1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I’m a mom of 3 and a wife. I have a full-time day job working in the accounting department of a manufacturing plant.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love to read and watch movies. I enjoy spending time at the lake but don’t do that often enough.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
When I have an idea for a story, I open a Word document and start typing. It might only be a few paragraphs or it might be a page or two.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
A lot of my ideas come from dreams I have. Some come from music and sometimes an idea comes from a movie I watch.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
I’d have to say Libby’s Fireman is one of my favorites. I love Libby. Writing a spitfire 6-year-old is fun!
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I am drawing a complete blank…
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
I have one started that has some real life experiences but most of my stuff comes from imagination.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
No, but I can tell you she’s a fickle wench.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
Some day I’d like to write children’s or young adult books.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
Nora Roberts, Johanna Lindsey, Lora Leigh, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Laurell K. Hamilton, Johanna Rae, LS Broomfield, JL Hammer, Tori James. That’s just a few. I really, really like to read.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
My favorite heroes and heroines are strong, smart and take no static from anyone. I’m not a fan of the wishy-washy damsel in distress. I don’t mind a heroine needing rescuing , I just don’t like a wimp.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Keeping my focus is the hardest thing for me. I have so much rolling around in my brain that keeping working on one book is hard. Usually I’ve got a couple I’m working on.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Make friends with other authors. Most of the authors I’ve met are supportive, helpful, and encouraging.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
Playing more Farmville? I’d probably be a better housekeeper….Nah. I hate housework.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
It would involve a beach, candlelight, no kids, and possibly a hot tub.
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?
My newest release came out in June. Its called Libby’s Fireman. It’s book 1 in the Heroes of Trasco County series. Libby’s Fireman is the story of a little girl, her mom and the fireman who falls in love with both of them. Libby is exuberant, outgoing and fearless. She’s also six years old. When she gets stuck in a tree, trying to get her Barbie doll to fly, Jack comes to her rescue. Jack is immediately taken with the little girl. He loves children, going out of his way to help them whenever he can. In bonding with Libby, Jack gets to know Tara, her mom. Tara melts a little each time she sees Jack with Libby. She was attracted to him but now her heart is becoming involved. Little by little, the three of them become a family.
Jack climbed into his truck when his shift was over. He’d had some time to think about the phone call from Libby, and he thought he had a plan. He drove the truck toward the hardware store before he went to meet Libby.
Jack pulled in the Fields’ driveway, and shut off the truck. He started around to the back when Libby came running out. “Jack!”
Then he had arms full of squealing little girl. He propped her on his hip while he pointed to the bed of his truck. “I brought you something.”
Libby leaned over and looked. She scrunched up her face and looked at Jack. “What is it?”
“How would you like a little playhouse out back? We’ll put a window in, so you can check all your people and animals for flying. How does that sound?” Jack grinned at her while he watched her mind work.
“You’re going to build me a playhouse?” She threw her arms around Jack’s neck and hugged him tight. “You are my bestest friend ever, Jack.”
Jack laughed and hugged her back. “Now, I won’t be able to finish it tonight, but I have a couple of my friends from the fire station coming tomorrow morning to put it up, okay?”
Libby nodded. “Okay! Can I help?” Libby squirmed to get down, then took Jack’s hand. “Mommy made us a snack.”
Jack followed Libby to the front door. He stepped inside, letting her drag him through the house. When they reached the kitchen, Libby’s mom had her back turned while she prepared something on the counter.
“I hope you like macaroni and…” Her voice trailed off when she turned around and saw Jack with Libby. Jack could see the surprise on her face. Evidently, Libby hadn’t told her mom that Jack was coming.
Jack’s gaze never left her face. She wasn’t exactly beautiful, but more cute in a high-school-sweetheart kind of way. Her hair was tied back in a pony-tail, leaving the whole of her face open to him. He watched as her face flushed in what he assumed was embarrassment. “I’m sorry, ma’am. I don’t want to intrude. I’ll just go.”
Jack tried to pull his hand from Libby’s, but she was having none of it. He tore his gaze from Libby’s mom to look down. Libby was looking back up at him with big eyes that he was sure were about to fill with tears. “You can’t go! We haven’t played yet!”
Libby turned to look at her mom. “Mommy, please! You said I could have a friend over. Jack’s my friend!”
Libby’s mom approached them and stuck out her hand. “I guess you might as well call me Tara. I hope you like macaroni and cheese.” Tara smiled at him.
Jack flashed her a crooked grin and shook her hand. “It’s nice to meet you, Tara—and mac and cheese is one of my favorites.”
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