Interview with Laurelin Paige, author of Dirty Filthy Rich Men
28 Aug 2017
What can you tell us about your new release, Dirty Filthy Rich Men?
Dirty Filthy Rich Men is a book I’ve been dying to write for years. It’s inspired by a play, later made into a couple of movies, called Sabrina. (The play is Sabrina Faire.) This version, though, is darker and sexier than the script you might remember. She’s had a crush on Weston for as long as she can remember, but it’s his best friend Donovan who unexpectedly finds a place in her heart…
You can read the beginning of Sabrina’s story for free right now in Dirty Filthy Rich Boys.
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
There’s never been a time where I haven’t loved stories. I started telling them in song form. I made them up about my dolls, I made them up about my friends, I made them up about strangers on the street. Actually, I still do the last two. I was a musical theater major in college, and it taught me so much about the art of telling a story that it felt natural to move in the direction of full length novels.
Which books would we be surprised to find on your bookshelves?
I really love non-fiction. For one thing, it’s fascinating to learn more about how our brains work, and ways to “hack” productivity. Plus, it’s easier for me to read non-fiction when I’m deep in the romance writing cave. I like to keep the story in my head separate from other people’s stories on the page. Recently I’ve read Everybody Lies and Essentialism: The disciplined pursuit of less. Both are fabulous reads.
What is a typical day like for you?
One long blur of words, kids, puppies, coffee, and rolling on the floor in frustration. Plus naps. I love naps.
BAM. You’re a superhero. What’s your superpower?
If I were invisible, I could see if all my favorite celebrity couples were having the kind of sex I imagine they are. Is that inappropriate? I write steamy romance. I think this should be expected.
What’s in your Netflix queue?
The Untold History of the United States, an Oliver Stone documentary series, has been blowing my mind. I’ve learned so much. And you know I’m always watching Shameless, Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones with my husband.
What scene in Dirty Filthy Rich Men was your favorite to write?
When Sabrina comes face-to-face with Donovan again for the first time in ten years… I felt all of her emotions as she realized nothing was over–not by a long shot.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
I really love Mother Teresa’s quote about humility: “If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.” I like to practice knowing who I am. I like to strive to be someone who doesn’t need praise and can’t be hurt by criticism. I’m far from it, but I’m working on it.
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