Broken Promises Blog Tour
1. How do you come up with your characters?
Most times I come up with the book’s storyline from a dream or something that sparked my imagination. Once I have a general idea of what’s happening I start thinking about who it involves. I pay attention to how I’m feeling—looking for the traits that connect me to the character. I do the same when I’m trying to find out their names. I look through lists of my favorite names and see which one sticks. This may seem strange but then I ask the character, “Is this you?”
2. How long does it take to think up the characters?
It doesn’t take me too long, it’s probably one of the quickest parts of the process. Once I have the storyline, characters present themselves and it’s like a snowball rolling down a hill—it picks up pace until they’re like real people inside my head. It’s one of my favorite parts of writing!
3. What inspired the series?
Broke Promises came from a dream I had! I woke up in the morning with three distinct images—blue eyes, violence, and blood. I couldn’t shake it so after sharing it with my BFF, she suggested I write it down. The ideas turned into an outline and by the end of the day I’d developed a three story synopsis. It was exciting because Broken Promises was my first attempt at seriously writing.
4. Are your characters based on real life people?
Hmmm, well for anyone who knows me when they read how clumsy Bri is knows that’s me! I couldn’t resist putting small elements of myself into her character … I’ve actually done that with all the heroines I write. Lacey and James are real people—my BFF and her hubby, but other than that, I imagined the snarky sexiness of Ian Somerhalder/Damon Salvatore when writing converted Quinn.
5. What was your favorite chapter to write and why?
I don’t know if I have just one favorite chapter BUT there are two that stand out. The first is the memory Bri had when she first met Quinn. I’m an avid romance reader so I could imagine the fun banter between them as he read from her book and blushed. I loved seeing that side of Quinn and I’m not going to lie … he made my stomach dip with how flirty he was.
The second chapter was toward the end of the book where Bri is alone with Quinn in the alleyway … making out! He is just so sexy and even though he’s converted, I could understand the appeal. Of course, it includes Liam interrupting them and I LOVE the dynamics between the two guys. It was definitely a fun scene to write!
6. What do you do when you are not writing?
I love spending time with my family and friends. I love reading … LOVE, LOVE, LOVE reading and watching some of my favorite shows. I enjoy going for drives and talking—the longer the road trip the better! I also LOVE going to watch my local high school varsity football team play every Friday night. It’s amazing therapy once a week to jump up and down and cheer until I lose my voice. #GoLOBOS
7. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
It’s funny. When I was first encouraged to write, I was adamant I’d never published. The idea of someone reading it terrified me. Then I met my BFF and she suggested it as well. At that point I’d written some fan fiction and when I had a story idea from a dream … one thing led to another. That was about two years ago and that first book was Broken Promises. Another dream interrupted me finishing it (those sexy Mystic Wolves demanded my attention) but it feels so amazing to finally have Broken Promises released. I’m so proud of it!
8. Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I do a little of both. I like having a general idea about the story and what direction I’m heading but also love the flexibility to let the characters dictate. The deeper I get into writing, the chattier they are and I love some of the twists that surface. I learned real fast to listen to them—they’ve never steered me wrong.
9. What do you think makes a good story?
For me as a reader and writer, aside from the obvious great characters and well developed storyline, I think emotion is important. The ability to connect with what’s happening and invest into the lives of the characters takes the words off the page and whisks you away. And without a doubt … swoon. I love romance—the anticipation, the passion, those toe curling moments!
10. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Don’t be afraid to make connections with readers. The experience doesn’t just stop when they purchase the book … it’s so much more. Some of my best memories this past year has been chatting with people—whether on Facebook, emailing, messaging, or at conventions. Readers don’t just want to know about the book, they want to know about YOU, the author. Be yourself and have fun. It’s worth it!