Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)
I grew up on a dairy farm in Southeast Kansas as the youngest of eight kids. The furthest I’ve ever been from home is going to Mt. Rushmore with my history club my senior year of high school. I still live out in the county, though I drive into town every day for my day job as an acquisitions librarian assistant at a university library. I’m married to one, amazing husband and mother to one two-and-a-half-year-old daughter who’s finally learning to use the potty (woot!). And that’s pretty much all there is to me!
Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your "must read" list?
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window by Kirsty Moseley
Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Fracture (Fracture #1) by Megan Miranda
Deity (Covenant #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
What is your favorite genre to write?
Romance, of course!! After that, I usually go the contemporary route, though I do have a couple paranormal ideas brewing in my head. I write both YA and adult stories, but I can’t decide which is my favorite over those two.
Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?
Since I like to read all variety of romance, I write from clean, kiss-only stories, to closed-door sweet, to steamy very-open door stories. But I try very hard to let people know which ones are which. I even have a little guide on my website, detailing which heat rating each story is! I usually write whatever mood strikes me at the time, but I make sure to slip in a clean-read every so often because my family feels more comfortable reading those!!
Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?
After two years of being published, I still think it’s amazing when a complete stranger emails me about my stories. Here’s one letter I kept: “I have just finished reading The Stillburrow Crush, and I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised. It is the very first book of yours I have read, and after reading the brief summary I expected it to be similar to other YA books I have read. However, after first two chapters I wasn't able to put it down. The story line, the twist at the end, the development of the characters were just marvelous. Great job! I am looking forward to reading the rest of your work.”
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
In my young adult stories, A LOT of my personality is in my main girl characters…the poor dears. In my adult stories, I try to branch out and make them more the opposite of me!
If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?
Grace, my main character in The Color of Grace, can be described as : Naïve, Kind, Funny, Relatable, and Willing-to-Mature.
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
Because I wrote it, hello! Seriously, people should read The Color of Grace for a good escape with some hidden depths while mostly gaining some fun yet emotional entertainment with a satisfying happily ever after!