Where were you born?
I was born in Scotland but I don’t sound it at all. I sound about as English as it’s possible to sound. I’ve lived in England for over twenty years.
How old are you?
I’m twenty seven and terrified that the next three years will go really fast and I’ll be thirty before I know it.
Where do you live (area/country)?
I live by the sea side on the South Coast of England. I get beautiful summers but horribly boring winters – not ever a drop of snow.
How long have you been writing?
I never really know how to answer this one. I’ve been writing my books for just over two years but I have been writing since I was a teenager. I was a tad on the geeky side. I was a massive book geek! And I loved Harry Potter more than anything in the world – almost. So I spent a chunk of my teen years writing Harry Potter Fanfiction. I had a whole series of stories about James and Lily’s time at school, not to mention numerous stories about Hermione and Draco – I majorly shipped them – as I said major geek.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer?
There wasn’t a specific moment where I realised it was my destiny or anything. Some people write diaries and that’s how they start, unfortunately, I wasn’t very good at journaling. My life seemed too dull. I’d very quickly get waylaid and start writing about imaginary characters because it was more interesting. I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer and writing is basically just writing dreams down on paper.
Do you have a ritual you perform before you start writing?
Strangely, I don’t. There’s no order to it. I’ll write anywhere and at any time. There are no rules when it comes to my writing.
Do you type, record or write your books out?
I mostly type but if inspiration hits, I’ll work with whatever I have with me.
What genres do you write?
I write romance. I wish I could try my hat at some other genres but the truth is I love writing about people who find their happy place. I love writing in the things that seem too good to be true; like love at first sight and alpha men in suits, and relationships that always last.
Who or what inspires you to write?
Gosh. That’s a question and a half. It’s a question with a lot of answers. My family inspire me and the struggles we’ve overcome together. My own life is often inspiration. But weirdly enough I think the greatest inspiration isn’t what I have or what I’ve experienced but what I haven’t. What I lack tends to inspire me more. I write about love and commitment when ironically, I have commitment issues. Ewk. I think I secretly just want to understand the world a little bit better and so every character and every book is like a case study on life and it’s challenges and it’s beauties.
Are the stories in your head screaming to come out?
Literally, screaming! I have note pads everywhere; by my bed, in my handbag, in my living room, the kitchen, my study… anywhere inspiration might hit – except perhaps the bathroom. I have characters and ideas for plots for the next 15 or more series and every day I write a new one down. The list is always growing.
What is your writing process? (get ideas out, flesh it up, edit, proofread, publish etc.)
I’m a bit of a random. I write my ideas down and then start with chapter one. I write until I can’t think straight and then I rest on it. Then I proofread, then I write and keep repeating the process until my book is sort of there. Then the hard work begins; the editing, the proper proofing, and publishing.
Are you in a relationship / married?
I’m single. My family and I have a deal. They are all desperate for me to get married and have kids and I’m not in that much of a rush. So I told them if they can find me a bloke I’d actually want to date, I’ll marry him. They have failed so far.
One day. Hopefully not too far away. But not for the next five years or so? I guess. Just don’t tell my mum! She’d have me popping out kids tomorrow if it was up to her.
How does your family cope with your writing?
Those that have been in the loop for a while now have always been super supportive and those that have only just found out are coming round to the idea.
What did you do before writing?
I’ve done a bit of everything; worked in management – that was fun, early years education – liked that too, youth work – that was always a good laugh; but nothing beats writing.
Are you a full time writer?
Unfortunately, I’m not. I wish.
If not, what is your day job?
I recently decided to make more time for my writing so I started up my own PA Service for other authors and I am working on developing a new site for my author facebook group Author Friends With Benefits. If there is one thing I hate it is how expensive and time consuming promoting yourself as an independent author. Not to mention how often people take advantage of new authors. I have authors talk to me all the time about their experiences and I want to help make it better for them. That’s the goal; to develop a community that really supports and encourages each other. A sort of one stop shop for everything authors need; including a list of service providers like awesome blogs like this one here!
What do you have in the pipeline in terms of the next book?
I’m currently working on my next book Damaged Intimacy. It’s about a girl with a secret, as all the best books are. Anyone who has read any of my books will know the lead character; Tallulah. She might be my best character yet. It won’t be released for another 3 months though.
For the readers that don’t know your work, what have you written?
So I’ve written two, three part series; The Rules Series and The History Series. All my books are connected with interlocking plot lines and characters that cross paths.
The Rules Series is all about a young student teacher in London called Aurora Stone and a handsome CEO Landon Peters. They both have control issues and they both have a list of rules – most of which get broken.
The History Series is about two of Landon’s employees; Andrew Contius and Clara Delos. Andrew used to bully Clara in school and now they’ve found out they’ve got to work together – it’s all sarcky banter and witty snipes – as they begin to realise they can’t avoid their past, let alone try to change it, so they have to try and move forward.
If so, their names?
Missy and Manny. They are my babies. I love them to bits except when I’m trying to write. Missy gets a tad jealous of the laptop and tries to sit on it. She’s not a small dog either; she’s a staffie – poor laptop.
What are your hobbies?
I have thousands but I don’t do any of them. I’m a bit of a fail. Mostly I just do book stuff. Writing. Blogging. Working with other authors.
Favourite TV Show?
Oh my goodness – how can you make me choose! I love period dramas and I absolutely adore anything political – so House of Cards, The Designated Survivor… but I still make time for The Vampire Diaries. And much to my family’s irritation I love the news.
Persuasion By Jane Austen. Hands down the best book ever. But the Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day is a very close second.
Favourite female actress & male actor?
I absolutely love Rachel McAdams. She’s like my idol. In fact, the way she looks is how I imagine Aurora from my first series. Male actors… this is when it gets way superficial. Because at least with McAdams I can tell you I like her acting.
My favourite male actors are always chosen on looks alone… ewk. Ryan Reynolds! In fairness he can act but I just like looking at his pretty face…
Anything you would like your readers to know about you that I haven’t asked?
I’m just like them. I live to read.
How to contact Hanleigh
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/authorhanleigh/
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Website – www.hanleighbradley.co.uk