What can you tell us about your new release, Stranded at Poppyridge Cove?
Stranded at Poppyridge Cove is book 3 in my Seaside Inn Mysteries, taking place at an incredible remodeled Inn along the Northern California coast. With shoreline on one side and redwood forests on the other, the setting is one of my absolute favorites! In this book, we follow Taylor and Jessie as they both try to find some peace and quiet at the Inn. But Jessie, a renowned surgeon, has some secrets to uncover, and Taylor, a stressed out corporate lawyer, just wants to find a way to relax. When they come together the goofy, creepy, and intense moments start rolling! It’s a lot of fun.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
In 2009 I started writing, but never with the idea that someone like me could actually publish. I’d always written stories and loved reading, but I wasn’t a scholar or a celebrity and in my mind, that’s what you needed to be. I was just me. But I couldn’t put it off anymore. So, I would sit and type out a story as fast as possible and when I was finished… I’d push delete! LOL. When I reached a story I couldn’t delete, I kept going and finished three books that are now the “Pulled Under” series, my most action packed romance.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
I’ve loved so many different books! I have to mention Harry Potter first, because that world is genius and one of the best places for adventures and fun. My birthday is in July, and the last two books were released very close to my birthday. It was so much fun curling up and reading about Harry, Ron, and Hermione. My old friends. Aside from Harry Potter, I’ve LOVED Edenbrook by Julianne Donaldson. I’d never read strictly romance, craving more of an adventurous plot than drama. But this book is the best romance ever written, you can’t convince me otherwise. It is pure gold! I’m rambling… other books I’ve loved are The Selection series by Kiera Cass and of course the Twilight Saga. I was completely enraptured by that story, setting everything else in my life aside to read it. It’s the only series I’ve ever gotten to the end of only to immediately grab the first book and start again. Yeah. It’s that good.
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
My first guest? Oh boy, this is hard. I’d have to say Shannon Hale, and I can’t believe I didn’t mention her in the last question! Her book The Goose Girl is so perfect and satisfying, and her prose is incredible! Of all the books I’ve read, her prose is the only kind that made me stop and just sit, thinking about the way she’d uniquely and beautifully strung the words together. She has such exceptional talent, I’d love to chat with her.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
My favorite thing about writing is that I get to choose what the characters do! There are the rare occasions when reading that I find myself disappointed in which direction the story went, and I imagine what I would have like to see instead. Writing my own book means no more disappointment! I get to choose the direction. Of course, sometimes I have no idea where my characters are going, but they eventually figure it out.
What is a typical day like for you?
Covid-19 has completely changed what a typical day looks like for me. Sigh. Last school year was the first time all my kids were going to be in school full time. So I was set to dedicate myself to a regular writing and publishing schedule. Fast forward and… a lot of my goals changed. My children will always be my number one priority, as I feel it’s a sacred duty and honor for me to teach and raise them. They are my gems. But I am still finding a little time each day to set aside for my career. My kids are very supportive and understand when I need a little time to myself, so it’s working out… just not quite like I’d expected. But that’s life for you.
What scene from Stranded at Poppyridge Cove was your favorite to write?
My favorite scene to write in Stranded at Poppyridge Cove was definitely the end. I love a happy ending that has you sighing with contentment. Ahhh, so good.
Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?
I’ve learned that I’m on a journey, and every step I take is important and can teach me lessons. Even the mistakes. I appreciate them and move ahead with more experience than before. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity!