Having the pleasure of meeting RL in person, I can tell you that she is as funny in real life as her characters are in her books. If this is your first introduction to RL, you will find her answers to our 20 questions humorous and real. We have loved each book we have read of hers, and are confident you will too.
1. Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes and no. It was something that I’d always thought was cool, but I really thought that it would be something that I would be able to achieve. I actually wanted to be an Archaeologist when I was a kid. I loved Indiana Jones and aspired to be just like him.
2. Are you a full time writer? If so, what did you do in your “previous life?”
Yes, I am. I used to be an EMT, a residential counselor, a bellhop, student security, a museum guide, a receptionist, a cranberry bog worker for two days when I was fourteen, college cafeteria worker and many more jobs that still haunt me to this day.
3. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
I would give myself life skills advice on money, men, and life in general. I’d prepare myself for the real world. I’m not sure if I would advise myself to stay clear of the biggest mistake of my life, because then I wouldn’t have my children. I’m torn about just how much I would say out of fear that I would do something that would cost me the best things in my life, Kayley and Shane.
4. Do you work on one storyline at a time or do you have multiple storylines in the pipeline?
I work on multiple things depending on what’s going on in my life, but my main focus and the biggest chunk of my time usually goes to the main book that I’m working on at the moment.
5. I laugh so hard every time a Bradford talks about a ban, or grows silent when recalling an incident, even though we never get a clear picture of what happened. I’m even laughing as I type this. Do you laugh as you’re writing your books?
Sometimes, if there are no distractions and I can focus completely on my book, I can see the scene unfold.
6. Do you use personal experiences in your stories?
Yes, yes I do 😉
7. What are your biggest distractions?
I call them Kayley and Shane 🙂
8. What is your least favorite part of the writing or publishing process?
Watching the characters develop.
9. Do you find it difficult, or challenging to write from the male POV?
Surprisingly, no. Growing up all my best friends were guys. I was a proud tomboy, loved to play in the mud and ride my bike all over place. I had a lot of guy friends when I finally became an adult and really enjoyed spending time with them.
10. What activities do you enjoy outside of writing?
It’s the best sport on earth.
I enjoy cooking, cleaning, (yes, I said cleaning), reading, hanging with my kids, traveling and hitting the movies.
11 Do you have a favorite author or book?
Kresley Cole’s Lothaire. Love that mean SOB.
12 Ever think you have a great idea for a book, only to find out someone released the same storyline already?
No, because my storylines start off with a simple, “What if?” I take a simple idea, which is usually a question or an idea and go with it. I like to take a played out storyline, like two best friends falling in love or enemies falling in love and screw with it, adding new ideas and story twists until it is completely mine.
13. Have you ever had writer’s block and how do you work through it?
Yes, I get it every now and then. I usually will switch to editing whatever I’m working on to get back in the flow of the story and if that doesn’t work I switch my attention to another book. The key is to never take a day off. I am always doing something so that I can stay focused.
14. Do you ever find yourself jumping up from the dinner to table to jot down a scene that just ran through your head?
No, the kids would kill me. My time with my family is just that, my family time. I wait and let the story play through my head until I have a chance to get it down.
15. What does your writing workspace look like?
Right now? Like my living room 🙂 Which is actually sad because I was able to get some space for a really nice office, but it was so cold down there this winter that I got used to working upstairs and I’m not ready to give it my comfortable couch yet.
16. Sharing your baby with the public has to be scary. How do you respond to negative reviews?
It can be hard, especially when the reviewer gets information wrong, slams the book because they didn’t understand something or was having a bad day. I don’t think they take into account that someone worked hard to write the book that they’re trashing or the fact that they’re messing with someone’s job and ability to support their family.
I’ll read negative reviews for their advice and suggestions, but after a certain point you just have to say the hell with it and move on, hoping that the next book is better.
17. Do you have any visuals for your characters from any of your books?
No, I like the reader to be able to picture my characters the way that they seem them.
18. Can you tell us what you are working on next?
Right now I am working on the Honeymoon from Hell series. It’s the novelette series for the Neighbor from Hell series. Once that’s done I will return to the Pyte series.
19. What is in your purse right now?
Condoms, a nightstick, binoculars and cherry chapstick. You know, the usual stuff.
20. Do you have a favorite scene or book of your own?
Which one of my books is my favorite? Probably A Reclusive Heart. There was just something special about Jamie and Nick that meant a great deal to me.
NEIGHBOR FROM HELL SERIES — OUR FAVORITE!
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More about RL Mathewson
R.L. Mathewson was born and raised in Massachusetts. She is known for her humor, quick wit and ability to write realistic characters that readers can easily relate to. She currently has several paranormal and contemporary romance series published including A Neighbor From Hell series.
Growing up, R.L. Mathewson was painfully shy and was known to hide behind a book or two. After high school she attended college, worked as a bellhop, fast food cook, and a museum worker until she decided to take an EMT course. Working as an EMT helped her get over her shyness as well as left her with some fond memories and some rather disturbing ones that from time to time show up in one of her books. When a back injury left her unable to work as an EMT any longer she began working in Residential homes only to discover that she just didn’t have the stomach for the job.
Today, R.L. Mathewson is the single mother of two young children that keep her on her toes and enjoy scaring the heck out of her with their antics. She has a bit of a romance novel addiction as well as a major hot chocolate addiction and on a perfect day she combines the two. When she’s not writing she’s playing online Scrabble, coloring with her kids, or trying to figure out how one of her kids managed to get a chocolate pudding footprint on the ceiling.
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