Either way, she has been nothing more than a gem of a friend and I love her to death and I am so happy that she has been able to come and do a interview with me about her book "No More Wasted Time".
1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
For the last twenty years I’ve been a Domestic Engineer raising four kids and building custom homes with my husband. In January 2012 I published my debut novel No More Wasted Time. I love coffee and I’m addicted to my spin bike!
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
It doesn’t matter if I’m in a tent or a 5 Star Resort, I love to travel! I enjoy hiking, skiing and just about anything that has to do with the ocean.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
If I stuck to a perfect routine it would be as follows; Enjoy a cup of coffee with my hubby, ride my spin bike, drop my youngest off at school, social media and marketing for an hour, four hours of uninterrupted writing, back to the school, make dinner and enjoy my family. But at this point that sounds more like a fairytale!
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
I was inspired to write No More Wasted Time after having a nightmare that my husband had died and I was on a boat in Bora Bora scattering his ashes in the lagoon. Prior to publishing, I realized the epilog set the stage for an entire series, so I removed it. Voila! The Mathews/Clammins Family became a series! Many of my ideas come from places I want to travel or have traveled to. I love diving into a travel magazine that whisks me off to an exotic destination.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
I have the tendency to get attached to my books and my family jokingly refers to them as my other children. Picking a favorite is difficult, but the further I dive into the series the deeper I fall in love with the characters. However Shayla’s Story and The Perfect Someday, books two and four in the series deal with issues that are near and dear to my heart.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I’m terrified of heights! But what most people don’t know is that I had never written anything prior to No More Wasted Time. The last story I’d written was probably about thirty-five years ago. If I remember correctly it was a mystery novel about my cat Fluffy with a very Scooby Doo/Mystery Machine vibe.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
The stories are completely fictional, but I write in my own voice and find inspiration from people around me.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
Her name is Lola Bunny. Just kidding, I don’t have a muse.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I write contemporary romance with some serious heat factor. If I were going to mix things up, I might try to write erotica or historical, but I don’t think I will.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
That’s a tough one. I don’t think I can name just one or two. I’ve read so great books and my TBR list is climbing to new heights.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Tom Clemmins is my favorite male character. What I love about Tom more than anything, other than the fact I visualize him as a certain silver-haired fox celebrity, is the fact that he loves Tess unconditionally and will go to great lengths to protect her and her family. I love all of my female characters, but absolutely adore Lisa Levy. Lisa and Tess’ meet in No More Wasted Time and become best friends. Lisa and Benny Levi weave in and out of the entire series. Lisa is bold and beautiful, but her potty mouth and smartass sense of humor makes me giggle out loud while I’m writing. I love that!
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
The hardest part about writing is finding balance between family, writing and now marketing. I need two of me or at least a great assistant.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Be a sponge! Join your local RWA and any other writer group you find. Attend classes and conferences when you can. There is so much more to writing than telling your story. Research and learn the business end of writing and publishing. But most of all trust your gut.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
My husband and I built and sold several homes before the economy crashed in Las Vegas. I absolutely loved designing and building houses and would do it again in a heartbeat.
15. What do you like on a man…..briefs, boxer briefs or boxer shorts or nothing at all?
I’m definitely a fan of boxer briefs, unless we’re on vacation then its commando all the way!
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?
No More Wasted Time
After losing her husband to a sudden heart attack, Tess Mathews escapes to Bora Bora to lay her husband and sorrow to rest. What she doesn’t expect is a new beginning.
Tom Clemmins is an A-list actor whose life revolves around work and an onslaught of women. He travels to Bora Bora for a much-needed break. Tom has a few ideas of how he’ll enjoy his vacation, but love isn’t one of them. Until he sees Tess.
Reserving a private shark-feeding excursion to scatter her husband’s ashes into the lagoon, Tess is furious when Mr. Hollywood bribes his way onto the boat, leaving her no other choice but to share the boat ride.
Tess is torn between tremendous guilt and zealous lust when their boat ride turns into a week full of romance and desire neither thought imaginable. Utterly smitten with a woman for the first time in his life, Tom casts his commitment phobia aside and whisks Tess off to Malibu where he introduces her as his “girlfriend” on the red carpet.
As the paparazzi besiege, can Tess survive the media blitz that ensues in order to find her second chance at love?
EXCERPT from No More Wasted Time
When she reached Bloody Mary’s, several couples entered, but she didn’t see Tom. She paced back and forth outside. Should I wait outside or go in?
The deep sexy voice came from behind and she turned to see Tom leaning against a palm tree, looking more gorgeous than she thought humanly possible.
“Hey.” She beamed, sauntering over to join him under the palm tree.
“You look stunning.”
“Thanks, handsome.” She scanned over his flip-flops, jeans and nice black shirt. “I hoped you would show,” she stammered anxiously.
He held her hands in his. “Before you say anything Tess, I need to ask you something, and I don’t want you to get upset with me. All right?”
“Are you sure you’re ready for this? I mean, are you really ready to be with another man because this isn’t something I want you to regret later.”
She gazed into his dark eyes and considered his question. “Yes, I’m sure. I want to stay with you, for the rest of my trip.” She clarified with a slight nod.
His cocked his head to one side. “So if I told you right now, at this very moment, all of your belongings are being packed up and brought to another resort, you’d be okay with that?”
“That depends. Are all of your things being packed up and taken to the same resort?” she questioned timidly.
“Yes, whether you decide to stay with me or not. I sent my date home. I changed resorts and I’d like it if you’d stay with me.”
“Are you hungry?”
Hungry for you. “Actually, I’m starving from all the snorkeling today.”
“Do you have your heart set on eating here? I had something a little different in mind.”
Room service in bed? “Wherever you want to have dinner is fine with me.”
“I was hoping you’d say that. I have a surprise for you.” Tom led her across the street to a boat dock. “After you.” He held his hand out to the side so she could step onto the boat before him.
“Where are we going?”
“I think you’ll like it.”
The Tahitian man introduced himself. “Ia Orana, I am Mr. Rene’s cousin. My name is Tayia.”
“Ia Orana,” Tess said.
The boat skimmed across the lagoon, casting ripples through the reflection of the fiery sunset. Cool, moist spray tingled her warm face. She sat between Tom’s legs and leaned back against his chest. I haven’t done this in so long. I hope he’s a good lover. Please, please, please be good in bed. She glanced over her shoulder and he grinned at her. Crap! Is he sitting here wondering if I’m going to be a good lover? Tess sat up a little taller. Oh, I am definitely going to be good for him.
With every draw of breath, her chest lifted and lowered. Tom must’ve noticed her nervousness. He placed his palm over her heart. She felt the hint of his smile as he nuzzled her neck.
She inhaled the scent of his skin. “You smell delicious.”
Tom held her arm out to the side and lowered his nose to the inside of her elbow. “So do you.”
Her gaze drifted to his profile, watching as his eyes closed, taking in the scent of her perfume. The heat from his breath tickled her skin as his lips pressed against her arm. Tess’ lips parted and her tongue toyed with the corner of her mouth, wanting to taste his mouth.
The boat slowed, interrupting her gaze. Tess couldn’t believe what she saw as they pulled up to a deserted motu. “How did you do this?” she whispered in awe.
Tiki torches surrounded a lovely table set with a white tablecloth and a bouquet of flowers. The setting sun cast a glow on the white sand, turning it nearly pink. She held up her dress a little so it wouldn’t get wet, hopping off the boat.
Tom stood in the sand and wrapped his arms around her. “Do you like it?”
“It’s beautiful.” She turned to face him, reaching her lips up to kiss his.
“Not yet Tess, not yet,” he whispered in a teasing tone.
Slighted by Tom’s response, her eyes filled with disappointment.
“Awe, don’t look at me like that.”
Her expression didn’t change, yearning to feel his lips.
His thumb coasted gently over her cheek. “Do you trust me? Hmm? I trusted you with the sharks. Remember? Will you trust me now?” He brushed his lips against her neck, causing goose bumps to cover her skin.
“Yes, I remember. But-”
“I assure you, I’ll make it worth the wait.” He toyed, whispering in her ear. “I promise I won’t disappoint you.”
She remembered how fantastic his hands felt. “I have no doubt.”
The Mathews/Clemmis Family is a series you will laugh with, cry with and fall in love with, one story at a time. Book two in the series, Shayla’s Story will be out this spring! Check out my website for a peek of the pre-cover and a taste of John Mathews.