What inspired you to write your first book?I like to daydream and I had this story in my head that wouldn’t go away. For months, it kept taunting me until I finally wrote it down.
How much real life do you put into or influences your books? Quite a bit. I grew up in a small town, went to college in a small town, worked in a small town, and now live in a small town. So it was easy to get the feel for Keeneston from my experiences.
What is the hardest part of writing for you? Sometimes my mind moves faster than my fingers. I have to have notebooks everywhere in case I get ideas for future stories so I don’t forget them. Then of course, editing is never fun.
What are your current projects? I’m working on Forever Hidden, Book Two in the Forever Bluegrass Series.
How do you go about choosing the title for your book(s)? It usually involves lots of alcohol. No, I’m kidding—kind of. But it’s a long process of trying to find exactly what words reflect the feel of the story.
What is your favorite genre to write? Romantic Suspense.
Generally, how long does it take you to complete a book from idea to handing it over to your publisher? Three to four months.
Do you ever use someone in your life as a sounding board for ideas or do you prefer to work alone?
Yes. If I hit a snag in the story, then I talk out the scene with my husband. He’s always the first person to read my book too. But if I’m freaking out about a writer’s life type of thing, then I have a great group of friends that I call.
Do your travel to research for your book(s)? Sometimes, but lots of times I use places I’m already familiar with. I also do a lot a research online. I have a young child, so travel isn’t always feasible.
Did you learn anything while writing your book(s)? I always learn new things. Researching the subject matter for each book opens doors to new information all the time. And I always learn a few rules of grammar during each editing process.
Have you ever had an idea for a book but never written it and what is it? I have a entire folder of ideas for books that I haven’t written yet, but plan to get to eventually. So stay tuned and you’ll find out what they are!
When writing, do you have a process? Yes. I make sure to limit how long I write each day. I designate my child’s school hours to writing and then push it aside once she is home. That helps me maintain a good work-life balance. I also have a song playlists for writing. Each playlist is designed to fit the overall mood of the scene.
Do you have any advice for new authors looking to make their own literary statement? Keep writing. The more you write, the more you’ll find your own unique voice.
How many books have you written? Do you have a particular favorite? I’m working on my 20th. Each completed work becomes my new favorite.
Why did you choose to use a publisher instead of self-publishing? I’m actually self-published. I chose that path because of the control I have over my material. It also works well with being mother who wants to make every concert and sporting event for my kid. I haven’t ruled out traditional publishing for the future, but I enjoy the challenges and rewards of being self-published at the moment.
Where do your ideas come from? Everywhere. I’ll see something in the news, overhear someone talking at a restaurant, have a conversation with my friends, or a random thought may pop in my head as I’m driving.
How many books do you currently have published? 19
Are you working on anything right now? Yes. I’m working on Forever Hidden, Book Two in the Forever Bluegrass Series.
Do you have a favorite Hero or Heroine from any of your books and why? I can’t pick–my heros and heroines are like my children, I can’t have a favorite!
Do you have anything you would like to say to your current readers or to those that haven’t yet read your work(s)? To my current readers, you all are the best. You are so supportive and love my books as much as I do. I can’t thank you all enough for that.
For future readers, I just hope to take you away for a while. I hope you enjoy the trip.
More About You ~ The Fun and the Naughty
Share one thing about yourself that would surprise people who know you.?I love Scream Queens–it’s my guilty pleasure.
Doggy style, cow girl or missionary? I plead the fifth to prevent self-incrimination. 🙂
What secret sinful pleasure do you keep hidden in your cupboards? A secret stash of Godiva chocolate.
Are you a wine or beer kinda gal? I’m a fruity drink filled with vodka kind of gal.
If you could go anywhere at all on your next vacation where would you go? A little hut over the water in Bora Bora.
If you could choose any hot famous guy to take with you who would it be and why? Scott Eastwood. I like men who are masculine and he’s certainly.
Thong, Bikinis, Granny Panties, or Boy shorts? Actually I like the cheeky panties. They’re like a cross between bikini’s and a thong.
Are you a dress up in heels or a jeans and flats woman? Both, but my weakness for sexy heels probably wins out.
Homebody or Party all the time girl? Homebody
Tall, Dark and Deadly or Smart and Sexy or Athletic and Funny? Well, my husband was a football player and he has a great, dry sense of humor, so I think that’s my type. However, I think you can’t go wrong with any of those!
Significant other or Tearing up the town free and clear? Happily married
Favorite social network and why? Instagram. I love taking pictures.
What was your “dream” job as a child? I wanted to be an astronaut.
What was the worst job you ever had while working towards being a published author? I only held one job, so I guess that’s it–I was an attorney.
What would be your next best choice if not writing as a career? Running a non-profit to help animals.
About Your Latest Release
Introduce us to the main characters:
Ryan Parker is a man with a chip on his shoulder from Sienna’s rejection of him in their youth. In college, he decides it’s time for him to move on and follows in his father’s footsteps by joining the FBI. Ryan is a tough, fearless undercover agent with a soft spot for all of the people in his hometown.
Sienna Ashton figured out Ryan was all man too late. He left and she moved on. Or at least she tried to move on. She became the sports psychologist for the new local football team and her needy patients took up most of her time now. Any boyfriends never seemed to last long. She’s smart, sassy, and doesn’t put up with any crap. She also thinks she can always take care of herself, until her life is in danger.
How do these two meet?
They grew up together in the small town of Keeneston, but their timing was always off until Sienna needed Ryan the most.
How would you characterize their relationship in one word answers, start, middle and end?
What three words would you use to describe this story?
Second Chance Love
Ryan Parker had always loved Sienna Ashton, but gave up on his fantasy years ago. After working as an undercover FBI Agent in Los Angeles, Ryan gets a phone call telling him to come home to the small town of Keeneston, Kentucky. The woman he thought he was over is now in serious trouble.
Sienna Ashton fell in love with Ryan Parker too late. He was gone from her life before she realized what he really meant to her. Now working as a sports psychologist, Sienna finds herself helping others figure their lives out. She thinks her chance of happily ever after is long gone until a murder brings Ryan back into her life and entangles them in a battle for their heart and their lives.
Ryan and Sienna discover there is more going on than originally thought and now the two are in the fight of their lives. It doesn’t take long for fireworks to ignite as passion and danger drive the couple toward a fate they never saw coming.