About the book and the series
Who was more difficult to write, Mike, Daniel, or Kate, and why?
I think Kate was probably the most difficult character to write. Writing a main character who is as conflicted as Kate is and still keeping a realness to her was hard. I wanted the readers to feel her emotions. I hope that I was able to succeed.
Was there anything about their story that surprised you as it unfolded?
There were definitely a few things but most of them would spoil the plotline. I will say that going in I really didn’t realize that these books were going to focus so much on friendship. But I’m so glad they do because I think that the friendship aspects might be my favorite part of the books. You really see how important it is in Catching Kate.
This series has been full of emotions, turmoil, and angst. How do you balance the sorrow with the happy?
I pulled from my personal memories. Life is messy and learning to balance the good with the bad takes time. I should clarify that all these things didn’t happen to me but similar feelings of love and loss happen to everyone. I just pulled from the deepest part of myself to find it that balance.
Is there a message in this series you want readers to grasp?
I think one constant thing you will see in these books is a message of forgiveness and strength. This group of friends never tears each other down, instead lifting each other up and not holding mistakes against each other. They know how to forgive and that’s something we all need more of in our lives. Forgiveness.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
That is such a hard question but the answer is no. I fell in love with this last book and I know that some people won’t enjoy it. We hope for the best when we conclude a story and there were a lot of different ways this book could have gone. But at the end of the day a majority of readers are looking for an HEA and I tried to make this book something that would resonate with them.
What do readers have to look forward to from you next?
A few things…Chasing Cassidy will be a summer release and it’s a different twist on being left at the altar one I hope the readers will enjoy. Just an Illusion which is part of The Illusion Series will be out this fall and I warn you now you will ugly cry. It’s a series about a world famous band and each book with either focus on a member or someone related to the story. There will be a Christmas novella to wrap up The Acceptance Series that focuses on Jake and April. I’m working on something now but it’s in the early stages so I don’t have much to say about it just yet. Lastly, next year you’ll see a spin off series about a few characters from The Acceptance Series so you might see some of your faves make some cameo appearances.
What inspired you to write your first book?
It’s really more of a who and that who is my husband. I’ve always been a writer just nothing serious. Letters, journals, reports, you name it. I debated a long time about writing a book and he constantly encouraged me until I finally did it.
What is your favorite book and why?
Another hard one! I don’t think I could ever pick my favorite book but I will share the one that has stayed with me the longest. Autumn Street by Lois Lowry is a phenomenal story. It is a tragically sad story filled with empathy, love, loss, and friendship. I read it when I was eight or nine and pick it up every so often and read it again. It was my first ugly cry book.
What is your favorite quote?
I love quotes and have quite a few favorites but this one, which as far as I know is an unknown author, is one that has always resonated with me. “Just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to, doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have to give.”
When I’m not writing I like to?
Spend time with my family and friends. Oh and of course get some reading in. My TBR is way too long.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
To stop caring what other people think or what they want for me and do what makes me happy. I’d also remind myself often that you have to love your family but you don’t have to like them. Family is what you make of it and close friends are often times all the family you could ever need.
Favorite snack and/or beverage while writing?
Starbucks lattes and chocolate covered caramels or a plate of fresh fruit.
Favorite romance book?
This is so hard! I’d have to say all-time favorite is The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.