- Have the main character of your last novel introduce you to our readers.
Olivia is a dyed in the wool caffeine addict who eats far more dark chocolate than she should. She’s currently teaching her teenage son to drive so she’s thinking of taking up drinking hard liquor. When she’s not writing, she likes to take long walks, work on puzzles, and dig into true crime stories. That’s how she came up with the idea for my book.
2. Without giving us spoilers introduce your latest and greatest novel or work in progress and let us know which it is and if it’s a WIP let us know when it goes live.
The book is called Daring Desire and it should be released by the end of August. (It is on preorder) It’s the sixth in the Cowboy Justice Association: Serials and Stalkers series. Our hero goes to his high school reunion where his friends convince him to visit the local “haunted house” although someone now owns it. He gives in, meets the pretty new owner, but minutes later they discover one of his friends dead on the property.
3. What do you like best about your main character in your latest and greatest or WIP from above?
Jackson is going through a tough time dealing with his troublesome family. They’re dysfunctional with a capital D, but he never takes out his frustrations on anyone else. He deals with his emotions like an adult and isn’t afraid to be vulnerable and talk about the issues with the heroine.
4. Tell us a little about one of your side characters from your latest and greatest or WIP?
That has to be Alexandra! She’s my heroine’s best friend who has flown into town after finding her fiancé in bed with another woman. She brings her fluffy chocolate brown teacup poodle and a great sense of humor. She’s someone that you’d just want to be friends with.
5. How did you come up with your idea for the above story?
I comb true crime television shows, message boards, blogs, books, and subreddits for inspiration. Many of my stories are influenced by real live cases although I make changes so that they aren’t exactly the same, putting a new twist (Or three!) on it.
6. What was your writing plan for this book or WIP?
For me to write and be productive, I have to be a creature of habit. Every day is pretty much the same. I get up and feed the dogs. Then I work out. Take a shower. Work for an hour or so. Skype with an author friend – we hold each other accountable for progress. Then I eat lunch. Then back to work until I hit my goal. Day in and day out. Most people would scream from boredom. I love it. Yes, sometimes my day has to go differently due to appointments, etc but I like my routine.
7. How do you handle writer’s block?
If I get writer’s block, it’s usually because I don’t know my characters well enough. I go back and really flesh them out. Likes, dislikes, background, trauma. Heck, even their favorite ice cream. It gets me into their heads and it’s never failed to help me break through a block. Chocolate helps, too.
8. Do you have a secret writing ritual and what is it?
No, unless you count my daily routines. I guess I do like to have a nice smelling candle next to me when I write.
9. What is your writing snack?
A piece of dark chocolate. Did I mention that I like chocolate?
10. What do you do when you’re not writing?
I work out most days. I like to take the dogs on long walks, although in Florida right now it’s too darn hot! I like to bake when I have the chance, and I love to read. Mostly biographies. Hubby and I like to watch mystery movies together.
11. What is your favorite season and why?
My favorite holiday is Halloween so my favorite time of the year is fall. Although we don’t get much of it here in the Sunshine State. We’re usually still sweating in November. But I do love the colors and the whole apple-cider-scarecrow-pumpkin patch sort of thing. I do not, however, like Pumpkin Spice flavor.
12. What is your favorite genre to read and what do you like about it?
As mentioned before, I really enjoy biographies. I think it’s interesting to learn about the lives of others, especially if they are a historical figure.
13. Do you have a writer’s mission statement? What is it?
Hmmmm? A mission statement? We had one of those when I was in corporate America. I don’t think I have one except that I want to write books that will entertain people. I always try and make the next book better than the last. I always want to be improving my skills.
14. What do you listen to when you write? How does it help to put you in the mood?
I can’t listen to any music with words while I write. I usually have “rain sounds” in the background but I did write my first several books while sitting in my living room with Cartoon Network playing loudly in the background. It was the only way I could get any writing time as my son was quite young back then. Now I like things much quieter.
AUGUST QUESTION OF THE MONTH
What was your biggest failure that you turned into a success?
I flunked out of college when I was a sophomore. Not just a little flunking – I flunked. Big. There were finals that I didn’t even attend. I had a myriad of personal issues going on and school just dropped to the lowest priority on my list. I went and got a job. And you can imagine the crappy, minimum wage job that I got. Once I saw the “real world” it sent me right back to college a few years later. My education helped me in my career in the financial sector where I worked until I quit in 2013 to write full time.
NEW BOOKS FOR AUGUST