Meet Author M.L. Broome
Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance
About M.L. Broome
M.L. Broome is a bohemian spirit with a New York edge. She writes high-octane contemporary romance with a touch of angst and plenty of steamy goodness. Her characters are bitingly real, earning their happily-ever-after only after some emotional ass-kicking and personal growth.
When M.L. isn’t writing or holding one-sided arguments with her characters (spoiler alert–they always win), she loves losing herself in nature on her North Carolina farm, one of her rescue buddies by her side.
She adores dressing up and kicking back, a glass of whiskey with an equally stunning view, and experiences that make the soul–and senses–tingle.
We asked M.L. Broome a quick round of questions, and here are her answers:
Q1: What behind-the-scenes tidbit in your life would probably surprise your readers the most?
A: I’m really not that interesting, unfortunately. I’m a plantser, so I go into every story with a scene list…that I never adhere to. My characters go off in various directions (a la herding cats) and I often find myself in a bit of a literary pickle. So, I take a step back and head outside to work on my farm. For some reason, getting my hands in the dirt and focusing my mind on something completely different always clears the blockage. The only other interesting tidbit is that I’m shamelessly addicted to whiteboards. It’s a love affair that I never plan to leave.
Q2: Do you have any writing blogs you recommend?
A: I’m a big fan of Kyra Fox’s authorpreneur blog (https://kyrafoxauthor.com/blog/). She and I entered the indie world at about the same time. She’s a huge help to up and coming authors, providing them with learned experiences (good and bad) that help new writers avoid some of the pitfalls and time sucks to which we fall prey.
Q3: How long have you been writing?
A: I’ve been writing my entire life. I was a lonely, only child and I created worlds and characters to keep me company. I suppose they never left.
Q4: How do you come up with the titles for your books?
A: Titles come in flashes of inspiration—often from music lyrics. I carry a notepad everywhere because they often scurry away from my mind as quickly as they entered it. I often turn to my friends for assistance, asking them which they prefer. My core group has been invaluable in that capacity.
Q5: How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
A: I’ve published five books, with a sixth releasing on December 10. I love each of my books for different reasons but Forgot to Tell You Something holds my heart. I adore that couple.
Q6: Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
A: I don’t write to market. It works for many, but it’s not in my wheelhouse. I write the books that I want to read, and I hope that others feel the same way. My stories are angst-ridden, full of love and heart with a strong supporting cast of characters. I really try to create characters that might drive you nuts with their choices but are also lovable. I need to like my characters, otherwise, I can’t root for them to win.
Q7: What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?
A: I really didn’t like Hemingway when I was younger, but I appreciate his works so much more now. Perhaps I had to experience a bit more of life before his candor made sense.
Q8: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
A: More than I care to admit! Seriously, I have at least thirty partially finished works. The hope is that within the next few years, they’ll all be released into the wild!
Q9: What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?
A: Social media. I have a love/hate relationship with the online world. I adore the contact with readers and fellow authors, but it’s hard to minimize my time online and not fall into the black hole of social media.
Q10: Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
A: My writing is my home. It’s the only time I’m truly at peace. Granted, I might also be ready to pitch things across the room, but that’s a tale for another day. It always comes together in the end.
M.L. Broome agreed to participate in a little flash fiction.
This is the cover of your next book, write the opening paragraph…
“I sneak from the warm cocoon of my blankets, peering out to the snow-covered world beyond my window. Everything is so crisp, so clean. That’s the funny thing about snow, it cleanses the land. Even the blood-stained footprints are buried beneath her white coat.”
M.L. Broom, it was a pleasure, thank you so much for being a featured author in our spotlight blog. It was wonderful getting to know you. And if like us, you too want to find out more about what she’s up to next, you can follow her on the links below.