This was my first time picking up a Danielle Marx book, and it did not disappoint! I’m not one for ripping through a book quickly, but this one had me addicted! I’ve officially become invested in and will pick up the rest of the Knoxley series to say the very least! I wanted to tell my friends about this book and I was only twenty percent in! lol I even paused where I was later on in the book to see what else she had written!
Danielle Marx lives in a small town in the north of England, with her fiancé and their son. After devouring countless books, she decided to take the plunge and write one herself. She is now a full-time romance author, writing steamy love stories that will melt the heart. When Danielle is not writing, you can usually find her spending time with her family, enjoying the English countryside, or curling up with a swoon worthy book.
Thank you for answering some questions! First of all, where did you get inspiration to write this series?
It may sound a little strange, but I wanted to write a series based on bodyguards that wasn’t your typical plot for the trope. I didn’t want a series of books about bodyguards falling in love with the fancy women they are assigned to protect. You won’t find any princesses or celebrity heroines with my boys. I wanted real people. Working class heroines and down to earth heroes. As the series goes on you will see how this plays out more.
What made you want to start with Greyson?
Greyson’s book had to come first for that very reason. I needed to set the foundation for the series, whilst still staying close enough to the original trope. Greyson and Bailey did that. The bodyguard trope is there but with the twist of the heroine not being important, in the general sense. She’s essentially a nobody. A stripper. One of many. Their story sets the tone for the entire series.
Ophelia/Bailey is a very strong independent woman. Her choices are carefully made by reasons of her past. I wonder if you were worried the reader may not like her or relate to her. How does that impact your writing and/or your confidence to publish?
I had a friend beta read the first few chapters, and the only comment I got back was that Bailey was too harsh to be a leading lady for a romance book. It did make me second guess slightly, but I kept going. Once a character has their voice in my head, there’s no turning back. As with all my characters, they have flaws and scars. Bailey has several. But again, as with all my characters, she has a lot of redeemable qualities too. She may be a bit bolder than most romance heroines but no one really likes a Mary Sue.
Can you run through the brothers with a fact about each, and tell us which is next in the series?
I can’t give too much away so here’s a snippet for you: Greyson is the gentleman, Jake is the asshole, Dylan is scary as hell, Erik is the grumpy one, and Luke is the ringleader.
Can you give us any indication of what to expect in the next book aside from which brother it will be?
Book 2 will be about Dylan. Oh boy, what can I say about Dylan? He’s cold, rough, terrifying, and not afraid to get his hands dirty. He lacks empathy and struggles to play by the rules. Again, you won’t be getting a generic bodyguard story, but expect a dominant protector, doing whatever he has to for the girl who’s caught his eye. As for his girl, pray for her. She’s nothing like our tough Bailey, so even I’m a little worried that Dylan may chew her up and spit her out.
What’s the biggest difference between this series – The Knoxley Series, and the last series you wrote – The Bluerock Series?
Bluerock is small town romance. Cute and steamy. There’s sex, humor, and tears. They are much more character focused novels. Knoxley is romantic suspense so it’s heavier on the plot. It gritty and more erotic in a way.
When you write, do you plan and plot all main and subplots, or do you pants some of them?
I’m a hardcore plotter. Everything is there before I even start writing. If I pants, it would never get finished. It can be tricky though as characters want to run free after the first few chapters. I have to keep them in place and stick to the plan though. It makes editing easier and stops the manuscript becoming boring and repetitive.
How do you plan a book launch? What’s involved in your process?
Honestly, I’m not the best person to ask. I haven’t quite got that part down yet. But what seems to work for me is not marketing too early. I don’t reveal the book or set up a pre-order until my ARC readers have it. Romance books are ten a penny, and romance readers have very little patience. Most won’t pre-order an unknown book months before its release. I’ve found the best way is to hook them in a couple of weeks before the release so they don’t have long to wait. That’s when the hype is at its best. I’ve found that when you promote matters more than how much you promote.
What are the best and worst things/stigmas that come with being an indie author, to you?
The best thing is I have complete control over what I’m writing and when it happens. The indie author community is amazing too. The worst part is trying to compete against successful authors. As great as some of them are, they totally dominate the market, making it impossible for a lot of us to stay afloat. The audience misses out on some truly amazing books because they are buried under so many big names. Being indie is rough but can teach you way more than if you were in traditional publishing.
Which author do you think your writing compares to? Which authors are your favourite to read?
I don’t think I could compare myself to anyone. That’s for others to do. As for my favorites, I love Jessica Gadziala, Juliet Marillier, Maya Banks, T.M. Frazier.
Where can we find you online? Where can we find your books?
Amazon is the best place to find my books. You can follow my mailing list at daniellemarxbooks.com or check me out on Instagram @daniellemarxbooks. That’s where I’m most active. Pop in and say hello! Alternatively, there is my Goodreads and Facebook where you can find out what I’m up to and get info about upcoming releases and sales.
Thank you so much for taking your time to answer some questions! I’ll be sure to pick up the next Knoxley Security Series – Dylan’s book! Thank you again!