Today at Author Stalker we have the beautiful LJ Shen. L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 Best-selling author of contemporary and YA romance. I have been stalking her for a long time now and was a little bit intimidated (who am I kidding? A lot!) about approaching her. Turns out she is super nice and I am even more in awe of her now.
Me: Hi Leigh! I have been stalking you for a long time! Can I ask you a few questions?
LJ: Of course.
Me: How long have you been a writer? Full time or part time? What influenced you to be a writer?
LJ: I think I’ve been a writer ever since I knew how to write. Literally since I was six. It’s always been an outlet for me. The first book that truly made me want to write was the Catcher in the Rye. Corny, but true. Holden sounded so real and raw, I wondered if I could do that, too. Write like that, in a way that can convey my world to others so perfectly.
Me: What was your first book published? How did you feel when you published your first book? Excited? Scared?
LJ: My debut novel is called Tyed. I was excited, scared and a little anxious, but since I had very little expectations, I figured I would just go with the flow. The first few books are a huge learning curve, so it’s best to keep your hopes high and your expectations low. Just go with the flow and feel your audience.
Me: What can you tell us about your new book that just released, Midnight Blue?
LJ: Midnight Blue is an enemies-to-lovers contemporary romance about a recovering, drug addict rock star and a girl who is hired to keep him sober. It is very angsty and full of twists. I truly hope you like it.
Me: What can you tell us about your new books, Deep Purple, Bane and End Zone, that are coming out?
LJ: Ha! Not much about Bane and Deep Purple since I like to keep my projects under wraps until the very last moment. The End Zone is a cute, fun, HOT novella and it’s coming out this April 1st. You can pre-order the audiobook, narrated by Joe Arden, on Amazon and Audible.
Me: Who is your fave character in your books (or is it like asking a mom to identify her fave child)?
LJ: Eeek. Can’t choose. I always relate to the women (of course) and fall a little in love with the heroes.
Me: What is your advice to new writers?
LJ: Write a lot. Read a lot. Listen to audiobooks. Sniff paperbacks. Work on your craft. Hard. And make sure you have great beta readers. The rest will do itself. No one works harder for your career than a kickass book!
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