Sweet Tea and Secrets | Turquoise Morning Press | Women's Fiction | 05/01/2011
Adams Grove is mourning the loss of Pearl Clemmons, known for her award-winning chocolate pecan pie and the best unsolicited advice in the county.
When Jill returns to settle her grandmother's estate, she's greeted by a Clydesdale-sized guardian dog who doesn't seem to be earning his stripes (although he drools on them pretty well), and Garrett Malloy, the ex-fianc‚ she left behind a year ago.
Jill insists on staying at Pearl's amidst a string of break-ins that have sleepy Adams Grove wide awake and locking its doors. Jill's past with Garrett becomes the least of her worries when she learns that their lives are in danger. She is the only person standing between a desperate conman and a secret from Pearl's past.
Will Pearl's past kill any chance of Jill and Garrett's future together?
Please tell us your latest news!
Sweet Tea and Secrets is my debut novel. This small town love story has elements of suspense and has been in the top #100 Kindle Romantic Suspense for the past three days holding at a steady #80.
This book is receiving positive reviews and reader feedback. It's been so exciting. I've cried so many happy tears over the past few weeks as my dream of being an author has become a reality...that I keep an embroirdered hanky (I collect old hand-embroidered handkerchiefs) nearby all the time.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
My mom was always writing. It was just natural so I don't think I even realized it was a decision.
In school I was the spelling bee champ and loved to read. I have wonderful memories of spending hours and hours at the Kempsville Library which was within walking distance of the home I grew up in. I'd written lots of shorter stories and silly, fun things over the years. It wasn't until I was an adult that I really decided I could make that dream of writing a book a reality.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
My advice to other writers is to listen to your heart. There's a lot of advice out there and I think you can quickly become absorbed in the rules and lose your story and the fun of writing.
Finish your book. | Put it away. | Write the next one. | Then, revisit the first book. | If you never give up, you will get published. I believe that.
What main genre do you write in?
Please describe your writing environment.
I have a home office that is large and spacious. I spent over a year finding my dream desk. It's got a large desktop but is open underneath with beautiful carved legs. Although my office is well equipped the best part is my view out the windows.
In one direction, I look out over our front yard and across the pastures that belong to the Ferrier across the street. He keeps his stallions in that pasture.
Out the other window I can watch one of our herds of goats. There are about forty does with their spring kids in that field right now. The kids are beginning to wean and get minds of their own. They run and taunt one another in endless games of tag. There's a hill in the center of that pasture where they play and romp for hours. Any time I need a stress-relief this is the window I turn to.
(I'm sending a picture so you can see them...so cute!)
Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?
My mom has been my biggest supporter. She has always been a huge inspiration to me. She's a wonderful poet and songwriter so I think I come by the love of writing from her.
Mom has not only been there through the rejections and contracts, but she's spent tireless hours helping me craft promotions for my books. I often tell folks if any of my books become bestsellers it will probably be because my mom has hand sold the entire east coast.
Do you have any other author names? If so, what are they and what's different about what you write under each name.
I have a suspense novel coming out in July that I co-authored with Phyllis C. Johnson. inkBLOT is being published under Johnson Naigle. inkBLOT will be out in July. The characters in this novel are in their late teens and twenties but I think this story will appeal to anyone who enjoys a mystery/suspense.
In inkBLOT, Eighteen-year-old web entrepreneur Ronnie Wright owns the virally popular website, inkBLOT. Determined to sweep local newspaper reporter, Chelsea Pressman, off her feet, he tries to wow her with his internet success.
Chelsea has one goal, making it big as a reporter. Unfortunately the editor isn't tossing any good stories her way. She dismisses Ronnie's advances until she realizes the power the inkBLOT data could give her. She befriends him and steals the data and uses it to make her own headline stories - which she is conveniently first in line to cover. The notoriety she's gaining from the front-page stories is addictive.
The police finally trace the crimes to a common link - inkBLOT.
Now, Ronnie has to clear his name as the number one suspect in Chelsea's headline crimes.
Do you like to mix genres?
I never set out to mix genres. I just write the story that is in my heart. What ends up on the page, however, is a blend of love, suspense, and mystery that are set in small towns. I'm using the brand:
Love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense.
What inspires your writing?
Reading. It might sound silly but it's true. The feeling you get when you've read a book that you really connect with - you know what I'm talking about - that's what inspires me to write and finish my stories. I think sharing a story that makes someone feel a little hope, an escape or tickles a fond memory - that's the best gift of all. That is inspiration!
Do you have any cool promo tricks you can share with other writers?
If there are any tricks I haven't learned them, but for me I think just being yourself and making those connections is the best think you can do. There's no doubt that good old fashioned word of mouth and recommendations from someone you trust is the best way to get sales. Just be sincere, the rest will fall into place.
Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?
Since I live on a farm I've got more than my fair share of animals. We have hundreds of goats here on Holland Farm, and a few laying hens, too. We also have two dogs. Hunter and Dutch. The only influence they might have on my writing is that little traits of their personalities do sometimes end up in the canine characters in my books.
In SWEET TEA AND SECRETS Clyde is a Bernese Mountain Dog. In inkBLOT, Rorschach is a black lab. Both Phyllis and I have black labs. I'd say Rorschach is a blend of my Hunter and her Maggie.
Thanks for giving me the chance to join you here at Night Owl Reviews. I look forward to visiting again later this year when my second novel about Adams Grove, OUT OF FOCUS, comes out in November.
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Hugs and happy reading,
Love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense.