Thank you so much for visiting Written Butterfly with me today! It’s such a pleasure to chat with you. So tell me…
Q) How do you select the names of your characters?
I used to think it was just me, but I’ve heard from many other authors who have the same problem. Coming up with names for my characters is one of the hardest things to do. I have to be really careful not to repeat names. I actually resort to using a name generator of all things!
Q) What type of research did you do for your book?
Lesson Learned features a toddler and all that that wonderful age says and does. Because I used to work with children I figured I had it aced, but I checked with an author friend of mine who has three children under the age of five and I was relieved to learn that I was accurate. I think I painted charming and interesting interactions between Adrian and the little boy he didn’t know about.
Q) Do you have a favorite book you’ve written?
There are several books that I have really enjoyed writing, but my very favorite remains Forever written by my alter ego Allyson Young.
Q) Do you write in a linear fashion or do you jump from scene to scene and then go back and “fill in the blanks”?
I am a ‘pantser’ tried and true. I start with an idea, concept, maybe a premise and my muse runs with it. Sometimes I don’t even know where the book will end up but I am almost always pleased.
Q) Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I have a few series from duets to trilogies and more, but also many stand alones. I can’t say which I prefer more.
Q) What are your upcoming projects?
I am currently working on a romantic fantasy, something very new for me, so we will have to see how that goes. I enjoy stretching myself.
Adrian Matsakis is a successful businessman with terrible luck in personal relationships. His ex-wife wrecked him, and when he tried again with Jessie Brandt, she too betrayed him.
He is shocked and outraged to learn he has a son with her and is determined to take custody. He’s never forgotten Jessie but can’t forgive her, especially now.
Forewarned of Adrian’s intent, Jessie preempts him by inviting him to co-parent, and he reins himself in. He can’t resist reminding her of her perfidy, however, just as she continues to maintain her innocence.
They struggle against the chemistry—and more—sparking between them, and when Adrian double checks the facts around Jessie’s supposed betrayal, he’s staggered to learn the evidence was planted.
He sets out to make amends, and Jessie.