USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis is here today! Her latest book, Saving Brad, just released last week and it’s FREE with Kindle Unlimited!
Tell us about you! Can you share some interesting tidbits we may not know?
I’ve always wanted to write, but it was not a viable career prospect when I was younger and I never even contemplated it. It was just a dream. I had a very successful corporate management career in human resources, but when I hit 40 I took a long hard look at my life and knew I needed to make changes. I picked up a manuscript I’d been attempting to write for years and finished it. Then I packed in my job and started writing full time. It was a huge risk, but, thankfully, it’s paid off. I’m very lucky that my husband was so supportive, and he continues to be my biggest advocate. Couldn’t do this without him!
What inspired you to start writing?
I think I’ve probably answered this above, lol. I’ve been an avid reader since I was a little kid, and my corporate job involved a huge amount of writing and editing (I had several non-fiction articles published in Ireland) but it was only in my late thirties that I started writing fiction. I used to think everyone just dreamed up stories in their head on a daily basis and that it was normal. It was only when I realized everyone did NOT do that, that I seriously thought about writing. Then my challenge was finding the time to do it around small kids and a hectic job. It’s been a long path to where I am now, but I’m a firm believer that things happen the way they do for a reason, and I’ve no regrets.
Other than writing, what are some of your passions in life?
Hang on, there’s a world of passions outside writing?!! Does drinking wine and consuming copious amounts of chocolate count? All joking aside, writing is virtually my entire life now so it’s hard to find time to indulge any of my other interests. My family are my key priority and making sure I have time to spend with my kids and my husband is important. I still read tons, love chilling out to music, and I love cooking, and going to the cinema. I’m massively addicted to superhero movies and I’m a huge Marvel fan.
True Calling was my debut novel and book one in my young adult science fiction dystopian romance series. It’s been over three years since I wrote my debut and my writing has come a long way since then. My writing process is much smoother and more streamlined now, and I can write faster, and revise more efficiently. My readers keep telling me that I’m getting better and better with each release, and each new title becomes their new all-time favorite, so, hopefully, I’m doing something right!
What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process and why?
I love that I live in a make-believe world of my own choosing and that I control every aspect of my career. I can decide what I want to write, and when, and I get to indulge some of the crazy thoughts flying around my brain. I also love how many ideas pop into my head all the time. One of the things I get asked a lot is how do I think up new stories? Honestly, I have no issue with that. My challenge is the fact that all these characters and stories are screaming in my head and I wish I could write even faster so their voices are heard sooner. I often take a moment in the mornings to sit back and appreciate where I’m at in my life. Getting to write stories for a living really is a dream come true, and I never take it for granted.
What is your most challenging part of the writing/publishing process and what do you do to make it easier?
Juggling all the demands on my time is the most challenging issue for me. Writing the books is actually the easiest part. It’s everything else that can stress me out at times. Being a writer in this day and age is so much more than just having creative talent. When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them I run my own business which often surprises them when they discover I write for a living. So I’m not just a writer. I’m an accountant. An administrator. A marketeer. A strategist. An entrepreneur, and so on. I combat that by outsourcing as much as I can, and I surround myself with professionals and experts who help reduce some of the demands on my time.
What does a typical day look like for you? How do you find balance?
I struggle to find work/life balance and it’s something I need to address as I work far too many hours which isn’t sustainable long term. I write full time, so once the kids are out the door to school, I sit down and get my word count completed while it’s nice and quiet. After I collect my youngest from school and supervise homework, I spend a couple of hours focusing on other aspects of releases (graphic design, formatting, launch plans etc) as well as managing my ad campaigns and updating my income and expenditure spreadsheets. Then it’s dinner time, and driving my eldest son to the gym and bringing my youngest to football (soccer) practice, and then it’s home to spend a couple of hours answering emails and managing social media. I usually get to sit down about 10 pm at night and then I binge on whatever Netflix show is my current addiction with my hubby. When I get into bed, I read for an hour or two, grab a few hours sleep and then we’re off again!
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Believe in the dream. Believe you can do anything you set your mind to. And write every day.
What do you love about writing romance?
I’m ALL about the romance, and all my series have strong romantic elements. I’m just an eternal romanticist at heart, and I believe love can come in all shapes and sizes and in many guises. I love the emotional complexity, the uncertainty, the euphoria, and the roller coaster of highs and lows you experience when you’re falling in love, and I like to incorporate those elements in my stories. I love writing about hot, conflicted, bad boys and the women who tame their hearts. I also love messy, and complicated, and dramatic, angsty love triangles and squares are what I’m known for. If I’m not swooning or my stomach isn’t tied into knots while I’m writing, I know I’m not going far enough.
What kinds of things do you find romantic in real life? Can you share a story?
I find little gestures way more romantic than grand gestures, and I don’t need a man to spend money on me to prove he cares. My husband leaving the umbrella in the hall for me on rainy days, or taking my car in to be serviced, or doing the grocery shopping on his only day off means more to me than an expensive bunch of flowers or a new necklace.
Do you read your book reviews? If so, how do they affect your writing (if at all)?
I’m an avid Goodreads user so I do read some reviews of my books. I learned early in my career not to read the negative ones because they can destroy my mood and ruin my productivity for the day. I’m not talking about well written constructive reviews which I do read, more so the highly slanderous, nasty reviews that some readers write. I won’t learn anything from those so I skip over them. I don’t expect everyone to like my books, and I don’t get upset over one-star reviews provided the reader has been respectful. They are entitled to their opinion. If I’m having a particularly bad day, sometimes I read some five-star reviews and they never fail to elevate my mood.
What is the craziest, funniest, or most surprising thing that has happened to you since publishing your first book?
The sense of community within the Indie publishing world surprised me enormously. I’ve made so many friends, all around the world, and it’s great to have others to bounce ideas off and seek support from. Most of my work is done on my own sitting at a desk, so it’s important to have that interaction with others.
Saving Brad is my latest release, which went live on the 22nd of this month! While it’s the fifth book in my international bestselling Kennedy Boys series, it can be read as a standalone. It’s an enemies-to-lovers new adult romance and my darkest romance to date. If you enjoy hot guys, kick-ass females, drama, angsty romance, twists and turns, and books that give you all the feels then I think you’ll like it! The special 99¢ new release price ends October 31st.
Is there any other news you would like to share?
I’m releasing my first standalone new adult contemporary romance on January 8th called Inseparable which I’m SUPER excited about. It’s about three childhood friends (two boys, one girl) and how the lines of friendship blur as they get older culminating in tragedy. It’s my darkest, edgiest book to date and I’ve been in floods of tears writing this one. It’s going to tug those heartstrings!
Five Facts Just for Fun!
1. What’s your favorite ’90s jam?
Don’t Speak by No Doubt
2. What was the last gift you gave someone?
A dinner voucher to my parents
3. What were you like as a kid?
A good girl, and a right little nerd!
4. What was the last thing you binge-watched & what did you think of it?
Game of Thrones. OMG. So so good. I’m addicted, along with the rest of the world.
5. What is the one thing (other than your loved ones) that you cannot live without?
Kennedy Boys Series Book 5
Special Release price of 99¢ through October 31st
An enemies-to-lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis. Standalone with an HEA and no cliff-hanger.
I’m in love with my best friend’s girl.
She knows it. He knows it. Everyone knows it.
Faye will never be mine, but try telling that to my stupid heart.
An endless rotation of girls streams in and out of my bedroom in a desperate attempt to forget her, but nothing eases the horrid ache in my chest. Rejection isn’t anything new for me, but it hasn’t gotten any easier.
Until she reappears in my life. Like an out-of-control tornado. Storming in, all fierce and angry, ready to steamroll everything in her path. Rachel is trouble with a capital T bundled in a gorgeous, sexy, Irish package.
She pushes all the wrong buttons, and I can’t decide if I want to yell at her or kiss her.
I should steer clear.
But I’ve never been very good at taking my own advice. Especially when it comes to girls I can’t have and shouldn’t want.
I need to escape.
To put as much distance between me and that monster so I can start living my life.
Yet, even the vast Atlantic Ocean isn’t enough to sever the connection. To allow me to forget how he’s ruined me. His hold is more than just physical. He has a vise grip on my head and my heart, and I can’t breathe, can’t think, can’t function.
So, I do everything to blot it out.
Until he reappears in my life.
Brad McConaughey. So hot. So infuriating. So in love with my best friend.
Every word out of Brad’s mouth makes me want to throat punch him or kick him in the nuts.
But he makes me feel, and I hate him for it. A part of me might actually love him for it.
I should keep my distance, but like destructive magnets, we are drawn together.
This isn’t going to end well.
I know it. He knows it.
But we’re powerless to resist.
Will I enjoy this book?
If you enjoy emotional, angsty, new adult romance with hot guys and a dash of drama set within a college backdrop then you should enjoy Saving Brad! Fans of this series have also enjoyed titles by Tijan, Erin Watt, Penelope Douglas, Ginger Scott, Jay McLean, Jillian Dodd, Sara Ney, Sara Wolf, Abbi Glines, Rachel Van Dyken, Chloe Walsh, and other similar authors.
While you don’t need to read the first four books in this series to enjoy Saving Brad, it is highly recommended. This book is only suitable for readers aged eighteen and older due to mature content, sexual situations, and language.
Or start the series for only 99¢
Kennedy Boys Series Book 1
★☆ Now a completed trilogy. ★☆
Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny.
You shouldn’t want what you can’t have…
Faye Donovan has lost everything. After her parent’s tragic death, she’s whisked away from her home in Ireland when an unknown uncle surfaces as her new guardian.
Dropped smack-dab into the All-American dream, Faye should feel grateful. Except living with her wealthy uncle, his fashion-empire-owning wife, and their seven screwed-up sons is quickly turning into a nightmare—especially when certain inappropriate feelings arise.
Kyler Kennedy makes her head hurt and her heart race, but he’s her cousin.
He’s off limits.
And he’s not exactly welcoming—Kyler is ignorant, moody, and downright cruel at times—but Faye sees behind the mask he wears, recognizing a kindred spirit.
Kyler has sworn off girls, yet Faye gets under his skin. The more he pushes her away, the more he’s drawn to her, but acting on those feelings risks a crap-ton of prejudice, and any whiff of scandal could damage the precious Kennedy brand.
Concealing their feelings seems like the only choice.
But when everyone has something to hide, a secret is a very dangerous thing.
Will I enjoy this book?
Full of scandal, dysfunctional families, teen soap-opera-style angst and drama, secrets and lies, mean girls and catfights, lust and love, book one in the unputdownable Kennedy Boys series will have you flipping the pages’ way beyond bedtime! Only suitable for readers aged seventeen and older due to mature content and language. Please note this book contains a forbidden love theme featuring first cousins and a cliffhanger. It is not a standalone read.
Books in this Series
The Irish Getaway – optional short novel
The three Kyler books must be read together. Thereafter, every book in the series will focus on a single Kennedy boy and his love interest, and they will be standalone titles with an HEA and no cliffhanger.
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