Interview with Betty Legend, author of Unbound

09 Mar 2021

What can you tell us about your new release, Unbound?

Unbound is a steamy, paranormal romance with humor, action, and a badass heroine who owns the hearts of five powerful and scintillating supernatural men. To survive the curse, she’ll have to bond with all five supernaturals.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Since I was 12, I used writing as an emotional and imaginative outlet. I started with writing poetry and short stories. Once I reached high school, I took creative writing. The teacher told me I had true talent and should pursue writing. I started out pursuing creative arts in college but had to change my major in order to keep a job with the National Park Service. I continued taking creative writing as elective courses. After college, I met a co-worker who was a published author. Meeting her helped me see my dream as a reality. I focused hard on writing a book that had been in my mind for years. After finishing it, I heavily pursued and studied traditional and independent publishing. The creative freedom of independent publishing pulled me in that direction. Several years later, I’ve published fifteen titles.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

There are too many to list only five. Growing up I was a huge fan of Anne Rice, Nora Roberts, and historical regency romance.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Nora Roberts or Anne Rice. I would ask about their writing life and experiences.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The adventure I go on as the writer. I’m a pantser, which means I don’t plot out my stories. I sit down with an idea and let it flow and go where the characters take me. What happens as I’m writing is as much a surprise to me as it is when a reader reads my book for the first time.

What is a typical day like for you?

I workout first thing in the morning on my exercise bike, then my row machine. I watch comedy news while I workout. After a shower, I take my dogs out, do a few house chores, then make breakfast. I take my breakfast and a cup of tea into my office and begin my workday. I always start with either writing or cover design work. After, I break for lunch, take my dog for a walk, then come back and either complete the business duties of being an author and independent publisher, watch training videos, catch up on emails or social media, or any other tasks I need to complete. If I’m deep into a story I’m writing, I’ll come back from lunch and the dog walk and write more. My workday typically ends between 5 and 6 pm.

What scene in Unbound was your favorite to write?

The last few scenes which include a big battle, the scenes leading to the end, and a scene that is years after the HEA.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

es, a few. No dream is worth dreaming if it’s not lived in life. ~ My personal quote I wrote. Expectation kills joy. I often will put a lot of pressure and expectation on myself and results. I had to post “expectation kills joy” in my office to remind myself not to put so much pressure and expectation that I stop enjoying my writing. I strive for progress, but don’t want to overlook what I already have and what I did to get there.

Betty Legend is the author of the new book Unbound.

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