Boo! Trick or Treat?
What costume are you wearing?
Morticia Addams. I love the classics.
What age did you Trick-or-Treat to and what was your favorite candy?
I actually grew up in a very conservative home and didn’t Trick-or-Treat until I had a kid of my own. My favorite candy is Tootsie Rolls and bite-size Butterfinger.
How do you feel about “fun-sized?”
At 5’2”, I myself am “fun-sized” so I love it!
Wait! You can’t come in yet! What did you bring us?
High school sweethearts, Justin and Shelby, were destined to be together forever. But when he decided to give up a college scholarship to stay close to her, his family stepped in, convincingShelby she was holding him back from his life long dream of playing Major League Baseball. She took her guilt and ran, and he never knew why.
Ten years later, they find themselves back in the smallTexastown they grew up in.Shelby’s come home to run the bar she inherited from her dad and Justin is looking for a safe haven after a career ending injury. With years of buried hurt and regrets, and the secret of his family’s betrayal hanging between them, is Cupid’s arrow enough to help them reignite the passion of first love?
Cupid may have missed in the first round, but he’s willing to give this true love one last shot.
How much do you write at night? Do you have any creepy rituals?
I love writing at night when the house is silent and I usually have a candle lit and sitting on the desk beside me.
What is your favorite thing about Halloween?
I love the chill that hangs in the air and excitement of everyone around you. It’s a night where you can be anyone and anything can happen. It’s pure magic.
Do you like ghost stories? (What’s your fav?)
I love ghost stories! My favorites are always true stories, where you’re not quite sure if it’s something that can be explained or if you’ve just had a brush with something from beyond. Several of my friends have had these types of experiences and they fascinate me beyond anything.
What is your favorite Holiday and why? Do you have any books about that Holiday?
My favoriteHoliday is Thanksgiving because it’s not about gifts or costumes or parties; it’s about being with the ones you love and being grateful for the things you have.
Why did you want to become an author?
I’ve been writing since junior high. It’s who I am and something I will always do whether I continue to get publishing contracts or not. Hidden clue is Orange. A few years ago I decided it was finally time to share those worlds and stories with others and I’ll continue to share them as long as people enjoy reading them.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
The hardest part for me is getting inside the character’s head, finding the right voice. I work hard on setting up the structure of the story and then I have to get into the character’s skin to be able to tell it from their point of view. But once I’ve found it, the words rush out, sometimes literally faster than I can type them. (I skip words a lot in my first drafts)
What do you think makes a good story?
I think characters are what make the story. Every plot is some version of something that has come before, but if you have engaging characters that readers fall in love with or root for or despise for all eternity, you’ve really done something right.
Are you a pantser or a plotter?
Plotter. I’m a very organized person and I’m a linear writer. I have to write beginning to end. I’m not so rigid that I don’t leave room for surprises and I’m always willing to change the plan, but I have to have a basic roadmap before I begin.
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers?
It’s nothing new, but: #1 Write, #2 Read. Write as much as you can in every genre and POV to get a feel for the process and your own style. Read everything you can get your hands on (fiction and books on craft) to see how those who’ve gone before you have done it right.
What else are you working on right now?
Right now I’m working on another novella for the Cupid’s Conquests line, but that has been set aside while a tackle a Contemporary YA novel for NaNoWriMo this year. Wish me luck!
Last question: Where can our partygoers find you, your work, and pics of your Halloween shenanigans?
Other: Cupid’s Conquests: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/cupids-conquests/
Thanks for coming! (Please post giveaway and prize here if available.)
Ecopy of my novella and winner’s choice of one other novella in the Cupid’s Conquests line