author, To Be Honest
Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)
I live and teach in the small town where I was born and raised. I’ve taught for twenty-three years and love it.
Writing is a passion that I began to pursue in 2012. Since then, I’ve published one children’s story, two young adult stories, and a book for teachers.
My family consists of my husband, four children ranging in ages from fourteen to twenty-three, my dog Sammy, and cats Sasha and Sheldon.
What is your favorite genre to write? What is your favorite genre to read?
My favorite genre to read and write is young adult fiction. I love that age. There’s nothing like experiencing the firsts of everything and discovering who you are. The advantage of being a young adult writer is living those moments over and over again.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
Italy. My family roots are there. I’ve only seen pictures and heard stories from family members that have visited. I’d love to opportunity to discover the culture and see the beauty first hand. I could definitely see writing about a teenager who visits the country and meet her first love there.
Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?
I write clean/sweet romance that is geared toward young readers. My writing reflects issues of young people and experiences of first love. So much of today’s culture focuses on sex as a part of relationships that I want to capture the emotion of the first love experience. That doesn’t mean there isn’t physical attraction in clean romance. I think everyone’s definition of steamy romance may be different. As I’ve developed as a writer, some of my scenes have become steamier without crossing over into erotic.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
The most rewarding thing about being a writer is my readers. The positive comments and reviews of someone who has enjoyed my story makes the journey worth it. Readers that have thanked me for writing a story that touches them brings such joy to my soul. I can’t even describe it.
Where do your ideas come from?
Many of my ideas come from kids. Living in a house with three teenagers gives me a first-hand look into their world and issues teens deal with today. Their conversations also spark memories of being that age and the feelings associated with it. My stories aren’t based on my experiences or those of my kids, but the trials of growing up are real for everyone. Our conversations or silly things they do inspire me to write.
Please share about your book
To Be Honest is my new young adult romance. My heroine is a seventeen year old girl named Starla Emerson. She deals with a physical deformity in her hand that makes her want to shrink from unwanted attention. Her boyfriend and best friend are a source of comfort and strength for her. When her family has to move, she’s devastated. Forced into the new girl role as junior in high school is not that attention she wants. To make matters worse, she becomes a target of jealousy that results in online postings of her by an anonymous source. The online attacks lead to the breakup of Starla and her boyfriend. Her new friends help to launch a counter attack against the online bully which leads to more trouble for Starla along with an unexpected romance.
If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?
brave, compassionate, spunky, talented, genuine
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
To be inspired by Starla’s journey and enjoy a story of young love.