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Author spotlight: Khloe Wren

14 February 2019

We’re featuring a wide range of Australian authors participating in ARR2019 in venues across Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. 

Today we’re having Elevenses with Khloe Wren, author of over 25 romances in the genre of romantic suspense, both contemporary and paranormal. She will be attending ARR2019 in Brisbane and Sydney.

When did you first realise you wanted to be an author?

I’ve always loved reading. Growing up without many friends and an aunty who encouraged my love of reading helped me become an avid reader at an early age. However, I never thought I’d be able to write. Simply didn’t have the confidence within myself until much later. I was 31 when I first decided to write. It was after some major surgery that left me with months of little more than bed rest. I used that time to write my first book, which is now titled Guardian’s Heart.

Why romance and not a different genre?

I’m a sucker for a happily ever after! I LOVE my suspense. I don’t write or read books without some kind of suspense plot woven into it. But I love that I know, no matter had bad things get within a romance novel, it’ll all work out in the end and the leading lady will get her man.

What was the first romance you read and why did you love it?

I can’t actually remember what it was called! I was around fourteen and picked up a Mills & Boon that I found at a rental holiday house we were staying in. I can’t remember the whole story line, but the heroine was a vet and the hero had a car wreck and ended up in her clinic.

What is the single most important characteristic for an aspiring author wanting to be a published writer?

Bravery. This industry is awesome, but it’s extremely populated and it’s hard to get ahead of the pack. To this day one of my biggest regrets is that I played it safe with my first manuscript and went with a little publisher of a new author friend I’d met … Oh, how I wish I’d subbed that baby to the bigger guys and let it at least have a chance. I let my fear of rejection control and limit me from the beginning.

What is your favourite part of creating a story?

Character creation

What is your best tip for fighting writer’s block/writer’s fear?

I have it currently and as a result my laundry, kitchen, lounge and the kids’ bedrooms are cleaner than they’ve been in years! So, clearly cleaning doesn’t help me get past it! Lol.

Honestly, every block is different. I find if I have a lot of other stuff I need to do, I can’t write until I get all that stuff done (like doing the quarterly finances, blah). Other times I just need to get out in the fresh air and let my mind wander until the story becomes clear to me. Sometimes, I just have to give in and move onto a new story. Sometimes it’s the characters who decide they don’t want their story written, and I can’t fight that.

Pick a favourite (bold your preference)

  • series or stand-alone? But only if there’s a new couple in each book, it’s very rare I’ll read a series where it takes a few books for the hero and heroine to get their HEA
  • ebook, paperback or hardcover?
  • First person or third? Both

Who has been an inspiration to you, in life or your writing career?

As far as writing, Sherrilyn Kenyon and JR Ward are my author unicorns, whose books got me fired up to write my own. My pen name “Wren” is from Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series and I can’t wait to see her again in Brisbane and Sydney! In life outside of that, my father. He’s the most down-to-earth, wonderful man I know, next to my husband of course 😉.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less 

Scout’s Legacy is the story of the birth of Scout (Charon MC president) and Marie’s long-awaited baby. Naturally, it doesn’t go smoothly when an unknown enemy of the club storms Marie’s café and takes her hostage. Things go downhill fast and Scout finds himself torn between doing all he can for his wife and kids and dealing with the threat to the club.

What else will you be working on in 2019?

I have so very many plans for 2019! I’ll be writing a new trilogy, Silky Ink, which is a spin off from Inking Eagle and is based on the three tattoo artists who work with Eagle’s woman in her shop Silky Ink. I’ll also be writing a few more Charon MC books and continuing the crossover with the Satan Knights MC (written by Janine Bosco), which starts with Scout’s Legacy.

Please recommend an Aussie romance you read recently

Tamsin Baker’s new one Princess Tattiena (The Dragon Masters of Limea, book 1). I love these dragon books! Such a different and great twist on dragons and their riders.

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2019 yet, you can buy one here.

 

 

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