Interview with Ivy Smoak

What is one interesting fact about you that you would like your readers to know?
I feel like everyone tries to be so cool on social media…look at my beautiful writing space, look at this ridiculously cute outfit I wear while writing your fav characters, etc. That’s not me. At. All. My writing space is my couch. I wear sweatpants while I’m writing and sometimes I forget to wash my face before 2 in the afternoon. I am not a very social person. Actually, I’m a complete weirdo. And I hope that my readers love me anyway.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Don’t give up. In college, I got denied by dozens of agents/publishers and I gave up writing for about 5 years. That’s one of my biggest regrets. I could have spent that whole time getting better, but I let others tell me that I wasn’t a good “fit.” Self-publishing was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It allows me to write whatever I’m passionate about and at whatever pace my creativity will allow. It’s a win/win for me.
When did you first start writing?
I've always loved reading. It was my passion growing up. But in college I started writing and I fell in love with the process. It quickly replaced reading as my #1 passion.
Which other authors have most influenced or inspired your writing?
Even though I primarily write romance, I actually prefer reading mysteries and thrillers. Harlan Coben is one of my all time favorite authors. I love un-spinning his webs of deception. JK Rowling and Ann Brashares have influenced me a lot too – books you read as a child sometimes have the greatest impact of all.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and it’s influenced my writing so much more than I first realized. Most of my books take place in Delaware. And my characters use weird local phrases that I didn’t know were weird and local until readers pointed them out to me. For example, apparently water ice is called Italian Ice everywhere else. I put that in one of my books and everyone was like…what the heck is water ice? Is it water or ice? Oops.
Describe your desk
I actually don’t have one! I always write on the couch or outside on the porch. No desk necessary. I feel like I can’t write unless I’m insanely comfortable.
What do you read for pleasure?
I absolutely love a good mystery novel. Harlan Coben novels take up a noticeable amount of space on my bookshelves.
If you were a teacher, what book would you assign to your class?
I would tell them to read a book that they actually enjoy. Being forced to read a book that you don't actually like doesn't do anyone any good. It just makes kids hate reading. But if I really had to choose...I'd say Harry Potter. It's one of those books that has a little something for everyone. And who doesn't like a little magic?
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on the next book in my series, The Hunted. The first book in that series was the very first book that I self-published. The characters are based on my husband and me and how we met. That series is my heart and soul and I like to visit those characters at least once a year.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Deadlines. Whenever I put a book up for pre-order, I suddenly feel like I can’t possibly finish it on time. The pressure really gets to me.
What is the one thing you want your readers to know about your books?
That all of my books have a piece of my heart in them. I’m so invested in all the characters, and when you’re reading I hope you see that in their stories. I don’t think I’ve written a book without crying and typing at the same time…so get the tissues ready!
Published 2018-07-06.
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Books by This Author

Sea of Stars
Pre-release—available June 4, 2019. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 101,690. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Everything I ever knew was a lie. And I’m not saying that in a dramatic teenager way. I mean that my parents lied to me my whole childhood. My friends lied. The love of my life lied. They hid what I truly am, apparently for my own safety. But now that I know I’m the last of my race to be born with the gift of sight? I’m not so sure it’s a gift at all.
Sweet Like a Psycho
Pre-release—available July 2, 2019. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,430. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
It’s just my luck that the man I fell for is a detective. I mean, the only reason we met is because I’m the lead suspect in his case. But when we talk it’s easy to forget that it’s his job to put people like me behind bars. I think he forgets it too. Can I trust him with the truth? Because I am hiding something. Three somethings, actually. What? I never said I was innocent…
Best Year Ever
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,670. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
My best friend Penny and I made a pact that this is going to be our best year ever. So naturally it has to come true.
Made of Steel: The Complete Series
Price: $29.99 USD. Words: 237,100. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » New adult
The witness protection program has given me the fresh start I've always dreamed of. A new home. A new name. A new life. For the first time in ten years it feels like I can breathe again.
Pre-release—available September 24, 2019. Price: $6.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Trust me, I’m trying to keep my distance. But she’s making it impossible to resist her. She’s daring me to cross the line. She’s begging me with her beautiful blue eyes. I should walk away. I need to walk away. A man like me doesn’t deserve someone like her. But I’ve never been one to resist temptation.
James the Christmas Grouch
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,620. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
For years, James has been celebrating anti-Christmas with his friends. He's lost the Christmas spirit that he had when he was a child. And he doesn't seem to want to thaw his frozen heart. So I’ve decided that it’s my new mission to make him believe again. And with a little sprinkle of Christmas magic, it just might be possible.
Carved in Ice (Made of Steel Series Book 3)
Series: Made of Steel. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 79,110. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Once upon a time, I dreamed my life would be a fairy tale. But it just so happens that I don’t need a knight in shining armor to save me anymore. I’m made of freaking steel. It’s time for answers. Time for vengeance. And time to finally unmask the notorious V. There’s no going back now.
The Truth in My Lies
Price: Free! Words: 88,640. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
I live and breathe for Thursdays. It's when he comes. I watch him from a distance. I can't help myself. But I was never supposed to talk to him.
Forged in Flames (Made of Steel Series Book 2)
Series: Made of Steel. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 84,730. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » New adult
I'm worried that there's a sickness in me, swallowing me whole. I don't understand what's happening to me. I don't understand why the only person I can find solace in is someone I can't see. I should want justice. But I don't. I want revenge. I need vengeance like I need the air I breathe.
Made of Steel (Made of Steel Series Book 1)
Series: Made of Steel. Price: Free! Words: 85,800. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » New adult
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Ten years of pain. Ten years of torture. I’m finally free. But I’m not Summer Brooks anymore. That girl died as soon as the devil himself put his hands on me. Now I live amongst the villains. They follow me like a plague. And I have a darkness inside of me that I can’t seem to escape. I lost everything, and I don’t know how to keep breathing in a city that has no stars.
A Christmas Wish
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,880. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Julia can't help but be a little bit of a Grinch this Christmas. After a painful break up, her little sister showing up with a surprise fiancé wasn't exactly Julia's Christmas wish. While avoiding her family at the grocery store, she runs into her high school crush. Tucker Mills. The most popular guy in her class. The one that she never had the courage to talk to. And now he's finally noticed her.
Playing a Player
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,600. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
(5.00 from 1 review)
Keira's last single friend just got married, leaving her roommate-less. When Rory shows up at her door for an interview, she's more than a little surprised to find out that a guy has answered her ad. Living with a man wasn't exactly what she had in mind, but maybe he's exactly the kind of roommate she needs.
Missing Pieces
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 92,360. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
(5.00 from 1 review)
He's still in love with his ex. And I refuse to be a consolation prize. So why did I just agree to a spur of the moment road trip with him?
Third Chances
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 92,590. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
I've always regretted not being confident enough to talk to my college crush. When he shows up during my friend's bachelorette party, I refuse to let my second chance slip through my fingers.
Going for Gold
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,090. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
The rumors you've heard about the summer games are true. I mean...what do you expect when you put a bunch of sex-starved athletes in the best shape of their lives together in one small village? But it doesn't matter to me. I'm focused on winning gold. Who cares if the hottest guy at the summer games seems intent on winning me over? Because I'm focused on...wait, what was I focusing on again?
City of Sin
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,610. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
(5.00 from 1 review)
Nothing seems to be going Bee's way. She's been knocked down by her ex, her job, and the city in general. Could a blind date really be the start to the much needed change she's been hoping for? Sometimes you don't know what you really want until it's right in front of you.