Author Blog, Author Interview, Dark Romance, Reverse Harem

Interview with Arabella Black

As we gear up for this amazing event, I’ll be bringing you author interviews so you can get to know the attending authors in more detail! There are lots and lots of authors for you to discover, not to mention, hundreds if not thousands of books! Why not grab a cuppa and sit back and relax! All while hearing more about our writers and their writing lives, inspirations – and maybe even a secret or two!

What is the first thing people should know about you?
I’m obsessed with 90s power ballads. When I’m feeling down, they cheer me up! And I’m not even that romantic of a person (says the romance author!).

Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
Reverse Harem standalones. I love age gaps. Most of my books have an age gap. I also write unsafe scenarios where my heroes like to involve other people in their relationships/situationships.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?
When I was younger, I used to write very taboo books on Wattpad and got banned. It almost made me quit writing!

Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
Obsessed! It’s the third book in my debut series. This book came to me so naturally. I’m not sure it’s my best book, most likely because there was more passion than logic behind it. But anyone who has read my debut series ought to read Obsessed. Aris and Valentina’s story is not what it seems. They broke my heart. They’ll always own my heart.

What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
Degradation by Stylo Fantôme and Monster in His Eyes by J. M. Darhower. I read these books every year. Their heroes, male and female, move me. One is kinky and super sexy. The other is broody, possessive. I love toxic stuff. Feel free to judge me LOL.

Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
Every book I write does that to me! That last part of a book breaks me every time.

Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
Music is everything to me, BUT I don’t like to connect the two crafts much these days. I curated a thorough playlist for my last book and believed that it would help me write it. I wrote a nice percentage of my book to this music, but in the end, I let the quiet back in and finished the book. It was hard to finish it, so now, I’ve decided not to write to music for the foreseeable future! Maybe that’ll change in the future.

Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
It’s somewhere in the middle! I want to keep a tidy space because it makes me happy to work in a tidy space, but I’ve also just moved. Or is that just an excuse… LOL

Who or what inspires you as a writer?
Anything and everything I come across in my life. Also, other books. Both of my degrees are literature-related, and I believe there is no better way to find inspiration, motivation, than to read great works. Something else that inspires me are the hard-working women in this industry. I’m a recluse, but when I read their posts, I know that great things are possible.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
I’m an ambivert? It depends on the situation for me. I can be the shiest in the room, but there are also times where I shine without a worry!

The literary world moves fast, but what’s the one thing that never changes?
The drama, honey. Always the drama!

What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Just do it. I wish somebody had told me to just do it when I was starting out in college. I didn’t think becoming an author was viable back then! You live and you learn.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
I love the South of France (and Monaco), but as a Greek girl, I’ll say the Peloponnese and Lefkada. I don’t even enjoy the beach much. I never swim. I just sit by the water and read!

If you could live inside any fictional world, where would that be?
In a world where I’d meet my Jameson Kane!!! I don’t care about wizards or whatever. I just want to be the Tatum to somebody’s Jameson Kane! I love Stylo Fantôme.

Your favourite place to read and/or write?
I love to read in bed. At home, I only read in bed. I’m also rediscovering writing in bed?! I used to do that when I was younger. I read when I go to bed, and I write when I wake up. It gives me a great push to start off my day like that. But I also love writing at my office.

When you’re as old as Gandalf the Grey, how many books do you think you might have written?
Hopefully over a hundred books!

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
Eddie Redmayne! Funny story. I was in London with my family, and I’d snuck away to check out a place that was selling DVDs. This happened near Covent Garden. I cross the street, and I see a guy talking to a woman about his haircut. I recognized him as an actor that I knew from the My Week With Marilyn movie. But this was before he got his big break. So, I didn’t know his name. I never spoke to him (because shame on me for not knowing his name LOL), but I always think back to that moment whenever I see his movies these days. (There’s even a tweet about this day & him getting a haircut. It’s my proof!)

What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to become an architect, but I’m horrible with numbers.

If writing is your full-time job, have you ever been told to get a “proper job”?
It’s not my full-time job yet, but I still get this sentence thrown at me. It’s very triggering, to say the least! It makes you feel like you don’t do enough. It invalidates your efforts. People say that to authors these days because they don’t understand our current circumstances, the privileges that come with social media. I feel like anybody who works with the internet must get this sentence.

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