Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Teiran Smith, Author of Rooter

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Today we are interviewing Teiran Smith, author of the new adult romance "Rooter."

Describe the plot of your new book, "Rooter," in a few sentences.

Sophie is infatuated with Rooter, the "vicious criminal" next door. After a series of rescues and Rooter saving her life, they embark on a passionate romance. But there are those who will not leave them be. Mike, Sophie's roommate is obsessed with her and Candace, Rooter's crazy ex-friend-with-benefits refuses to let him go without a fight. When Sophie is accused of committing an unforgiveable crime, Rooter ends the relationship and Mike's obsession turns deadly.

Who do you think would most appreciate this book?

Anyone who enjoys a romance filled with angst, drama, and sexual tension, will probably enjoy reading Rooter.

What inspirations contributed to this book?

I wanted to write a story with fiery, flawed, yet lovable characters dealing with real life situations. There are so many cookie cutter romances out there where the characters are super likeable, and sweet, and kind. That's not always real life. Life isn't always sweet.
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Author Teiran Smith.

Tell us a bit about the main character, Sophie.

Sophie has been through hell in her short life. All she really wants is a normal life and to know real, unconditional love.  She's much more self-conscious and unsure of herself than she even realizes. Her mother, and only family, never truly cared for her and committed suicide when Sophie was in high school. Her first and only boyfriend stole her virginity by raping her. The only constant, loving presence in her life is her best friend, Miranda and he family. But Miranda's parent's have both recently passed. Sophie now lives with Miranda and her brother Mike. But things are complicated between the three of them since Mike is in love with Sophie, but the feeling isn't mutual. She's completely enamored with Rooter. Her interest in Rooter only makes things more complicated and tense.

Rooter is a self proclaimed bad boy, so even though he's crazy about Sophie (to the extent of learning everything he possibly can about her) he refuses to bring her into his dangerous world. But after coming to her rescue a number of times, he finally gives in and admits his feelings for her. But he has a past and connections that he can't just cast aside. He really tries to do right by everyone although it often times causes more trouble than good. And despite his huge heart, Rooter is seriously flawed and complicated and at times infuriating.

What drew you to the new adult romance genre?

I love the new adult genre. The very first new adult story I read was Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I was instantly hooked. I've been writing New Adult stories before it was ever a genre. So to find books by Colleen Hoover and Jamie McGuire was like finding buried treasure! And it gave me the confidence to publish my work.

Are there any authors who have influenced your writing style?

Definitely Jamie McGuire, Colleen Hoover and Katy Evans.

Tell us about your creative process, from initial idea to published manuscript.

My creative process is so haphazard. Something will spark an idea and I just run with it. I don't do drafts, but I do make notes about scenes and dialogue to use throughout the story. I write by the seat of my pants but usually always know my beginning and ending before I start. Once I start writing, I just let my characters take me on their journey. Then, I polish the story in editing. The most difficult part, by far, is writing the book's blurb. I suck at writing blurbs!
How do you feel about the increasing popularity of ebooks?

I think it's a good thing, ultimately. They are convenient and affordable. Hard cover books and even paperback can be very expensive. I think being able to buy ebooks affordably has increased the number of books that are being read. Additionally, it has helped make indie authors more visible. Ebooks have completely changed the game in my opinion.

What are your goals as a writer for the next ten years?

I just want to be writing and publishing new stories. Hopefully I will have published several books by that time in both the new adult genre as well as literary fiction.

Is there any aspect of writing you don't like?

I love writing! Everything about it. I detest the editing process. Everything about it. Ha!

What do you have in mind for your next project?

My next project is the second book in the Double H Romance series, told from Rooter's POV. It will be released in Spring 2016.

Is there anything else you'd like potential readers to know about your book?

I don't do sweet (in large doses anyway). There is plenty of foul language, some violence, and while Rooter isn't an erotic romance, there is some explicit sexual content. So if you have delicate sensibilities and are offended by any of those things, it may not be the book for you. But if you enjoy angst, drama, highly emotional situations, passionate characters and romance, give it a try!

Book blurb for "Rooter":
Sophie is obsessed with Rooter, the “vicious criminal” next door. After her jealous roommate, Mike, catches her chatting with him, he attacks her in a fit of rage. Rooter comes to her rescue and Sophie quickly falls for him. When she’s attacked yet again, Rooter swoops in and saves her and finally admits his feelings for her. But his secrecy, controlling tendencies, and crazy ex-friend-with-benefits threaten to tear them apart. When she’s accused of committing a brutal crime against Rooter, will he be there to save her when Mike’s infatuation turn into a deadly obsession?

More Information
Buy "Rooter" on Amazon
Check out Teiran Smith's website

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