I’m so excited to be bringing you another author interview! This time I’ve got author Renee Kennedy. Renee and I collaborated on the new candle, Southern Charm. I love this fragrance! It reminds me of summer in the South. And there’s a naughty bit to the fragrance, that you won’t know until you read Renee’s book, Love Me Like That. Talk about a steamy scene! *fanning self*
Ahem, so back to the interview here! Hahaha! I hope you enjoy my talk with Renee. Also check out her website to see all of the Love Me series of books.
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview. I was reading your bio on Amazon and found that Love Me Like That was developed after reminiscing about your grandparent’s love story. Can you share with us a little more about their story and how this worked for you in your book?
My grandparents had a sweet love story, I grew up hearing my grandfather tell it over and over again. He would tell us he saw her across the room and told his brother that she was going to be the woman he married. At this time, he didn’t know her name and had never spoken to my grandmother.
In Love Me – Like That, while the grandmother is in the hospital, the grandfather (which has dementia) tells Bailey the story. Bailey decides to kick one of the guys to the curb, when she thinks about how her grandfather treats her grandmother.
You’ve written a couple of books now. Tell us how your writing process works? What do you do to make the magic happen?
I love music, as I listen sometimes a story idea will come to me. After that, I plot out my idea on index cards. I try to get in as much writing time as possible while the idea is still hot, sometimes, I tend to get writer’s block if I wait too long.
Okay, I have to ask about this because part of the Southern Charm candle is inspired by a particular scene in the book – You’ve got some super HOT sex scenes in Love Me Like That! Some authors struggle with this aspect of their writing. How do you go about writing these scenes?
Well, I did get embarrassed about the sex scenes when I first started writing, I knew my mother was going to read the book. I tried to separate myself from the character in the book. I try to “become” that character and not worry about what anyone else thinks.
A love triangle of sorts develops when Cash shows up in Bailey’s life. One guy is a gentlemen, the other not so much. Do you think a lot of women can relate to Bailey’s situation?
Bailey does a lot of growing up in Love Me- Like That, she learns to love herself. I think we all had those guys in our life that we thought was “the one”, before we were even mature enough to know ourselves.
What can we expect in the next Love Me books? Will we see more of Cash and Bailey?
In each of my books, that couple’s story ends. They get their happily ever after or happy for now, but since this is a series, they’re recurring characters in each book.
We love to get to know our guest authors better – can you share with us the last book you read that you couldn’t stop recommending to others?
I like a wide range of genres, but of course romance is my favorite. I love so many and recommend so many, it’s hard to say. I have to say the book that has stayed with me here lately is, It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover.
Thank you again for taking the time to talk with us, Renee! I hope my readers will pick up a copy of Love Me Like That!