Tell us about your recent Riptide release. What was the inspiration behind it?
Rock N Soul, which will be released on January 18, is a love story between a rock star ghost and the snarky bellboy who’s helping him with his unfinished business. It’s my debut novel and the first in the Soul Seekers series. I was inspired to write this story when I was on vacation in Boston and saw a rather interesting-looking bellboy and thought “this guy definitely has a story to tell”... add that to the fact that I’ve always wanted to write a rock star romance and voila! Rock N Soul was born.
What can readers expect when they read a story from you? What would you like potential readers to know about you and your books?
I love a happy ending--it’s why I write romance, after all! But I also enjoy making my characters work for it, so there’s usually some angst involved before they get to the smooth sailing part. But it’s not all drama all the time! My writing is often funny and irreverent with a few surprises along the way, and I do like keeping my readers on their toes.
What was the most surprising thing you learned about yourself while writing your latest release?
Since this is my first book, the most surprising thing about it was that I realized that I can actually finish a novel! I’ve been writing for years, and I’d never pushed myself to actually go for a novel-length story. So it was a huge accomplishment for me to be able to show myself that I could be one of those people who can be a novelist.
How long does it take you to write a book?
Once I stop procrastinating, I can write the first draft of a book in about three months. Rock N Soul was originally written for National Novel Writing Month (or at least the first half of it was… I hit the word count goal long before the story was done!) and it took another month and a half to get the first draft done.
Describe your workspace.
Most of my writing is done on my laptop from my little nest on my couch. I have a lap desk with cute little arrows on it that says “Follow Your Dreams,” and at any given time I’m not far from some The Walking Dead paraphernalia because I’m just the tiniest bit obsessed with it. I also have cats, so there’s a lot of meowing around my workspace, too.
Do you ever get writer’s block? What do you do to cure it?
I procrastinate more than I get actual “writer’s block.” I almost always know what I want to do in the next scene and how I want it to go, and most of the time I even have the words planned out in my head, but I just keep putting off actually writing them down. So I combat that by using a program called Write or Die. It’s a neat little program that lets you set a word count or time goal and then makes you write until you complete it--and if you stop writing, it starts deleting your words! So it’s a great motivator to just power through the block.
What can readers expect from you in the future?
I’m working on the next book in the Soul Seekers series--this one will follow the romance between Chad, the cousin of Rock N Soul protagonist Tyler, and a mysterious stranger who keeps visiting him at work. And of course at some point I’ll have to find love for Eric, the lead singer of Chris’s band… stay tuned for that!
Do you have a favorite quote?
You can never go wrong with Galaxy Quest. “Never give up… never surrender!”