What Should You Read Next? Lynne Graham Recommends Sharon Kendrick
Not sure what to read next? Author Lynne Graham thinks you should check out Sharon Kendrick…and here’s why!
Lynne Graham: What made you want to start writing romance?
Sharon Kendrick: I love romance – who doesn’t? I always knew I wanted to write, so what could be better than choosing the one genre guaranteed to make you feel happy, optimistic and positively gooey?
LG: You’ve written over 100 books, all as wonderful as the last. Is there a particular story theme you most love to write?
SK: I end up falling in love with all my heroes but I admit to a certain fondness for Sheikhs. I love their power and their uncompromising attitude which could often be accurately described as chauvinistic. The more arrogant they are – the more satisfying when they fall from a great height for the heroine.
LG:I love your heroes – the more outrageous they are, the more I adore them. And Sheikh Zayed is very outrageous! Do you have a favorite source of inspiration for them?!
SK: Outrageous alpha men are very sexy – and they know it – so I always start out with that in mind. Looks-wise, I’m inspired by actors such as Aidan Turner (Poldark) or the famous Portuguese footballer, Luis Figo. But mainly, I get my inspiration from my imagination – which takes on a life of its own when I’m writing such a deliciously arrogant man!
LG: I also love how relatable your heroines are, you have such a knack for writing the perfect Cinderella storyline! What is it about your heroine Jane, in The Sheikh’s Bought Wife, that made you want to write her story?
SK: This was one of those rare books which almost wrote itself. The characters came to me fully-formed, and Jane in particular. I’ve met women like Jane – fiercely intelligent, independent women with a fascinating career which they love and find fulfilling. I can understand exactly why she despises Zayed and everything he stands for – and I thought what a wonderful conflict it would create if she was forced to marry him!
LG: You write so much, it’s hard to imagine you ever struggle with writer’s block! If you’re struggling with a storyline, what do you do?
SK: Of course I’ve had struggles with books – and it is a horrible feeling. Not all of them are straightforward and if I come to a halt in the story, it’s usually because there’s some structural flaw or I haven’t fleshed out my characters properly and they don’t seem “real”. There is a solution and that involves talking to my brilliant editor who somehow manages to calm me down and says something which helps me work out a solution.
LG: What’s the best bit of writing advice you’ve ever been given?
SK: To write from the heart and to write with integrity. To make your characters seem so real that if you scratched them they would bleed…. And lastly, to remember there are only three things which will make a romance reader want to read your book and they are: emotion, emotion, emotion.