M.L. Broome is a bohemian spirit with a New York edge. Her stories are high-octane romance with a touch of angst and plenty of heart. The characters are bitingly real, and you’ll simultaneously fall in love and shake your head in frustration over their choices. In the end, they earn their happily ever after some emotional ass-kicking and personal growth. It’s a win-win.
She adores dressing up and kicking back, a nice glass of wine with an equally stunning view, and experiences that make the soul—and mouth—water.
When she isn’t writing or holding one-sided arguments with her characters (spoiler alert—they always win), she loves losing herself in nature on my North Carolina farm, one of her rescue buddies at her side.
What’s the most important thing about a book in your opinion?
It has to touch the soul. It has to evoke emotions. Those emotions can be sorrow or anger, frustration or bliss, but there has to be a raw realness to the characters and the plot. I have to believe them, even if I’ve never walked in their shoes. I have to care about them in some way or it becomes like those books and movies that we’ve all seen where we don’t care who lives or dies because none of the characters are appealing. The antagonist in my trilogy is a bitch extraordinaire. Victoria is despised by everyone who reads the story, but they also love to hate her. She’s beautiful and brilliant and diabolical.
What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?
A good cover is critical. My cover designer, Suzana Stankovic (@suzana_lsd) for A Series of Moments is an amazing talent. She captured the feeling and emotion of the trilogy, bringing to life the ideas bouncing around in my head. As for a title, it has to be catchy and roll off the tongue. If I can’t pronounce it or remember it because of the length, there’s a good chance others won’t either.
Do you pen down revelations and ideas as you get them, right then and there?
Oh my God, yes. I have a notepad that is more valuable to me than diamonds. I’ve learned the hard way that I will not remember the idea, character, plot twist or dialogue the next morning or even ten minutes from now—I always jot it down, even if it’s just a vague sentence to trigger my memory. My brain also comes up with the best ideas at 0300…likely a similar situation for other authors. I keep that notepad on my phone right next to my bed and I type it in (complete with a billion typos) and go back to sleep. Some of my best ideas come that way.
Do you have a specific culture you like to write about?
Not a specific culture, but rather a particular age group. My characters tend to be in their mid to late thirties, often divorced with children and definitely jaded towards certain aspects of life and love. Even my character exceptions (MC in my upcoming reverse age gap) are old souls. I try to include a variety of characters—often based off the diverse group of friends and family I was blessed to grow up with—it’s a large pool.
Over the years, what would you say has improved significantly in your writing?
As with any author, my grasp on story and character arcs improved with study and repeated use. But the biggest change in my writing is that I’m older—and I hope wiser—so I have genuine life experience, as opposed to imagining these experiences. I’ve had the emotional ass-kicking on more than one occasion: losing parents, devastating breakups, difficult pregnancies, burying friends, addictions, letting go and moving on from people and places I never thought I would leave. I think that understanding of life has enabled me to write fuller characters, with all their quirks and peccadilloes.
Stay Foxy, my beautiful people.
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