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January 21, 2013

Writer Wrangler: Aleatha Romig


Braine: Hi Aleatha! Welcome to Talk Supe! Finally we found the time to chat.


Aleatha Romig: Braine, thank you for having me on your blog and for your great reviews!

Braine: Thank you! I'm glad you approve although I can't say Claire was very happy with the last one. So let's catch up, did you get anything extra special last Christmas?

Aleatha Romig: My husband got me a beautiful pair of earrings, blue sapphire, Colts blue! I love them!

Braine: He has fine taste! My birth stone is Sapphire and any excuse to wear your team color is great! What's your number 1 NY resolution aside from writing more?

Aleatha Romig: To read more. I love to read! I used to do it a lot... it seems that lately I don’t have time to do anything. However, I think as a writer, I need to read. It is research!

Braine: I've seen your video about CONSEQUENCES and what's it about but can you tell us when and where the idea behind the infamous Anthony Rawlings was born?


Aleatha Romig: The character was born to Amanda and Samuel Rawls, February 12, 1965 in New Jersey... figuratively.... he was born in my imagination – a combination of many sexy, arrogant, damaged and perhaps fixable characters I’ve encountered!


Braine: Obviously, Tony Rawlings is the big daddy of them all. You know I hate the guy while some readers love him (which boggles me) but when you're writing him, his lines, motivations, etc. Do you intend for his character to be likeable or hateful?

Aleatha Romig: He started out, a mystery. In CONSEQUENCES I purposely gave you, readers, very little insight into his POV. That makes his words and actions harsher. In TRUTH I decided to show you more of what makes him tick... what he’s thinking. In TRUTH I intended for you to soften. Apparently, I didn’t succeed.

Braine: I think I'm the exception, I still have my misgivings about the guy as you know. I still can't get over the trauma he gave Claire in CONSEQUENCES. Now we like to play casting couch here in, Talk Supe, who do you think should play them if your books become movies?

Aleatha Romig: My first thought for Tony was Joe Mangiellano, Alcide from True Blood. However, recently some of my readers have recommended Jon Hamm and David Gandy. I think it would be a “terrible” job to interview them all and give my two cents on who Tony should be!

Claire – my first thought was Natalie Portman.
Braine: Do you have beta group like most writers? What was their first reaction towards Claire & Anthony after they read CONSEQUENCES?

Aleatha Romig: I actually didn’t have a beta group for Consequences... unless you include my mother! And if she counts, she hated him!!! I did have a beta group for TRUTH... they were amazing and very insightful! What is great about my group is that they are equally divided between Tony “lovers” and “haters”! Even after TRUTH. I receive plenty of feedback both ways! One of my good friends whom I see very often is of the “hater” variety. She continually shares her feelings with me!

Braine: That's a relief, at least I'm not alone in the "Anti-Tony" group. What's the most outrageous thing anybody has said about the series?

Aleatha Romig: Goodness! I don’t know! There are literally thousands of reviews on Goodreads , Amazon and B&N... there have been many comments! My favorite, the one that has caught on, is that after reading... “I need therapy!” I believe that comment was the motivation behind the Goodreads Hugs and Therapy Group!

Braine: I think anybody who's read the series will need therapy after. Maybe I'm a feminist or maybe I really don't like the idea of "victims" but Claire has been through some serious stuff. Why make her go back to Anthony's world? Residual effects of Stockholm syndrome?

Aleatha Romig: Actually no. Claire was definitely suffering from Stockholm syndrome throughout CONSEQUENCES... TRUTH was different! Claire had separation, support and freedom... with all that, despite the “negatives” of their past relationship... Claire and Tony had a connection. She was attracted to him... Yes, he was still controlling, protective and domineering. But she was different. He was able to be all those things and Claire was able to stand up and be herself – the new combination was erotic and energizing.

On a side note... wouldn’t TRUTH have been boring if Claire and Tony never got back together? I think so... I LOVE them, their energy. I especially enjoy writing Claire as spunky and sassy... I think Tony likes it too!


Braine: I think it would be very exciting if she took some revenge. Sorry I'm still a little blood thirsty, I want Tony's head! LOL  On a more serious note, Stockholm syndrome is a very interesting vein to include in the story and I'm sure you've read tons of materials about it. What's the most interesting case you've encountered?

Elizabeth Ann Smart
Aleatha Romig: Elizabeth Smart! She is amazing, cultured, graceful, smart, articulate... I could go on and on! Her strength is boundless. Yet never have you seen her cry, scream, or ask for pity. She is the epitome of class under stress. Her quiet strength to endure was my model for Claire. Anthony Rawlings is a far cry from the crazy assed man who took Elizabeth... their circumstance were worlds apart... yet their reactions had the same result – they both lived! Isn’t that the ultimate goal?

Many readers bulk at the ending of CONSEQUENCES. However, near the beginning of her ordeal Claire makes a promise to herself. She says to herself, I am not sure how or when. But I will leave here, get away from him, and go to a place where women wear underwear. She accomplished her goal!

Braine: LOL Yay for underwear! Still bummed she went back, though sassier I still fear for her. Anthony is hot and cold and powerful, he can't be tempered. Will Claire eventually be a victor in the end?

Aleatha Romig: Oh, you’re precariously close to asking me what will happen in Convicted... I won’t answer that. However, I must say... the answer to your question lies in your definition of “victor” :)

Braine: Claire has been through some really intense stuff, is she up for more trauma in Convicted?

Aleatha Romig: In my opinion Claire is strong and resilient... I guess we will see what happens. Her main focus has changed. Having a child alters all of your past beliefs. Only time, and Convicted, will tell.

Braine: How many pages/words do you think Convicted will be?

Aleatha Romig: CONSEQUENCES was 167,000 words. TRUTH was 190,000 words. Convicted will be about the same.

Braine: Great! I can delay the eventual ending for 500 pages or so. Can you give us a little info on what we'll be reading in Convicted? Will Anthony & Claire have their HEA together?

Aleatha Romig: Nope. Oh, not nope no HEA... or even yes, HEA... Nope, I won’t tell you. What I have said is that Claire deserves an HEA! With whom is yet to be seen. I recently commented in a chat that previous characters are not gone... we will see much more of Tony, Harry and even Phil.

Braine: Team Harry! I love this quote from Anne Hathaway: Mellow doesn't always make for a good story, but it makes for a good life and Harry is Mellow. Favorite line you've written in Convicted so far?

Aleatha Romig: I hope you don’t mind if I give you a little more than a line....

“As she watched the flames consume their history, an overpowering sense of déjà vu replaced the feeling of loss. Claire no longer saw the fire before her. Instead she was transported to the incinerator at the Iowa state prison. While the heat warmed her cheeks she watched the fires from her past. Her memory flooded with scenes of surrender and desperation. Through the years she’d successfully compartmentalized each one away, yet today they proclaimed their presence only to fade into the gray smoke.



Taking a step back she rubbed her burning eyes and saw other scenes. They weren’t of oppression or vengeance. No, she saw true love and affection. Would those scenes prevail or if she closed her eyes would they too disappear into the growing haze? Claire fought the urge to fall before the flames and bask in her new realization: it would never be the same. Instead, she straightened her neck and turned her soot covered face toward the eyes beside her. She wouldn’t, she couldn’t give in to her emotions, not yet. After all, there were cards yet to be revealed. This game wasn’t over.”
Braine: And I. Died. I need this NOW! After CONSEQUENCES wraps up, what's your next project? Please say more mind-fuck stories like this!

Aleatha Romig: I have notes and ideas... I’m actually very excited about them. However, I can’t multi task well. I have to finish Convicted first. However, if your question is, will I continue to write... YES!


Currently reading: Crave by J.R. Ward

Last movie you saw: Les Misérables, it was amazing!!! My family went Christmas day.

Fellow author you want to meet: JR. Ward or C.J. Roberts

First book boyfriend: Rhett Butler

Favorite Quote: Never forget who you are, for surely the world won’t. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones. There are so many quotes in Game of Thrones!!!

As you know, I like quotes! Braine, thanks for having me! This has been fun! Aleatha

Braine: I love 'em quotes and thank you too for being so chatty and for pimping my reviews! XOXO



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Aleatha Romig voted #1 "New Author to Read" on Goodreads, July, August, September, and October 2012! She has lived most of her life in Indiana growing-up in Mishawaka, graduating from Indiana University, and currently living south of Indianapolis. Together with her husband of twenty six years, they've raised three children. She works days as a dental hygienist but enjoys spending her nights writing. She also likes to spend time with her family, friends and patients. Her pastimes include exercising, reading and writing.

Aleatha enjoys traveling, especially when there is a beach involved. In 2011 she had the opportunity to visit Sydney, Australia to visit her daughter studying at the University of Wollongong. Her dream is to travel to places in her novels and around the world.

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4 comments:

  1. Oh, I've just started hearing about this series. It seems very intense. I'll do some more checking to see if it's something I might like. Great interview!

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  2. I love the fact that there are people out there who either love or hate Tony. It sounds like he's a very complicated character and when readers are divided like that it makes me feel like there is something more there!
    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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  3. I wonder to myself HOW i can be team Tony. HOW?! But really I think that the writing and the chemistry between Tony and Claire is phenomenal. So no matter how many terrible thing Tony did, I still love him.

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  4. These books are amazing. I became team Tony, and I don't care what that says about me. These books may not be for everyone, but I still think everyone should read them. What are books for if not to open your mind, make you feel...make you discuss.

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