Writing About Heavy Subjects

Interview with Roni Loren

In this Interview Roni and Gabriela discuss:

  • The emotional safety net of romance.
  • Showing diversity in a story without having it be the book’s central issue.
  • How to tackle difficult and controversial issues within a romance novel.
  • Knowing when a book as series potential, and how to craft that series.
  • The benefits of starting a romance with a bad date.

About Roni Loren

Roni Loren wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. She is now a two-time RITA Award winner and a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, which does give some evidence to that theory.

Roni holds a master’s degree in social work and spent years as a mental health counselor, but now she writes full time from her cozy office in Dallas, Texas where she puts her characters on the therapy couch instead.

Her latest addition to the romance genre are the books that make up The Ones Who Got Away series. These include The Ones Who Got Away, The One You Can’t Forget, and The One You Fight For, all of which are available now, with the fourth book The One For You releasing in December 2019.

To connect with Roni check out her website at www.roniloren.com.

 

 

 

The Ones Who Got Away

Book 1: The Ones Who Got Away

It’s been twelve years since tragedy struck the senior class of Long Acre High School. Only a few students survived that fateful night―a group the media dubbed The Ones Who Got Away.

Liv Arias thought she’d never return to Long Acre―until a documentary brings her and the other survivors back home. Suddenly her old flame, Finn Dorsey, is closer than ever, and their attraction is still white-hot. When a searing kiss reignites their passion, Liv realizes this rough-around-the-edges cop might be exactly what she needs…

Liv’s words cut off as Finn got closer. The man approaching was nothing like the boy she’d known. The bulky football muscles had streamlined into a harder, leaner package and the look in his deep green eyes held no trace of boyish innocence.

Book 2: The One You Can’t Forget

Most days Rebecca Lindt feels like an imposter…

The world admires her as a survivor. But that impression would crumble if people knew her secret. She didn’t deserve to be the one who got away. But nothing can change the past, so she’s thrown herself into her work. She can’t dwell if she never slows down.

Wes Garrett is trying to get back on his feet after losing his dream restaurant, his money, and half his damn mind in a vicious divorce. But when he intervenes in a mugging and saves Rebecca―the attorney who helped his ex ruin him―his simple life gets complicated.

Their attraction is inconvenient and neither wants more than a fling. But when Rebecca’s secret is put at risk, both discover they could lose everything, including what they never realized they needed: each other.

 

She laughed and kissed him. This morning she’d melted down. But somehow this man had her laughing and turned on only a few hours later. Everything inside her felt buoyed.

She felt…light.

She’d forgotten what that felt like.

Book 3: The One You Fight For

How hard would you fight for the one you love?

Taryn Landry was there that awful night fourteen years ago when Long Acre changed from the name of a town to the title of a national tragedy. Everyone knows she lost her younger sister. No one knows it was her fault. Since then, psychology professor Taryn has dedicated her life’s work to preventing something like that from ever happening again. Falling in love was never part of the plan…

Shaw Miller has spent more than a decade dealing with the fallout of his brother’s horrific actions. After losing everything—his chance at Olympic gold, his family, almost his sanity—he’s changed his name, his look, and he’s finally starting a new life. As long as he keeps a low profile and his identity secret, everything will be okay, right?

When the world and everyone you know defines you by one catastrophic tragedy…

How do you find your happy ending?