Q: Are you going to write a follow up to Just Once? Brandon and Hailey need a story!
A: Sorry, but likely not. Their subplot left them with the potential for more and I actually tried to write that book when I finished Just Once, but after too many months of struggling I finally admitted to myself that it wasn’t working out and started a new project. I’d like to say never say never, but…never.
Q: Are you going to write a follow up to Going the Distance? A short story? Something? That book ended too abruptly and I need to see more to believe in the HEA!
A: Sorry again, but likely not. I actually really love the idea of revisiting Olivia and Jarek, but catching up with old characters without having an essential story to tell for them feels unnecessary. For me that ending was satisfying because it really brought Jarek to a wonderful place, emotionally and physically, and showed that he was in a position to continue finding happiness with Olivia. If you absolutely need a little something more, there’s a deleted scene on the book page on this site. It’s NSFW, but should satisfy your perverted craving for some Jarek and Olivia happy times.
Q: Will there be any more books in the Time Served Series? Jade’s character has a lot of potential.
A: I know I sound like a broken record, but likely not, though I totally agree about Jade’s character. She’s awesome and the more time I spent with her the more I adored her. That said, there are currently three books in the series and if you look at the dwindling number of reviews, it doesn’t seem like a good investment of my limited writing time to work on a series that has run out of readers. Being pragmatic really sucks, doesn’t it?
Q: You suck. Will you ever stop saying “not likely” when people ask you to write a new book?
Q: Will there be any more books in the Burnham College Series? As everyone in the world can agree, Undecided is the paragon of book awesomeness and we all need more.
A: Finally a person I don’t have to disappoint! Yes, there will be at least one more book in the Burnham College Series. I published Kellan’s story, called Undeclared, in late February 2017. As for any other books in that series… I don’t know yet. My next book ideas are not part of that series and I can’t tell you when/if further inspiration will strike. Maybe?
Q: If you’re not working on any of the above books, what ARE you working on?
A: My tan. Kidding. I don’t tan. I’m working on a brand new, standalone contemporary romance (not New Adult), the details of which I’m keeping under wraps for now.
Q: Who is your favourite hero/heroine from your own books?
A: Hands down, Jarek (Going the Distance) is my favourite hero. I’m almost as big a fan of jerk heroes as I am of character arcs, and Jarek takes top prize for both. I love it when someone has a long way to go, they fight the process, then they give in and start to see the light. It makes the character and story more interesting and I just find it wonderful.
My favourite heroine is Caitlin (In Her Defense), for many of the same reasons as Jarek. It was nice to see reviews that showed readers believed in her character development and were able to see the potential and ultimate redemption of a character who started out unlikeable.
Q: Which book that you’ve written is your favourite?
A: I get asked this question a lot and while I love every book I’ve written (I wouldn’t shed so much blood, sweat and tears for them if I didn’t), my favourite book is Undecided. It’s the first book I self-published and was a huge undertaking and, to date, my biggest success. It’s also the easiest book to summarize plot-wise, which is cool for me because I tend to write character-based stories that are difficult to describe, so I learned a lot from the process of writing a plot-centric story.
My next favourite book is Time Served, partly for the difficult characters and their journey to a happily ever after, but also because it was the first book that got any notice and gave me some hope for my writing future. I was visiting my parents the Christmas before it was released, idly looking at my Twitter account, which never had any notifications, and suddenly I had a bunch of mentions. I couldn’t figure out why until someone finally said “I saw that Dear Author recommended this” and I was like WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT. (I read the DA website every day and saw no mention of me or I would have already died.) I combed through the DA Twitter page until I saw a tweet that said she’d read an ARC of Time Served and loved it. She even compared it to a Cara McKenna book, which killed me again because I love Cara McKenna. That gave me a huge boost in sales, reviews, and readers (huge being relative, since I had pretty much none of those things before), but most importantly a big boost in confidence.
Q: Okay, stop bragging. Do you listen to music when you write? Will you share any playlists?
A: No and no. I have zero distractions when I write, otherwise I get distracted. No people in the room, no TV, no music. Even if I did have a playlist, I’d be embarrassed to share it since I pay very little attention to music. I recently thought I had discovered a great new artist only to find his song on Youtube and learn it was released three years ago and had 40 million views.
Q: You said above that you were working on an adult contemporary, but you've just announced that your new book, My Roommate's Girl, is New Adult. Are you totally indecisive or just a huge liar?
A: You got me. Lying makes me feel good! Actually, what happened is I drafted a pretty awesome 25-page outline for the adult contemporary but told myself I couldn't start writing it until the following month. I was itching to write something, however, and when the idea for My Roommate's Girl came to me (the "idea" was seriously just the title) I figured I would write it as practice or a warm-up or whatever you want to call it. I never imagined I would finish it or love it or publish it, but here we are. And you're welcome, because it's awesome. The adult contemporary is still coming. I worked really hard on the outline, after all.
Q: Okay, let's talk about that title - My Roommate's Girl. It's not exactly...your style. What happened there?
A: You're right (for once). I generally work really hard to make my titles a little less on-the-nose, but at the time I was seeing so many books with really unimaginative titles finding huge audiences. For whatever reason, My Roommate's Girl popped into my head and I thought it was funny - it's basically the whole plot of the book. The hero? My. The heroine? Girl. The obstacle? Roommate. It practically writes itself! Except not really, because I still had to write it. I thought I'd just write a few simple chapters to get back into the writing groove, but the book was really fun and I didn't want to stop. I wanted to see what happened next, and I loved the freedom of writing it kind of secretly. If I hated the finished product, no harm done, it would simply join the slew of abandoned manuscripts hidden under my bed. Lucky for me, I adored the finished product and wanted to share it. So...lucky for you, if you think about it.
Q: Do you respond to emails/tweets/Facebook messages?
A: I certainly do my best. I actually had zero social media when I started writing, and only signed up for Twitter and Facebook because I had to. I still hardly know what I’m doing with them, but I check at least once each day and try to respond to everyone. I’m a huge reader and it’s only since I started publishing that I realize how much a message from a reader can mean to a writer, so when I find a book I like, I try to reach out to say so. Hopefully what goes around comes around!
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