Following the popularity of the Fifty Shades of Grey series, Ivy Smoak’s supportive husband, Ryan Hauge, encouraged his wife to write her own romance novel.
Seven years later, the Wilmington author has written 30 books, including a popular series that boasts more than 1 million international fans and has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. The spring 2022 release of Seduction is the most recent installment in her five-part Hunted series.
“My main series has these two characters who met in college, and I keep going back to write about them because they are my happy place,” Smoak explains. “Whenever I write a story about this couple, I find myself smiling all day.”
A “serious hobby writer” since 2015, Smoak credits her husband—now her editor and illustrator—for her much of her success.
“Having Ryan in my corner has been a life-changer.”
What makes 33-year-old Smoak’s story even more compelling is that after trying the “traditional route and being denied by dozens of agents,” she self-published and flourished.
“I have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and I like being in control of what I do,” Smoak says. “So I think I’d find it really hard to work with an editor who wanted to change my vision. I love self-publishing because there’s just so much freedom in it.”
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