My Books

So, I've had people ask me how I came up with the ideas for my books, but I don't have a perfect answer to this. I'll share a few little known facts about my books and how they came to be to give you some insight into how it all started. 

A Life More Complete:

This was the first book I published and it was born out of complete and utter boredom on my forty minute commute to and from work. I began to tell a story in my head as I drove mindlessly and it all snowballed from there. I would hear a song on the radio that would spawn more ideas and eventually I felt an overwhelming urge to write it all down. I found inspiration in all different places, people, songs and movies that eventually led to me creating characters, a storyline and settings. It didn't happen overnight, actually, it took almost a year from the day I started writing until I hit publish. 

Some facts about A Life More Complete:

  • The main character Krissy (Kristin) is named after my BFF #2, but Krissy is nothing like BFF #2.
  • I found inspiration for Trini while waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store. All those tabloid magazines!
  • I chose settings I was familiar with and wrote those, because I guess you write what you know. :) 
  • Bob is based on my BFF #1 and is exactly like her! (down to his brutal honesty!)
  • Tyler is a combination of all those shitty boyfriends we've all had. I drew inspiration from my own life and all my friends stories. The worst of the worst. 
  • There is a Fast and Furious reference in ALMC...see if you can find it. :)

My Winter:
Once I finished ALMC I felt like someone cut off my right arm. It was so all-consuming that I needed something to fill the void. That's how My Winter was born. It all comes back to that boring car ride and my ridiculous imagination. Songs on the radio and an overwhelming need to keep writing, created these new characters in my memory and I fell in love with them. I couldn't get their story down fast enough. My Winter came much easier than ALMC, but was much harder to finish. 

Some facts about My Winter:

  • The main character Leah is named after my BFF #1, but Leah is nothing like BFF #1. 
  • I listened to the Passenger and Brandi Carlile on repeat for weeks, because their music made me think of my characters.
  • Adam has some strange quirks that I stole from my husband.
  • I loved these character so much I decided to write a second book. I just couldn't say good-bye to them.
  • I couldn't finish MW and sent it to my friend. Without her help, it would still be an unfinished shit show. 
  • Look for the Fast and Furious's in there!

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