Secretly - author Q&A and chance to win a free ebook

It's release week for Secretly, and as part of the celebration 🥳, there's an ebook giveway and an author Q&A about the story and writing the book.

Secretly - author Q&A and chance to win a free ebook
Author Talya Blaine Q&A and Secretly release week blitz ebook giveaway

It's release week for Secretly, and as part of the celebration 🥳, there's an ebook giveway! [The giveaway is now over.]

Below, there's also a Q&A with me about the story and writing the book.  

Want to read an excerpt of Secretly? You can do that at yesterday's blog post, right here.

Enter the Secretly ebook giveaway 🎁
[Giveaway ended]

Author Q&A

How did you come up with the idea for Secretly?

As I was writing one of the later scenes in the previous book, Silently, the scene where Quinn is in the hospital and Jonathan climbs into bed with her and they talk – really talk – I realized there was too much growing between them for their story to end. After I finished writing Silently, that feeling continued – I could not get Quinn and Jonathan out of my head. So I began writing Secretly, and the two of them took it from there.

What was your favorite scene or theme in Secretly to write?

That's easy. Wait, actually I have two favorites. The first is when... Hmm, how to say this without spoilers... The first is when Jonathan catches Quinn off guard at one point and she's a sweaty mess in the summer heat, and she's SO awkward with him. He gloats a bit rethinking it later, but in the moment he's himself--sweet and sexy and relieved she's not angry with him. They're both so real with each other in that scene.

And the other scene I loved writing is when they think they see each other in Paris. During revisions, I was this close (pinching fingers together) to cutting it. But I kept it in and I believe the book is better for it. I think it shows that, at the end of the day, no matter what issues have arisen between them, they're just really connected to each other.

What was the hardest scene or theme to write?

The hardest theme through all three books was Quinn's grief. Although it lessens over time, it was difficult to balance showing the depth of her sorrow with keeping the story moving forward. In a way, I had to do the same thing to her that the characters were doing – trying to respect her feelings, her experience, her healing process while also nudging her on at a pace that felt "right" for the story.

Your blog says you love-love-love to read. What are you reading right now?

A funny, sharply written erotic romance with fake dating and multiple partners, Mint to Be by Madelynne Ellis, and I just finished – and am still thinking about (in the best way) – Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

What's your writing routine like?

Writing routine. 🤣😂  Hah, that's a good one. I'm more of a fits and starts kind of girl. I wish I could say otherwise but that's the truth. I don't always write everyday. But when I'm in the middle of a draft, with the ideas clamoring to be put onto the page, I will write every single minute of the day that I can.

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