As seen in the March issue of Uncaged Book Reviews.
Uncaged:Your first book, Running from a Rock Star was your debut, and the follow-up, Running with a Sweet Talker is a bit darker – but just as much fun as the first one. Can you tell readers more about the Brides on the Run series? Is there a set amount of books planned for the series?
The books in the Brides on the Run series tell stories of brides who find themselves in crazy situations whether by their own doing or someone else’s and how they attempt to get out of those situations. They always get worse before they get better.
I have at least one more book planned, which I’m writing right now, Running to a Cowboy.
Uncaged: You have a wicked, sarcastic sense of humor in your writing, is that part of your own personality shining through? You are also a comedian, do you do stand-up at all?
Yes, that is my sense of humor, for better or worse. LOL
I actually did do stand-up for several years. I loved it, but it can be nerve wracking. I think it’s the prospect of crashing and burning that makes nailing it so much fun.
Uncaged: You found Uncaged through reviews, do you still read all your reviews? What do you take away from reviews?
I do. As a new author, it’s been great to see what resonates with readers and what doesn’t. I’m fortunate that I don’t have a lot of terrible reviews, but I can honestly say that I’ve learned something from each one of them.
I’m not gonna lie and say that the bad ones don’t sting, because they do. But it’s all part of being an author. Especially when you write comedy because it’s so subjective. What one person thinks is funny someone else thinks is immature and stupid. Thanks to my friend, Julia Kent who also writes funny, I was prepared for that.
Uncaged: Can you tell us what you have coming up next?
I’m working on Running to a Cowboy, the third book in the Brides on the Run series. It’s about country music singer, Beau Callen and Charlie K, a Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana character who’s fallen from grace.
Uncaged: What is one of the nicest things someone has said to you about your books?
The first romantic comedy book I ever read was Nobody’s Baby but Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. It was a very sad time in my life, and when I read her book I laughed like I hadn’t in years and I remember thinking that I wanted to be able to do that for someone else. So, when someone tells me that reading my books made them laugh in a way they hadn’t laughed in a long time. Or that they were have a horrible day and my books made them feel better. Nothing’s better than that.
Uncaged: What is your favorite parts about being an author? What have you found to be the least favorite?
I love creating characters and taking them on the journey to love. All my characters have issues, so when I get to give them a HEA that makes my whole day.
I don’t like having to look for stock images for my covers. LOL! It makes my head hurt, and all the man chest start to run together.
Uncaged: What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
I know this sounds cliché, but I like to read. I was a reader before I was a writer, and I miss having time to curl up with a good book.
I also love going to the movies by myself.
Uncaged: What is the hardest part of a book to write? What is the easiest? From start to finish, how long does it take to finish a complete book?
Revisions are hard for me. I want my books to be the best they can be, so when I get to revisions I put a lot of pressure on myself, which usually results in at least one snotty cry.
First drafts are easiest for me because I get to just tell the story. I don’t have to worry if it’s written perfectly. It’s me telling a story.
I’m still working on my process, but right now it takes me five or six months to finish. (See the answer to the first part of this question.)
Uncaged: What would you like to say to fans, and where can they follow you?
I can never thank fans enough for taking a chance on me. Because of them I get to do this amazing thing and I’m eternally grateful.