which is what I hope comes through in each of my stories.
ATAI: What are you working on next?
Sonya Loveday: I just finished writing the first draft of the next Six Series book and am doing my first read through/edit. I’m hoping to have the series wrapped up by the end of this year, which will mean one more book after this one.
ATAI: Where can people find you online?
Sonya Loveday: I can be found at the following links:
ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.
Sonya Loveday: Thank you, ATAI, for having me, and thank you to those of you who’ve stuck around to find out more about me! I love hearing from readers, so please feel free to contact me at any time. My email can be found on my website & Facebook author page. Readers who sign up for my newsletter get first look at cover reveals, release dates and what I have coming up. Should you like to subscribe to my newsletter it can be found here: http://bit.ly/2h49ECx
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