Current Release: Sharing Hailey
Describe your current release in two sentences?
Hailey has loved her brother’s best friends, Mark and Tony, since she learned that boys were good for something other than playing ball and tag, but a relationship with either of them was out of the question. She certainly never dreamed she’d end up with both of them, but that’s exactly what happens when they propose sharing her. Unfortunately, Hailey’s dream-come-true turns into a nightmare when her psycho ex-boyfriend tries to tear the relationship apart.
What have you had to give up to pursue your writing career?
My sanity! One minute I’m a genius, the next I can’t put two words together.
What are you working on?
So many readers asked for Landon’s and Meredith’s stories from Sharing Hailey. It’s gratifying because I fell in love with them, too. Landon’s story is done and I’ll admit, he surprised me. Waiting for Ty releases July 29, 2013. I’m currently working on Meredith’s happily-ever-after.
What is your ultimate writing goal?
The awards, bestsellers lists, and notes from fans are wonderful validations. (Especially the notes from fans!) But in the end it’s all about writing the story that’s begging to be told.
Do you have a comfort food? What is it?
Potatoes! In any form. Fried, baked, mashed, hashed, scalloped, au gratin, chips, soup, O’brien.
Where is your favorite place to write?
A hotel room. No distractions. No laundry or house to clean. No meals to prepare. (Did I mention the hotel must have room service?) No kids to chauffeur.
What career fields have you worked in?
Fitness instructor, food service, retail sales, grant writing, administrative, and lots and lots of different kinds of volunteer work. I've even worked in a mail room.
What are your plans for the next year? Any books you are looking forward to?
I’m impatiently awaiting Lover at Last by J.R. Ward. I’ve wanted to read Blay's and Quinn’s story for so long. And of course, I’ll be at the RT Conference in May. The weekend after RT, I'm attending the Southwest Book Fiesta in Albuquerque.
How was your road to publication?
Long and unexpected. Although I’ve always been a reader, I didn’t consider writing my own stories until a few months after I graduated from Texas A&M. (Yep, Aggie.) I was browsing a bookstore and came upon a thin book entitled You Can Write a Romance and Get it Published by Yvonne Macmanus. I thought to myself, “You know, I bet I could.” Yeah, go ahead and laugh. It’s funny now! I wrote three novels over the next fourteen years. Obviously, I wasn’t serious about it. I’d just found my voice when my daughter died at the age of five. I lost my heart for reading and writing and didn’t find it for eleven years. One year and one month after I started writing again, I won Passionate Ink’s Stroke of Midnight Contest and as a result, sold Sharing Hailey. That was the unexpected part.
If you could time travel, where would you travel to and why?
I love history, so this is a really difficult question because there are so many different times I’d like to visit. However, I’ll narrow it down to two. Ripley County, Indiana, September 1837 because family history says my four times great grandfather killed a man for insulting my four times great grandmother then fled with his family to Mexico (now East Texas) and changed his name. I’d like to learn what really happened. Was he crazy? Because you don’t just kill a man for insulting someone you love. You might want to, but you don’t. I’d also like to visit Newton County, Texas in the 1860s. I’ve heard stories about how strong and ahead-of-her-time my great great grandmother was. I’d love to meet her.
Domestic violence programs are suffering because of the economy and reduced budgets at national, statewide and local levels. So during the month of March I’m donating 50% of my proceeds from sales of Sharing Hailey to domestic violence programs. Readers don't have to do anything but buy the book. My publisher will provide sales information.
Thank you for these wonderful questions. You gave me a lot to think about. And thank you readers! I’m honored that Sharing Hailey has resonated with so many of you. Thank you for your emails and reviews!