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Ivy Smoak, author of The Hunted Series, tells all today at Readeropolis. Check out her author questions and answers set below. Enjoy!

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW

What is something unique/quirky about you?
I'm a total weirdo.  Which I'm fine with.  I asked my fiancé for help with this question and he said I could just pick one thing about myself and it would classify as quirky.  I'm that weird.  So let's go with the fact that I'm a hermit.  I barely leave the house, except when I go for a run or am forced to go grocery shopping.  I'm pretty sure I could stay in my house and never leave for several weeks and be happy.  As long as I got to write :)

Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you!
One time I met the green Power Ranger.  He later became the white Power Ranger.  But when I met him he was the green one.  Which is important to note, because that meant it was a time when the Power Rangers were still popular.  This was the highlight of my young life, obviously.

What are some of your pet peeves?
I absolutely hate when people talk during shows/movies.  Almost to the point where I want to physically assault them.  Their fault, not mine.  Would the police agree?  But seriously, sometimes I feel like I have a problem.  Also, I hate when people chew loudly or breath loudly (especially if it's like a whistling noise through their nose).  My little sister once told me that she thought I actually have a legit problem called misophonia which makes me more sensitive to those noises or something.  So maybe I'm the one with the issue, but everyone else could just chew a little quieter please...

What are your top 5 favorite authors?
J.K. Rowling - I was obsessed with Harry Potter growing up.  I dressed up like Ginny Weasley a bunch of times for Halloween.
Ann Brashares - I've never connected to characters more than the ones from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Harlan Coben - He knows how to write a good mystery and I'm always up for the ride with his characters.
Stephenie Meyer - Twilight was probably one of the first romance books I ever read.  I never understood #TeamJacob.  Obviously it was always Edward...
Ivy Smoak - I've heard she's a little cocky but her books have all the feels ;)  You should check them out!

What inspired you to write this book?
For the most part, I was cursed with professors that were either old or gay.  Bad luck I guess.  But I definitely had crushes on some of my high school teachers.  It's easy to daydream in class, and even easier if there's someone in front of you worth daydreaming about.  It's such a forbidden dynamic.  It's taboo and dangerous, which makes it that much sexier.  And that was my inspiration for this book.  With the backdrop of my college and my own college experiences.  I really feel like you have to write from your own experiences.  All of Penny's reactions are how my own would be in the situations she's in. 

What can we expect from you in the future?
I am working on a brand new fantasy series with the very talented author Ryan Hauge.  I wrote a fantasy novel a long time ago, but wasn't really great at the whole world building aspect.  It fell flat.  Hauge brings all that to the table.  He's creative and his brain is all-inspiring.  And I bring what I'm known for to the books...the emotional rawness.  I think everyone will really like what we've created together.  It's like Harry Potter meets Game of Thrones.  There's a little bit of something for everyone in it.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
Yes!  I have three books that focus on side characters from The Hunted series - City of Sin, Third Chances, and Missing pieces.  I fell in love with all the characters from the series and wanted to make sure some of them got their own books to shine in.  Also, all of my books weave together a little (usually by just a casual mention of a pervious character).  Each novel exists in the same world and I love when storylines collide.

Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Wilmington, DE, not the "Murder Town USA" part.  I feel like that's what Delaware is best known for now.  Although, I am only about 10 minutes away from the big bad city.  From a Delaware native, what you really need to know about Wilmington is that it's one of those places where everyone knows everyone somehow or another.  And I love making fun of that fact in my books.  I really couldn't imagine living anywhere else. 

If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
Are you planning on assassinating me?  Please don't.  But if for some reason I knew I was going to die (hopefully not at your hand) I think I'd go nuts.  I'd drink too much, try something crazy like LSD, and tell all the haters off.  I'd also remind everyone that I love how much I love them.  And to finish the day off?  I'd probably drive off the side of a mountain into the ocean.  I'd like to go out like a total boss. 

Who is your hero and why?
My hero is my fiancé.  He's my rock.  He encouraged me to write in the first place.  And he taught me to believe in myself.  I feel like I had no self confidence when I met him.  And now I'm a cocky asshole.  Thanks, babe ;) 

What book do you think everyone should read?
Harry Potter.  Hands down.  It's one of those books that has a little something for everyone.  And who doesn't like a little magic?

What kind of world ruler would you be?
Um...a bad one?  First of all, I don't like being the center of attention.  And second of all, I'm not good at conflict, controversy, or any kind of tension (awkward or not).  I'd fail so hard at being a ruler!

Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
Hands down, it's Rob Hunter (the hero's brother).  He's funny and charming in a "he has no filter" kind of way.  He's a huge flirt.  But he loves hard.  I think out of all the characters I've written, he's actually the sweetest and most caring. You just have to get past the ridiculous, sarcastic outer shell.

What makes a good story?
Heart.  Good characters that you're emotionally invested in.  I put my heart and soul into all the characters and stories I write.  And I like to think it comes across to readers :)

Temptation


The Hunted Series Book 1

by Ivy Smoak

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance


Indulge in the temptation in the breakout series The Hunted by Ivy Smoak.




When Penny Taylor runs into a handsome stranger in a coffee shop, she believes her luck has finally changed. After having her confidence unwound by her ex, she falls hard for a true gentleman. But once she realizes that her crush is her communications professor, her world is turned upside down.


Haunted by dreams of the alluring Professor Hunter, Penny can't seem to dismiss her fantasies and the temptation to have him grows deeper. Will the excitement, danger, and mystery surrounding Professor Hunter bring her to her knees?

This book is intended for mature audiences.







Addiction
The Hunted Series Book 2

Discover the addiction...find out what happens next in the sequel to The Hunted - Temptation by Ivy Smoak.

Temptation has quickly turned into addiction. Penny Taylor fell hard for the sexy, mysterious, exciting, and dangerous Professor Hunter. But scandalous affairs are meant to go down in flames. Now that he's not speaking to her, she feels numb. And what hurts the most is that he appears to be completely fine. As she struggles to accept that their relationship is really over, her best friend's crude advice is in the back of her mind- the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else.

Will she be able to move on, or is her addiction to her alluring professor only just beginning?




Eruption
The Hunted Series Book 3

Two and a half years later, Penny and James are living happily in New York City. Their love is stronger than ever. Penny is graduating from NYCU, James is growing his new business, and the two are getting married at the end of the month.

But graduation, starting an internship, and planning a wedding is a lot for Penny to tackle. Especially when mysteries from James' past are clawing at the surface and his scheming ex and unsupportive parents threaten to destroy the happy couple.

Will their own insecurities make them question everything and sway them from the altar?



Devotion
The Hunted Series Book 4

Tick tock. One day before the wedding of her dreams, Penny is in a city that is no longer her home. Alone. Heartbroken. Lost. Could the past few years really mean so little to a man that became her world? To a man she'd do anything to protect? There is no future without him. There is no her without him.

With only 24 hours until the wedding, is there enough time to repair the damage? Tick tock.

And even if Penny and James do come back to each other, Isabella is still out there plotting. The world is still against them. Darkness still lurks in the shadows of James' past. A student and her professor were never meant to be forever. They thought it was an everlasting love, but it was doomed from the very start. Tick tock.

Temptation led to addiction, which exploded into an eruption of chaos. And when the pieces settled, only one thing became clear...devotion. One great love. A love worth fighting for. Because the only thing that lasts forever is love.



Foundation
The Hunted Series Book 5

Penny and James defied the odds. A professor and his student were never supposed to become husband and wife, let alone a father and a mother. The couple created a foundation in NYC that is held together with love, family, and friends. A foundation that they believed was impenetrable.

But what happens when the life they know is threatened? If a struggle that should bring them closer together begins to tear them apart? All it takes is - One. Single. Slip. Foundations crumble. Will Penny and James continue to defy the odds?





Ivy Smoak is an Amazon bestselling New Adult Romance author. When she's not writing, you can find her binge watching too many TV shows, taking long walks, playing outside, and generally refusing to act like an adult. She lives with her fiancé in Delaware. 




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