Jen: Today we welcome Inara Scott back to Romancing the Book. Inara, please share a short bio with us?
Inara: First of all, thanks so much for hosting me! Now, I’m trying to think of interesting things to say, which means I definitely can’t tell you that I’m a lawyer, academic, author, mom, and little white dog owner. But really, that’s the truth. 🙂 I love canoeing, hiking, and eating things that are bad for me. Occasionally, I do yoga and try to pretend I’m calm and Zen-like. Mostly, I run around like a chicken with my head cut off, show up late to meetings and forget what I was about to do. You can find out more about me and my books at my website.
Jen: Tell us about The Boss’s Fake Fiancee and where the idea came from.
Inara: This is hard, because telling you the real story would be a bit of a spoiler. So I’ll just say this–my daughter (who is 9) has a best friend who reminds me a lot of Garth. They are very different, but for some reason, they fell hard for each other. I had a fun time imagining what might have happened if they had met when they were older.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Inara: I do, but it changes all the time. I have a hard time doing one thing, so I tend to write around other jobs and projects. I love writing in the early morning, so I try to do that whenever possible. 5AM is one of my most productive times.
Jen: What is it about the romance genre that appeals to you?
Inara: Ah, it’s the happily ever after, of course! I am a die-hard romantic and I totally believe in love and HEA. I find it absolutely ridiculous that people say romance novels are unrealistic–I think love is the most realistic thing in the world. Also, when I write, I get to live out the scenes I’m creating. This makes writing love scenes and naughty bits particularly wonderful. 😉
Jen: How do you pick character’s names?
Inara: Sometimes it’s very deliberate (hours flipping through lists on baby name websites, thinking about meanings and sounds and nationalities). Sometimes I don’t spend enough time thinking about it, and I always regret it. For instance, when I wrote RULES OF NEGOTIATION, Garth was a side character who stayed off-stage, so I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about his name. I probably would have named him something different if I had! LOL!
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now?
Inara: I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Julie James, and Eloisa James. I also write YA, and I’m on a YA reading kick right now. I just finished DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor (she’s a local author and friend of mine, and totally brilliant), and I started CINDER (Marissa Meyer) just yesterday, which is also fantastic. I’m a big fan of Sophie Jordan as well!
Jen: What’s next for you?
Inara: I’ve got a few projects going, actually. I’ll be bringing out my first self-published book in a month or so. WATCHING is a very sexy contemporary romance about an erotic filmmaker and a Hollywood director. Can’t wait to share it with everyone! I’m also doing a final round of edits a new YA novel called DON’T FALL ASLEEP, which should be out around Christmas. And yes, there will be a sequel to THE BOSS’S FAKE FIANCEE. I don’t have a pub date, but Ross’s story is coming next!