Many of my characters have some of my personality traits, but only one was based mostly on me and that was Stella in Shadowing Stella.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I moved to the mountains and started a hobby farm. We filled it with goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, and ducks. Now I’m the crazy goat lady who drinks from a coffee mug that says “I’m two goats past normal.” With fifteen goats, I may be more than a few goats past normal at this point.
I love goat cheese. I haven’t tried goat milk, but my daughters had to use it when they were children, and we had to find a goat farm. Luckily, there was one close to where we lived. When did you first discover that you were a writer?
In first grade. My teacher suggested that I was a budding writer and for years after I left her classroom, she reminded me to keep writing. Good teachers are invaluable.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I read a wide array of books, the King James Bible is my first priority, and I read that each night at bedtime. I also read non-fiction biblical commentaries and writing trade books as well. My favorite pleasure reading books are romantic suspense and thrillers, but I also enjoy romance and an occasional cozy mystery. I used to read fantasy, but I haven’t picked one up in years.
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I don’t. Just kidding. It isn’t easy to stay sane, but, somehow, I manage. Recently, I started keeping a to-do list on the computer in simple project management software (todoist.com). It helps me organize all my tasks in a way that makes sense so I don’t get overwhelmed or side-tracked.
I’m going to try that one. How do you choose your characters’ names?
It depends on the book. Most of the time the main character names come to me without much thought. Currently, I’m writing a book where some of the characters are from
Columbia, so I
searched popular names in
in the year they would’ve been born. I do the same sort of research for
historical fiction. When writing contemporary books, I simply pick names I like
or that I find interesting. Columbia
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Raising my son, Ian. He’s twenty-five, and is currently active duty in the US Army stationed in
The writing accomplishment I was most proud of was releasing my first book, but since then my writing (and marketing) has improved, so each book I write enjoys greater success than the previous one. I hope that trend continues.
Yea!! I live in
. If you were an
animal, which one would you be, and why? Texas
A goat. I could still live here on our goat farm. Goats are so adorable and they love to play. This time of year, when the nights grow cool they run around and jump on the dog house and rabbit house. They have a great deal of fun.
What is your favorite food?
Ice cream. Mint chocolate chip.
What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
My greatest roadblock was taking too much time in between novels. I overcame it by scheduling preorders to keep me on a strict writing schedule. Without deadlines, I’m useless, but as long as I know I have to finish a book by a certain date, it gets done.
My featured book is The Billionaire’s Reluctant Bride. I was asked to write for the Blushing Brides series, and thought it might be fun to write a true billionaire story, so I wrote Zach and
Addison’s story. The two were
childhood friends who made a marriage pact as teenagers and decide to follow
through with it. So far, it’s been my most successful book and one I truly
Please give us the first page of the book.
10 August 2018
Sure. Why not? Set the date. Order the flowers. I’ll be there.
He always had a great sense of humor. It surprised her he remembered the teenage pact they’d made to bring it up all these years later. Picturing her friend’s laughing blue eyes teasing her, she grinned. It would be fun to have him back in her life again, but now that Fractal Enterprises had gone public, and he was a successful giant on the social media scene, it was unlikely he’d be able to make time to hang out with an old friend.
His response came quickly.
Why don’t we set the date for our birthday? It would be fitting, don’t you agree? I’ll pick you up first thing in the morning. August 23rd to fly you to location.
If he wanted to keep the joke going, she would play along.
Our birthday. Why didn’t I think of that? I’ll see you then.
I’m going to love this book. I can tell. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Readers can find me on my website and on social media.
Thank you, Elle, for sharing this book with my blog readers and me. I can hardly wait to read it.
Readers, here are links to the book.The Billionaire's Reluctant Bride (Blushing Brides) - Paperback
The Billionaire's Reluctant Bride (The Blushing Brides Series Book 3) - Kindle
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