I’m excited to kick off my blog tour featuring my latest release, Into the Fire. Follow along all week for guest posts and your chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card. In celebration I’m running a limited-time special offer: e-book purchases are only $0.99 on Smashwords now through 2/8.
First stop: An interview with Lisa Haselton and It’s Raining Books. Happy reading!
Please tell us about your current release.
Into the Fire is the first book of a new series: The Elements. It follows the journey of self-made millionaire Rob Ashford and the elusive Veronica Clayton as they dive headfirst into the flames. Like its name, this Romance is packed with heat and plenty of heart.
Growing up in a political family, Veronica was governed by a set of rules that revolved around preserving her father’s reputation. She never made a decision for herself or let her emotions reveal her true feelings. When she meets Rob, she discovers parts of herself she had long buried. With him, she wants to test her boundaries and rediscover the woman she once was, and perhaps who she is meant to be. Rob has demons of his own he’s never confronted, until Veronica challenges the choices he’s made. The book is about their path to finding themselves—and each other.
What inspired you to write this book?
In the Lost & Found series, Lucy Chalmers plans the dream wedding of Veronica Clayton and Rob Ashford. I thought it would be interesting to give them a backstory. How did they meet? Why was she the only woman who could break through his hardened demeanor? They provided the inspiration for Into the Fire.
What exciting story are you working on next?
I’m working on the next book in The Elements series, Into the Light. This is a three-part series of which I’ve completed one book. I always debate if I should hold off and release them all at once, but I get too excited once I finish a manuscript that I can’t wait. Into the Light follows Jeremy McAllister, Rob Ashford’s closest friend and business partner. Readers learned he has a stormy past. They’ll find out more about it and why he’s so jaded when it comes to love.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always loved to write, but I didn’t consider myself a writer until I published my first novel, Out in the Open, in 2014. I don’t think you need to publish a book to be considered a writer. But in my case, that was the start of my journey. It inspired me to start a blog and I’ve written four books since with many more planned. I have lots of ideas in my head, now I just need to get them down on paper!
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I’m a Marketer by day but by night I put pen to paper. I’d love to write full-time but I’m not at the point where I can make a career out of it. But a girl can dream! Given I have a day job people always ask me how I find the time to write. It comes down to prioritizing and making time for the things that are important to us. And sometimes sacrificing sleep 😊
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a doctor. It sounds great in theory, but I hate the sight of blood. And I have a fear of needles and really any sort of medical tools. That kind of put a damper on those plans.
Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?
I like to write the kind of books that I read. While I enjoy a variety of genres, Chick Lit and Contemporary Romance are my favorites. As an eternal optimist, I love writing uplifting books that take people away from the stresses of daily life. Now more than ever, we are inundated with news of tragedies and loss. I like books that offer a brief escape and provide a guaranteed happily ever after. It’s nice to live the fairy tale once in a while.
What research (or world-building – for fantasy/paranormal/Sci-fi) is required?
My research is often destination based. If my characters are going somewhere I haven’t been, I want to make sure the experience feels authentic. In some of my past books I’ve looked into vacation spots such as Aruba and Aspen. I like to get a feel for the destination, accommodations, nearby attractions, and culture. In Into the Fire, Veronica and Rob go on a hot air balloon ride and to a Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance. I’ve never done either, so l looked into what’s involved and used my imagination for the rest.
Name one thing you learned from your hero/heroine.
Veronica has inspired me to be more open to trying new things. Growing up in a political family, she was governed by a set of rules that revolved around preserving her father’s reputation. She never made a decision for herself or let her emotions reveal her true feelings. When she meets Rob, she discovers parts of herself she had long buried. With him, she wants to test her boundaries and rediscover the woman she once was, and perhaps who she is meant to be.
Do you have any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?
I can’t think of anything that unusual. I do most of my writing at night. There’s something about the ambiance that puts me in the right mindset. I’m sure it helps that there are less distractions. And I always carry a notebook around with me. That way I’m ready whenever inspiration strikes.
Are you a plotter or pantser?
I’m a little bit of both but definitely lean toward plotter. I start with an outline and know the general story arc. I can’t just sit down and write without having some sort of plan. For the most part my books are mapped out in my head before I even put pen to paper. I don’t write in any particular order from the outline. I prefer to write about whatever section inspires me at the time. I definitely leave room along the way for plot changes and will pivot based on where the characters lead me. It’s always fun to discover something unexpected!
Look to your right – what’s sitting there?
My puppy, Daisy. She’s a 10-month old toy poodle and my shadow. She follows me around the house and often finds her way into my lap. She likes the keyboard and I have to be careful because she often adds her contributions to my writing.