1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself? Sure, Jamallah. I juggle the roles of being a wife to a husband who works long hours, a mother to a six year old daughter who keeps me running between school functions and softball practices and games, and being a full-time writer. Now that the kiddo is in school I have a lot more time to write. Before this year the only free time I had was after the family went to bed. Besides the fall season, which I love because of the cooler temperatures and all the colors, and…let’s not forget the mulled cider candles you can find, this is my favorite time of year. My family and I LOVE baseball season. My daughter started playing baseball when she was three. Last year we moved her to softball, so I guess I have to say we love both baseball and softball. J We cheer on the New York Yankees. I’m literally in love with Derek Jeter. It drives my husband crazy.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I guess I kind of answered this questioned already. I’m at the softball field a lot. We record every NY Yankees’ game, and stay up way too late to watch them every night. And of course, I love to settle in with a good book.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story? It’s terrible I know, but I don’t have a set schedule. I get easily distracted. It’s so not a good thing to have when you’re working from home. This is somewhat of a schedule, I guess. After I take my daughter to school I come home and drink my first cup of coffee while reading emails, and posting about any blogs I might be on that day, or if someone is on my blog. I find some good music, and try to get to writing. Around noon I take a nap because I stay up so late and can barely stay awake at that point. I pick the kiddo up from school at three, and spend the rest of the evening with her. When my husband get home later that night I catch up with him, and then after they both are in bed, that is when I get the most done. I write so much better at night. Crazy, huh?
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Baseball is always somehow in my books, at least the ones I’ve written so far, because of my passion for the sport. Oh, and because there’s nothing hotter than a baseball player. J The heroine from Loving Patience came to me out of the blue. She is a force to be reckoned with. I just love her spunk. Tex’s (hero) situation came to light after seeing from my family the toll it can on grown kids when their parents are at the point of not being able to take care of themselves any longer, and they have to step in. Some scenes in this book were very hard to write.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
I love Forgiving Patience because out of all my heroine’s, I can relate to Anna. Plus, it was the first book I sat down to write. But I have to say the easiest book for me to write was Loving Patience. It holds a special place in my heart. It was a bittersweet night when I finally typed THE END on that one.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
Okay, I don’t know if this is funny or not, but it’s a bad habit my family is constantly nagging me about. When I’m writing I have to be chewing on something. I can’t help it. Most of the time I don’t even know I have something in my mouth. I go through pens like crazy. I break them before I ever run out of ink.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination? I think a little bit of my life experiences help inspire parts of every one of my books.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
No, she doesn’t have a name. If you can think of one for someone who is most of the time stubborn and enjoys making me suffer, let me know.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing? I love writing contemporary romances, but maybe I would like to try dabbling in paranormal.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
Gosh. *turns around in chair to see who is on the bookshelf* I love Toni Blake, Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Lauren Dane, and Mya Banks. That’s just some of the very few I enjoy reading.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why? That’s just impossible to say. No…really it is!
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer? For me it’s finding the balance between marketing, blogging, and then actually getting any writing done.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Do NOT compare yourself to other writers. And another thing would be not to get so caught up in thinking you have to write a certain amount of words in one day, or release a set number of books in one year.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I have no earthly idea. Before I sat down to write my first novel, I was a stay-at-home mom.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
This is probably not your typical romantic getaway, but going to a Yankees game with my husband. We’re actually trying to plan something for this summer.
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
Blurb for Loving Patience:
Liza Dyer has spent her career counseling and guiding her patients towards a more fulfilling life, so it’s a shock when she can’t stop her own life from falling apart. After a cheating ex she decides to escape to
Patience, Tennessee. Instead of confiding in her long-time friend, she finds herself revealing her painful secrets to sexy, ladies’ man Tex Avery.
Tex is a confirmed bachelor every woman in Patience is trying to catch. He is the last thing Liza needs, but once again she can’t help herself—especially when he shows up at her hotel door looking depleted and leaving her breathless. It’s in her nature to want to help with the emotional pain Tex is going through, but her counseling is not welcomed. Liza is determined to not give up on him…but will their connection be enough to convince her to once again put her heart on the line.
Excerpt for Loving Patience, book 2 in the Patience Series:
It was over way too quickly. Tex took a step back while she gulped oxygen and tried not to fumble her next words. While his kissing was pretty hot, much like the rest of him, she couldn’t let him off too easy. She had a reputation to uphold and no man—hunk or otherwise—got by with planting one on her without permission.
“What was that?” Okay, maybe that came out a little breathy and not all tough like she wanted.
“Don’t tell me a woman like you has to ask that question.”
“Don’t be smart. I mean, why did you do it? Why did you kiss me?”
Yay—relieved that she actually sounded fairly composed and not someone who would be considered drunk by any law enforcement.
“Besides you being the best damn thing I’ve seen in Patience in a long time, I did it because you looked like you needed me up close and personal to know I’m not drunk. So while I would love to stand out here and argue with you, I have someplace I need to be.”
It was none of her business where he was headed this late at night. Even though he'd just invaded her mouth, he didn’t owe her an explanation of who he was going to see or why he was going to see them. “Well, since I didn’t bite your tongue when I had good reason to, you can tell me a little bit more about yourself.”
He crossed his arms and didn’t try to hide that he found her more amusing than annoying, which was the complete opposite expression she got from most people she met. She was a very capable woman, and while most men found her attractive, they didn’t find her cute and amusing by any means. Most men expected her to look pretty and say all the right things, but where was the fun in that? She did things her way and maybe that was why she was still single.
“Okay, Liza, here’s the rundown. I run my own business, I drive a Ford because…well my first truck was a Ford, and once you start with a Ford you can never go back. It just goes against everything southern. I love my mama and I’m single, so don’t go thinking you’re going to have some crazy wife or girlfriend stalking you because we kissed or because I gave you a ride to the hotel.”
“Why is it I think you just described every other man in Patience? What’s your last name?”
“My last name is Avery, why?”
“Because that is something personal, not so generic, and I have a feeling you are the only Tex Avery in town.”
“So does that mean you trust me?”
“That means you can drive me to the hotel. Don’t confuse that with trust. I just think you can probably get me there a lot safer than I can. Men are very untrustworthy.”
“History, that’s who. Brad cheated on Jen, Bill did it to Hillary, and Leroy Anderson kissed my ex-best friend when I was in sixth grade.”
“I’m surprised a boy named Leroy could get even one girl, let alone two,” he laughed. He pulled his keys out of his front jean pocket and twirled them around his finger.
Tex guided her to none other than a soft gray, 4-door Ford truck. “I thought when I heard my granddaddy talk like it was a sin because another man drove a different make of vehicle it was just that…talk. But you are serious?”
“Absolutely. People around here take that kind of offense seriously. Believe me, you don’t ever want caught even thinking of switching sides,” he commented, opening her door and waiting for her to climb in.
Because she wasn’t completely drunk, she climbed inside with minimal help from Tex. He touched the small of her back to make sure she didn’t slip, and a hum shot all the way to her core. She didn’t even want to think of the ways her body would respond if he touched bare skin. After he closed her inside, she took a steady breath. The more air she inhaled, the more her body reacted to him and the scent his cologne left lingering inside the truck.
He slid in behind the steering wheel and brought his truck to life. It was loud and big—and very sexy. It was a real man’s vehicle, not like the compact car Greg poked around in.
“So why are you here...in Patience, I mean?”
“To be honest…a cheating asshole and a best friend.”
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