Interview with Hanleigh Bradley

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Flip. I have no idea. I usually just get out of bed and don't really think about it. The thing I look forward to most each day is definitely writing though. It's rare that it's the first thing I get to do that day but it's usually the favourite part of my day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love reading. I usually read romance. I have a bit of a habit of getting so lost in the books I read that I forget to eat, sleep, live... for whole days at a time I can get lost in books until someone drags me out of my reading space.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Discovering books can be an absolute joy. A lot of the books I read are from authors that I have grown attached to, but I'm also a follower of a lot of authors on twitter so I get to hear about new books from indie authors quite easily.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In an English class at school I wrote a short story about Jack The Ripper... I write Romance now but I started with a prostitute, a knife and a murder...
What is your writing process?
I'm not sure I'd call it a process. I tend to write a chapter or two, read something else for a while, re-read and edit those chapters and then continue with the next few chapters before taking another break. It's a bit random but I always edit before continuing with the next fresh bit of my book, so that I know my starting place.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Dr Seuss was my favourite childhood author; I pretty much lived on his books. Then as I grew up a bit, it was Meg Cabot and JK Rowling. Then Jane Austen. I think we like books but you can fall in love with an author's style of writing.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a designer that I go back to every time.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Jane Austen's P and P, Jane Austen's Persuasion, The Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day, Pretty much everything by Deborah Bladon and Nadia Lee. Why? It's all about the male protagonist. When reading romance it's important to fall in love a little bit with the male lead.
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance of course. I love contemporary romance but I have a secret penchant for historical romance. M.C. Beaton is my favourite.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a sony xperia tablet. I use my Kindle app.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I never want my readers to miss out so I offer lots of offers to my readers. If you subscribe to my mailing list I usually offer at least one or two books either for free or at 50% off. I tend to use a lot of social media; twitter and facebook in particular and of course I couldn't survive without my blog.
Describe your desk
I don't actually have a desk... I sit with my laptop on my lap in front of the TV, in bed, on the train, in the garden... my dogs are my writing companions too. They often try to lie across my laptop or underneath it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Scotland but live in England. I'm not sure if it influences my writing; except that I refuse to use any americanisms. I spell mum as mum not mom and I use an S when Americans use a Z. I put British phrases in my books like, "jolly good" and I love it when my characters call people "pillocks."
When did you first start writing?
I've only been writing romance for the last year. Before that I'd engaged in a bit of Fanfiction writing as a teenager but nothing more exciting than that.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest serial novel; The History Series is about a girl called Clara. She's just come home to London after breaking up with her cheating boyfriend. Her first day at her new job she runs into her old high school nemesis, Andrew. Even after eight years, he still loves teasing her but Clara desperately needs to keep things professional between them. Andrew Contius has no intentions of being professional though.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Writing isn't about money... it isn't about getting rich... or famous... it's about sharing the words in your heart. Those words are important... they mean something. In fact you could say they mean everything. Every story I write comes from a thought, a memory, an idea, an experience that for some reason I feel is worth sharing.
Published 2016-05-02.
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