1 – Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes. I won my first writing contest in elementary school. I used to want to write children’s books. I’ve always loved writing but it felt like the dream was out of reach. Luckily, it wasn’t.
2 – When you start a book series – do you know the couples who will appear in the following books? Do you know what the plot will be?
Sometimes. It’s different with every series. Some I plan each book and couple out from the start (though I don’t typically know exactly what all their stories are) and others I figure out as I go along.
3 – Did you write a book and decide not to publish it?
I have older books that I haven’t published but all my newer ones I do.
4 – By what do you choose a cover for a book?
I just look for a photo that I like and that will match the character and story.
5 – Where did you get the inspiration for the stories?
I get inspiration from anywhere. Sometimes a story I hear on the news or a song can give me an idea. Other times I just sit down and try to figure out what kind of book I’m in the mood to write.
6 – Who is your favorite couple you wrote about?
I can’t pick just one. I love them all for different reasons. Some of my favorites are Weston and Anson from The Endgame, Joey and Gage from Beautiful and Terrible Things, Shane and Van from Depth of Field and Nick and Bryce from Crossroads.
7 – How long does it take you to write one book?
It all depends. Some books flow really well for me and if I have a lot of writing time, I can write a book in five weeks. Other times it might take me three months.
8 – What is your favorite genre to read?
I love to write contemporary romance, young adult books and some historical romance. I read fantasy sometimes too. But I always need romance in my books.
10 – If you could turn one of your books into a movie – which book would you choose?
Riley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. Although she primarily focuses on male/male romance, under her various pen names, she’s written a little bit of everything. Regardless of the sub-genre, there’s always one common theme and that’s…romance! No surprise seeing as she’s a hopeless romantic herself. Riley’s a lover of character-driven plots, flawed characters, and always tries to write stories and characters people can relate to. She believes everyone deserves to see themselves in the books they read. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her reading, traveling or dreaming about traveling. She has two perfectly sarcastic kids and a husband who still makes her swoon.
Riley Hart is represented by Jane Dystel at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret Literary Management. She’s a 2019 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Of Sunlight and Stardust. Under her pen name, her young adult novel, The History of Us is an ALA Rainbow Booklist Recommended Read and Turn the World Upside Down is a Florida Authors and Publishers President’s Book Award Winner.