What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? I don’t find anything challenging about writing. I love the process of creating characters and stories. I find it extremely difficult to put my work out there and have it trashed by critics.
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? Conflict is what makes stories exciting. If a scene lacks conflict, it may be boring and if I’m bored writing a scene it will probably be boring to a reader. Be Good is filled with conflict!
Do you intend to make writing a career? For the first time, I am actually making money from my writing. I’m not making enough money to write full-time yet but it would be nice!
Have you developed a specific writing style? My writing tends to be concise and to the point. I use only as much detail as necessary to get the point across. Some readers think my writing is too sparse but I leave out the parts that I tend to skip when I read other writers’ work. The slogan of my publishing company is “fast-paced and fun novels for readers on the go.”
What is your greatest strength as a writer? I write every day and am quite prolific. I’ve trained myself to write quickly so I can maximize my output.
Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? No. My motto is “butt in chair until there are words on the page.”
Can you share a little of your current work with us? In the last month I put out four romance novels, including Be Good (Matchplay, Slow No Wake and Still Fine at Forty.) In November, I began a personal quest to write a novel a month for a year. I am currently writing After Alex Died, which is a romance novel in the aftermath of a suicide. After that, I’m writing Fair Play, which is a sequel to Matchplay, and over the summer, I will be completing a YA SciFi/Romance trilogy (The Amulet of Mysteries series).
How did you come up with the title? Be Good is the story of a “bad-girl” who meets “the boy-next-door.” He always tells her to “be good” and I thought it would be a great title.
Can you tell us about your main character? Anna Hart is a flawed character. (She even has a flaw list!) She drinks too much and has slept with more guys than she can count. She doesn’t really care about anyone but herself until she ends up sleeping with Brett Conner, a “nerdy” guy, who she went to college with and only vaguely remembers. Brett challenges Anna to become a better person.
Who designed the cover? My husband, Tony Bryson, is the cover designer for our company, Short on Time Books.
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Genre – Contemporary Romance
Rating – R