Before I jump into today’s Ask the Author blog, I would like to just make note of Patrick Swayze’s passing. I was a big fan of his as a kid. The Outsiders, Dirty Dancing & Ghost were some of my favorite movies as I grew up. Patrick Swayze was an actor, an icon and a humanitarian. He will be greatly missed by all.
Ok, moving on…
Q: Where do you get your ideas for your stories?
A: There are a few answers to that. I’m a very visual person, so I am often triggered by a place or an actor or something of that nature. As well, I incorporate my own experiences and opinions into all of my books. There is so much of my own heart and soul poured into them. One thing that I’m quite proud of is that I am very multi-faceted, so that’s why all the characters in Loving Her, Unbreakable Hostage and Imperfect are all so different, and yet they are all a reflection of me, each in their own way. Those different personalities, careers or hobbies are a great way to start a story.
Q: What was the hardest thing to write?
A: That’s a tough question. Imperfect was difficult for me since it was my first full-length novel. Unbreakable Hostage was difficult because it was a big stretch for me to write a suspense novel. I didn’t think I had the ability to write something intense and suspenseful, but it turned out to be worth the effort!
Q: What do you have planned next?
A: Well, Unbreakable Hostage will be out soon. Imperfect should be out some time next year. I’m also working on prequels to Loving Her and a sequel to Imperfect, but it’s going to be a while before you hear much more about those. I have some other projects that I’m working on for Vanilla Heart Publishing, and those you’ll definitely hear a lot more about those in the up-coming months!
Q: What is one thing about you that you think might come as a surprise to your readers?
A: Probably the fact that I am the biggest loon! I love to laugh and to make people laugh. Loving Her, Unbreakable Hostage and Imperfect are all rather dark, serious stories, and I do have a dark/serious side to me, but for the most part I’m just a big kid!
Thanks for everyone’s questions! It was great to hear from you guys!
I’ll be doing October’s book club discussion a little early as I will be on the road on Oct. 1. We’ll just be doing a general discussion about Loving Her. October 15th will bring the next Ask the Author day. Depending on the holiday season & the release of Unbreakable Hostage, we’ll figure out the book club discussions as time progresses.
Thanks again & happy reading!!