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Thanks for having me on your blog today Ursula!
Oh, it can be anything. The news, a movie, reading a magazine, a real life story (I recently saw something on Facebook where a friend of mine commented on this guy’s status. And the little story that guy spun made my mind spin because it had such romance potential! J). Ideas are everywhere, thank goodness!
Have you ever heard a song and just had an entire story pop into your head?
Oh, yes! There are certain bands where I can hear just about any song and an idea pops in my head. Lifehouse is the creator of many a damaged hero. LOL And I did write the short story JESSE’S GIRL completely based on Rick Springfield’s song. Heck, I even named the hero Rick!
Do you have special scheduled writing times?
Lately it’s all the time! I write when the kids are in school and I tend to write after they go to bed. I try to take the weekends off but the last few months I’ve had a schedule packed with deadlines so I’ve been working extra hard.
Are there times when you think a story should go one way and your "characters" change your mind for you?
Um, all the time. I’m not a plotter. I write out a road map (when I sell on proposal with a synopsis, I have to), but I can’t plot out every scene, every step, etc. Takes the fun out of it for me. I like those surprises my characters reveal to me as I’m writing. Yes, I know I’m the one who created them and I’m the one who’s controlling them but they really do feel like they take over and do what they want.
If Jane's Gift were a movie, who would be your dream to play the hero and heroine?
Someone else just asked this question—it’s a good one because I really had to think! I chose a dark haired Rachel McAdams and decided to reunite her with Ryan Gosling in my movie version of JANE’S GIFT. What do you think?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a teacher, a stewardess (because that’s what they were called when I was little—now it’s flight attendant, LOL) and a reporter. That’s what I put in my school years book my grandma kept and finally gave to me a few years ago. When I was a teen, I wrote horrible stories in notebooks I still have. I always enjoyed reading and writing. I feel really lucky that I get to write every day—I have the best job in the world.
Which author is an automatic buy?
Jill Shalvis and Tessa Dare are my top two but really? The list goes on and on. I buy way too many books. And I love each and every one of them. J
What do you eat/drink while writing?
A Diet Coke is sitting on my desk at this very moment. It’s an addiction.
What are you reading right now?
I literally just downloaded FIVE GOLDEN RINGS (available December 11th) on my Kindle earlier today. It’s the historical anthology my novella His Perfect Gift is in and I was dying to read the four other novellas in the collection. I plan on reading them this weekend and I can’t wait!
What is your guilty pleasure?
During the winter it’s soaking in my tub (with the water really hot) and reading.
What TV show are you LOVING right now?
I've been so swamped I haven’t watched much TV lately. Though I do enjoy those bearded boys on Duck Dynasty. They make me laugh.
Ok, speed round *g*...
Jeremy Renner or Jason Statham?
Jason! He’s sexier to me.
High Heels or Flats?
Flats—I’m all about comfort
Beach or Woods?
Oh, I love them both! Such a hard choice. You can get the beach and the woods on the extreme Northern California coast into Oregon… J
Iron Man or Thor?
THOR. Ahem. Chris Hemsworth is a current crush. He’s delicious.
Gone With the Wind or Titanic?
Gone With the Wind. I’m a total Rhett Butler fan.
Thanks for being so forthcoming with your answer! Oh and, I didn't tell you but the speed round was a test. :) You passed.
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A fire captain afraid of commitment. A widow afraid of fire. Can the holidays bring them together?
A devastating house fire cost Jane Clark nearly everything: her husband, her confidence, and her looks, with the physical scars marbling her body. Now, two years later, she's living and healing back in her childhood hometown of Lone Pine Lake. The upcoming holidays are the perfect opportunity to bring some Christmas cheer into her young children's lives, starting with a visit to the firehouse, where her brother's best friend has offered to help quell their residual fears.
Lone Pine's resident playboy, fire captain Christian Nelson is happy with his single-guy lifestyle. He's an everyday local hero, so he's never wanting for attention around the holidays. But when Jane Clark shows up, Chris is immediately drawn to the beautiful widow--even though kids and commitment have never been his style.
Despite her brother's warnings about his friend's playboy status and dangerous occupation, Jane can't help but fall for the gorgeous fire captain. The holidays are a time of new beginnings, but can two scarred people find the strength to let go of their pasts to live in the present, when a lifetime together might be the sweetest gift of all?