HI! We are so happy to get to talk to you! Let’s start with Stroke of Luck. Tell us how you came up with the idea.
Thanks for having me! It’s great to be here.
Stroke of Luck was inspired by an actual trip I took to Goodwill with my best friend. She upcycles furniture, so it’s one of her fave shopping stops. Much of what both Cas and Marc experienced in the store happened to me. Sadly I didn’t meet a handsome stranger there, but I did shop for Halloween costumes and dishes, and what happened in the parking lot also happened to me.
I know people had strong feelings about Maisie. Is she based on anyone you know?
No, but Maisie is probably the manifestation of several relationships I’ve had in the past. I was in a few codependent friendships, and when I tried to move one, it was extremely hard to move on. It wasn’t until many years later that I realized what was going on. I was made to feel guilty for wanting a life separate from them, and in one of those relationships, I learned that my friend had been in love with me for years. I sort of took that and turned it on its ear a bit. Not all close friendships are healthy, and what Cas and Maisie have is both close and unhealthy. That doesn’t mean there isn’t value there. I have great hope that Cas and Maisie can turn their friendship into a healthy one, but right now Cas needs to focus on himself and his budding romance with Marc.
She and Cas have a too-close but very safe relationship. Do you think they will stay close after finally moving on?
I hope to explore that, actually. I’d love to write a Valentine’s story for Cas and Marc, and there’s no way to tell that without Maisie. More than anything, I think things will get worse between Cas, Marc, and Maisie before they can get better.
If you had a fire and could save only one thing, what would it be?
The firemen came to my school when I was in 2nd graded to talk about fire safety, and for years after I had night terrors because of it. The only thing I would save would be my family! If I had the opportunity to save a possession on top of that, it would be photos.
What is your ideal writing setting?
I have two. The first is at my desktop with coffee by my side, a nice-smelling candle that crackles, and warmth. The second is in my bed. I love writing on my laptop in my bed, again with coffee by my side.
Worst book you’ve ever read? (and yes, you can include books from school)
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer. I was so pissed at how it ended, that Bella remained just a weak at the end of the series as she was in the beginning, despite such hope and possibility, that I wrote fan fiction to purge myself of the disappointment. That’s how I ended up writing, though, so it wasn’t all bad. 😉
Who is your all-time favorite character?
Who is your dream co-author?
I’m far too independent to dream about writing with someone else. I’ve co-authored stories before and they’ve been fun, but the pressure is just too much when it comes to publishing. I did all my co-authoring stuff back in my fan fiction days.
Where do you go when life is just too much?
To the lake, like all Minnesotans. 😉
Do you exercise?
When forced. I despise exercise that is meant to be exercise. Geocaching is the best form of exercise for that reason. You hike all over the woods for the sole purpose of finding hidden treasure. That’s my kind of exercise. Pokemon Go is a decent alternative and a bit more accessible.
Describe yourself in three words.
Enigmatic. Spontaneous. Empathetic.
Holiday stories are my favorite. I loved Feathers From the Sky. Do you have a holiday story this year?
I do! 😀 It’s being release with the Dreamspinner Advent Calendar, Bah Humbug. I decided to go all out and write a sweet, lovefest with a little bit of angst and a schmoopy ending. It’s not as playful as Feathers, but it certainly does have a similar family vibe. Analog to Digital is Ethan and Tony’s story.
For years, Ethan and Toby have said they’ll never marry, despite Ethan’s secret wishes. So leaving sunny California for snowy Minnesota to witness his sister’s vow renewal is not how he wants to spend his Christmas Eve. It’s the second time she’ll say “I do” in less than a year, when Ethan saying those words to Toby even once is hopeless.
In the run-up to the ceremony, Toby seems to avoid Ethan, and doubts grow in his absence. Ethan can’t help noticing Toby spends more time with Ethan’s family than with him. Little does Ethan know, Toby has desires of his own. But if Toby doesn’t find a way to reveal them, Ethan could leave for home without him.
Can you tell us what you have upcoming?
I’m currently working on the third book in my Naked Organics series. While Farm Fresh and Picked Fresh focused on the relationship between Jude and Hudson, Fresh Earth will shift over to Charlie and Leo. After Fresh Earth I will write Fresh Shares. And then I hope to do a spin-off series of stand alones that are set on the Kaleidoscope Gardens commune. Since the commune is made up of nearly all the letters of the rainbow, that series will be MM, FF, MFM, and a whole lot more, if I’m able to keep it up.