We love the Strictly Business series, so it was a no-brainer when we were presented with the opportunity to get to sit down and chat with authors Elizabeth Hayley about the latest book in the series, The Wedding Agreement. If you haven’t checked out the other books in the series, we know you’re going to love them, and The Wedding Agreement might just be our favorite of all. Without further ado, let’s see what Elizabeth and Hayley had to say about The Wedding Agreement (and all the things!):
Hayley: There were a lot of fun parts to write, but the ones that always stick out in my mind are the more serious and emotional moments. I liked writing scene where Alex talks to Nina in her room (trying not to give a spoiler) toward the end of the book because I had such a clear vision for it before I wrote it. Sometimes I fixate on chapters long before I write them, and that was one of those for me. It was like letting out all this energy I had built up inside when I finally got to write that.
Elizabeth: I also like the highly emotional scenes. I like trying to get those intense feelings to translate on a page so the reader feels what I was feeling when I wrote the scene. Since the main characters are faking an engagement in order to help with a custody issue, there were quite a few emotional moments that we had to get just right. But don’t worry…there are a lot of laughs too.
Hayley came in one day talking about an authoritative doctor she had seen and said she wanted to write a guy like that. Doctor Scott and the first book in this series stemmed from that.
We definitely don’t know every detail before we write. Or after lol. We tend to have an overall vision for the characters, but we build them as we write. We see how they interact with the plot. We let them build themselves, in a sense. They kind of tell us who they are.
She’s the most independent, charismatic, and daring of the group of friends in this series. She has a very strict view of what she wants out of life.
Alex is a hot single dad who is a special agent for the FBI. He’s loyal, protective, funny, and great in bed. Who wouldn’t want that?
We would introduce Alex from The Wedding Agreement to Adam from Pieces of Perfect. Both of them are single dads with young daughters. Maybe they could have a play date or something haha.
Hayley: Elizabeth’s better half
Elizabeth: Hayley’s smarter half
Hayley: I don’t know that any of these are strange, but I do have a few things that help me write. Since the most difficult part of writing anything for me is starting it, I’ll sometimes tell myself I’ll just write the first two paragraphs or I’ll just write for fifteen minutes and then stop. Doing that makes it feel less daunting when I go back to it, and it makes the process easier. Other than that, I just like to listen to loud music when I write and will sometimes put one song on repeat until a scene is finished if that song inspires me to write that part of the book.
Elizabeth: I need to start and finish chapters in the same sitting. Leaving a chapter incomplete irks my soul.
Elizabeth: I swoon over anyone who’s realistic, protective, loving, and a badass.
Hayley: I also love anyone who’s realistic, sweet, and I’m a sucker for a good dirty-talker.
Right now we’re working on the second book in The Diamond Trilogy, which is our serial with James Patterson’s new romance imprint, BookShots Flames. The first book installment is called Dazzling, which will be out in September. Book two is called Radiant, and that should be released in November.
We also have a proposal for a romantic suspense series out on submission right now.
This is a good question. Probably if we’ve ever wanted to write anything other than romance. No one’s ever asked that, but they answer is yes. Ultimately we’d like to get into regular fiction, and our dream is really to write for a TV show.
***About Elizabeth Hayley***
Elizabeth Hayley is actually “Elizabeth” and “Hayley,” two friends who love reading romance novels to obsessive levels. This mutual love prompted them to put their English degrees to good use by penning their own. The product is Pieces of Perfect, their debut novel. They learned a ton about one another through the process, like how they clearly share a brain and have a persistent need to text each other constantly (much to their husbands’ chagrin).
They live with their husbands and kids in a suburb of Philadelphia. Thankfully, their children are still too young to read.
Elizabeth Hayley’s writing motto is best captured by the words of Patrick Dennis: “I always start with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind.”
***About the Book***
The Wedding Agreement by Elizabeth Hayley
Also by this author: The Best Medicine, Just Say Yes, The Wedding Agreement
Series: Strictly Business #3
Also in this series: The Best Medicine, Just Say Yes, The Wedding Agreement
Published by Signet on May 3, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Fake Relationship to More, Friends to More
Character(s): Heroes in Uniform, Single Fathers
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The author of Just Say Yes is back with another sweet and sultry Strictly Business novel about working hard and falling harder into an unexpected romance...
Love doesn’t always follow the same schedule...
Alex Walker doesn’t need a woman in his life. In fact, he doesn’t have time for one. Between his career in the FBI and the demands of being good father, romance is an unwanted distraction.
Likewise, Cassidy Mullen is fine on her own. The independent career woman has never had a husband in her plans—forget about kids. But when her friend Alex gets into a bind with his ex over their daughter, Cass finds herself suddenly playing the part of Alex’s stable, child-loving fiancée—and liking it a lot more than she’d care to admit.
Soon Alex and Cass can’t deny the real passion growing between them. But as fake affection turns into real love, Cass and Alex will have to make a choice: say “I Do” to their feelings or give up on happily-ever-after for good...
What do you think, Pretties? Have you read any of the books in the Strictly Business Series?