Roe Valentine was born into the right family. Not only does the name Valentine suit her, but her grandmother, unknowingly, introduced the young Ms. Valentine to her first romance novel. She hasn’t read anything else since. She calls herself a romantic at heart and believes that love conquerors all.
The San Antonio native, who now lives in Houston, attempted to write her first contemporary romance novel when she was nineteen years old. That attempt didn’t take, but her story has a happy ending. She kept pursuing the dream until she landed her first publishing contract in 2013.
When not busy writing or reading love stories, Roe can often be found in a yoga class or chatting with friends at her favorite coffee shop. Enjoying margaritas with some girl-talk isn’t unusual for her either. For a night in, she watches reruns of her favorite TV shows and, of course, romantic comedies on her Roku, usually with a glass of wine.
Roe Valentine also LOVES talking to readers. You can contact her in the following ways:
Q: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
A: Really just that love conquers all. I write happily-ever-afters and happy-for-nows because I need a reward for my hero and heroine. And to me, it’s a promise of a future.
Q: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
A: Sometimes it’s maintaining momentum or, because I work a day job, finding enough time.
Q: Have you ever traveled for research when writing a book?
A: I haven’t specifically traveled to research a setting for a book, but I like knowing the cities in which I write. The majority of my novels so far are Texas cities in which I have grown up or visited countless times. But, I would certainly love to travel somewhere for the purpose of research.
Q: What was the hardest part of writing a book?
A: For some reason I struggle between thirty thousand and forty thousand words in my novels. I have to make sure my middle isn’t sagging.
Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?
A: Write every day and don’t give up. Also, let yourself write bad.
Q: Do you write an outline before every book you write?
A: Yes! I am definitely a plotter.
Q: How much research do you do?
A: Depending on the specialty in the book, I will do quite a lot of research. When writing Little Death, I researched the ballet practice and Petite Mort, which is the ballet that inspired my novel. I also consulted a semi-pro ballet dancer.
Q: Where do your ideas come from?
A: Random things really. I can see something, hear something, and even smell something and will get an idea or see an image. That’s where it begins.
Q: For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
A: I equally read print book and e-books. And now I’ve started listening to audio books. I think all those mediums are wonderful.
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