New York Times bestseller Liliana Hart’s sexy new Gravediggers series is already taking the romance world by storm. Her first two installments have left us going through intense withdrawals, so we decided what better way to hold us over until SAY NO MORE than interviewing the romantic suspense master herself! Get your copies of THE DARKEST CORNER and GONE TO DUST now, and don’t forget to pre-order SAY NO MORE, out July 25th!
ABOUT THE GRAVEDIGGERS
What inspired you to write The Gravediggers series?
I got the idea for The Gravediggers the first time my husband (a real-life romance hero!) and I met. He’d invited me to his agency, and I spent several days doing ride-alongs, shooting machine guns, and talking with as many cops as I could. The idea wasn’t fully formed, but I could see that opening scene of them stripped down to their cargo pants, the rain splattering mud across their skin as they dug up a grave. That scene drove me crazy for several years because I didn’t know what to do with it.
Then I had the opportunity to create a new character for a project that was pitched to me, and that’s where Eve Winter was born. But when I created the character I realized I needed actual books to put her in. That scene in the graveyard was still bothering me because I didn’t know why they were there, and then I thought how cool it would be to have all these tough, sexy alphas taking commands from someone like Eve Winter.
At that point I brought the snippets of all the scenes I’d created to my husband and said, “I have no idea how all of these things fit together, but they’re driving me crazy.” So we sat down and talked it out until The Gravediggers were born.
Which of your characters is your favorite so far? Why?
I love Levi! I knew he was going to be special when they dug him up in the first book. He was a mystery at first, but he’s revealed more of himself to me with every book. I love the idea of having a Jewish hero, and his past and how he became a Gravedigger is heartbreaking.
How do you research the topics you write about?
I’m very lucky that I have a husband who has a vast knowledge of special ops and different law enforcement agencies. He worked undercover for 12 years, was a SWAT commander for 16, and worked for the DEA, so most questions or scenarios that I need worked out go through him first. Other things I’ve had to research, like autopsies and embalmings…well…I just had to go and observe them for myself. I have a cool job.
Do you base your characters off real people in your life?
Umm…maybe. Especially in my Addison Holmes series. Those are all people I know, and I just exaggerate a lot of their qualities. And some of them I don’t have to exaggerate at all. Reality is often stranger than fiction.
How do you name your characters?
I don’t. They name themselves when they show up in my head. It’s kind of weird to explain.
What is your favorite way to procrastinate?
I’m a great procrastinator. My go-to is usually Facebook. But when I’m on crazy deadlines and I don’t know what to do with a book, I usually choose those moments to start massively huge projects. Like painting the house, or buying new furniture, or some kind of construction project that puts our lives in complete upheaval. When I run out of home projects to do, I usually book a trip somewhere. My husband has infinite patience while I write and knows how to deal with my insane quirks.
Who is your writing idol? Have you met him/her? If so, did you completely nerd out or keep your cool?
Nora Roberts is definitely my writing idol. I’ve met her several times, and I was even blessed with the opportunity to sign at her bookstore a couple of years ago. I love her, and every time I see her, I never know what to say because she’s just that awesome.
What’s your dream project?
My husband and I are working on a project together right now for a spin-off of JJ Graves that I’m in love with, and we have such a fun time working together.
What book are you reading right now?
I’m listening to the audiobook of The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn.
What’s your favorite book of all time? Why?
Outlander. Jamie Fraser. Enough said.
If you didn’t write, what would you do?
It’s hard to imagine not writing. I’ve done it since I was a little kid. Before I wrote full-time, I was a teacher, but I’d rather do anything else than that again. So that pretty much leaves me with being an heiress for my next career.
What did you do with your first advance?
We’re pretty boring in our house. We added it to our investment portfolio. And I might have bought a new LV handbag, and a pair of Louboutin’s. Maybe two pairs.
Do you Google yourself?
Hahahaha! No, I never have. I also don’t read my reviews. I like to live in a bubble.