What originally inspired you to get into writing?
When my boys were born we discovered they had some unique learning needs, so I had to stay home to tutor and take care of them. Unfortunately, I needed more mental stimulation. I struggled with the housewife choice after working in corporate America. One day, my husband handed me a laptop and told me to, “write the damn book.” J I’d been talking about it for years, but too scared to try due to my own learning disability.
Where did the idea for In All My Years come from?
The series Riverbend evolved from my USA Today bestselling series, Sweetwater County. I wanted to write something that offered readers a chance to see their favorite characters in cameo roles, so I came up with a town less than an hour away from Creekside.
In All My years are secondary characters from book II, Kate and Colum. They’ve been separated by a decade of lies, and now they have a second chance at love.
Was there any particular character that you liked or felt able to relate to?
I find that I relate to all my characters in some way. Anna for her ambition. Liam for his integrity. Colum for his devotion and loyalty. Kate for her survivor mentality. I think that’s what speaks to readers. They enjoy each of the characters for their unique, but realistic strengths and flaws.
Was there any particular character that you disliked?
No. Well, of course the villain is always someone I love to hate. Don’t we all. 😉
Were there any scenes in particular that were particularly challenging or easy to write?
Yes. For some reason this series took on a more romantic suspense quality. It’s still sweet contemporary romance, but with a little edge. I found some of the suspense scenes challenging since they require just the right amount of clues without giving away the ending.
Have any of your characters been inspired by real people?
I’m writing a character now that is based somewhat on a real person. Helen Simpson won a walk on character role in one of my books. Of course, only small traits are used. The story is complete fiction.
Are there any particular authors or books that have inspired you?
Yes, I’m an avid reader. From Edgar Allen Poe to Francine Rivers. From Suzanne Collins to Sylvia Day. There are too many to name!
Do you have any advice/pearls of wisdom for budding writers?
Be willing to work harder than you’ve ever worked in your life. Do not listen to negativity, concentrate on craft and writing the best story you can.