Current Release: Full Measures
Describe your current release by starting out with "In a world".
In a world where war is simply a part of every day life, twenty year-old Ember Howard opens the door to her worst fear: her father has been killed in Afghanistan. When her mother goes nearly catatonic, Ember steps up, transferring colleges so she can help take care of her younger siblings, but nothing prepares her for Josh Walker. He's her old high-school crush, the hockey star turned little brother's coach, and he's not going to let her push him away, no matter how hard she shoves. But he's keeping a secret that's about to undo every step he's taken with Ember, and she'll have to decide what she's willing to risk for a love that has the power to consume her.
What are you working on?
I'm doing a light revision on my YA novel, Aeolian, and writing another New Adult novel based on one of the characters in Full Measures.
Getting a book to market often takes a village. Who has helped you on the way?
Oh, my village is huge! My husband, who folds laundry and delivers dinner during edits, and of course - my kids. My agent, Jamie Bodnar Drowley, who is also a military wife and understands the unique pressures of our lifestyle. My critique partners, and my amazing agency sisters, Nola, Lizzy, and Molly. Because an author is only as good as her critics. My phenomenal editors, Karen Grove and Nicole Steinhaus. Those ladies are class acts and utterly brilliant. Lastly, the Entangled team. These women are as kind as they are smart, and I'm lucky to have them: Debbie, Heather, Brittany and Jessica. Did the music start playing yet? I think my speech went over the time limit.
Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?
I've gotten some beautiful notes from readers about Full Measures, but my funniest moment came from my personal blog. When I took my youngest child for his pre-k screening, another mom in the waiting room kept looking at me, then shifting her gaze to my boys and back to me. I was starting to worry that we all had food on our faces. Finally, she asked, "are you that mom blogger? The one with all the boys?" It was surreal to know that this stranger knew the details of our life. The best part? She hadn't recognized me, but did my boys. It was humbling, and for lack of a better term - pretty cool! Needless to say, I've gotten more careful about posting my boys' names on the blog. They're handsome devils, and I guess pretty easy to recognize!
What is your favorite way to procrastinate?
Social media, without a doubt. Here, let me post ten pictures of my kids. Aren't they cute? See their shiny hockey trophy? It seriously sucks down my time like a ravenous black hole. Oh, I'm sorry that just took me five minutes to write. My Twitter dinged. It's a weakness, and I'm working on it.
Thank you so much for having me! The readers have been amazing, and I can't thank them enough for the outpouring of support that FULL MEASURES has received. Being a debut author can be terrifying, but this has been incredible!