Updated: Apr 17, 2020
This Thursday was Hopeful Heartbreakers third Talk To Me Thursday and our featured author was Chelsea Maria. In her live discussion she answered my questions, and a few of the readers questions so we could get to know her and her work a little better. Scroll down and see what she had to say. Don’t forget to check out her work and leave a review!
1. Are you a full-time or part-time author? How does that affect your writing?
I’m a part-time author. I work full-time and write when I can. Having this type of schedule can be draining but once I see the finish product of my book, all the sleepless nights are worth it. Though I love my 9 to 5, I love writing more. It becomes frustrating when I want to create and have a very good idea but have to wait until I clock out. In the last two years that I’ve been writing, I’m learning to enjoy the process and take everything in strides.
2. What kind(s) of writing do you do?
My catalog is filled with a variety for everyone. You have the unique stories that can be considered Christian Romance to Contemporary to Suspenseful Urban Romance. I don’t like to place myself in a category and limit myself. I tell my readers and those who ask me this question – Just know that with me, Nothing Is Impossible with Love.
3. What’s the biggest thing that people think they know about your genre that isn’t so?
That every story has been told. There are billions of people in the world and that means there are a billion and one ways to tell the same story. Just because someone else has written a friend to lovers trope doesn’t mean that it will be told the exact same way someone else tells it.
4. Is there anything about the writing life you think is misunderstood by the public?
Everybody writes the same and should deliver in a short amount of time. That is false. Totally false. I have not perfected the gift of writing a novella or finishing a project in less than three weeks. I tried and it was not my best work. What may take someone else three weeks to finish may take me a month and some change. That is fine and I wish some folks would understand that being a creative of any sort comes with mental battles as well. If the characters stop talking or if your brain shuts down, then guess what, the writing is on pause. Not to mention dealing with everyday life.
5. How many books have you written?
I have been blessed to have written a total of 14 books.
6. If someone is brand new to your work, what book do you think they should start with?
Start with Why Don’t We Fall in Love & Our Type of Love.
7. What’s the title of your most recent book?
Chasing Empty Hearts
8. How did you come up with the title of the book?
My male character has never been in love and he’s such a reckless and ruthless character. To some, most would think he has no heart. My heroine has set out on a mission to make him fall in love with her. She’s pretty much chasing an empty heart.
9. What’s the back of the book summary?
He came into my life with demands on my heart that I had no intentions of fulfilling.
She was my karma. My sweet tasting karma.
His kisses felt like cruel punishments of ecstasy.
Whatever she needed me to be. Whatever she asked of me. All she had to do was ask and I was at her mercy.
He needed to be broken...
She deserved to be loved....
Two weary souls with two different intentions cross paths, building sandcastles, leaving footprints of chaos. Lust turns into infatuation. Infatuation into possession. In this game of love vs. manipulation, only one will remain standing.
10. Tell us about the main characters.
Noelani is a fierce woman. She’s a boss in her own right, and to help someone that she loves she sets out to do the unthinkable to a man she thought would never be a permanent fixture in her life.