How do you approach character development to make them believable and someone readers can identify with?
I’ve never really thought of believability when creating my characters. I just write them as I see them. I get one idea or feature about them and just build from there.
Who was the harder character to write Melanie or Bennett and why?
Bennett was the harder character to write. As a matter of fact, he’s been the hardest to write so far. He was slow to tell me anything about him (much like he was with Mel). I had to pry it out of him one page at a time.
Was there anything about their (Melanie and Bennett’s) story that surprised you as it unfolded?
Melanie surprised me with how big her character/personality became. She was fairly unassuming in Undeniable and even more so in Undone. It takes a lot for her to do the things that she does after getting shot, to take risks and embrace life to the fullest. And she changes for herself, not because anybody else wants her to. She was much stronger than I gave her credit for at the beginning of Unstoppable. I loved that she proved me wrong.
How do you keep all the facts straight in the Country Roads series?
I have a word document that has a list of all of the characters and certain details that I might need to reference later. Everything else is floating around in my head. It’s a scary place to be.
What do readers have to look forward to from you?
Shep’s book is next. It’s been thirteen years and he’s still thinking about Hannah, the one who got away. When she shows back up in Mirabelle, they are both anxious to pick back up where they left off.
And then fire chief Tripp Black will get his story told. He showed up at the Sleepy Sheep in Undeniable and as soon as I came up with his name I knew he was going to get a book.
And after that, I have a bunch of other stories of the people of Mirabelle rolling around in my head.
About the Author:
When I’m not writing I like to?
Read, watch TV show marathons, go to the movies, read, cook/bake, explore the clothing section of Target, swim laps, go to the beach, and read some more.
Snack of choice when writing?
Wine…does that count as a snack? All right, wine and cheese. Or wine and chocolate works too.
Favorite genre you read for pleasure?
Romance. I love my happily ever afters.
If you could be a fictional character which one would you be and why?
Wow, that’s a tough question. I’m going to have to go with Lady Alexia (Tarabotti) Maccon from Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series. She’s badass (and can defeat almost anything supernatural with her souped-up Parasol) and married to a sexy, scruffy werewolf. Let me just say, Lord Maccon is a Scottish wonder. Claws or not, I wouldn’t mind waking up next to him.
Favorite romance book.
Seriously? Just one? Okay…ummmm, this is seriously difficult…I love all of Julie James’s books, but as Something About You was the first that I read by her, I’m going to have to go with that one. Jack Pallas is just so…yeah, there are no words to accurately describe his sexy sexiness. He’s another scruffy man that makes my little heart go pitter-patter. I also loved the heroine Cameron Lynde. The banter between her and Jack is spot on.
Favorite television show.
Friends. Pretty sure that the ten seasons of that show shape a lot of my every day dialogue.