For my last blog tour stop, I was interviewed by the USA Today Happy Ever After blog about my writing, the books I want to read next, and my hair in the ’80s. Caution: Extreme feathering ahead.
Please tell us a bit about your new release.
Broken Resolutions, my debut novella, is a contemporary romance set on New Year’s Eve at a small, rural branch library. It’s bawdy and comedic, rather than angsty, and it contains the sort of nerdiness one might anticipate from a former teacher and librarian like myself.
My librarian heroine, Penny Callahan, is reluctantly hosting a singles’ event at her workplace, despite her New Year’s resolution to avoid men until she stops picking liars. Unfortunately for that resolution, she soon meets Jack Williamson, a really hot, really secretive accountant—who’s really a reclusive bestselling author in disguise. Sparks fly when a snowstorm traps them in the stacks for the night. But when Penny finds out he’s lying to her, she might end up DNFing this particular romance.
I think Broken Resolutions is a whole lot of fun, and I hope readers agree!
What distracts you the most when you’re trying to write?
Oh, God. If the words aren’t coming easily, anything can distract me. Dust motes. Air circulation. The rotation of the Earth. Even on good writing days, though, I have trouble closing my browser windows and getting to work. But I have to do it, or else I won’t be able to resist reading every new addition to my Twitter timeline. Each time, I remain convinced that this will be the 140-character bon mot that could change my life. I must read it! I must!
Is there another romance author whom you admire so much that you could easily become a stalker?
I do my best to contain my Victoria Dahl fangirling, but it’s incredibly difficult when she’s hilarious and smart and amazing and I just love her sooooo much—
Okay, let me start over. Please forgive that outburst. ::clears throat:: Dahl writes funny, sexy, challenging romances with funny, sexy, challenging heroines, so she’s kind of a hero to me. In addition, the woman kills it on Twitter. And if you haven’t seen her nickname for her latest hero, Gabe, um…you might want to do that. After disabling your browser’s SafeSearch feature.
What are three romance novels on your to-be-read list?
I have a confession to make: I’m a romance ho. I literally have over four hundred unread books waiting on my Kindle, but when I see an interesting book go on sale, I can’t resist getting it anyway. So choosing three is kind of difficult, but here goes:
1) Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole, the first book in her postapocalyptic Off the Grid series. I’ve read and loved one of Cole’s historical romances, I enjoy her Twitter presence, and I’ve heard great things about this book.
2) She’s Got It Bad by Sarah Mayberry. Not long ago, I read my first Mayberry, and I was floored. My Best Worst Mistake—and the heroine, Violet, in particular—broke my heart and patched it back together in the best possible way. So now I want to read ALL THE MAYBERRY.
3) Glutton for Pleasure by Alisha Rai, the first book in her Pleasure series. I’m a fan of erotic romance, and this ménage story has been calling me from my Kindle for a couple of months now. And the cover is gorgeous.
What’s coming next?
I can’t wait until the second book in the Lovestruck Librarians series comes out next month! My Reckless Valentine is a full-length novel starring Angie Burrowes, Penny’s outspoken, erotica-reading supervisor and BFF. Angie spends the night with a handsome stranger, only to discover the next morning that he’s her new boss, tasked with keeping her in line at work. Now she needs to tamp down her desire for her supervisor at the same time she conceals a risqué Valentine’s Day contest—or else she risks both her job and a broken heart.
Angie may very well be my favorite heroine I’ve ever written. She has a big heart and a big personality, as well as a talent for concealing her vulnerability beneath a cheerful façade. And she has only a thin filter between her mouth and her brain, so writing dialogue for her is a hoot. I think readers will love her just as much as I do.
I don’t suppose you’d want to share a picture of you with your ’80s or ’90s hair or perhaps a prom picture?
I didn’t actually attend prom, because I’m a nerdy introvert who didn’t even french kiss my first unsuspecting man until I was twenty-one. But never fear. I still have embarrassing photos aplenty because of my teenage hair choices. For the longest time, I boasted bangs as feathered as a majestic eagle. See for yourself!