For my second author interview I wanted to interview Sophia Peony, and we met an in interesting way. She's a super fun animal lover, with an upbeat attitude. Check out our interview and get to know her!
We met online in a takeover and what drew me to you was that you had Pinterest boards dedicated to your characters. It was such a fun and creative thing to do, I knew I had to get to know you. So thank you for allowing me to interview you for my second author interview, I appreciate it!
Your first published book is Love in the Spotlight, and you donate your proceeds to Animal Aid Unlimited. Tell us what this organization means for you.
Like a lot of people, I learned about Animal Aid Unlimited through their rescue videos on social media. As an animal lover, their rescue stories definitely tagged at my heart strings. I donated to their organization because I love that they are making difference for animals that really have nothing and no one to help them in a place. What made me decide to donate my proceeds to Animal Aid Unlimited was Erika who founded the organization with her parents. She truly appreciates the people who donate, volunteers, and help in anyway, and thanks them with personalized letters. It was in the correspondence that I had with her where I really saw how much she loves animals, and her passion for rescuing them and caring for them just inspires me.
I know for a fact that Sophia Peony is a pen name. Was your love of peonies the reason for the name?
Yes! The flower itself is gorgeous, but my favorite (lotion) scents also tend to have peonies in it.
You had a new book, Wild, release May 23rd. Tell us a bit about it.
This is a hot little story that was inspired by a man that every mother warns their daughters about. It is about a young woman who is trying to keep her life together and she meets a bad boy (and his brother) who turns her world around.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your stories?
Many things in my life. Sometimes I will see a picture, or read one line, or hear a part of a song that I really like and from there, the stories just form in my head. My Spotlight series is inspired by my once upon a time Hollywood dream, and my Made Men series…well who could resist a bad boy? Other stories are inspired by my friends…usually after a breakup! I write what I think their perfect partner would be, in a way to help them get over the breakup…weirdly enough.
My most favorite question is asking an author to describe their favorite writing spot. So tell us about yours.
I have a beat-up wingback chair that my cats love to shred. I’ll sit in it with my laptop or pen and paper surrounded by my pets, I’d have music in the background, and be completely content to sit there for hours.
If you could turn one of your books into a movie, which one would you choose?
Set the City on Fire because I am a fan of action/suspense types of movies. Also, because I really love Leo and Freya’s story. I love how Freya generally does the rescuing. She rescues Leo and though she did get some help in the end, she still rescued herself. Freya is content with her life and then this guy comes around and makes her see what she’s missing which is family and love.
You have some fabulous covers and the models always match the people in the books. Do you make your own covers? Do you find the models and then write the characters or vice versa?
I make my own covers. This is actually one of the reasons I chose to be an indie writer rather than submit my books to publishers. I am very specific at how I want my covers to look and who or what I want on it. I write the characters and then spend a crazy amount of hours looking for the perfect model. For example, I had a model I really liked for one of my characters, but when I tried him on the cover of the book, his nose just completely bothered me-I thought it was a little too nice for the character.
What are some of the hurdles you have overcome as an Indie Author?
As an indie author, nothing really. As an author in general, I had to ignore the reviews that weren’t great.
Do you have a favorite character you’ve written? Who is it?
Reid Sinclair from Crazy with You. I play games, and throughout the years, I’ve become friends with several players from all over the world. These players know me pretty well and a couple of them have read my books. All of them have said that Kira, my heroine in Crazy with You, is me. And it’s actually funny because in all the games I play, I’m known as Kira – I named this character after me and basically modeled her after me. So when I was writing Crazy with You, I had to make Reid to be who I thought would be the perfect guy for me. And if you’ve read Crazy with You, you’ll know that both characters are flawed and stubborn, and just drive each other crazy.
Are you a panster or a plotter? How has your writing process changed since you started writing?
Plotter. My outlines are long with a lot of details, separated by chapters, point of views, and scenes. I don’t write straight chapter to chapter because a lot of times I’m just in the mood to write a scene. With my notes and outlines I am able to jump and write any chapter I want, and details don’t get missed because the stories have been thoroughly plotted before I even start writing.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Too many to name, but my absolute all-time favorite author is Judith McNaught. She is the one that made me fall in love with romance and books in general.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on Made Men 3 and 4.
Do you remember what book made you fall in love with reading?
My all time favorite book is Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught because this book is what made me fall in love with her and started my love affair with books.
Your books are super sexy, does your family read your books?
Nope, and they don’t know I write. They would be shocked. I grew up with three brothers and they would probably die laughing if they read my books.
Where can readers stalk, I mean find you around the web?
Social Media, I am Sophia Peony on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. But the best place to really get the most information about my books and what’s coming is my website SophiePeony.com. It is the most up to date and organized place to find anything about me and my books.
Sophia, thank you for allowing me to interview you. Do you have any closing remarks for those reading?
Thank you so much for thinking of me to do the interview with! It blows my mind every day that people like, let alone read, my books. I started the writing journey because I wanted to tell my own stories, but I’ve met so many wonderful people in this community that make me want to keep writing, and a lot of it is thanks to the readers who fangirl with me. So, thank you for the support and reading my books!