It’s been quite a day. I had two book tour stops, a work event, a standing room only train ride home from the city, and my son just had the biggest meltdown since, well, ever. And to be honest I don’t even really know what it was about. I don’t think he does either. So I’m ready to kick back and relax. And the way I do that best is by writing. I’m off to think up some new material. And perhaps have a drink, or two. In the meantime, check out my interview with Laurie Jenkins: tour stop #1.
Tell us about your current release.
My book is a contemporary romance about two coworkers who struggle to suppress their intense attraction in their pursuit of climbing the corporate ladder. My protagonist, Lexi Winters, always has played by the rules to get what she wants, but when she meets coworker Jake Hartman, she realizes the thing she wants most is off-limits. As their innocent flirtation escalates into something more, Lexi realizes she is in deep and must play by a new set of rules—if only she knew the game they were playing.
The story idea came to me while I was lying in bed one night and couldn’t fall asleep. It was important to me that the book feel authentic, so that meant writing about what I know best. I’ve worked at an advertising agency for fifteen years, so I channeled those experiences. It’s a fun and fashionable industry that served as the perfect backdrop for my story. While it’s a workplace romance, it’s really more about the character development and the struggles they face in balancing love while trying to advance their careers.
Does your significant other read your stuff?
My husband is not a big reader, but when he finds the time he prefers memoirs or mysteries. So it took a while for him to come to terms with reading a romance novel. I recognize he’s biased, but he’s now one of my biggest fans. He will shamelessly promote my book whenever he has the chance, which at times can be embarrassing. But I know he’s doing it because he’s proud of me and the fact that I embraced my dream. The only drawback was that he started comparing himself to Lexi’s love interest, Jake, and was worried that he didn’t measure up. I had to remind him that the book is a work of fiction, but it doesn’t hurt that he’s since stepped things up a bit. 🙂
How do you describe your writing style?
I would describe my style as real. While there are no vampires or millionaire CEOs, I think readers will resonate with the strong, independent characters and the story’s inherent realism. So often I read books and walk away thinking, “Yeah, that’s great but it could never happen.” I wanted to create a plotline that readers will view as aspirational but attainable, with women being able to find a piece of themselves in the story’s heroine, Lexi.
Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?
Yes, I decided to use my initials. I liked the idea of being more anonymous and I think it creates a bit of intrigue. Plus, J.K. Rowling and E.L. James have had a lot of success, so perhaps they’re on to something!
Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?
Definitely a night owl. I hate waking up early and resent my alarm clock going off at 5:43 each morning. I prefer to wake up at odd times! Having young kids definitely has been an adjustment because there’s no sleeping in on the weekends—or ever!
What one word best describes you?
Do your friends think you are an introvert or an extravert? Why?
My friends would say I’m an extravert because I come off as very sociable and outgoing. But I’m actually quite shy and prefer to let others be in the spotlight. I’d rather listen than speak, which has been a great tool as a writer because I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from others’ experiences.
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
In the words of Lauren, who rated the book five stars, “I loved every aspect of the book – the writing was top-notch, the character development was stellar and the storyline was extremely well-crafted. I devoured the book, eager to find out what was going to happen between Lexi and Jake, and the ending definitely did not disappoint (boy did I not see that one coming).”