Local Newspaper Interview
I was recently featured in Newington Life, a local newspaper, discussing BEHIND THE GLASS and my experience as a new author. Exciting! Click on the picture below & check out pages 4 & 5!
Next Novel in the Works
I am currently hard at work on my next novel. I have the story mostly figured out in my mind and I’ve outlined the first eight chapters so I can at least give you the basics of the next novel on the horizon. The story focuses on Charlotte, an outgoing, confident young woman who owns a gift shop and feels like she’s finally got her life figured out. After switching majors a few times in college and graduating with absolutely no clue what she wanted to do in life, she suddenly inherits the shop from her aunt and puts her heart and soul into it. Life is good. She has a great family, friends, a new boyfriend and her best friend, Addie, whom she’s known since second grade. Addie’s older brother, Logan, who is six years her senior, is home for a rare visit from Chicago. Logan has done his best to stay far away from his family over the years, starting his own construction business and steering clear of his millionaire father’s plans for his life and career. A casual reunion for lunch with his sister and her best friend Charley, who he remembers as a barely noticeable tomboy when they were growing up, completely throws Logan for a loop when he reacquaints himself with the now grown up and stunningly beautiful Charlotte. There’s more, but that at least gives you a taste…
The Making of Behind the Glass
When I began writing Behind the Glass, I did it for me. Plain and simple. With those first taps on the keyboard, I set out to write a love story that I wanted to read. I didn’t worry about what anyone else thought, only that I, as a reader, was satisfied with the end result. I had the general story outlined and knew exactly who my characters were, but it wasn’t until each chapter slowly evolved that I really understood what I wanted to say.
Like many people, I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of love at first sight. Is it real? Can it happen in real life? And if it does, do people really live happily ever after? It was definitely the main theme for the story, but as a lover of romance novels, that would have been way too easy. So, what if two people met, fell in love, and were without a doubt, meant to be with each other, but had all the odds constantly stacked against them? If it truly is love at first sight, then in the end, it has to be a love worth fighting for.
I love stories that torture you a little bit and make you really root for the main characters throughout the course of the story. Characters with depth and complexity have always appealed to me as a reader and I wanted to bring that complexity to this story as a writer. Life is not simple, and neither is love. Rebecca and Michael’s story is the culmination of a lot of themes I’ve always been fascinated with as a reader and as this book evolved, it became more about the unbreakable connection between two people and taking chances together, no matter what the odds.
The Release of Behind the Glass
It was years in the making, and it truly felt AWESOME to finally share the news of my debut contemporary romance novel with everyone. This whole process of becoming a published author has been so exciting and I'm so thankful to my friends and family for supporting my book. I’m simply humbled by the wonderful reviews I’m receiving from people who have read Behind the Glass and have told me how much they loved it from start to finish. I’m so appreciative of the many people who have either read my book, told me they plan to read my book, have shared my book with friends and family, or simply have just wished me well and congratulated me over the past couple weeks since I announced its release. I am absolutely astounded at the support everyone is giving me and I truly feel the love!
I’m learning a lot about self-publishing and book promotion every single day and it’s truly fascinating. It sounds crazy, but I’m having so much fun exploring this wonderful world of book bloggers, promoters, readers, and communities who support indie authors like me. I’m also learning so much from fellow authors and I’m making new connections and friendships all the time.
This is the first of many blog posts. I plan on posting on here from time to time about books I’ve read and recommend, my experiences as a new indie author, and probably a few random things as well, so check back soon!