My other job is being a mom of four adorable boys. They are a lot of work but so much fun! For the most part they think Mom writing books is a little weird, but a few days ago my 14yo came home and informed me that all the cute girls at school were reading my Dead Running book and they all cornered him and told him how "amazing" his mom was. He's a lot more willing to watch the baby so I can write now!
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
I can write a book quickly, under a month, but it takes me three to four years to polish it. I usually have several books going at once and am always begging critique partners to read something.
Which of your books were easier/harder to write than the others?
Dead Running was probably the easiest as the heroine was hilarious and I just giggled the whole time I wrote it. I'm working on a book right now called Blog This and it's a lot more serious/terrifying so I can only write when my husband is close by to monitor my nightmares, makes it tough to get much done.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
I'm almost finished writing the third book in the Dead Running series, more Cassidy fun, but this one is super intense.
What genre would you place your books into?
Clean romantic suspense with a side of comedy
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
The suspense comes from my nightmares, the romance is something I can't live without, and the comedy keeps me from having a breakdown.
I love Ethan from The Broken Path. He has such issues, but is so sweet and very nice to look at.
If you had to choose to be one of your characters in your book/books which would you be? and why?
Cassidy from the Dead Running series, she is so funny and she gets to kiss Jesse!
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
Ten years ago I was suffering from postpartum depression after the birth of my second son. My mom came to visit, pulled me out of my bed (I was spending a lot of time napping), and said, "You need a hobby, go ... right me a book." I wrote her a book and never stopped writing. I don't have time for naps anymore, but I definitely found a fun hobby.
Where do you get your book plot ideas from?What/Who is your inspiration?
I have horrific nightmares which will either be the inciting incident for my book or if I'm working on a book they will give me new scene ideas or direction with my plot. I also get inspiration as I run, change bums, scrub toilets, etc.
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