I have loved your writing since I read your fan fiction stories, several years ago. Did you always want to be a writer? What inspired you to write?
As a kid I used to draw pictures when I didn’t know the words, and I’ve always enjoyed writing stories. For a long time, it was something I didn’t share with anyone. Then one day I picked up the Twilight series. I’d just had a baby and she wasn’t all that big on sleeping, so I spent a lot of hours awake in the middle of the night. Reading helped pass the time. I really connected with her writing and how all-consuming first love can be. It made me want to write again. So I started putting down the stories that had been floating around in my head for years.
Clipped Wings and Inked Armor was a story that I could not put down. I absolutely loved it! The emotional intensity and the sensitive characters just gripped my heart. Where did that story idea come from?
There are a few accidents that have stuck with me over the years. One was of a wedding party who were traveling to the church. The groom and the groomsmen were in one limo and the bride and the bridesmaids were in another. A tractor trailer jackknifed and everyone in the groom’s limo was killed, leaving a devastated bride at the altar. In another, a wedding took place in a temple with nearly six hundred people in it. The temple suffered a collapse, killing nearly everyone. There were very few survivors.
I wanted to explore how people move on after experiencing such an unprecedented tragedy. Both Tenley and Hayden have traumatic pasts and have experienced huge loss. They find a way to move on with each other in a world that often doesn’t make sense.
PUCKED is a whole different type of story. If you love a sexy, charming, and very funny romantic comedy — this one has it all. You're in Canada did your favourite hockey team inspire this fun novel?
Most of my hockey watching took place in small arenas while my husband played for rec leagues. I used to go to his games back when we were dating. It was fun, and clearly inspiring. It seemed natural and logical to write a story that encompassed an awesome and highly entertaining Canadian sport. Plus hockey players are a pretty down to earth group of athletes, and I think that makes them incredibly sexy. Also, wearing blades on your feet is badass.
Your female heroine, Violet is just a whole lot of awesome — she has no filter, she's often clumsy and she just gets herself in the funniest of circumstances. Is there any of you in Violet?
There’s some of all of my characters in me, I suppose. Violet does and says those things we often think but usually have the good sense not to say aloud. I think we’ve all had moments where we say to ourselves “did that really just come out of my mouth?” Violet is the kind of person who doesn’t censor herself. I really enjoyed writing Violet. It’s fun to write a character who doesn’t take herself too seriously, but still manages to experience growth throughout the story. Sort of. ;)
Alex Walters... Tall, dark, handsome. And built! It didn't take more than a nanosecond to have Henry Cavill's image in my head for Alex. He was the perfect fit — with not only the physical appearance, but he's smart, suave and funny! What do you think? Does Henry work as a book boyfriend image for Alex?
Oh yes! I definitely agree. Henry would make the perfect Alex! He’s got enough rugged masculinity and those super pretty eyes to pull off Alex Waters. If there was a scene I could pick for the auditions it would be the locker room. :D
It's been a hope of ours for awhile that Henry would act in a romantic comedy that would not only show off his physical attributes, but also his comedic side. Who can we call to get PUCKED made into a film? Is that something you'd like to see?
I can’t speak for other authors, but that would be an incredible achievement to see my work adapted for the screen. I’m such a visual person, so when I’m writing I’m seeing everything in my head as if it’s playing out on a screen. If you happen to know someone who knows someone who produces movies and hangs out with Henry Cavill, I’d be more than happy to pass them over a copy of PUCKED. ;)
I loved these two characters and honestly could read lots more of their sexy, funny adventures. Will we see more of Violet and Alex in PUCKED Up, your follow up book to PUCKED?
You’ll definitely get to see more of them since they’re directly related to the stars of PUCKED Up. I have some special plans for those two. I’m having so much fun with these characters. Violet plays a very important role in Buck’s life, so you’ll get more of her uncensored mouth and sometimes unhelpful love advice.
What's your favourite film or TV role that you've seen Henry Cavill in?
I really love him as Theseus in the Immortals, maybe because he’s shirtless for so much of it, but also because I love action and mythology. Man of Steel is on Netflix, so I can watch that on repeat, which is seriously awesome. I was reading up on the challenges of staying in that kind of peak physical condition for a role like Superman. I have incredible respect for anyone who trains that hard — whether it’s an actor or a professional athlete. I haven’t seen The Man From U.N.C.L.E. yet, but I’m excited for that one.
How has social media effected how you promote your writing?
Social media gives me the opportunity to share my own stories and the authors I love with a wider audience. I can share my process in stages, from writing the first draft, to hitting the publish button. I love connecting with readers directly and being able to share my writing adventures as they happen. It’s a lot like how I started out when I wrote under the fanfic umbrella. Social media gives me — as both a reader and an author — the ability to connect with readers and fans on a more personal level, which is amazing.
PUCKED Up (the second book in the series) is releasing on October 25th and this is Miller 'Buck' Butterson's story. We met him in Pucked as Violet's talented, but philandering step-brother. Tell us a bit about Buck's story.
Anyone who’s read PUCKED will know that Violet has a tendency to exaggerate and go a little overboard, or a lot. When it comes to her step-brother, Violet has a lot to say about his manwhoring ways. But under all that snark, she really does love Buck, but only like a brother, lol. She makes a lot of yeti comments — because, well, Buck’s a guy. He has body hair. Violet knows it annoys him, so she makes a much bigger deal out of it than necessary, because that’s what siblings do to each other. And that’s what Violet does.
Buck’s a very different character than Alex, the hero of PUCKED. He’s spent his entire career enjoying the perks of puck bunny love. BUT there’s a lot more to Buck than just stick talent on and off the ice. He’s got a big heart, and he does a lot of giving back — and not just where puck bunnies are concerned. Unfortunately, Buck’s lack of boyfriend experience, and his currently partying lifestyle aren’t very helpful in navigating his relationship with Sunshine Waters — sister to his team captain, Alex Waters — who’s also engaged to Violet. It’s a tangled little web that gets Buck into loads of trouble.
He tries, though. Hard. He’s not always successful, but he sure does put the effort in. Buck’s as alpha as he is soft, and the combination of the two makes him one of my favourite.
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PUCKED Up Book Summary
Miller “Buck” Butterson has been banging his way through life ever since a puck to the face fixed his messed up front teeth. After five years in the NHL, deflecting goals on the ice and scoring them with puck bunnies, Miller has decided he’s ready for a girlfriend. A real, non-bunny girlfriend to take on dates, and not jump into bed with after five seconds of conversation.
Miller thinks he’s found that woman in his teammate’s sister. Except, unlike team captain and all-around nice guy Alex Waters — who happens to date his stepsister, Miller’s media reputation as a manwhore is well earned. Beyond that minor detail, Miller doesn’t know the first thing about relationships or the time and effort they require.
Miller learns — eventually — that if he wants to make Sunshine “Sunny” Waters fall for him, he's going to have to do a whole lot more than show her his stick skills in the bedroom.
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