1. How long have you been writing?
I began a middle grade Christmas fantasy thirteen years ago, which took me ten years to write. In the beginning, I dabbled around with drafting the story while researching how to write a children’s book. Once I began to query that story to agents, I jumped genres (yikes, I know) and plotted a young adult thriller. Now I’m querying both to agents.
2. What made you want to write Romance?
To stop my obsessive email refreshing to see if an agent responded to the MG and YA, I started watching Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series on Netflix. And aye, aye (yes, yes), I immediately fell in love with the scarred hero, Jamie Fraser. Thank you very much, Ms. Gabaldon and Sam Heughan, who is a pure dead brilliant (exceptionally good) actor.
Jamie’s sweet love for Claire made me fair plucked (short of breath), and I imagined a romantic series where the hero wore swimming trunks, instead of kilts, and gallivanted on a tropical beach instead of the cold, damp bogs of Scotland. (Yes, another genre flip, but romance is so fun and yummy.)
3. Can you tell us more about your upcoming release?
Tropical Kiss is a romantic comedy series based on the fictional P.S. Resort, located on Postscript Island, where everyone scores a second chance.
The heroine is Liz Grady, a jilted bride who takes her broken heart to Postscript Island for a “Fling with no Bling” (one-night stand with no attachments). The hero, billionaire Heaton Redding, who also suffers heartbreak from a cheating girlfriend, dons a disguise to escape the press and flies to little-known P.S. Resort with a vow to remain celibate.
Except, Postscript Island has its own agenda for these two broken characters.
Tropical Kiss will release in the fall of 2021.
4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
I plan to self-publish three books in the Postscript Island series (Yeah, I’m tired of refreshing my email for agent replies). Then the billionaire Redding family has four dynamic characters for another series spin off.
5. What advice would you give to other authors?
Read books on story structure, and then read some more. If I had known about the necessary plot points a story requires, my middle grade book would not have taken ten years to write. Plot points, along with character arcs (another writer’s tool) are the backbone of a story. I can’t underscore this enough.