Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
Hi!! I’m Adrienne Dunning. I’m a North Carolina girl. I write contemporary romance, but I must confess that I also have some cozy mystery projects up my sleeve that I’m delving into next year in addition to the contemporary romance. My current releases are Seeking Solace, Revolution, and Snaring Angus.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I’ve always been a reader and a writer, even as a kid. I’d take books to bed to sleep with instead of stuffed animals. The first “proper” story I remember writing was when I was in the fifth grade---it was Halloween time, and I wrote a short story about a haunted house. I’ve been in education my entire professional career in one way or another (English major) and wrote off and on just for fun over the years. In my mid-thirties, I told myself I needed to go ahead and just go for it! If not now, then when? I just didn’t want life to keep going by and not even try to make the transition from hobby writer to published author. So, I did. I participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and completed the manuscript for Seeking Solace. I published it the next year. I’ve published two more works since then and have several releases projected for 2020. I still have an education “day job” to pay the bills (a lot of authors do), but I’m looking forward to the time when I can make the transition to writing full-time someday.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
I’m wrapping up The Captain’s Folly series (set in Scotland, and based on characters from my first novel, Seeking Solace) and those last two novellas will be releasing in early 2020.
What is the most challenging part of writing romance?
For me? Finding my “niche”. I write contemporary romance, but I’m in that weird in-between kind of romance. I’m not “clean and wholesome”, but I’m not “steamy” or “red hot” either. How do you classify that? LOL!
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
I do a lot of research on the setting/location. I want my readers to visualize the places where my stories happen. A lot of my readers come up and say, “I want to go there!” about the village in my Scottish series, and my research makes that happen. I take trips, I build Pinterest boards, and Google Earth has been a huge resource for me in making my settings realistic.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you?
It’s absolutely never too late to start. Just jump in and do it! Get plugged in with other local writers for support and camaraderie—it makes what can be a solitary habit more fun.
What do you love the most about the month of November?
So many things! I love the cooler weather—I live in North Carolina so it’s pretty much 80 degrees all the way through Halloween (very annoying for someone who doesn’t like being hot). It’s also the start of the holiday season, which I love so much, and that means I’ll be getting to spend lots of time with my family over the next couple months. November is also NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and I do a lot of project and writing work during that month.
Any last words before we go into the speed round?
I love engaging with readers! They’re a large part of why we do what we do.
City, suburb, or small-town? Small Town
Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate? Dark
Alpha, beta, or both? Beta—I like the “guy next door” type
Vampire, werewolf, demon or angel? Vampire
Wine, whiskey or punch? Whiskey
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, or other? Do I HAVE to choose?!?!
Boxers, briefs, or commando? Boxers
Cowboy boots, biker boots, or flip-flops? Cowboy boots
Leather, lace, or silk? Leather
Cake, cookies, or crumpets? All of them
Top, bottom, or against the wall? Against the wall
Biceps, abs, or buns? Lord, definitely biceps… I got a thing for muscular arms
Cats, dogs, or exotics? Dogs
Contemporary ~ Small Town ~ Sweet Romance
Sometimes to take a step in the right direction, you have to run away.
Sarah Collier’s life has always been scripted for her, according to the expectations of her domineering, socially-connected Connecticut family. Everything always went as planned…until the unthinkable happened moments before walking down the aisle. On a whim, she does the first thing that comes to mind—she takes off on her honeymoon, alone. Sarah has never acted on spontaneity, so the impromptu trip may not be what Sarah thinks it will.
The quaint and rustic harbor village of North Berwick on Scotland’s East Lothian coast is typically devoid of tourists in the winter. So when an auburn-haired stranger who wanders into his pub on a cold, Sunday evening, Bretton Keith, self-assured and flirtatious pub owner that he is, sees an opportunity to break up the monotony of another village winter.
As Bretton comes to know, he finds it increasingly difficult to uphold his credo of never becoming attached. Can he forget the mistakes of the past and learn to trust another with his heart? Will Sarah, daring to think of her life in a different way, be brave enough to risk it on a man who was so hurt by another that he swore off ever falling in love again, or will the demands of her family prove too big an obstacle to overcome?
**Most readers will consider this a sweet contemporary romance.
More About Adrienne
Adrienne Dunning is simply a Southern gal who has fun playing poorly at golf when she’s not crafting novels. She loves all forms of expression—writing, dancing, cooking, talking—and does them frequently and with abandon. She creates endearing and feisty characters full of humor and just a little awkwardness to “keep them real". Although a possible mystery series is under current exploration, her current works are primarily aligned with the contemporary romance/chick lit genres. Seeking Solace, her debut novel which released in April 2015, is the prequel to The Captain’s Folly Series, which explores the stories of three male characters in the debut novel. She also has published Revolution, which is a contemporary romance with a paranormal twist.