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Latest Book: In the Black
Where did the inspiration for the book come from?
I was watching a documentary on wildland firefighters and the idea just took off from there. I've wanted to write a second chance romance novel for a while and I just kept rolling the idea around about a firefighter captain pining for her first love.
Why was the story so important to you?
I love a good second chance romance. I also love developing strong, likeable yet flawed characters. I also love showing women thriving in male-oriented jobs. The story was important to me because it deals with the subject of forgiveness and learning from past mistakes. Those are pretty universal themes and shows the measure of a character.
Tell us about the characters
It's interesting because the story started with Mitch, the firefighter captain as being the focus of the story, but as I wrote, it evolved and Lilly's story became just as important to tell. I think both change and grow quite a bit. Picking a favorite is hard, but who doesn't love a butch hotshot captain?
As a writer...
What was your favourite book as a child?
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
What is the best feedback you have ever had from a reader?
Whenever a reader tells me I've made them cry is always pretty powerful. I think to write scenes that move someone to tears is something a writer aspires to. I also enjoy hearing when a reader says that a story I've written stays with them long after they've finished. I've honestly been blown away with the reader feedback to my debut novel, Heart of Gold. The characters and story seemed to have really resonated with readers.
What can you tell us about your work in progress?
My work in progress is the sequel to Heart of Gold, called Heart Sings. Instead of the Miller's battling the elements, they will be fighting to keep their family intact when someone from Thomas' past appears at the ranch. In this installment, we see how Rachel and Thomas continue to grow as a couple, both intimately and how they navigate the outside world. They find themselves in a situation where trust is tantamount and we see them struggle as outside forces threaten their family and they must make some hard decisions about how to deal with that.
How do you feel about readers reaching out to you? What is the best way they can do that?
I love it when readers reach out. As a reader myself, I like to contact authors and let them know how much I enjoy their work. Best way to reach out is probably via Twitter or my email, which you can find on my website under the About Me tab.
How do you deal with bad reader reviews?
Luckily, I haven't gotten any bad reviews. I've gotten a few nitpicky ones where I've actually agreed with the shortcomings of my story, but knock on wood, no bad ones! I have gotten 1 and 2 star ratings on Goodreads and wondered what they found so wrong with my book though!
As a person...
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Best advice I was given was by my Nana when I was 13. She told me that no matter what I choose to do in life, make sure I have fun doing it. And she told me sometimes it's okay to eat dessert first!
What’s your favourite quote?
It's a quote from WWII General Douglas MacArthur. He said, "There is no security on this Earth; there is only opportunity." It really hit home for me because I was going through a major transition period in my life and was feeling very unsure about my future. I wrote this quote down over 25 years ago on a post-it note and kept it in my car to read when I needed it. I eventually got it tattooed on my body. I live by those words to this day.
Where/what is your happy place?
My happy place is the desert, Death Valley in particular. I love the quiet and the remoteness of it. The geology is otherworldly and there are endless places to explore. I love how there are relics of the past scattered throughout the area like ghosts.
What three words would best describe you?
introverted, funny, empathetic
What is the first thing you notice about a person?
Sense of humor, self awareness