Jen: It’s the third day of our look at mysteries and thrillers and today we welcome Aleatha Romig to Romancing the Book. Aleatha, will you share a short bio with us?
Aleatha: Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. Together with her high-school sweetheart and husband of twenty-eight years, they’ve raised three children. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time with her family and friends. Her pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!
INSIDIOUS is Aleatha’s seventh novel. It is her first time to delve into the world of erotic thrillers. The Consequences Series, her first series has been categorized as psychological thriller and dark romance. With INSIDIOUS, Aleatha took the twists and turns of CONSEQUENCES and turned up the heat.
CONSEQUENCES, her first novel, was released August 2011, by Xlibris Publishing. Then in October of 2012, Ms. Romig re-released CONSEQUENCES as an indie author. TRUTH, the sequel, was released October 30, 2012, and CONVICTED, the third in the series, was released October 8, 2013. Unexpectedly, the fourth book of the Consequences series came to life with REVEALED: THE MISSING YEARS. It is the fourth full-length novel in the series. It explores the years in CONVICTED that previously were only mentioned, as well as a complete character glossary and timeline. REVEALED was released May 20, 2014.
Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Brown and Miller Literary Associates.
Jen: Tell us a little about your newest release.
Aleatha: Revealed, the unexpected fourth book in the Consequences series was released in May of 2014. I had thought after I wrote Convicted (book #3) that Tony and Claire’s story was complete. However, the more I heard from readers, the more I understood that there was more to tell.
For suspense reasons there are two years missing in Convicted. Revealed: The Missing Years allows the reader to not only hear about those years, but live them. It is also told through the male POV’s in my series, 5 of them! That being said, it flows well and has received outstanding reviews. Even as the author, I must admit, it may be my favorite of the entire Consequences series. It truly ties everything together.
Jen: Potter or Pantser?
Aleatha: I have to say both. I read an article about George R.R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones. He said he considers himself a planter. He knows what he’s planting, but he never knows how they will grow. When I begin a manuscript, I know the beginning and I know the end. I don’t know how I’m going to get there. It is not unusual for me to be writing and have my characters do something totally unexpected. I love that!
Jen: What kind of research do you do for your books?
Aleatha: I do mostly online research for my books. I enjoy writing about wealthy individuals. For Consequences I did a lot of research on designers and brands… the cookies on my computer thought I had much more money than I did! With Insidious I did research on ways to kill people, unexpected ways. A friend of mine who’s a nurse helped me. I can only imagine the looks on the faces of people near us in the restaurant as we discussed “off label” uses of certain drugs and how fast it would take for someone to die.
Jen: If Consequences series were made into a movie or TV series who would play the roles?
Aleatha: My readers have been outspoken in assigning Joe Manganiello the role of Anthony Rawlings, though there are others who prefer Jon Hamm. Most agree with Olivia Wilde as Claire Nichols.
Jen: How do you come up with character names?
Aleatha: This is funny! I HATE naming characters. I have three children and I think that naming them was easier than naming my characters. Anthony’s last name: Rawlings came from a volley ball in my garage. I needed a none descript name for a tertiary character in Revealed. As I was contemplating, my neighbor Jim came to my door. After he left, I went back to my office and named the therapist Jim.
Jen: What’s been the highlight of your writing career to this point?
Aleatha: I never imagined traveling and attending book/author events. I’m amazed that people will stand in line to speak with me or buy my books. Both my husband and I have enjoyed getting to know wonderful people in the world of books, authors and readers. Writing has introduced us to a whole new world!
Jen: What’s next for you?
Aleatha: Insidious is next! Insidious is the first released book in my new series, Tales from the Dark Side. Each book in this series will be a dark, erotic thriller. Each book will be standalone. Never will the characters or storyline be revisited. The plan is that more and more books are released in this series, they will be able to be read in any order. If you like one, read another.
Insidious is my first dive into the world of erotica. I took the fade-to-black scenes in my Consequences series and turned up the heat. I love thrillers and wrote Consequences as a psychological thriller (the entire series is a romance, but not individually). In Insidious we meet Victoria Conway, a young woman pulled into an evil world of secrets and depravity. What I love about Victoria is that she is tough as nails and more cunning than anyone knew. I hope everyone enjoys her story as much as I did writing it! Insidious will be released October 21, 2014.
Here’s a short excerpt from Insidious:
I began to turn toward him, to stop the uneasy feelings his proximity spurred, when he stopped me: his tenor left no room for compromise.
“Don’t turn around.”
Involuntarily, I shuddered at his command.
“Put your hands on the window. Let me see those pretty little fingers.”
I’d never heard a man speak with such unquestioning authority. Obediently, I splayed my fingers on the cool glass before me, thankful I’d left my purse on the sofa. Caging me within his arms, his hands came to rest beside mine. The contrast in size was startling as his deep voice exhaled breathily onto my neck.