You’ve written a fairytale retelling called Beauty and the Beast. I love fairytale retellings. What made you decide to write one? There are so many Beauty and the Beast retellings out there. Did you feel daunted by that?
I just love that story, and can’t get enough of others’ retellings of it, but I wasn’t really getting what I wanted out of them, either. It’s that whole “write the book you want to read” thing, and I decided I would just go for it. I definitely felt the pressure to make mine something unique. With so many other versions out there, and with each of them falling to every imaginable genre, I knew mine had to be different. I hope I nailed it.
Tell me a little more about your other books.
My debut novel, Snowbound, is a contemporary romance that I had in my head for over fifteen years before I finally wrote it. It’s about a resourceful woman, River Tennison, who has tried to separate herself from society after a painful life, who is reawakened by a workaholic actor, Liam Freeman, who finds himself stranded in an epic blizzard in rural Wyoming.
Over the Line is a sports romance with a suspenseful twist. Quinn Hadley is a divorcee with a teenage son who has gone into hiding, literally and figuratively, after her ex-husband disfigures her with battery acid. Her life is turned upside down after football player Gabriel Miller comes to her for help with an injury that isn’t healing the way he’d hoped. They’re all thrown into a nightmare when Quinn’s ex escapes from prison and targets her once again, determined to undermine their budding romance and finish the job he started.
So, you live in Wyoming, a place I’ve always wanted to visit. What’s it like?
It is a gorgeous land of extremes. Desolate, dusty plains right out of a Louis L’Amour novel that gently rise right up to lodgepole pine forests, and they break open to reveal mountains that touch the stratosphere. Mild winters in town and scenic passes that can close, and stay closed, any time from August to June by snowfall. It’s no wonder so many travel here, and write about it when they get home.
Do you have any works in progress?
I am writing my next fairytale retelling, and figure I have about a fifth of it done. I’m also researching for a project that feels a bit out of my intellectual depth. That one might never happen, but it gives me an excuse to buy nonfiction books and read to my little heart’s content.
If you could live anywhere in the world, besides where you live now, where would it be?
I don’t think I would live anywhere else, but if I could have a fabulous vacation house anywhere, it would be in Ireland. My mother’s family is Irish, and I’ve always wanted to spend time there.
A few fun quick questions:
Sweet or salty - Usually one, then the other, lather-rinse-repeat until I feel shame.
Favorite book genre - Historical fiction
Best movie you’ve seen recently - Deadpool
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