Describe yourself in five words or less.
My daughter just wrote an essay about me for school and used the words “kind-hearted, friendly, charming, calm and cheerful” to describe me. I’d say that’s pretty accurate (and super sweet of her).
Can you tell us a little about your book?
I would love to! TALKING DIRTY is a fabulous friends-to-lovers story about two people who’ve been driving each other crazy for forever. Apple is a big-hearted, shy librarian who dreams of being a published author. There’s only one thing standing in the way of her making that dream come true: Jake Stone. Fortune, Colorado’s bad boy pub owner who’s holding hostage the key information she needs to finish her book. To get him talking, she agrees to one seriously revealing arrangement.
It’s a story full of fun, heart, steamy sexy times—and big love. You don’t want to miss it, trust me.
What 5 things should readers know about you?
1. I will fight you—and fight dirty—for chocolate. MINE. Enough said.
2. I love baking. It’s my happy place. If I’m stressed, sad, restless, anxious, or having a bad day, baking up a batch of cookies or bread makes me feel enormously better. It’s hard to stay glum while munching your way through a freshly made batch of blueberry muffins.
3. The hardest thing about being an author for me is that I’m an incredibly shy person—a true introvert. Getting out there on social media and mixing it up takes a lot of energy. As such, my kids are more popular and social than I am. Heh. ☺ Have patience with me, all.
4. Every weekend when my husband takes the minivan to the store to buy groceries, I pack the garbage and drive the SUV to the dump. How’s that for empowering gender role reversals? ☺
5. I can ride a horse, speak Spanish, dance the waltz, sing Latin requiems, paint like Matisse, build a wooden fence, rope a cow, run a backhoe tractor like a pro, and hold conferences with Rwandan officials without breaking a sweat. But I can’t—and I mean I can’t—whistle. That skill is way beyond me.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Ha! Boy, do I. You ready? Here it is: Not everyone is going to get your work, or like it. That’s okay. It really is! Diversity of thought is a good thing. Don’t ever internalize criticism you receive as some measure of your self-worth or ability. It isn’t. It just isn’t. You created something. From nothing, and your own imagination. That’s freaking amazing! So write the stories you want in your way, with characters who you can appreciate, and let the rest be. Trust me, it’s easier this way--and you’ll keep your sanity. ;-)
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you so much for reading my stories! Because of you all, I get to do what I love—and that’s create stories filled with characters I truly adore. It’s a wonderful thing to know you adore them too.