Posted on 06/11/2019 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Today we’re interviewing Ivy Smoak, the Amazon bestselling author of The Hunted series and several other romance series.

When she's not writing, you can find her binge-watching too many TV shows, taking long walks, playing outside, and generally refusing to act like an adult.

She lives with her husband in Delaware.

SADYE: Tell us something about your writing process that’s unusual or that you haven’t revealed before.

IVY: Something unusual? Geez, everything I do is weird. True story.

But for the stories I write? The most unusual thing I do is that I don’t plot anything out at all.

I like to let the characters guide me. It’s their story I’m ultimately telling. Not mine.

SADYE: Which of your characters would you most and least like to trade places with?

IVY: Every character I write is a piece of me. But there are a lot of pieces of my past that I’d rather relive than others.

So I would most like to trade places with Penny from The Hunted series. She falls in love young and fast. Even though there’s a lot of ups and downs in The Hunted series, her story is happy.

And who doesn’t want to relive their college years? Especially if it involves dating a handsome professor.

I’d least like to trade places with Daphne from Third Chances — losing someone close to you is hard.

Reliving those memories is a lot more heartbreaking than reliving falling in love. And I cried writing that story more than any other.

Luckily the hero in that novel is also my funniest, or else I’m not sure how I would have finished it.

SADYE: What has been the most touching or memorable piece of reader feedback you’ve received?

IVY: All of it. I read each and every review I’ve ever received. The good, the bad, and the in between has all helped me grow.

Did I used to cry every time I received a one-star review? Of course. I’m only human. And I’ve learned from those reviews just as much as I’ve learned from the positive ones.

But those readers who love my books? I love those readers back. And I’m eternally grateful for their support.

I wouldn’t be writing today without them.

SADYE: What message or theme would you like readers to take away from your work?

IVY: I think a lot of people think about romance and just think, "oh, that’s a silly happily-ever-after super-predictable storyline."

But it’s so much more than that to me. I want people to take away the heart I put into each and every word and novel.

I want them to feel the tears I cried. I want them to know that they’re not alone.

SADYE: What experience in your past or general aspect of your life has most affected your writing?

IVY: I’ve always been extremely shy. The first day of school when the teachers called attendance was always the worst day ever. Because I had to raise my hand and say, “Here.”

Yup, embarrassingly shy. If I could help it, I’d never talk in class again after the first day.

But ultimately I think that’s helped me in my writing. I’ve done so much people watching that I feel like I’ve lived more lives than my own.

Besides, I can’t look back and be upset about who I once was. If I hadn’t been that way, it’s possible I wouldn’t be a writer now. And I wouldn’t change a thing about my current life.

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Ivy smaok is one of the best writers i have had the pleasure of coming across. Everything she writes is so full of emotion and love....u can feel how much she loves each piece when u read it. I have enjoyed all her books and I have read the hunted series about 4 times. Lol Keep it up Ivy....ur amazing. Xoxo
Melissa | 06/15/2019 at 06:54 PM
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