Interview with Bethany Lopez

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Bookbub has been the most successful marketing tool. It can be hard to get accepted, and your book has to be on sale during the promotion, but it is well worth the money and the effort.
Describe your desk
My desk was pushed up against the wall in the middle of the living room, but we just moved and I was able to create my own space. Now I have my own office and sitting room. I love it. My desk is a beautiful dark cherry L-shaped desk with a hutch. Everything is still neat, clean and organized. A great space to write!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I moved a lot as a kid. I grew up in Michigan and in Texas, and I have series based on both places. I like to incorporate places I've been in to my books, they each have their own "feel" to them, and I want to bring that across in my books.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote poems, short stories, and even a play as a kid. I started writing again as an adult in Oct 2010.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm writing the fourth book in my Stories about Melissa series. It is set in Dearborn, MIchigan, at the high school I attended. These books follow Melissa's coming of age journey from freshman year, until gradutation. In TTYL, Melissa is in the second half of her sophomore year, and is hanging with the wrong crowd. I liken these books to a modern day Sweet Valley High, which I loved growing up.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I queried agents in the beginning of 2011. I had no idea that the indie scene even existed, so querying was the next step after writing a book. After roughly fifty rejections, I stopped querying. When I was back in Michigan visiting, someone told me that my Uncle had published a book using Amazon. I had no idea what that meant, so when I got home, I looked in to it. I was nervouse and thrilled that I could realize my dream on my own.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is amazing because it opens up even more avenues of publishing. My books are available everywhere, because of Smashwords. All you have to do is format your book according to Smashwords' standards, then you can sit back and watch your books become live on ebook sites everywhere.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love getting my vision on paper, and then sharing it with readers. It's amazing to be able to do what I do, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
What do your fans mean to you?
I still can't believe that I have fans. When people come up to me at events and signings, and are excited to meet me, I'm flabbergasted and humbled. It's wonderful when people connect with your work.
What are you working on next?
I have an idea for a new NA Contemporary Romance. It's going to be about a young married couple who face a challenge in their relationship, and they have to decide whether to fight for their marriage, or give up.
Who are your favorite authors?
So many, I'll never remember them all, but here are a few: Raine Thomas, M. Leighton, Chelsea Fine, Tiffany King, Amy Bartol, Georgia Cates, CA Kunz, Abbi Glines, and Tarryn Fisher.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well, I have to get out of bed to get my kids ready for school and to get ready for work, otherwise, I may lounge around a bit. No, seriously, on the weekends I get up early, because the house is quiet and I can get in some good writing time.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, traveling, spending time with my family, marketing, and thinking about writing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually from other writers, readers, and bloggers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The play that I wrote in sixth grade was about Bloody Mary, Donkey Lady, and the Wolfman. It gave my friends nightmares.
What is your writing process?
I don't really have a process. I try different things for each book to see what works. I'm always learning.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember reading Little Women, and it's still my favorite book today. It made me feel so many things: excitement, love, frustration, sadness, and anger. I love that!
How do you approach cover design?
When I first started I had no money for start-up and no idea what to do, so for my first two books I used Amazon's cover creator. For my third book I took photographs and made my own cover. Since then I've used a cover designer. Recently, I've been able to use a photographer and a cover designer, to create unique covers.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That's an impossible question!
Little Women - Because of all the feelings
It - Because it scared the crap out of me when I read it
Down London Road - Because the writing is perfect and the love story is wonderful
The Opportunist - Because that book just wrecked me
Shatter Me - Such powerful and unique writing
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything - I love all kinds of Romance: Historical, Regency, Contemporary, etc... Horror, Thriller, Suspense, Paranormal. If it's a good book, I'll read it!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Kindle Fire. I've only ever owned Kindle's, because that's what my husband has bought for me.
Published 2013-09-15.
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Books by This Author

Night & Day: A Time for Love Series Novella
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,080. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
One explosive weekend together nearly ruined them. Now, a year later, Simone had perfected the art of keeping Micah at arms length. Micah wants to explain, but the wall Simone has erected is impossible to get around, until a city wide blackout gives him the opportunity he needs.
Frat House Confessions: Ridge
Series: Frat House Confessions. Pre-release—available June 24, 2019. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
She has a broken heart and revenge on her mind... Last year Karrie was riding high. She had a boyfriend she loved, a softball scholarship, and the best roommate a girl could have. When it turned out her man was a lying, cheating ballsack, she may have gone off the rails a bit. Now, it's a new year and Karrie's ready to build herself back up and move on to bigger and better things.
Too Dangerous
Series: The Lewis Cousins. Pre-release—available April 29, 2019. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 45,720. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Jasmine Lewis has tried, and failed, to ignore local Australian bartender, Shane, who's in Cherry Springs while working on his master’s. She’s kept him at arm’s length, fearing the passion he ignites when nearby, but he does his best to remind her of what she’s missing. Now school’s out and he’ll have to leave. Will a marriage of convenience give them what they both want?
A Splash of Vanilla
Series: Three Sisters Catering. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 44,710. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
For the past year, Dru has put everything she has into building a catering business with her sisters. She’s so used to working until all hours of the night with them by her side, that when they both find love and move out, Dru decides to focus on something that has always weighed on her… finding the father who’d abandoned them.
For Eternity: A Time for Love Series Novella
Series: Time for Love. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,280. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Down on her luck... Since divorcing her abusive ex, Natalie is finally on her way back to the woman she used to be. She has a job she loves, an apartment that's all her own, and the best group of friends a woman could have. Content with her current situation, Natalie has no idea that her world is about to be turned upside down.
1 Night
Series: Time for Love, Book 0. Price: Free! Words: 10,580. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.00 from 1 review)
1 Night is a prequel to 8 Weeks, which is book 1 in the Time for Love Series.
Too Enchanting
Series: The Lewis Cousins. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,770. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Too Enchanting is the fourth in an all-new small-town romance series by Bethany Lopez. Follow the Lewis cousins as they learn about love and loss in Cherry Springs, the kind of place where there are festivals for every occasion and everyone knows your business.
A Touch of Cinnamon
Series: Three Sisters Catering. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,110. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Neither of them are content with their lives, but so much has happened in the time that has passed. Can the right amount of spice remind them of the love they’d shared? A Touch of Cinnamon may be all that's needed to give Tasha and Jericho back the richness they’ve been lacking.
Too Distracting
Series: The Lewis Cousins. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,740. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Too Distracting is the third in an all-new small-town romance series by Bethany Lopez. Follow the Lewis cousins as they learn about love and loss in Cherry Springs, the kind of place where there are festivals for every occasion and everyone knows your business.
A Pinch of Salt
Series: Three Sisters Catering. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,100. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
For the past year, talented chef Millie has been consumed with running her new catering business with her sisters, Dru and Tasha. It isn't until Jackson walks through their door that she realizes something may be missing in the recipe of her life
Too Complicated
Series: The Lewis Cousins. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,380. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
Too Complicated is the second in an all-new small town romance series by Bethany Lopez. Follow the Lewis cousins of Cherry Springs, the kind of place where there are festivals for every occasion and everyone knows your business, as they learn about love and loss.
Too Tempting
Series: The Lewis Cousins. Price: Free! Words: 55,130. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Too Tempting is the first in an all-new small town romance series by Bethany Lopez. Follow the Lewis cousins of Cherry Springs, the kind of place where there are festivals for every occasion and everyone knows your business, as they learn about love and loss.
Love & Cupcakes
Series: Romance Reader's Cookbook. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,410. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Courses & Dishes / Cakes, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Desserts
Bethany Lopez is at it again, and this time, it's all about Cupcakes! This follow up to Love & Recipes is a Companion Cookbook to her Cupcake Series. It features Cupcake recipes from the pages of Always Room for Cupcakes, Cupcake Overload, and the upcoming third book in the series. If you love cupcakes, this is the book for you!
More than Exist
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,800. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Love can exit your life as quickly as it enters it, shattering your heart in the process.
7 Months
Series: Time for Love, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,190. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
7 Months is book 7 in the Time for Love series. This is Brady's story, and the final book in the series.
Adios
Series: Stories about Melissa, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,750. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
This is book 6 in the Stories about Melissa series, and will continue Melissa's journey.
3 Seconds
Series: Time for Love, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 44,350. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
A lot can happen in 3 Seconds... It's the space of time between walking on stage and stepping up to the mic... or that moment when your eyes meet across a crowded room and the chemistry between you is palpable...
Love & Recipes
Series: Romance Reader's Cookbook. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,660. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Courses & dishes / general, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Entertaining
Bethany Lopez has loved writing for as long as she can remember, but her love of cooking came a little bit later in life. In Love & Recipes, she combines the two into one fun cookbook. With recipes ranging from easy to difficult, she’s incorporated dishes for every home cook.
15 Minutes
Series: Time for Love, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,220. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Can the man who's happy with his life, convince the woman who always wants more, to give him a shot with only 15 Minutes on the clock?
Stories about Melissa Series, books 1 - 4
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 108,260. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
This omnibus includes books 1 - 4 in the Stories about Melissa series: Ta Ta for Now!, xoxoxo, Ciao, and TTYL.
10 Years
Series: Time for Love, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,700. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A lot happens over the span of 10 years, and Gwen and Craig have been there for each other through it all…
With Love
Series: Stories about Melissa, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,160. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Melissa is turning sixteen and beginning her junior year. With a new job, and a new boyfriend, things are pretty hectic, but when things start becoming more difficult at home, Melissa soon becomes overwhelmed with responsibilities. Can she juggle her friends, family, a budding romance, as well as school and work? Getting older sure doesn't make things any easier!
42 Hours
Series: Time for Love, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,560. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Eight years ago, Scott and Gaby shared one very special night. Not wanting to ruin their friendship, they didn't take things further...but neither of them has forgotten.
21 Days
Series: Time for Love, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,280. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Sasha and TJ are no strangers to enjoying sex with no strings attached, so when they decide to act on their mutual attraction, there should be no reason why they can’t apply that same philosophy to each other.
8 Weeks
Series: Time for Love, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 46,230. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Is eight weeks enough time to earn back the love of someone you've betrayed...the only one you've ever loved?
Ttyl
Series: Stories about Melissa, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,810. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit
The last few months have been a rough road for Melissa. Her grades have slipped, her parents treat her like a prisoner, and her closest friends are too involved in their own lives to spend time with her. Desperate to escape her depressing funk, she starts spending more time with Layla, who introduces her to a new crowd...the wrong...
Indelible
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 44,060. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
New Adult Title After a year of partying, Sam decides to buckle down and focus on college. Things are going great until a one-night stand leaves her pregnant and alone. Raising a child while going to school isn’t easy, but Sam is determined to be strong for her daughter. She doesn’t have time for guys or relationships, and takes great care to protect her child and her heart.
Trust in Me
Series: Friends & Lovers, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,890. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.00 from 1 review)
Roni’s dreams of becoming a contemporary dancer were smashed under the brutal rage of her ex-husband's fists. Getting divorced and starting over at the age of twenty-two was never her plan, but maybe in Texas, she'll find her path. When the town's local player, Rich, opens a Rec Center, she sees a way to rekindle her dancing dreams...and maybe have a little fun with her sexy new boss.
I Choose You
Series: Friends & Lovers, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,840. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Up until now, Nicole's life has been mapped out for her. She'd go to college, marry Jake and become the upstanding minister's wife. When she leaves that life to begin again in a small town in Texas, she finally has the freedom to live as she chooses. There, she meets Kent, a guy whose charm and passion make it hard to stick to her morals. Dodging his father’s fists and protecting his twin sister
Make it Last
Series: Friends & Lovers, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 32,670. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(3.67 from 3 reviews)
Briana had her heart broken by Colin when he left her to go away to college. In the four years since, she has kept her love life casual to ensure that she wouldn't be hurt again. Briana didn't graduate from college, and works full time as a short order cook, while she saves the money to apply for culinary school. She is content with her current life until Colin moves back to town...
Ciao
Series: Stories about Melissa, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,580. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Melissa has had a fantastic summer hanging out with her friends and making new ones. Life as she knows it will change when they all come together to begin their sophomore year at Dearborn High. Connections will be made and friendships will be tested. Will Melissa’s family and friends be able to help her through the challenges she will face in the upcoming months?
Xoxoxo
Series: Stories about Melissa, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,080. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
Melissa has learned a lot since her freshman year began, but it isn’t over yet! Her world is about to change again with the birth of her new sibling, and she has to figure out how she will adjust to being the eldest of five kids.
Ta Ta for Now!
Series: Stories about Melissa, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 30,380. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Melissa begins her freshman year with one goal in mind, getting Brian Jackson to be her boyfriend. She will soon learn that things don't necessarily turn out the way you plan them, the value of true friendship, and the importance of family.