Hello Lea! Thank you so much for visiting Written Butterfly with me today! It’s such a pleasure to chat with you. So tell me…
Q) Is this book part of a series? If so, can you tell us about it?
Yes, Fiery 10-16 is the first book of a new, exciting firefighter series called Smokey Glen. The next books will be written by my talented author friends D.C. Stone, Jessica Jayne, and Cait Jarrod, with whom I co-authored the anthology Girl Code. Smokey Glen is a small town in the Rocky Mountains, and each book in the series will feature a firefighter from the same station.
Q) Can you give a fun or interesting fact about your book?
The hero's looks are based on non other than the majestic, insanely handsome movie star, footballer, wrestler, and rugby player Geno Segers! I remember D.C. Stone showing me a picture of him last year, and me squealing in delight and saying, "OMG, I need to write him a book!" lol, and that's what I did.
Q) What gave you the inspiration for your book?
It's quite funny, because I got the idea after responding to a private ad for children’s clothes last year. The seller gave me an address in town…and I ended up knocking on the door of the main fire station. Of all places! And this is exactly how the story of Fiery 10-16 begins J
Q) Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
It's a long process. When I start plotting the book, I usually have a "feel" about my main characters. I know their hearts and souls and make them mine. Then as I immerse myself into their story, chapter by chapter, I build their backgrounds, motivations, struggles, and dreams, and decide which obstacles they'll have to surmount to achieve a personal development. Little by little, I also add secondary characters to give the story vastness and depth and strengthen the plot and subplots. I can tell you there's a lot of back-and-forth editing!
Q) How much real life do you put into or influences your books?
I always include bits of real life into my books, be it a place, a name, a person, or a particular experience (as in the case of Fiery 10-16), because it helps to describe the settings or the situations as realistically as possible.
Q) What are your upcoming projects?
I have 5 very different works-in-progress waiting for me to allot them time. A psychological thriller, a dark erotic new adult MMMM romance, an erotic lesbian romance, a romantic suspense, and a historical romance. I'm not sure which one to work on, to be honest! It all depends on my mood J
Runo Wiggins is a scarred man, the wounds etched into his psyche deeper than those on his skin. But he loves his job: fighting fires helps reenact his survival of a house fire as a teen, one that killed his mother and brutal stepfather.
Dawn Caravello is married to a psychotic drunk. She can take his beatings as long as he doesn't touch their children, and she'll do anything to put food on the table, even if it means stealing from the town hero.
When Runo meets the fiery Dawn, sparks fly. But he suspects she is victim of the same abuse as his mother was. As day turns to night, the past and the present blend in an exhausting, nerve-wrecking chase to prevent another death.
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About Lea Bronsen:
I like my reads hot, fast, and edgy, and strive to give my own stories the same intensity. After venturing into dirty inner-city crime drama with my debut novel Wild Hearted, I divide my writing time between psychological thriller, romantic suspense, and erotic dark/contemporary romance.
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