FAQ

When will the second Crane's Cove book be released?
I’m hard at work on Kat and Easton’s story, Love on the Rocks, planned for a late summer release this year. You can read an unedited sneak peak of Chapter 1 at the end of Love on the Edge. Kat has returned to Crane’s Cove after realizing life on the road as a barrel racer was not worth breaking off her engagement with Easton for. Easton has loved her since they were kids, stood by her after her traumatic brain injury, and helped her learn to walk and ride again. When she left, she broke his heart, and he’s set against taking her back. When a hurricane upsets their world, will they realize what’s really important? 

Why did you choose Sportsmen for Warriors to support with the sale of your book?
We lose 22 veterans a day to suicide. It breaks my heart that the men and women who risk everything for us can find it easier to die over there than to live over here. I was looking for non-profit that helped to support veterans cope with their experiences and re-adjust to civilian life. Their motto, “It takes a warrior to heal a warrior,” captured the theme of Love on the Edge so perfectly. Matt and Lanie, because of their experiences with the flashbacks, fears, and symptoms of PTSD, were able to understand each other at a level those who have not been through trauma could not. Sportsmen for Warriors honors  and helps our country’s Warriors through custom-tailored support and world-renowned enrichments, engagements, and educational and employment opportunities.

How do you find the time to write?
I carve it out in my calendar, and then I protect that time. It’s the only way. When my husband travels, I write late into the night. Some mornings I’m up writing at 5am. Twice a week I hide in my room after the homeschool lessons are done and let the kids fend for themselves. It’s a real treat when I can escape to a coffee shop with a friend!

How long did it take you to write your book?
This one took me a little over a year and a half from start to finish. The idea came to me in January of 2016. I wrote a few scenes and put it aside to work on the historical, which I was planning to submit to a contest. I picked it back up again off and on over the summer and fall of 2016, and worked on it exclusively from November until June of 2017.

Do you start with a character and build a story around him or her, or do you have the whole story in mind before you write?
A little of both. Usually, I see a scene play out in a dream or daydream, and then I have major brainstorming session. The story starts to build and rough outline takes shape. Next comes research and then imagining myself in their world (that’s my favorite part!), and finally, I fill the gaps and plot holes.

What inspires you to write?
People. Everyone has a story, and their stories make them who they are. We are often quick to judge, but unless we walk in their shoes, we can’t have any idea of the paths they’ve walked or the depth of the emotions that result.

What is your biggest fear in writing?
I have a lot of people rooting for my success. If the book bombs, I’ll feel like I let them down. I need this book to be well-received, so I can raise money to help those suffering with PTSD. We lose 22 veterans a day, and countless others who suffer from post-traumatic stress from other events or emotional abuse. I need to help.

How many books do you own?
More than I can count – likely several thousand.

What is your favorite genre to read for pleasure?
Historical romance with a twist of mystery or suspense has always been my favorite to read!

Will you ever finish your World War II historical?
Yes! That is my baby. I actually have 5 romantic suspense books roughly plotted out, one for each year of the war. We’ll start in London, travel to Scotland, and then to Prince Edward Island in the first book. In the second book, we’ll find ourselves in Dunkirk and trying to escape on a small ship. The next three will take us to the European continent, Russia, and New Zealand. Try to be patient – so much research will be required, these will be slow-going!

What three pieces of advice would you give to an aspiring author?
1. Find the time to write, and write the whole thing. Don’t lose momentum like I did – write a bit every day if you can so that you don’t have to go back and re-read what you’ve written every time you sit down. One of the best pieces of advice I got was that you can always fix something you don’t like, but you can’t fix something that isn’t there. And beware of “Shiny Idea Syndrome” – keep a notebook for new ideas, don’t hop back and forth. It’s extremely counter-productive.
2. Meet authors! Go to book signings, local meet-&-greets, workshops, book fairs, etc. Send your favorites messages telling you how much you loved their books. Leave reviews and send them friend requests. Ask questions. Most authors are so nice and will be happy to talk to you!
3. Start with a BrainMap for each main character. (Google “Shirley Jump BrainMap.) Know them inside and out. Ask the question “why?” until you can’t anymore. Get familiar with the characters goal, motivation, and conflict (GMC).

Did you have someone mentor you as you started your writing career?
Not officially, but many of my author friends have been very generous with their time and advice! Naming them here in alphabetical order! I could not have written this book without them!

T. Elliot Brown
Anabelle Bryant
Caro Carson
Wynter Daniels
Racquel Henry

Elicia Hyder
Shirley Jump
Catherine Kean
Paige Lavoie
Laura E. Perez

Lucy Rhodes
Nancy Robards Thompson
Barbara Vey (not an author, but someone EVERY romance reader and writer should know!)
Valerie Willis

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