Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am former park ranger, current anthropology professor, and budding romance writer. I currently have two books that are self-published and a third that will be published in May 2016. All three are part of a romantic comedy series called “Love on Tour.” They follow three main characters and their friends and family. The main characters are Sean and Hank, best friends with a very intense bromance, and Dani (nicknamed Baby) a park ranger they met in a diner one night in the middle of absolutely nowhere Nevada. Each book is capable of being read as a stand-alone, but may lead to the deep desire to pick up the others!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is book 2 of the “Love on Tour” series. It is entitled “Play Me.” After writing the first book in the series, “Love on the Rocks,” I was inspired to give Hank a love story, too. Hank came to me and I wrote the book entirely from his perspective. Hank is a recovering alcoholic and his struggles with that are dealt with in the book. They come from real places. His heroine is a strong woman, not a pushover, who has decided to take her sex life in her own hands. I like that about her, but she’s also sheltered and stumbles a bit as she goes.
I also needed to have more Sean (Hank’s best friend and the hero in the first book) in my life, and so writing the second novel gave me that chance!
I am huge lover of music and it features prominently in these books. In fact, if you are really up on your musical knowledge you will notice that all the books from this series have titles that are actually the same as song titles from one musician.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to sit on my couch in the dimmest light possible to write. I have no idea why.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I am big fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips for romantic comedy. I love her stories. They are funny, sweet, and always make me cry – both actual tears and from laughing so hard. More traditionally, I love Shakespeare and Jane Austin. I can’t resist beautiful language.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on the third book in the “Love on Tour” series. It is called “You got to Me.” The heroine is Baby’s sister. She’s feisty and fun.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am still a new author so I’m trying a bunch of different things. I haven’t decided what works best yet.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Selling books can be stressful. Write to relax.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
It’s in one of my books. It was so good, I couldn’t help but share it. It was this:
I asked: What if I get my heart broken?
He said: It sure beats not getting your heart broken.
My friend was telling me that the risk was worth the reward. He was right, fifteen years later I am still with the man we were discussing that night.
What are you reading now?
Wait. I’ll check my kindle – I am reading a book called “Saved” by Lorhainne Eckhart.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I will finish this series. Then I plan to get back to a book I wrote a few years ago. It needs to be re-written and edited. It is not funny, but sweet and poignant.
What is your favorite book of all time?
That’s easy – “To Kill a Mocking Bird.” I think that Atticus Finch is one of the best characters ever written.