Author Interview with Shannon Thompson

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Please welcome the adorable Shannon Thompson. Isn’t she cute?! She is only 21, and she is already published! Colour me impressed!

What does your writing day look like? I’m a fulltime student at the University of Kansas, so I spend my days at school. After I eat dinner, I generally go to a local hookah bar, sit down, and write. It’s become my office. I’ll stay there for 3-6 hours depending on how I feel, and then I’ll come home and continue with editing.

What is the most you have written in a day? Oh! A lot. I haven’t counted, but I know it’s probably in the thousands somewhere. I try not to write more than a few chapters now that I’m a little older. Too much time on the computer hurts my eyes, and I’m leaning how to avoid straining myself.

Do you listen to music when you write? Sometimes, but very rarely. I get very distracted by lyrics, so, if I do listen to music, it’s instrumental.

Who gets to read your work before it is published? Fun fact: I wrote Minutes Before Sunset seven years ago when I was in high school. I’d already had a book published, so those fans got to read the original version a long time ago. But the book has been changed a lot, so it’s fun to talk to them about their experiences reading the first version and, now, this one. However, now my publishing team gets to read it.

If your child told you they wanted to be a writer, what advice would you give them? Write with passion; succeed with self-discipline. You must love what you do, especially on the hardest days, and you need to love how hard you will have to work. It’ll be well worth it if you do.

 

Describe your heroine in five words. Determined. Stubborn. Loving. Learning. Conflicted.

In what way is she most like you? Jessica accepts people for who they are, even if she may not see herself that way. She doesn’t really judge, but it can also lead to conflicting  emotions about people.

In what way is she different? She’s very defensive and has a few moments where she steps over the necessary attitude line.

Did you research this book? Discover anything interesting. Minutes Before Sunset didn’t take a lot of research. But I did a lot of planning. For instance, I have digital maps of all the houses floor plans on my website. That way, scenes were precise from the beginning. 

 If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast in the starring roles? I would insist on an open-casting call for two reasons: I want someone no one has seen before, and I want to give an opportunity to more aspiring actors/actresses.

 

What would is your favourite meal? Calories don’t count. My favourite meal would be so difficult, because I love a variety of foods, but they might not mix. So my favourite foods: baked brie, pasta, blue cheese salads, cream cheese and bagels, steak, mashed potatoes (anything with potatoes), and pie. I love coffee and pie.

What is the most romantic thing someone has done for you? Being there for your partner every day is the most romantic thing any one can do. But I have to admit whisking us away on an adventure for a few days is lovely.

What would a perfect day for you look like? Late start. Two coffees. Cooler weather. And a day full of possibility—to do whatever I want, like hide in a book store and read books I would’ve never anticipated to read that morning.

What accent do you find the sexiest? Spain or Colombian. Like Sofia Vergara. I wish she narrated my life.

Who is your celebrity crush? Antonio Banderas. Unless Humphrey Bogart magically came back to  life.

Name the sexiest redheaded man. Danny Bonaduce. Because he’s hilarious. And who can be sexy without being funny?

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Author Interview with Nina Harrington

 Please welcome the lovely Nina Harrington.  Her book Recipe for Disaster is out now. A romance with recipes, what’s not to love! 

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What does your writing day look like?

Since I am a full time writer working from home some discipline is required so I tend to be at my desk straight after breakfast and work for at least three one hour sessions.

If possible I try to avoid email and the Internet until lunchtime if possible. From 1 to 4pm I focus on social media and in the evenings I read for pleasure.

 

What is the most you have written in a day?

In a 24 session towards the end of the book when I am speeding towards the finale I can write 5000 words. The most I have ever written is probably about 7000 words but that was exhausting and I could not write a word the next day.

 

Do you listen to music when you write?

Yes I like music with a regular background beat when I am writing. This could be classical instrumental such as Baroque or modern trance house music mixes.

 

Who gets to read your work before it is published?

The first person to read my work is my editor.

 

If your child told you they wanted to be a writer, what advice would you give them?

Read, read then read some more. And if you have time spare, read. And read everything in every genre and format until you find what you love.

 

Describe your heroine in five words.

Fiery, lonely, scared, passionate, talented.

 

In what way is she most like you?

Tall auburn haired girl who loves to cook for her friends and enjoys a glass of Italian red.

 

In what way is she different?

I would never allow my family to dictate how I live my life and I would take better care of myself.

 

Did you research this book? Discover anything interesting.

I made sure that all of the food recipes work and also investigated the dynamics of Italian family firms when it came to inheritance and commercial law.

 

 If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast in the starring roles?

For my heroine Bunty Brannigan I think Ashley Judd would be terrific. As for my lovely Fabio? How about Raoul Bova

What is your favourite meal? Calories don’t count.

My favourite meal in the world is the charcoal grilled fresh sea bass served in a harbour front taverna in the Ionian Islands washed down with a fruity white Italian wine. Dessert would be crème brûlée and raspberries.

What is the most romantic thing someone has done for you?

My husband agreed that I could give up my high pressure day job, which was well paid with a good pension and benefits package, so that I could realise my dream of being a writer. I did not have a contract or connections but I knew that was what I wanted to do with my life.

What would a perfect day for you look like?

Writing all morning. Networking with the amazing community of writers in the afternoon and then cooking and a glass of wine on the patio on a summer evening. Gorgeous.

What accent do you find the sexiest?

The New Zealand accent is terrific closely followed by the Australian.

Who is your celebrity crush?

Ryan Gosling is a terrific actor.

Name the sexiest redheaded man.

[ can I pass on that one?]

 

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 About the Author Nina Harrington grew up in rural Northumberland, England and decided aged eleven, that her dream job was to be a librarian because then she could read all of the books in the public library whenever she wanted!

Many years later she took the bold decision to take a career break from working in the pharmaceutical industry to realise her dream of being a fiction writer. No salary. No contract – but following her heart.

As of December 2012 that decision had put over 820,000 copies of her romance books into readers hands. Some of these books have won international awards.

Nina loves to read both suspense and contemporary romance, and is still a total fan-girl when she meets her favourite authors at book-signings and conferences.

When she is not creating stories, which make her readers smile, without the aid of pharmaceuticals, her hobbies are cooking, eating, enjoying good wine, and talking, for which she has had specialist training.

Nina currently writes contemporary romance for the Harlequin KISS line and romantic mystery for Carina UK.

 

Nina Harrington

My Website:  http://www.ninaharrington.com

My Blog: http://ninaharrington.wordpress.com

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Author Interview with Amy Bird

Please welcome the talented Amy Bird! I am getting a late start this morning because I was up far too late finishing  her debut novel Yours in MIne. No spoilers here, but it was totally worth the dark circles under my eyes today! Once you have read it, please tell me your thoughts on Anna.  I am desperate to talk about the book with people, and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone.

 

What does your writing day look like?

I’ll wander around in my pyjamas and have a sit down breakfast with a cup of tea, so my brain can get used to the day and digest any ideas from dreams. Then, once I’m fully power-showered and dressed, I’ll go out for a quick walk round the block – the movement gets the ideas circulating in my brain. Once I’m back, which is probably around 10am (ok, 10.30), I’ll sit down at my desk and fire up my laptop, stare out at the garden for a short while, then start to write. At some point in the afternoon, I’ll realise I’ve done my best creative output for the day, and I’ll maybe do a bit of research instead, which tends to draw out new ideas for the next day.

What is the most you have written in a day?

I generally write a couple of chapters a day. If I’m doing particularly well, it might be four chapters.

Do you listen to music when you write?

Absolutely not! I can’t stand any noise when I write – it interferes with my concentration, and the rhythm and mood of the words in my head.

Who gets to read your work before it is published?

My lovely husband  – he also writes, and is a big film buff, so gives useful structural feedback – and my super editor, who gives intelligent and thoughtful suggestions for revisions.

If your child told you they wanted to be a writer, what advice would you give them?

‘Go on, then.’

And I suppose I ought to say something responsible too, like: do an English degree, experiment with lots of different forms, get some real world experience and reliable income by doing another job for a bit too.

But ultimately the key thing is to sit down and write.

 

Describe your heroine in five words.

She wants her life back.

In what way is she most like you?

Kate is a lawyer and so am I, in my other life. I suppose I also have her spirit of inquiry about new ideas, a strong sense of self and her ability to put up a fight when the stakes are high.

In what way is she different?

I don’t have any plans to exchange identities with anyone right now.

Did you research this book? Discover anything interesting.

I spent a lot of time exploring the concept of identity, in particular visiting a great exhibition at The Wellcome Trust and reading a lot of Jean-Paul Sartre and other works about identity and existence. For researching the character of Anna, Kate’s nemesis, I read the excellent ‘The Divided Self’ by R.D. Laing. That had some important insights about how inner logic can deny external scrutiny.  

 If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast in the starring roles?

Emily Blunt would be Kate, as I think she has the right mix of humour and intensity. Maybe Gemma Arterton for Anna, if she used the same menacing cool as she did in ‘St Trinians’. If one of them isn’t available, maybe Megan Fox, for the sleek, stylish brunette vibe. As for the boys…  A friend made a special request for Ryan Gosling to be in it, so who am I to refuse? He can be Neil. If Robert Pattinson plays Ben, then I guess people will definitely go and see the movie, right?  And he has the correct smouldering quality.

I could SO be a casting director…

 

What would is your favourite meal? Calories don’t count.

Wild boar pasta.

What is the most romantic thing someone has done for you?

Proposed to me on a rowing boat in Norfolk.

What would a perfect day for you look like?

Nailing an excellent chapter in the morning, then a smug country drive with my husband in the sun with a picnic lunch, before coming back home to dinner and wine in the garden.

What accent do you find the sexiest?

Irish. When I was in sixth-form, a group of us from our nice girls’ school planned to go on a post-A-level trip to Dublin. I remember totally melting on the phone when I spoke to a male hostel receptionist. I think it was best for everyone that we ended up staying at home.

Who is your celebrity crush?

*Covers husband’s eyes* I had a definite Clive Owen phase. I defy anyone to watch ‘Children of Men’ and not feel the same.

Name the sexiest redheaded man.

Kierney – these questions! I clearly just need to blindfold my husband before answering any more… *Does so* Definitely Damian Lewis. Yet I somehow failed to see any of ‘Homeland’. I’ll have to treat myself to the box set when I’ve finished the novel I’m currently working on. As motivational tools go, that’s a pretty hot one…

Yours is Mine, a psychological thriller about two women who exchange identities, is available now from Carina UK, the new digital imprint of Harlequin, at http://www.carinauk.com/yours-is-mine and via Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Yours-is-Mine-ebook/dp/B00DP220YY,  Kobo http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Yours-is-Mine/book-u1u9U5e7aUm9JztScFyNOA/page1.html and iBooks. You can follow Amy’s progress at www.amybirdwrites.com, on twitter at https://twitter.com/London_Writer and on facebook at www.facebook.com/amybirdwrites.

 

On her last blog tour stop, http://unhingednavywives.blogspot.co.uk/ on 7 August, Amy will be doing a giveaway of a MIRA goodiebag, filled with some great titles from that Harlequin imprint. So be sure to catch her there!

Interview with Author Annie Lyons

Today I am delighted to welcome Annie Lyons. Her debut novel Not Quite Perfect is out now!

What does your writing day look like?

Children at school, washing machine on (for some reason the sound gets my head in the right place), mug of coffee (the caffeine gets my brain whirring) and a flashing cursor willing me to write. I am now in the habit of writing until lunchtime, doing social media and other bits after lunch and then being a mum from pick-up time…

 

What is the most you have written in a day?

3000 ish words?

 

Do you listen to music when you write?

Sadly no. Just the sound of the washing machine.

 

Who gets to read your work before it is published?

My husband and an elite team of book experts including my mother-in-law and a good friend who likes the same books I do.

 

If your child told you they wanted to be a writer, what advice would you give them?

My daughter already has a much more impressive body of work than I did at the age of eight. As for advice, I would say read as much and as widely as you can – it teaches you a lot.

 

Describe your heroine in five words.

 

I’m in an alliterative mood today so Emma is strong, single-minded, sexy, searching and stifled, whereas Rachel is frustrated, feisty, funny, frazzled and foolish.

 

In what way is she most like you?

 

Emma works in publishing (I did), Rachel has children (I do).

 

In what way is she different?

 

They both fail to see what they have until they’ve nearly lost it, whereas I try to remind myself every day.

 

Did you research this book? Discover anything interesting?

 

I thoroughly researched the drinking and shared the hangovers too (I suffer for my art).

 

 If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast in the starring roles?

 

Emma Watson as Emma and Rebecca Hall as Rachel.

 

What is your favourite meal? Calories don’t count.

 

Roast dinner with all the trimmings and a pudding afterwards, preferably crumble and custard.

 

 What is the most romantic thing someone has done for you?

 

My husband got a copy of Not Quite Perfect printed for me as a publication day present. I cried.

 

What would a perfect day for you look like?

 

Breakfast with the kids, a trip to the cinema if it’s raining or the beach if it’s sunny, a lazy afternoon in the garden with the papers or a book and dinner in the evening with my husband at our local Spanish restaurant. That’s possibly more than one day isn’t it?

 

What accent do you find the sexiest?

 

Cornish. I’m married to a Cornishman and I know which side my bread’s buttered.

 

Who is your celebrity crush?

 

David Tennant

 

Name the sexiest redheaded man.

 

Louis CK. Ok, so he’s a little tubby and nearly bald but funny is sexy and man, is he funny…

 

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Author Interviw with Alana Munro

     Please Welcome Alana Munro to my Blog. Her debut book is out now!

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What does your writing day look like? I try to write when my toddler is having his nap in the afternoon. It is not always easy to find the time with young kids but I am always writing down ideas and inspiration in notepads for a later date. I have a million notepads all over the house!

What is the most you have written in a day? I have been known to sit for full days, my eyes bloodshot from the computer, my head thumping. I wouldn’t recommend that! I think it is wise to take plenty tea breaks and going out for a walk or just taking a warm bath to clear the head before writing more.

Do you listen to music when you write? No I quite like silence, again not so easy with three kids!

Who gets to read your work before it is published? My husband, my parents, my editor.

If your child told you they wanted to be a writer, what advice would you give them? I’d say brilliant but have a few more skills and qualifications to fall back on! Writing is a wonderful outlet. If they can make money from it – brilliant! But I’d certainly recommend they have other options so they can eat.

Your book

Women Behaving Badly – Exposing the Truth about Female Friendship

The book is non-fiction/true stories.

It focuses on the toxic behaviours that can go on between some females such as jealously, competition, power games, passive aggression and much more.

But what is unique about this book is the many deeply personal and often shocking real-life stories of the cruel and spiteful behaviours that I have experienced first-hand.

In this book, I am trying to understand why some women behave so badly. What’s really going on? I am also seeking to shine the spot light on these disturbing and hurtful behaviours. I want other women to come forward and not feel alone anymore.

Plenty readers have already contacted me. Often they feel liberated and thankful that I have been so honest. They thought they were alone in their silent struggles with other women. But clearly from my stories, they are not.

The book also highlights what negative behaviours to avoid and the important questions we need to be asking in order to have happier, healthier relationships with women. Happier relations are possible, however, we must first acknowledge the toxic behaviours in order to protect ourselves.

More information about this book at http://alanamunroauthor.com/

What is your favourite meal? Calories don’t count.

Lasagne, extra cheese on top please! More, don’t be shy with the cheese! A huge glass of red wine, no make that a bottle. Plenty fresh garlic bread to dip into the lasagne.

What is the most romantic thing someone has done for you? A cup of tea in bed just to wake me up. It’s the little things that matter. Grand gestures are great but the little gestures hidden from the world are more special and say a lot more.

What would a perfect day for you look like? I could sleep till about 9.30am, have a relaxed shower, go to the beach, have a long lunch in the shade with fantastic conversation, have some cocktails, nap, and go for a long walk along the beach. Ahhh sounds good!

What accent do you find the sexiest? I would say Scottish or Irish. I am Scottish and married to a Scot!

Name the sexiest redheaded man.

Tim Minchin. He’s erm…not really that sexy but his mind is brilliant, the way he plays with words in his songs – mind blowing and he is hilarious so that makes him very attractive! He’s a genius.

Author Interview with Lindsay J. Pryor

Confession time: I am a total Lindsay J. Pryor fangirl! I  am also lucky enough to say Lindsay is a friend, which means I get to ask her all sorts of things about the Blackthorn series. Yep, I am a lucky girl. Today she stopped by for a quick Q&A. If you have not already read her books, what are you waiting for? She will make you want to get bitten. Image

 

What does your writing day look like?

It depends on what my priorities are, but if it’s a pure writing day i.e. no social media, interviews etc, I start working through scenes as soon as I wake up. I start writing at around 9 a.m. and work for about 4 hours. I try to remember lunch. I usually work for another 4-6 hours after that. Sometimes I write late into the evening if I’m really locked into a scene. Needless to say, I have an extremely tolerant husband.

What is the most you have written in a day?

About 15k, I think. Actually, it might be more than that thinking back. I’ve had some fairly obsessive writing days over the years – especially during the school holidays. When I’m immersed in a story, I just keep going. It’s a very bad habit.

Do you listen to music when you write?

I use music to think things through or during the editing process to help with the mood and tone. I find it really hard not to home in on lyrics (or stop for drum solos), so tend to work in silence for first drafts.

Who gets to read your work before it is published?

My publisher and editor. New Voices competition taken out of the equation, I’d always been a solitary writer before being published. Now with Blood Torn (book 3), it’s the first time I’ve had an opportunity to work with an editor from the outset. I did wonder how I’d cope. Although I always have an outline, I develop a book on constant backward loops as I write which can make explaining things as I go along quite challenging – especially as my characters like their curveballs. I have a fantastic editor though who is totally on the ball, and an awesome publisher who has a lot of faith in me.

All that aside, I met an amazing writer through New Voices called Amity Grays. After she put out a call for someone to read her work, I responded and we soon became very close friends. When I was preparing to sub Blood Shadows and Blood Roses last year, she offered to read the opening chapters for me. I was extremely nervous but I’m now so thankful I’d said yes because she picked up on several bad habits that I was quickly able to redeem. I owe her a lot.

 

Describe your heroine in five words.

Caitlin (Blood Shadows): Tenacious, brave, independent, determined and lonely.

Leila (Blood Roses): Tolerant, dedicated, intuitive, loyal and resilient.

Sophia (Blood Torn): Impulsive, vulnerable, passionate, feisty and headstrong.

In what way is she most like you?

Hmm. Having re-read the list, I’ve got elements of all three. Saying that, I also share one or two definite traits with my heroes.

In what way is she different?

The way my heroines react to things in my stories is often unlike how I would. The stories would have turned out very differently if I’d been the leading lady.

Did you research this book? Discover anything interesting.

I’ve been researching vampires and other aspects of the paranormal for over twenty years. I’ve always had a fascination with the mystical – I blame my Sunday School upbringing. When you grow up believing anything is possible, it’s extremely easy to slip into my kind of genre. Various elements of my research and how it forms the backbone to my series is on my blog.

If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast in the starring roles?

This is always a tough question because I have such a clear picture of my characters, and I never have anyone ‘real’ in mind when I start writing (I’d find that a bit peculiar and it would put me off). Bookouture did a freakily fantastic job finding my characters for my book covers and Bites. To help out the cover designer, I put some possibilities on my Pinterest boards if you want to take a look.

http://pinterest.com/lindsayjpryor/caleb-leila-blood-roses/

 

What is your favourite meal? Calories don’t count.

Ah, life’s too short to be concerned about calories. I have a passion for Italian food. And anything with garlic in it. And chocolate. Make that lots of chocolate – enough to constitute a meal, of course.

What is the most romantic thing someone has done for you?

It’s always the little things that count. I’m fortunate that my husband has sustained his romantic streak for almost 18 years of us being together. This year he’s organised for us to go to the Minack Theatre in Cornwall to see the stage production of Wuthering Heights for our anniversary. It’s a stunning outdoor theatre set in the cliff side and overlooks the sea. It’s my favourite novel and I’ve never seen it performed live, so cannot wait.

What would a perfect day for you look like?

Wow, the scope! I’m not even sure where to begin. It would involve my husband, a chance to write, good food, a late morning and an even later night, and lots of peace and quiet.

What accent do you find the sexiest?

Irish. Southern Irish is beautiful.

Who is your celebrity crush?

I’ve swooned over Aidan Turner from Being Human (UK) ever since I first saw him on screen. I don’t know anything about the actor so it’s more a Mitchell (his character) obsession, I guess. He’s one of those people who you can glance at and shrug – but then he opens his mouth and moves, and it’s mesmerizing.

Name the sexiest redheaded man.

That’s very specific! Robert Kazinsky when he played Sean Slater in Eastenders. I’ve only just found out he’s now in True Blood. Shame I gave up on the series.

 

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Author Interview with Sarah Painter

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Today I am so happy to welcome fellow Scottish author Sarah Painter. Like me, Sarah is not technically Scottish, but we won’t dwell on that. Her debut novel came out this month and it is getting great reviews. I have it ready to read on my flight to California. I am actually looking forward to 11 hours of uninterrupted reading time.

What does your writing day look like?

Officially, my writing day is contained within school hours. In theory, I focus on fiction in the morning and do journalism and admin in the afternoon. It’s not as organised as this in practice, though, partly due to my outstanding powers of procrastination.

What is the most you have written in a day?

For fiction? I’m not sure. I’m pretty slow and 1000 words is a good day for me during the first draft.  When revising (which involves adding lots as I tend to underwrite), I’m quicker because I know the story and the characters. 

Do you listen to music when you write?

Yes. I make a playlist for the book and listen to it every time I work on it.

Who gets to read your work before it is published?

My critique partners, my agent and my editor.

 

If your child told you they wanted to be a writer, what advice would you give them?

Read lots, write lots, and marry someone rich.

Describe your heroine in five words.

Sarcastic, kind, stronger than she realises. Oops, that’s six…

In what way is she most like you?

Probably the sarcasm.  

In what way is she different?

More confident, less anxious.

Did you research this book? Discover anything interesting.

I’ve always been interested in folklore so already had a fair few ideas, but I did do specific research on herbalism and superstitions.

 If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast in the starring roles?

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr.

What would is your favourite meal? Calories don’t count.

In my universe, calories never count! I love pretty much all food and can’t pick one favourite… Here are three meals I never get bored of eating: Roast chicken with roast potatoes, broccoli and my mum’s gravy, fajitas with refried beans and lots of guacamole, pasta with a good, garlicky tomato sauce.

What is the most romantic thing someone has done for you?

I’m lucky to be married to a very romantic man, but he’s also quite shy and wouldn’t thank me for answering that question!

What accent do you find the sexiest?

Scottish.

Who is your celebrity crush?

David Tennant (see above). I also have character-specific crushes i.e. I only fancy the actor when they’re playing the specific role (Sherlock, Aragon, Spike, Loki, Eric Northman, to a name a few).

Name the sexiest redheaded man.

I’m quite partial to Damian Lewis.

Language of spells is out now. Check it out!

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Q&A with Katlyn Duncan

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I am delighted to welcome the adorable author Katlyn Duncan to my blog. Her debut novel Soul Taken is out now from Carina UK

What does your writing day look like?  I don’t have a particular “writing day”. But my day consists of getting up quite early, getting coffee, checking my social media and pounding the keys for about an hour. Then I go to work, try and get some words down at lunch if I have time, come home, do household duties and spend the rest of the night writing, especially if I am on deadline.

What is the most you have written in a day? I think I clocked in around 6,000 in one day.

Do you listen to music when you write? Sometimes, it depends on my mood and if I am writing a particularly emotional scene. I have a lot of classical music that I put aside for specific scenes that help bring the story out of me.

Who gets to read your work before it is published? I have a few close friends that act as my CPs. They aren’t afraid to tell me what to fix and I love that.

If your child told you they wanted to be a writer, what advice would you give them? Go for it. Dream big or go home.

 

Describe your heroine in five words. Brave, intelligent, independent, stubborn, and beautiful

In what way is she most like you? We share a lot of the same physical traits, brunette hair and blue eyes, but I don’t see her *as* me. We do share an affinity for cemeteries.

In what way is she different? She is a lot braver and she challenges those around her, especially her boss. I’m a bit of an introvert and she is the polar opposite.

Did you research this book? Discover anything interesting. I didn’t research much for this book. I do enjoy stories about the after-life and this was my chance to make it my own. And I love the era that Maggie was human in so I did loosely base the flashbacks on that, but I’m no historical writer.

 If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast in the starring roles? Great question! I always “cast” my characters before I start writing so I will always think of them first if Soul Taken was ever going to be made into a movie. Okay, Maggie would be played by Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), Ally would be Lindsay Ellingson (VS model), and Cooper would be played by Chace Crawford. I don’t want to spoil the book any further than that!

What would is your favourite meal?   A giant grilled chicken gyro. If I could eat that every day I would.   

What is the most romantic thing someone has done for you? When my husband and I were dating in college he had gone home for the weekend. So I thought. He ended up coming back to the dorm and casually knocking on my door and when I saw him I was thrilled. We spent the whole weekend together. It was a small gesture but special to me.

What would a perfect day for you look like? My perfect day would be at the beach, reading, with the temperature around 80 so I don’t burn. Maybe a picnic too.

What accent do you find the sexiest? Scottish. Hands down. (see answer below)

Who is your celebrity crush? The biggest celebrity crush I’ve had for almost ten years is Gerard Butler. I would love to meet him someday and just give him a big hug. He looks like a good hugger. Plus he’s wicked talented.

Name the sexiest redheaded man. Oh goodness. Michael Fassbender I’d have to say. Yum

 

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