Welcome to City and Book! I’m so excited to have you join the blog for this week’s Writer Spotlight Wednesday.
For anyone not familiar with your awesome work (yes, bloggers fan girl too!), you’ve written in the contemporary romance genre thus far with some YA friendly as well new adults themes.
As an author, what draws you to that genre?
It all started way back in college when I had an idea. I grew up in South Jersey and headed to the shore every summer and even attended college down there. The boardwalk is full of young workers coming over from different countries as well to gain experience and have plain old fun. I put that idea on the back burner for a long time. After reading Twilight, yes I know, I thought why not? Between the years of 2010 and 2012 I’m certain I read every book in the YA genre. I adored it, but also felt like I needed my characters to have a little more freedom. That’s where the NA came in place. I found other authors whose writing I adored and devoured in that genre as well, so I started with Twist of Fate taking place in a college setting. From there I just keep evolving. Whatever the story or the characters that speak to me, I go with that and write. I don’t really pay attention to which genre at that point, at least not until I’m half way through.
Your next release, Caroline, is coming out on March 7th. Caroline is the third book in your Hadley’s series which also features Caroline’s brothers Colton and Cade.
What inspired you for the Hadleys? Did you always plan for all the siblings to have a book?
Sometimes nothing inspires me for a story, I just have one thought and go with it. It could be a song that I heard that inspires me, a dream, a story I read about. Colton was supposed to be a one book deal for me, but while writing I decided I liked his siblings too much not to give them one. Colton came to me from just an idea of a lot of what ifs? He is a rich, sexy playboy rancher who escapes his family claws when he can, and falls for the damsel in distress. I’m a sucker for HEA’s and the playboy finding his match.
You write a lot of really powerful lead couples with strong alpha male types and the woman who balance them. I know it’s totally unfair to ask authors this but…
Do you have a favorite couple from your books that really stand out to you?
Gosh, I love them all, but if I had to pick, I adored Maggie and Luke from STAY. That book was extremely personal to me, and it was a story about true love withstanding many, many obstacles even after a good amount of time had gone by. There’s just something about two people who give up the notion of their soul mate only to have a second chance when you never thought it was possible.
Do you have any information you’d like to share about your upcoming projects?
I’m working on a secret project right now, so can’t mention that yet. The other one I have is still too early in the works to really give too much away. It will take place on a beach. I have not decided which genre yet, however, I am thinking of going back to YA with this one.
I for sure can’t wait to see what you what’s in store for readers next. Before you go, would you mind joining a bit of non writing related fun with the fast five questions?
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
What’s your favorite holiday?
If you could pick any song to be your personal theme song, what would it be?
Jersey Girl-Bruce Springsteen
You can meet any celebrity for a cup of coffee, who would you pick?
Hands down—Betty White
In case you don’t know about my extensive fangirling for Kelly’s work, you can check out my review of Embracing Everly (my #6 best book of 2015) here!
I’m a huge fan of the Hadleys as well as Kelly’s Southern Comfort series and right now the first book in Southern Comfort is free on Amazon. You can pick it up here and get to know the first couple in this awesome series.
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