Sunday, April 3, 2016

A Problematic Love & guest post with author Rebecca Rohman

Conflicts as Inspiration by Rebecca Rohman

I’ve often been asked what inspires me when I write my books or is there a specific author that inspires my writing, and the short answer to that is no.

Sometimes, the inspiration comes from something I see in the news, or a documentary I’ve watched. I’m writing my 5th novel now, and I still hear my editor/mentor in my head saying Conflict! Conflict! Conflict! So if I see something in the news I twist it in my head to… I wonder what would happen if… a D.A. fell for the murder suspect that he’ll be taking to trial. Love, Lies & The D.A. came out of that thought.

Sometimes an idea will be triggered from one book, and I will put it aside for my next. That was the case while writing my second book Love, Lies & The D.A. The relationship my heroine Jada McLean shared with her brother Bobby was so close, one of those what if scenarios popped up in my head and so Love M.D. was born—Imagine if a woman fell in love with the doctor she thought was responsible for her brother’s…

When my editor then (now editor/mentor) read the very first draft of my very first book ever, Uncorked she told me that as it stood, it lacked conflict. Meaning—the battles we or our characters have within ourselves (inner conflict) and the outside forces that create conflict in our world (outer conflict).

Another way she put it was: What is the one reason in the world that these two characters should never fall in love? Or why should these two characters not be together? Once I have that answer, I have my next book and it’s crazy, but when I start the book, I never know how the problems will work themselves out.

Since then whenever I start a book, all I know is the major conflict in a book, and it can usually be summed up in one of those imagine if or I wonder what situations.

In my most recent release, A Problematic Love many of my readers fell in love with two of the characters from my previous book and I got tons of Facebook messages from them literally begging for their story.

The only problem was one of the characters they wanted to know about was dead, and I am not a paranormal romance author so he was out. The other problem was because they knew the outcome of their story from my previous book, there would be no real suspense.

But, I wanted to make my fans happy, while still making sure I could answer the question what is the one reason in the world that these two characters should never fall in love. And that novel A Problematic Love was born and it gave me all sorts of problems and conflicts in many ways.

Unfortunately I can’t share more, the blurb was the hardest to write without giving the juicy details away but let’s just say, this relationship was soooo problematic I had the think long and hard about how to sort their conflicts out.

So, what inspires Rebecca Rohman when she writes? In a word—conflict! The harder the problem in the hero and heroine’s relationship the more fascinated I am to answer wrapped up in a steamy romance within the pages of my books.

About Rebecca Rohman

Rebecca Rohman is a wife and designer currently living in the northeastern United States. She was a sales manager for a tourist magazine, and for many years prior, she was involved in marketing for a jewelry company and fine wine distributor.

About fifteen years ago, she started writing her first romance novel purely to entertain herself. In early 2012, she decided to complete and release it. Since then, she has released three additional novels. A Problematic Love is her fourth release.

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Title:  A Problematic Love
Author:  Rebecca Rohman
Publication Date:  February 23/16
Length:  462pgs
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Eight years after her fiancé was murdered, attorney Megan Kole has fully reconciled two areas of her life: her intelligent son, who never knew his father, and the thriving law practice that is her late father's legacy. The remainder of Megan's world stalled in a paralyzing grief that she effectively compartmentalized until a transfer to Seattle brings a handsome, mysterious billionaire into her life.

Daemon Ros has been an outcast since the day he was born. His parents’ lavish but emotionally-vacant lifestyle prompted him to assert his financial independence at a young age. His ailing brother is the only connection he allows to penetrate the vault he has built around his heart, until a devoted mom and her precocious son introduce him to the true meaning of family bonds.

But a chance legal encounter where Megan acts as mediator in a Ros family business dispute leads to far more than either expected. When a shocking truth leads to a love affair between Megan and Daemon that is forbidden in every conceivable way, the barely-restrained chemistry that scorches between them threatens an injunction on everything and everyone they hold dear. As pasts cross, memories threaten, and lies surface in a trial far more deadly than anything inside a courtroom, an arbitration of the heart could prove the only way for them both to make it out alive.

My Review:

This is an emotionally fulfilling story. Rohman had me in tears more than once, but she also had me laughing and experiencing joys and successes alongside the characters. The plot was full of intrigue that kept me glued to the pages. The mystery and subtle suspense that winds its way throughout definitely had me hooked. Rohman doesn’t write with the typical style that you find in most romances, but this is a fantastic change of pace. I love how elusive things seem, yet the smallest tidbit of information also shines through in her seamless writing. There was definitely has the ‘holy smokes! I didn’t see that coming’ factor right from the get-go, a ‘holy cow! Could you just imagine’, if you will.

Rohman’s seamless writing allowed the story to shine through as she jumps right into the body of the story, with very little introduction. Readers get to know the characters as the story progresses. Her straightforward and inviting writing style that allows the characters’ emotions to shine through. I like that it’s written in the 1st person, and how the main characters think. It really gave me insight into who they are and what they want. She also allows the law/lawyers shine through without becoming overly technical and bogging down the story.

This novel is a fantastic addition to Rohman’s work. It was a blast to read, being both suspenseful and fun. I’d definitely recommend it to others.

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  1. Thank you so very much Jonel for your wonderful review and for posting and sharing today :)

  2. It sounds like you get your inspiration from just about everything and everywhere but I can see how 'conflict' could really give you some good ideas. However you do it, it works! I love your books.