Rome wasn’t built in a day – Jay Crownover discusses her third Marked Men book.
Can you tell us about Rome?
He’s big and grumpy but kind of the All American. He’s a good man that’s had a hard few years. He’s a man really trying to find his footing now that he doesn’t really carry a title anymore. He’s hot… I think he’s hot in a more accessible way than the other guys. He has pretty blue eyes like all the Archer’s do.
Rome is the third book in the Marked Men series, can you tell us more about the series?
It’s just a peek inside a tightknit group of friends that work in and around a tattoo shop in Denver, Colorado. The series follows family, first love, partying, planning for the future as all these guys grow up and fall in love.
Where did you get the inspiration for the books?
Life; the way tattooed guys are always portrayed in books. I felt like a little bit of my life was missing in mainstream NA. Plus I wanted to write about a group of people who are really relatable due to the hardship they share in trying to figure out who they are instead of who they think, or who others think, they should be.
Who has been your favourite guy to write so far?
I like them all for different reasons. I don’t have a favourite! They all hold a special place in my heart and represent a different idea or ideal I hold dear.
Nash will be the fourth book, are you planning on any more in the series?
I plan on finishing the next three in the Marked Men series; Nash, Rowdy and Asa.
Do you have any plans for books outside of the series?
I sure do. Better When He’s Bad comes out this summer and Better When He’s Bold is out this winter… it’s a new series that is totally different from the Marked Men. It’s a wild ride!
What drew you to New Adult?
I wanted to write NA because there are less rules. Right now as the genre is emerging and becoming defined and we can still do whatever we want in terms of stories. Just recently the tropes and trends started to make themselves known as the genre gained so much ground. I picked the age group because that’s when life really starts to become your own. It’s really when you are figuring out your life plan and who you want to be … plus it’s when you start to really figure out how sex and intimacy works.
Which other New Adult authors do you enjoy?
Jennifer Armentrout, K.A. Tucker, Lisa Desrocher, Jessica Sorenson, Monica Murphy, Cora Carmack… the usual suspects.
Why do you think New Adult has been so successful and how do you see it developing?
There is an entire generation that was getting skipped over. It was like Twilight to Nora Roberts and nothing in-between. NA encompasses that entire group from 18-30 and I think tried to show it in a more relatable way than most contemporary literature. You know, there were never books about college-aged kids moving out on their own until NA hit big and that’s a fun and exciting time in life. I think it’ll evolve into other genres of NA. Like paranormal NA and erotic NA. I think that’s how all trends work.
And finally, let’s talk Marked Men covers, have you got a favourite?
Sure I have a favourite, but you might not have seen it yet… I’ll never tell!
Sometimes the wrong choice can be just right . . .
Fun and fearless, Cora Lewis knows how to keep her tattooed “bad boy” friends at the Marked in line. But beneath all that flash and sass is a broken heart. Cora won’t let herself get burned again. She’s waiting to fall in love with the perfect man — a baggage-free, drama-free guy ready for commitment. Then she meets Rome Archer.
Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He’s stubborn, rigid, and bossy. And he’s returned from his final tour of duty more than a little broken. Rome’s used to filling many roles: big brother, doting son, supersoldier — but none of those fit anymore. Now he’s just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the dark demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer through it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes a blinding flash of color in a sea of gray. Perfect may not be in the cards but perfectly imperfect could just last forever.
Jay Crownover is a native Coloradoan. She loves all the things Colorado has to offer and that is why she chooses to set her books in this familiar setting. Jay tries to write about things she knows and is familiar with which is why her stories feature plenty of rock and roll and body modification.