I met Lashell Collins a while back during a takeover where I actually won (YAY!) her Jagged Ivory boxed set. I devoured that series, and I mean DEVOURED! If you love rock star romance, you’ll want to get your paws on it. It was amazing. I think I nagged her for more Jagged Ivory a few times after completing the series. Maybe…definitely. Ok! So Lashell and I are in a couple rock star related groups together…Rock Star VIPs and Rockstars Among Us Book Club. You can also find her at the links at the bottom of the page. With no further ado, here’s my interview with Lashell Collins!
About Lashell Collins, the author:
What genre(s) do you write in?
I write Rockstar Romance, Shifter (PNR) Romance, and Romantic Suspense.
Are any of your books your favorite?
Yes. Whatever book I happen to be working on at the time is usually my favorite. That said, I am working on something right now that is very close to my heart, so I’m sure it will end up being my favorite, for many reasons.
Where do you get your inspiration from? How do you come up with your characters and stories?
Honestly, I really don’t know where the ideas come from. I daydream A LOT, so that’s probably the main way. Also random conversations with my husband, who’s a retired police officer.
Are there any characters you love more than others? Why?
Not really. I love all of my characters so much, even the bad guys.
If one of your characters called you in the middle of the night for you to bail them out of jail…which one would it be? Why?
Ok, I want to say it would probably be cousins, Storm and Payne Kelly, and they would most likely have been arrested for starting a bar fight or something like that. Only, Storm and Payne are both police officers themselves, so…!
That is absolutely hilarious! Now I need to read those books and meet these guys!
Are there any pieces of you in your books?
Yes. There’s probably a little piece of me in each one of my heroines.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who hasn’t read your books before?
I always hate this question because I write in three very different genres. So it really just depends on what your poison is.
Why and when did you start writing?
I’ve always loved to write, and I’ve been making up stories since about middle school, I guess. But I started writing seriously back in 2009. I had lost several people close to me, and I started writing in my grief. I found it to be very therapeutic, and I just kept going.
What’s the most difficult part of being a writer?
Marketing. I am so bad at the marketing side of things, and I find that if you don’t set up some kind of boundaries or a schedule and make yourself stick to it, the marketing will take over and choke out all of your writing time.
What’s your favorite part of the writing process?
Typing THE END.
What’s the best advice you’ve received as an author?
Write the next book. Write, release, repeat.
Do you have any quirky writing habits?
I don’t think so.
How do you handle writer’s block?
I’ve been very fortunate in that I don’t really get writer’s block. I’m a major plotter, which means that I typically plot out an entire story from start to finish before I write a single word. And my plot outlines get very, very detailed, like even down to conversations. I basically map out the entire story. So, once I have a completed plot outline, writer’s block just doesn’t exist for me.
Do you have a go-to book blog?
What is one thing you want people to know about you as an author?
I would want readers to know that they are always going to get a happily-ever-after from me. That’s something you can count on when you sit down to read a Lashell Collins story, no matter which genre it is.
Do you have a current WIP, upcoming release, or other exciting book news you’d like to talk about?
At the moment, I’m working on 5 different projects. All are in various stages of development. There are 2 that I’m actually writing as we speak, 1 that is about to begin edits, 1 that is all plotted out and waiting to be written, and 1 that is being plotted. It seems I don’t really know how to just do one thing at a time.
About Lashell Collins, the person:
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be many things when I was little – most of which I can’t really remember, but I do remember that I went through this phase where I wanted a dog so badly (and wasn’t allowed to have one) that I used to pretend I was a dog.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I have a pretty stressful home life at the moment, so when I’m not writing it’s all about finding a little “me” time, and doing things to de-stress. I listen to music, or I watch videos of concerts on YouTube. I watch TV. I read.
Favorite thing about your hometown?
I don’t really have a favorite thing about my hometown. It’s small and uninteresting in my opinion. That’s not to say I don’t like my hometown, because I do.
Farthest place you’ve traveled from home?
Farthest place was probably Panama City, Panama. Central America.
Favorite…Food? Color? Place? Movie? TV show? Song? Band? Etc…
Favorite food – Chinese.
Favorite color – Brown.
Favorite place – Vermilion, OH.
Favorite movie – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Princess Bride, Legally Blonde.
Favorite TV show – Grimm, General Hospital, Grey’s Anatomy, Gilmore Girls.
(Weird side-note: Why do they all start with the letter G?)
Favorite song – Oh, my God, WAY too many to name.
Favorite band – Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators.
Any weird collections?
Not weird to me – I have a growing collection of Todd Kerns memorabilia. I have Michael Jackson album covers in frames hanging on my bedroom wall. I have a small but growing collection of guitar pics from different musicians. Hmm. I’m sensing a theme…
Any strange habits?
I will not eat deformed food. Like an M&M that’s shaped weird, or a sandwich cookie (an Oreo for example) where one of the cookie sides is turned the wrong way. Stuff like that.
Lashell, thank you so much for doing this. I seriously love your Jagged Ivory series, and I’m going to get cracking on your other books soon! 🙂
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