Belinda Williams (Author Interview)
June 8, 2016
Please tell us a little about yourself, the romance subgenre(s) in which you write, and your newest book.
When I’m not writing, I work in marketing as an account manager and copywriter. I’m also a wife and mother with an addiction to music and cars I can’t afford (yet!) Currently I write contemporary romance and I love creating characters that are real, which means they have flaws. I let them laugh (and cry), and although romance is the focus, friendships play a big part in my stories.
My latest release, Wish List, is the final book in my City Love series. It focuses on Cate who is a hopeless romantic. She’s also pragmatic and this works well in her career as a financial planner, but not so well in her love life!
You have the chance to date either Mr. Darcy (from Pride & Prejudice) or Sherlock Holmes. Which one would you choose and why?
Well, that depends. If we’re talking classic fiction, it would of course have to be Mr. Darcy because I just can’t go past an alluring yet aloof hero. However, if we’re talking the Robert Downey Jr. from the more recent Sherlock Holmes films, then sorry Mr. Darcy, but my diary is looking very full all of a sudden!
Tell us about your favorite hero from one of your stories. What do you love about him?
Oh, I think my favorite hero is whoever is top of mind, which is Dave from Wish List. He’s the first ‘man of few words’ hero I’ve written and I fell in love with him right from the start. He’s not aloof, he’s more of a straightforward guy with not a lot to say. Writing him was actually quite tricky because it was his actions rather than his words that had the most impact. As I discovered, actions can be incredibly sexy!
What’s your favorite part of writing?
Without a doubt, writing a first draft. I thrive on the creative process. While I write extensive character profiles, I don’t get too heavy on the plot outlines, and write chronologically. Often this means I feel like a reader experiencing the story for the first time, and it’s wonderful when it hits the page and you realize it’s good stuff!
What stories do you have in the works right now?
I’m currently working on a new series called Hollywood Hearts. The first book, Heartthrob, is about Ally, an average girl trying to survive in Hollywood. Her best friend, Lena, is a famous actress, and she’s convinced Ally to come to L.A. to pursue her dream of fashion design. Ally’s skeptical of anything celebrity but then she meets, Jacob Swan, Lena’s latest co-star. She wouldn’t be pathetic enough to fall for a Hollywood Heartthrob, would she?
Belinda is a marketing communications specialist and copywriter who allowed an addiction to romance to get the better of her. Her other addictions include music and fast cars. Her writing hasn’t paid for a Lamborghini just yet, so she’ll have to settle for her son’s Hot Wheels collection and writing hot male leads with sports cars.
Could the wrong man on paper be the perfect man in real life?
Cate Harmon likes lists. While this may serve her well as a financial planner, her girlfriends think that creating a checklist for her ideal man is going a step too far. But she has one, and she’s sticking to it.
Cate has always dreamed of starting a family and settling down and yet she’s the only one of her close knit friendship group still unattached. But that doesn’t mean she’s going to lower her standards.
Enter Dave, a reformed bad boy with gorgeous hair and eyes the wrong color. Dave doesn’t tick any of the boxes on Cate’s list. It’s unthinkable that she would develop feelings for him, and yet … Cate finds herself being drawn to Dave in a way she’s never felt before.
Will Cate confront the reasons behind her list? Or will she risk losing a man who could be better than any list she could ever dream up?