Arya Matthews is a husband and wife team of Indie Authors writing clean rockstar romance stories. They like to write sweet romance reads inspired by all the music and a little bit too much caffeine.
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Question 1 If you could pick one thing to remove/change from any your books or book what would it be?
Tricky. [gives a glare] Remove… Pass. Change? I would maybe spend more chapters in the back story. I love writing fast-paced novels, but now and then I have a real urge to linger in the characters’ pasts. It’s a difficult thing to balance though. I want to see things from right now, and the back story can take us all on lengthy detours.
Question 2 What part of the book was the most fun to write?
My favorite parts to write are arguments that lead to resolutions, peace-making, an unrestrained show of emotion and attachment, and dropping off all walls between characters. Let’s take unREASONable, for example. Oh… I take that back. Okay, okay. Waffler here. I think my favorite part in the whole book was the music festival, on stage at the end. Not quite the resolution yet, but the significance of the festival for the female protagonist, for sweet Alexandra, was hefty. There was acceptance there. Success. But also, all the music. I cannot write without music. It seeps into everything.
Question 3 What is the significance of the title?
For the entire series, I tried to focus on each of the guy’s personality traits or situations they’re in. For example, in unREASONable, Marshall was quite, well, unreasonable for the longest time. But in unBEATable, I leaned more into Graham’s nature to persevere and make things work no matter what.
Question 4 If you’re planning a series, can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it
Reluctant Heartbreakers & Sweet Troublemakers is complete. It’s not all released, but it’s done. The plan was to write a story of each member of the band falling in love, and oh girl. That ended up being a crazier venture than I thought it would be. Right now, I am planning a follow-up series featuring members of the “rival” band from RH&ST. It wasn’t the original plan, but once the characters came to life, they want their own books. Insolent brats. 😀
Question 5 What’s your favorite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?
I love going on rides around my county. Seeing the scenery and listening to music clears up my head. And we have many beautiful, winding roads, canyons, and national parks if I want to venture outside the county line. I especially love nature in the fall. All the colors–reds, oranges, yellows, still a tiny bit of green. It’s as if the world sighs after a laborious season, and it does. Doesn’t it? Apart from that, I haven’t traveled much around the United States. A dream is to take a road trip from West Coast to East Coast or drive to Glacier National Park.
Question 6 What’s your favorite writing snack or drink?
In the summer, watermelon is my constant pal. Otherwise, I drink a lot of seltzer water. The flavored stuff. Favorite flavors are peach and pineapple. Other than that, I don’t eat a whole lot while I write, unless it’s you know, “scheduled” meals.
Question 7 If your book were made into a movie, which actors would play your characters?
Oh my gosh! I have no idea. Actually, I would love someone new and unknown. Some new star to take the scene and do a stellar job. My favorite actors are all either approaching their forties or solidly there already, so few of them would work. I suppose we could cast Benedict Cumberbatch to play The Label’s president, Connor Eaton. [chuckles)
Question 8 What was your favorite song while writing this book? Do you have a playlist I can share?
SIA “Alive”. Yes. There is a playlist. It’s on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3JPQH0O
Question 9 Describe your writing space?
I technically have an office, but I noticed I edit there more than I write. I usually end up writing in my bed. I used to have back problems back in the way, and that was the way I could do anything at all, lying on my stomach, chin propped by the pillows. I still find that very comfortable, and will just hammer away on the keyboard, headphones on. Ideally, I would love to buy a super, extra, awesome computer chair or recliner or something and set up a den. But for now, I enjoy writing wherever no one will interrupt me. ;p
Question 10 What advice do you have for writers/authors?
Relax. We take ourselves and writing way too seriously. Do it for fun first. The rest will fall into place.
Question 11 If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs—such as food and water—were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?
My phone with a music streaming service subscription to have something to listen to. I can’t live without tunes. Please, don’t make me do it. [sobbing in the corner]
Question 12 If you could compare yourself with any animal, which would it be and why?
Cats. For sure. Or any other animal that likes to sleep most of the day. Sleep is my favorite. I love sleep.
I have had the honor of working with this author and reviewing her latest releases from the start of her series. The Reluctant Heartbreakers & Sweet Troublemakers series is a clean contemporary rockstar romance series highlighting each band member their story and their love life. I have enjoyed all her books thus far and look forward to reading her upcoming books.