For the past three years, Dax has been stranded on Lamarai Island with his stepsister and two tribes of cannibals. But now a beautiful girl named Ava has washed up on shore. After secretly reading her journal, he believes she is a perfect match to the girl of his dreams. He’s determined not only to keep her alive, but also to win over her heart by convincing her to forget about her past and the secrets that continue to haunt her.
1) Describe your relationship with a good book. If I’m reading a good book I will read almost non-stop until I finish it. I have been known to stay up all night to finish a great book.
2) When did you first start writing and what was the first thing that you wrote that you were proud of? I started writing when I was in grade school. I wrote a short story in fifth grade for a writing contest and won first place.
3) Please describe your work ethic as an author. I brainstorm a lot while driving and get an entire story in my head before I start writing. I don’t plot it out on paper, I just type and the characters take me where they want to go. I tend to write late at night when it’s quiet and I can tune everything out to get lost in the story.
4) How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life? Very carefully. I work part time during the first part of the day and spend time with my five kids in the afternoons. Late nights are spent writing.
5) Why did you write this book? It was always a goal of mine to be an author and I just woke up one morning and realized I better get busy if I was going to pursue that dream. I love young adult books and wanted to write a book that would appeal to teenagers as well as adults.
6) What experiences from your past do you find yourself drawing upon repeatedly for inspiration in your work? I have used past experiences and interactions with other people as inspiration for characters and conversations. I have even included some actual events in Wicked Luck.
7) What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life? I would like to continue writing and try different genres after the Wicked Luck Series. I would like to be able to spend more time doing what I love, which is spending time with my kids and writing.
8) Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself. I have had a wide range of unique jobs until I settled on being a full time mom and an author. Those jobs include: a housekeeper at a truck driver hotel, a cake decorator, a hairstylist, a mermaid at the Silverton Hotel in Las Vegas, a model, a legal assistant, a dental assistant, a line hostess at a private FBO at the airport (like Ava in Wicked Luck), a waitress, owner of a clothing store, and a telemarketer. I’ll let you decide which one of those is a lie….
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