What can you tell us about your new release, Get Over You?
Get Over You is a second chance romance featuring star-crossed high school sweethearts who are reunited after eight years. Reyes has never gotten over Emerson or the cruel way she broke his heart. He wants answers, but Emerson isn’t ready to give up the terrible secret she’s harbored for years. Their journey to reconciliation is steamy, angsty, and packed with twists and turns.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
My mother has always been an avid reader. She fostered my love of reading, which developed into a passion to write my own books.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
My all time favorite book is The Stand by Stephen King. Other favorites are Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Perfect by Judith McNaught, and House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III.
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
My first guest would definitely be Stephen King. I would ask him to share the secret to sustaining a long, prolific writing career. I’d also want to hear his thoughts on our current global pandemic in comparison to the apocalyptic nightmare he crafted in The Stand.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I love escaping into fictional worlds and creating flawed, complex characters who don’t always do what I tell them. And the satisfaction of completing a book is indescribable!
What is a typical day like for you?
I usually wake up around six, eat a light breakfast, and spend thirty minutes on the treadmill while catching up on the news. After that I take a shower and head into my office to begin writing. Sometimes I get into such a good flow that I work through lunch. This has become rarer now that my husband works from home due to the pandemic. When he breaks for lunch, he usually lures me out of my cave to eat with him, which is always enjoyable. Afterward I return to the keyboard and write until quitting time, which varies from day to day. In the evenings, my husband and I eat dinner together and then curl up on the sofa to read or watch TV. We’re currently binge-watching Bosch— good show with great characters and engrossing storylines!
What scene from Get Over You was your favorite to write?
My favorite scene was Emerson telling Reyes the truth about why she broke up with him. Capturing the raw emotion of that scene was both painful and cathartic for me. Reyes and Emerson had been through the wringer, enduring an equal share of heartbreak. I enjoyed finally putting them out of their misery. 🙂
Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Life is full of ups and downs, but I’ve never been afraid to take risks because I learn something valuable from each experience.
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