Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine “Red Hot Reads” twice and have been translated into ten languages. Winner of the Award of Excellence, The Washington Post called her “One of the top writers in America”; and she has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, NPR, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and TIME Magazine. A graduate of Stanford University, she has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America in New York City.
Bella also writes the New York Times bestselling Four Weddings and a Fiasco series as Lucy Kevin. Her “sweet” contemporary romances also include the new USA Today bestselling Walker Island series written as Lucy Kevin.
If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, swimming or laughing. Married with two children, Bella splits her time between the Northern California wine country and a 100-year-old log cabin in the Adirondacks.
We clearly had our priorities straight! Especially considering that both of us now write romance for a living. Her name is Jami Alden and she writes fantastic contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Our other partner in crime from way back is a Stanford Law graduate – Monica McCarty, who writes brilliant Scottish historicals and romantic suspense. For me, knowing so many incredibly intelligent women who write and love romance has always broken down and busted past any preconceived notions people might have that we’re not a genre that deserves respect.
What’s the best line from a book, movie or TV show that you wish you wrote?
Oh my gosh, there are so many. Too many! I could pretty much quote Pretty Woman verbatim. Or Galaxy Quest. Or The Mindy Project. And everything Nora Roberts writes is genius.
Do you have a favorite among your many books that you’d like to see made into a movie? If so, who would play the leads?
I would love to see The Sullivans on the big screen! My street team often has casting parties to pick the actors and actresses they think would do the best job portraying The Sullivans. At present, they’ve decided that Chase Sullivan from THE LOOK OF LOVE should be played by Matt Bomer and Marcus Sullivan in FROM THIS MOMENT ON by Joe Manganiello. What do you think? Hopefully we will be able to get The Sullivans made into a movie or TV show soon!
And, I do have some exciting news that my Lucy Kevin Four Weddings and a Fiasco series has lots of TV/Film interest right now too! I’ll have more news hopefully about that soon!
If you could co-author a book with anyone you haven’t worked with before, who would it be and why? (feel free to time-travel on this one—it can be any author, living or dead)
I absolutely adore Elizabeth Gilbert’s writing. I don’t need to write a book with her, but I would love to just sit and chat writing and life with her over a pot of tea!
Becoming a NYT and USA Today bestseller is no easy accomplishment. What advice do you have for all the authors and aspiring romance writers out there who hope to someday achieve your level of success?
First, remember you aren’t alone! It’s really important to have a good team behind you. I have an amazing team of editors, proofers and digital file producers. I work with great bloggers and marketing professionals and I also have the love and support of my family. Everyone thinks “indie publishing” means being independent, but it’s not the case at all. While you get to be in charge of your own career and your own vision, you also work with lots of great people to put your book out there!
And second, remember that in the end, it’s all about the book. How much you love writing what you’re writing matters. Plus, you’ve got to do the work every day by getting the words down.
The zombie apocalypse has hit (as we all knew it would one day). Which TV or movie characters do you want as part of your crew? (no superheroes…that’s cheating)
Sherlock and Watson – the BBC Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman version. They’re brilliant, so surely they could figure out a way to prevail!