Author Interview: ‘Wanted in Paradise’ by Kate Ashenden

About the Book:

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Wanted in Paradise is a steamy romantic suspense novel filled with the drama of forbidden love, the tension of alpha male rivalry, the glamorous lifestyle of wealthy men, as well as the type of action and adventure that holds your interest.

Story overview

Shocked by family tragedy, Jasmine Hartwell returns home with a need to do something meaningful with her life. Romeo Moretti, the only man Jasmine has ever loved, but could never have, is now an international singing sensation, adored by millions. However, he is disillusioned with his fame and decides to use his high profile for a good purpose by hosting a benefit concert in the Maldives, which will be broadcast across the world.

It has been five years since Jasmine and Romeo have seen each other, but a heartbreaking twist of fate leads to a reunion between them. Romeo whisks Jasmine away to the Maldives, to help with the concert’s publicity, but their path to success is fraught with challenges and danger, as they battle to resist their burning desire for one another.

 

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Excerpt from Wanted in Paradise

Romeo grabbed Jasmine’s arm and looked her in the eyes. “If you’re doing this to make me jealous, it’s not working. I told you what sort of man Kamal is, so why are you wasting your time with him?”

“Because his words have made me feel good about myself. It’s been a long time since any man has made me feel that way.”

“So, you’ve been spending your time with Kamal, have you, while I’ve been away? So much for you saying you are just here to work,” Romeo said.

“You also told me that I am here to have fun too,” she said.

“Oh, and Kamal is fun is he! Spare me the details.” He turned to leave, shaking his head in disgust.

“This evening is the first time I’m meeting him, so you’ve made the wrong assumption.”

Jasmine didn’t need to explain herself to Romeo, but she refused to let him think that she had been enjoying a lavish time with Kamal.

What she wanted to tell him was how unhappy and heartbroken she had been since he left.

“It’s not safe for you to go on your own,” he said.

“I’ll be okay,” she said.

He watched her walk away, her pretty lace dress stroking the decking and her dark glossy hair delicately bouncing in the wind.

“Jasmine!” he said.

“Yes?” she turned to him and raised her eyebrows questioningly.

“Please stay here.”

“Why?” she looked at Romeo appealingly, hoping the words she so craved would come from his lips.

“Because you’re taking a huge risk. That yacht could be going anywhere.” There was a silence between them as she considered his point, which was a valid one.

“How about you have a relaxing evening here instead. Come to mine; we’ll have a drink and just …”

Before he could finish what he was saying, she interrupted and said, “I see, so I come to yours, have a drink, a bit of a roll around, and then you make me feel like rubbish again. Forget it!”

“I wasn’t suggesting that at all,” he said. “It’s just that I can see things aren’t right between us, so it would be good to talk it over, don’t you think?”

“No thanks!” Jasmine said bluntly, “Just to make yourself feel better.”

She started walking towards the yacht again, more resolute and determined than before.

“Jasmine, stop!” He stood in front of her, trying to block her path.

“Get out of my way!” she said, noticing that their argument amused the captain on the yacht.

In an instant, Romeo lifted her from her feet and threw her over his shoulder, his strong arms locking her legs into his chest. She thumped his back angrily and tried to flip up in the way a toddler does in a tantrum.

“Let me down,” she said. “You’re insane!”

“I’m trying to save you,” he said, appearing angry by her defiance.

She managed to arch back far enough to make him lose balance and trip…

 

Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you into writing?

I’m a copywriter, with a background in public relations, but I’ve always wanted to write a book. Even as a child I was writing stories for my mum, or poems (that I remember my primary school teacher reading in class!) I love the way crafting plots, dialogue and exposition stimulates my imagination and offers readers’ escapism. I have this need to be creative and express myself, so I’ve also done some painting, but my love of writing never ceases.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Anytime I have a spare moment. I’m a busy mum, also doing freelance work, so writing my book had to fit around spending time with my loved ones and the general responsibilities of life and work. I tend to sit at the dining room table, tapping away on my laptop – not the most comfortable of places, but I like sitting there, looking out of the window while I ponder the next section of the book.

Where do your ideas come from?

It’s a real mixture of life experience, combined with fantasy, and the types of drama I’ve seen in soaps or films. I also think there is a degree of empathy and understanding of how a character will feel in certain situations. The whole notion of ‘putting yourself in someone else’s shoes’ which I guess is the way actors can successfully portray the parts they play. To me, when I write my story, the characters become real. I see them as multi-dimensional and particularly in the case of the protagonist, also relatable.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I have to structure the plot – chapter by chapter, section by section, so I know where I’m heading. This bit takes a lot of time – piecing together the ideas and analysing whether the combination works, but in my opinion, it is well worth the effort. I can’t just go with the flow, although I admire authors that can do that successfully.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Romantic suspense. I love a rollercoaster love story packed with drama, tension, action and adventure!

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Love that question! I didn’t have a muse for this book, but I’m sure there are a plethora of handsome, exotic actors that would fit the bill for Romeo. I can imagine a brilliant actor like Ethan Hawke would do an amazing job of portraying the complexities of Rupert’s character (one of the antagonists).

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I wish I could read more! I love Daphne Du Maurier and many of P.D. James books.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Jamaica Inn – a great example of romantic suspense, and unforgettable characters, for example, Joss Merlyn, the landlord of Jamaica Inn, was terrifying and for that reason fascinating.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Before you get carried away with your idea, you need to take an objective view, asking whether it ticks all the boxes for a good read. If there is any doubt, then go back to your story idea and adjust it. Keep tweaking it, until you feel confident you’ve created a page-turner.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

My Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ashendenauthor

 

About the Author:

Kate Ashenden is a copywriter, public relations professional, and author of the new book ‘Wanted in Paradise’.

With nearly fifteen years of creative writing experience, Kate is keen to become a full-time romance author.

Kate’s desire is to continue to write unique storylines with traditional love interests that grip the reader.

Based in the United Kingdom, Kate spends her working time eyes glued to a computer screen (usually with coffee and biscuits on either side of the laptop!)

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