Please welcome Abby Niles to the virtual offices today! Abby is here to chat about her new release Extreme Love.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Abby Niles] A bull-headed pain in the butt who’ll bend over backwards for those she loves.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Extreme Love?
[Abby Niles] Extreme Love centers on Caitlyn and Dante.
Dante is a popular and undefeated MMA fighter and is used to women falling all over him. When he meets the beautiful Caitlyn, and she does the exact opposite, he loves the challenge she represents and makes it his mission to get past her defenses. Dante is also training for his title shot against the also undefeated, Richard Sentori, who is notorious for using any means necessary to get under his opponent’s skin in the hopes he’ll enter the cage fighting with emotion and not with his head. Dante, however, is always focused, but when Sentori discovers Dante’s one weakness, that focus is put to the test.
Caitlyn has recently lost 80 pounds and is struggling to banish the last of her life-long insecurities. When Dante storms into her life, and is more man than she’s used to dealing with, she feels greener than ever and tries to push him away. She also doesn’t want to encourage the attention of a cage fighter, a sport she finds appalling. But Dante’s not the sort of man you just push away, and as her need for him grows, so does her need to accept herself and his career. Can she come to terms with the violence he willingly embraces every time he steps into the cage or will watching Dante eat a fist be too much for her to handle?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Abby Niles] Back in 2008, I was in a really bad place in my life. I’d lost a ton of weight after being overweight since childhood. I’d gone from weighing 245 pounds to 167 pounds, from wearing a size 22/24 to wearing a 12, and yet, I still couldn’t stop scowling at myself in the mirror. I’d naively believed that losing the weight would fix all the image issues I had with myself. Maybe for some, losing weight does that, but it didn’t for me. My dark, chewy chunks were embedded deep and refused to let go and it was stopping me from accepting the body I’d busted butt for. I knew who I was when I was overweight. I’d spent 28 years as that Abby. This new Abby was overwhelming and I clung to the old me because I was terrified of the new me. I knew I couldn’t continue like this and I needed to find a way to let go. The idea of Extreme Love came to me one day. Caitlyn became my catalyst. As she started her journey to accepting her new body and new life, I did also. I cried so much while I wrote this book. But it was cleansing. As Caitlyn grew as a character, I grew as a person. I’m forever grateful to her.
As for the MMA portion of the story. I’m such a HUGE fan of the UFC, and Caitlyn needed someone who would bring her far outside her comfort zone and refuse to back down. Who better than an undefeated cage fighter who isn’t used to losing?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Caitlyn?
[Abby Niles] Flustered, aroused, fighting
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Dante had a theme song, what would it be?
[Abby Niles] I always thought of the UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter theme song when writing this book.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Caitlyn is never without.
[Abby Niles] Can’t say never, but she carries her gym bag in the trunk of the car at all times since she never knows when she’ll get the urge to use the steam room, which is her sanctuary.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Dante’s bedroom?
[Abby Niles] Man, you’re really making me think right now, lol. Let’s see…a mess, potpourri, a chick movie.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Caitlyn’s greatest regret?
[Abby Niles] Not losing the weight before she had.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Abby Niles] Really my influences come from everywhere. Movies, songs, other books, something I see or overhear, my own personal life, fears etc. There really is no rhyme or reason to it.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Abby Niles] Silence, coffee and coffee
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Abby Niles] I’m totally a Jennifer Amentrout fan-girl now. I devoured the Lux Series, and I’m impatiently waiting for the next book.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Abby Niles] I have a series that turned me on to reading in 6th grade. The Sweet Valley High books. Anyone remember those?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Abby Niles] Sleep. Yeah, I know not very exciting, but between being a single mom, having a day job and writing, a good night’s sleep is rare.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Abby Niles] Website: www.abbynilesauthor.com
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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