Abby Niles is the author of the contemporary MMA series, Love to the Extreme, and the paranormal series, The Awakening. She is also the author to the geeky romantic comedy, Defying Convention, where Live Action Role Players (LARPers) set out to teach their favorite author a lesson, but end up playing matchmaker instead.
Abby lives in North Carolina with the love of her life and their combined gaggle of kids. When she’s not writing, she’s trying to catch up on an endless pile of laundry and find time to get some much needed reading in.
definitely not the first book I read, and it’s not just one book, but
it’s a series that made me love to read. It took reading from being a
chore to being something I loved. And that was The Sweet Valley High
series. I discovered the series in 6th grade and I discovered I loved
romance because I couldn’t get enough of Elizabeth and Todd. From that
series, I moved on to meatier stories. By high school, I was reading my
surroundings is a part of your stories? Is the influence based on a
conscious decision, or do you periodically recognize yourself in one of
your characters and it wasn’t planned?
me in every one of my stories. When you’re writing from a deep place,
part of yourself is going to slip onto the page. Some stories have more
of me than others (EXTREME LOVE for example), but every one of them have
some of me in it.
historicals. I LOVE historical romance. I wanted to be a historical
romance writer. Even tried my hand at it. I wasn’t very good. You really
have to know your stuff to write in that genre. It’s like a different
level of research. The clothing, etiquettes, surroundings…everything has
to be researched. I bow to historical writers.
don’t think a book can thrive off just one feature. You’ve seen reviews
that says the romance was hot, but there wasn’t any conflict so the
book was just meh or steaming hot love scenes, but the plot sucked or
good plot, but no chemistry between the H/h. So a book needs a whole
bunch of important stuff to be complete.
the chance to influence the questions people ask you in interviews, what
question is the most annoying and you would love to never hear again?
What question would you really like to answer that you have not been
asked yet, and what is your answer to that question?
ones like the one below, lol. I wouldn’t call questions like that
annoying either. I don’t find any of the questions annoying. More like
they put me on the spot and I get uncomfortable with comparing my
writing to other writers. J
interviews so I’ve been asked all kinds of questions. One thing I don’t
think I’ve been asked a lot about is earlier books I’ve worked on, maybe
things that have never been published.
OMG. Yes, I have. And, OMG. It sucks. I’m glad I’ve kept all of my
earlier work so I can see how far I have come as a writer. My voice
isn’t even the same. You can tell I was trying to find it.
that would have been my hero Luke Evans from DEFYING CONVENTION. Gah,
he was difficult. Defying Convention is romantic comedy set at a sci-fi
convention. This was supposed to be a light-hearted read. Luke was
anything but light-hearted. He fought me in every. Single. Scene. He was
angrier than he was supposed to be. He refused to be brought down a
notch too, but for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why he was so
damn angry. What I had in mind didn’t justify that amount of pent-up
writer. You should have control. I did not. The character did. Times
like that, I just go with it, because it’s usually leading to something
I’m not seeing yet. Luke eventually let me in on why he was so
angry, and yes, he was justified…and it was much better than what I had
in mind. So sometimes, your characters know best.