Hi C.A how are you today?
Great, thank you.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I am married to my best friend, for 16 years. I am a mother of two children. Living in Central IL. I am an avid reader and always have been.
What is your favourite movie?
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
What is your favourite colour?
What star sign are you?
Are you a action or Romance type of girl?
What is your ring tone on your phone?
Kickin in the Sticks (Brantley Gilbert)
What do your family think about you writing and have they read any of your work?
They love it, and are always looking for the next one.
Are you any good in the kitchen and what is your specialty?
Yes, Mexican Lasagna
What is your favourite food?
What is the most romantic thing a guy has done for you?
Hot tub laced with rose petals and candles. With my favorite wine.
Are the stories old ones you have saved or new?
A little of both.
What is your favourite genre to write?
You have written variety of different types of books, which book was your favorite to write?
When and why did you begin writing?
Have always love to express myself with words.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I still feel weird about it. I look at it as something I enjoy doing very much It does not really make me any different than anyone else.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Just an idea and it kept playing out until I put it on paper.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I don't think so. Others may feel I do, but to me I am just writing what is rolling through my head.
Who was the easiest character to write for and why and hardest and why?
I haven't really struggled with any specific character, so far anyway.
which lead character is your personal favourite and why?
I think I would have to say my newest book that is set to release on August 11th. Amber in Ryan's Love. She is a lot like me and I found her character just flowed so easily.
If you could pick one of your books to be made into a movie which one would you choose and why?
Ryan's Love. It is such a heartfelt love story. A second chance at love after a heartbreaking loss.
Who would you cast for the movie ?
Matt Bomer (As Ryan) & Amanda Seyfried (As Amber)
What was your favorite book as a child?
The Original--- Sweet Valley High books
How did you come up with the title?
Title's are NEVER easy
How much of the book is realistic?
I try to put realistic ventures in every book
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No not all of them.
Have you ever binned a book when half way through thinking it wasn't good enough?
Yes I have. I still have yet to go back and start again.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I love Nora Roberts
What book are you reading now?
I am not reading anything as of right now.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
What are your current projects?
Book 3 in my Key West Series and Book 2 in the Sawyer Brother's Series.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
My 7th grade English teacher got me in to a creative Writing Group.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
One of the hardest things I have ever had to do was bury my wife.
The second-hardest thing would be watching my twelve-year-old daughter fall to her knees as the preacher uttered his final words of comfort before her mother’s casket was slowly lowered into the grave. It finalized the fact that the woman we loved dearly was no longer within our reach. We would no longer be blessed by her smile or warmed by her words.
It was the most heart-wrenching sight, one that will forever be etched in my mind and which left a void in me I was positive would never be filled. It changed the man I thought I was and made me realize that loving someone with your entire heart didn’t ensure they would always be with you. There was no way to predict your fate.
Claire was my best friend; she had been since we were barely old enough to talk. I always knew I would one day marry her. I may have even told her so a few times while we were growing up. Even my brother, Noah, who is nearly a year younger than me, thought he would marry her. She was the perfect girl and had every man in Livingston, Montana, mesmerized by her looks and her personality. But she and I were meant to be.
I never thought I would lose her so suddenly. Now I was left struggling to find the strength I needed to push forward without her in my life. I couldn’t remember a day she wasn’t by my side, and now she was gone forever.
I sat in the chair looking at the deep, freshly dug grave before me, consumed by a feeling of emptiness. The air felt thick as it filtered into my lungs, making me feel like I was being suffocated. The anxiety of my loss was slowly overtaking me as I tried hard to fight the urge to break down and just give up.
Olivia’s sweet whisper pulled me from my daze, and I looked deep into her red, swollen eyes. I felt as if I had just been punched in the gut. There stood my little girl, looking broken and lost.
“I miss her already,” she said, her soft voice cracking.
Tears filled my eyes, and I could barely see her through them. God, her words weren’t strong enough for what I was feeling. I felt like I was trying survive without air to breathe.
I reached out and pulled Olivia in tightly, then cradled her protectively. “It’s just so unfair,” she cried into my shoulder, her body shaking against mine.
“I know baby, I know.” Life wasn’t fair.
Losing Claire was never a possibility in our minds. She had gone in for what should have been a simple procedure to remove her gallbladder. She should have been sent home that day to begin the healing process, well on her way to being the happy and active Claire we all knew. But within days she became deathly ill, and there was nothing I could do to help her. I stood by helplessly while the woman I loved with my all heart and soul suffered.
I can still remember our last real conversation. I had called home to check on her during lunch, and she sounded so tired and weak. She insisted, even after I questioned her for ten minutes, that she was fine and only had a headache.
“You’re buying me dinner tonight. No way am I cooking,” she said with a gentle laugh.
“I’ll cook you anything you want, babe. You just name it,” I assured her.
“Yeah, sure, Ryan. You can’t even make instant macaroni and cheese without burning it. We’ll just stick to going out for dinner, or better yet, we’ll just order in.”
She was right—I couldn’t cook for the life of me.
I couldn’t stop replaying that conversation over and over in my mind. I wish more than anything I would have said more. I wish I would have told her how much I loved her and how no one has ever given me the joy she has. I should have told her I adored her and how I treasure our every moment together.
Instead I told her to get some rest and that I might have to stop by the ranch and help out my brothers, so getting home late was a possibility.
I was unprepared for the phone call I received only four hours later.
Olivia had arrived home from school to find her mother curled up on the living room floor, lethargic with chills and a fever. She panicked and rushed to call 9-1-1.
The drive to the hospital is still a total blur; I was steered by pure adrenaline and fear. By the time I arrived in the emergency room, everything was spiraling out of my control. I found Olivia seated next to my parents and in-laws as the doctors told us what was happening to Claire.
Her bowel was nicked during surgery, and she was sent home without it being detected. Claire brushed off all the signs that something was wrong, believing the pain would soon go away. But when it had reached the point of agonizing, it was too late to do anything. Her organs were beginning to shut down.
As we sat in the waiting area, I felt as if my heart was breaking. I heard everyone talking around me, but my numb mind couldn’t take in a word. My entire world was behind those big double doors with the woman I chose to spend my life with. She was everything to me, and I couldn’t help her. I would have given anything to take her place.
The moment the doors swung open to reveal the ashen faces of the doctor and the small nurse at his side, my heart crumbled. My life shattered when he began to speak.
“I am so sorry, we did all we could.” The doctor hung his head, the loss clearly affecting him intensely. “I wish I could have saved her. I’m am truly, truly sorry for your loss.”
Claire was taken from us that day, and a huge part of me died with her. She was the biggest part of me, and I had no idea how I would go on without her.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Synopsis, they always stump me.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I love James Patterson, because I love a good mystery and he writes the best ones.
Who designed the covers?
Wicked by Design
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Expressing what I was feeling while writing certain things.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Just be yourself and it will pass through in your stories.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I really appreciate your support. I love to hear form fans and if it wasn't for your support and encouraging words writing wouldn't be as enjoyable.
What do you like to do to keep fit?
I walked a lot, whether it be outside or on treadmill.
What do you like to do when your not busy working and writing?
Spending time with my husband and kids.
Where do you see you self in ten years time?
Still writing stories for my fans and loving life.
Thank you for joining me today it has been nice chatting to you.