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Looks at Books: An Interview with Halo Roberts

If you love romantic comedies with realistic characters, intriguing stories, and a touch of spice, then you will definitely want to read what Halo has to say! She has two books out now, Finding My Night and Finding My One! Please, enjoy this interview!


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L: Tell us a little bit about yourself! 

H: I'm a lover of dark coffee and dark beer. My first readers are the Bitchy Betas, two fat spoiled cats that like to lounge on my keyboard when I'm trying to write. I have a large family that provides much of the inspiration for the funny moments in my stories.

L: How long have you been writing for? 


H: I've been writing since I could hold a pencil, but I changed gears and got serious (if you can be serious when writing rom-coms) a little over a year ago.

L: What are you currently working on?


H:I am working on the third book in a series of standalones with interconnected characters titled, "Finding My Safe". 

Finding My Night

L: Could you pitch us this book? 


H: Finding My Night is the story of a serious workaholic art dealer who doesn't take time for love and his bubbly sassy personal chef who is secretly in love with him.  

L: What genre do you think this would fit into? Also, what is the recommended age group for your book? 


H: This book is a rom-com, the characters range from mid-20's to 50's (there is one age gap relationship and *surprise twist* it is NOT the art dealer/chef, it is a super fun second story line woven in*

L: What was the inspiration for the story?


H: I realize it sounds cliche and everyone says this, but I wrote the romance I wanted to read. I wanted the drama to be realistic and not insurmountable. It makes me crazy to read romances where the characters spend 80% of the book torn apart and miserable over some stupid thing, especially if it is simple lack of communication. I wanted lots of laughs, I wanted to read both point of views, I wanted to see if I could write a man that sounded like he was written by a man. My husband says I 'speak like a dude' surprisingly well!

L: What is the meaning behind the title of your book? 


H: The title of the book is a very central theme tied to the tattoo that the main character has, some advice his father once gave him, and never giving up on the love of a lifetime. I had the title in mind before I ever put a word on the pages of this story.

L: What is the key theme of this book? Also, is there any particular message you wish to convey through the telling of this story? 


H: I think I was mainly hoping to convey that sometimes love doesn't have to be so messy, it can be full of laughs and steamy times and that sometimes it is really fun to read a story that makes you smile and sigh.

L: Who are the main characters and what is enticing about them? 


H: Nick is an art dealer who has given up on finding love, he secret harbors feelings for his personal chef Bree, but he doesn't think he is right for her because she is very outgoing and sassy and full of life and he is introverted and quiet and serious.

Bree is Nick's personal chef and she has been crushing on Nick since her first day working for him, she's the oldest of a large family and is full of life and fun and has an amazingly fun and snarky inner monologue that is prevalent throughout the story.

Margo and Williams are the other main characters in the story, and the second part is actually told from their point of view.Margo is Bree's aunt/best friend. Williams is Nick's best friend and their part of the story is amazing and funny.

L: What character has an extra-special place in your heart? 


H: Veronica! She is the 'not really a girlfriend' of Nick that he attends events with, she is spoiled and awful and misunderstood and you will hate her in this story.

L: What do you believe is the most original aspect of your book?


H: The most original aspect of this story is that it is written in two parts that weave together at the end to wrap up two love stories.

L: Avoiding spoilers, what has been the most difficult part to write and what has been your favorite part to write? 


H: My favorite parts to write are the inner dialogue. It's a chance to show the real personality of the characters and a prime opportunity for humor.  I have honestly found that if a part is difficult to write, it's not the way the book should be going. I begin with an idea and a HEA and I write these books front to back without skipping any parts. If I find I don't look forward to writing a part, I will often change the direction of the book slightly until I'm excited again.

L: Who do you think this book appeals to the most?


H: People who are into happy funny books with hot steamy bits, low drama and angst. These aren't dark or tough, they're light and funny and sexy.

Finding My One


L: Could you pitch us this book? 


H: This book is Veronica's story. She was the spoiled socialite from book one. Her parents are tired of footing the bill for her extravagant lifestyle while she wastes her time and talent partying and shopping and in general accomplishing nothing. They lay down an ultimatum that she will take a job with the family business. The kicker is that she is placed in charge of marketing a new line of organic cotton accessories that go with her mother's cosmetics line.


These need marketing at ground zero, which is a farm in Georgia. So before she knows what's hit her, Veronica finds herself banished to a farm, complete with a gruff single dad farmer who is of course dreamy in all the good ways. Shane is the farmer and he doesn't have the time or inclination to deal with a princess from the city.


L: What genre do you think this would fit into? Also, what is the recommended age group for your book? 


H: This book is also a rom-com, anyone 20-90 who likes a spoiled rich girl and a gruff sexy farmer finding a HEA together.

L: What was the inspiration for the story?


H: Wanting to find a way for a character that no one would like or find enticing from book one to become a character that people would fall in love with, without being predictable.


L: What is the meaning behind the title of your book? 


H: Veronica is beginning to despair that empty relationships and flings might be all she ever has, as she begins to self reflect and grow as a character, she wonders if she's finally found that one person that will be forever.


L: What is the key theme of this book? Also, is there any particular message you wish to convey through the telling of this story? 


H: I wanted to take a spoiled selfish character and write her a love story that didn't involve a character who was more arrogant, more selfish or in any way 'worse' than her "taming" her, which is what I think people who heard that Veronica would have a story assumed. I feel like there are other ways to handle characters and let them grow, to find those deeper reasons for their personalities that give them depth and a realistic feel.


L: Who are the main characters and what is enticing about them? 


H: Veronica is the spoiled socialite from book one, banished to the country to work for her mother. She experiences quite a journey, full of laughs and growth, and becomes a character that people tend to really like. Shane is a gruff sexy farmer with a daughter who is full of common sense and sarcasm and is impatient with the spoiled princess that has invaded his world.

L: What character has an extra-special place in your heart? 


H: Katie, Shane's daughter was so much fun to write, she is fun and bubbly and it was great to have the chance to write a prom!


L: Did you choose the names of the characters for any particular reason?


H: Veronica's name came from all of the opportunities that it has for nicknames, some fun, some awful, you'll understand if you read her story!

L: What do you believe is the most original aspect of your book?


H: That I tackled a character that was not likeable from the first story and wrote a story that will have you cheering for her at the end. Even awful shallow people have more layers than you think, it was incredibly satisfying to develop the layers of Veronica in a way that made her human, likeable, and relatable.


L: Avoiding spoilers, what has been the most difficult part to write and what has been your favorite part to write? 


H: My favorite part of this story to write was Veronica's return trip to the city towards the end of the book. I felt like Mimsy deserved her little moment of spotlight.


The sexy times are always interesting to write, I think that people have such personal taste about how they like those scenes to go, and making sure that things are hot, fun, and logistically not confusing can be stressful!

L: Who do you think this book appeals to the most?


H: I think that anyone who has read the first book will think they have Veronica all figured out, they'll be pleasantly surprised that they like her by the end of the story. For those who read Finding My One by itself without the first book, this will appeal to anyone who loves a good small town romance with an amazing cast, and Veronica's inner monologue I am very proud of, you will honestly laugh out loud.


L: Any final thoughts?

H: Thank you so much! These stories have been such fun to write and getting to talk to the readers and hear that they laughed and sighed and blushed is the most amazing feeling!


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Thank you so much to Halo! Please check out her books! I've linked where you can find them and her social media accounts as well!


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19053887.Halo_Roberts

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Halo-Roberts/e/B07QRNZS8V?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1571710692&sr=8-1

BookBub:https://www.bookbub.com/profile/halo-roberts

Halo’s Harpies Facebook reader group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/773029749825549/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/halorobertswrites/

Facebook acct: https://www.facebook.com/halo.roberts.94801

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/halorobertsauthor/

Blog: https://halorobertswrites.blogspot.com/?m=1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RobertsHalo

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