This author Q&A was published on April 01, 2013 which means the information in it was accurate at this time. Obviously things change sometimes and different things come about but this information was accurate at the time it was posted. As I release each new book, I will continue to post a new author Q&A that will answer the latest questions. Don’t forget you can submit your question(s) as well. Just click my contact page and fill out the form.
For someone who has not had the chance to read it yet, can you tell them what Absolutely Unforgivable is about?
Absolutely Unforgivable started out as a short story, that sort of took on a life of its own. It’s a romance novel. The story follows the life of Stacy Keller who meets an amazingly sexy man that she falls madly in love with. The story covers the span of their relationship, how it starts and how it ends and all of the gritty details that happen in between.
What inspired you to write Absolutely Unforgivable?
While Absolutely Unforgivable is the first book I’ve released, it was actually not the first book I had written. I have been working on Airabella Grace for awhile now and I needed a mental break. I needed to get the story out of my head and out of that box. An editor I was working with at the time suggested that I needed a fresh mindset and the best way to do that would be to write another story all together and that is how Absolutely Unforgivable was born.
Any truth to the story? Jeromy Fagen sounds dreamy. Is he someone you may know in your real life?
That’s a hard question to answer. In part he is real. There is a real Jeromy out there, although Fagen isn’t his last name. Much of what I wrote about him was true, but I also took a vast amount of creative license. So in part yes he is real but in part he was purely imaginary.
Why the unusual spelling of the name Jeromy?
That’s how the real Jeromy spells his name so I thought it only fitting that I keep it the same in the book since I based the Jeromy Fagen character after him.
Billy is the bad boy every girl wants … is there a real bad boy in your life?
No. Billy is purely a figment of my imagination. I don’t know anyone like him. I think I got the idea for him from Jeromy. Many years ago, when I had first met Jeromy, the real Jeromy, he was going through a divorce. They had been separated for a long time before that but had only recently filed for divorce. When that divorce was final I helped to organize a divorce party at a near-bye bar that we often visited. We had hired a local band that we had seen before and loved. I can’t for the life of me remember the name of the band but they were sort of local legends of sorts. The lead singer could do a dead on Linkin’ Park and I guess that’s where the idea for Billy came about. I didn’t really know the band or anyone in it. But still I think that is what gave me the inspiration to create him.
Absolutely Unforgivable goes to some dark places. Is there a reason for this?
Yes, for the moment I started writing the story I had always known what the ending would be. I wanted to end the book on a bad note, as a statement of saying that sometimes there are consequences for your actions and karma has a way of biting us in the ass when we don’t pay attention. I wanted you to walk away from this story never forgetting the cost of desire, the price of love. Love isn’t always easy. Love isn’t always kind. But my sister and friends and eventually my editor didn’t feel it was commercially viable to end the book that way and as such I had to make some last minute changes to the story to end it in a way that allowed for them to have a happily ever after. I hate to admit it, but I’m kind of glad they did pressure me into it because I think that the way it turned out, really was for the best.
Will Absolutely Unforgivable be available in print or is it just going to be an eBook?
I didn’t originally have any plans for releasing Absolutely Unforgivable as a printed book but thanks to services like Amazon’s CreateSpace I was able to offer the book at certain major retailers in print format as well with out any real extra effort. So yes, Absolutely Unforgivable is available at some retailers in paperback including Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Any chance for a volume 2?
Until recently I would have said no, their story is finished. In my mind, I closed the chapter on Stacy Keller and friends and have moved on, or so I thought. But the characters in this book seem to have gotten in my head and seeped into my dreams. I recently finished working on a prequel for the book called Snow, which is based on Billy Snow’s life before he met Stacy Keller and how all of that came together.
I’ve written a few chapters of the next book, with a surprising twist to where their lives take them. So far the working title I have for it is called New Beginnings. I’ve also started to outline the next book in the series which will focus on Jeromy’s life and what happens to him. He meets someone in New Beginnings and that sort of takes us into his story but I really only have a rough outline for that story so far. But sometimes while I’m writing something for New Beginnings an idea for his book will pop into my head and I’ll jot it down for future reference. 🙂
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Several people have expressed an interest in writing a book but they weren’t sure how to go about starting the process. The answer is simple … just start writing. Don’t worry about grammar, chapters or adding in things about what they are wearing, what the room looks or smells like … just write. Let the base of the story flow from your mind. Write down anything and everything that comes to mind. Once you’ve gotten that part down, which could take days or weeks or even in some cases months, then you can go back and look over what you have and break it into chapters and then start filling in missing details. The hardest part will always be getting the initial story down. Far too many people get bogged down in the “rules of writing”. Don’t worry about that. You can always go back later and fix things. All you need to worry about at first is getting that story in your head written down. From there you will probably be surprised how easy the rest comes.
What do you think about all of the positive reviews coming in about your book?
There will always be people who will absolutely love what you do and absolutely hate it. I try and avoid reading all the comments for that very reason. While great reviews of course are wonderful, it’s hard sometimes to read all the negative ones. This book is what it is, you love it or you hate it but it won’t change any of the words on the page. They are what they are, printed and out there. Reading how much someone hates it, won’t really change that so I really just avoid that kind of reviews all together. As far as the positive reviews, I’m happy that so many people have found joy in the story I’ve written.
How can one request an ARC of your next book?
If you run an established review site or blog then you can click the contact link and send me a message. Be sure and let me know the your website address so that I can check your site out. For those people I will add them to my list and when the time comes I will be sure and contact them.
What do you think about the people who say it is an authors responsibility to create positive female role models?
I think that there are all kinds of people in this world, and not every book can feature stories about the absolutely best people who are strong and smart and funny and unique. Sometimes people in this world are not funny, have bad hair, are needy, clingy, insecure, or suffer from debilitating anxiety. Why can’t we read about those people too? Sure in a perfect world everyone would be strong, beautiful and confident, but that’s just not realistic so I’m sorry but I prefer to write about someone with real issues. But that’s just me. Other people can write about whomever or whatever they so desire.
What is the next book you are working on?
I just finished Snow, a companion for Absolutely Unforgivable. I’ve written the first few chapters of New Beginnings, the next book in the Absolutely Unforgivable series and I’m also working on the edits / rewrites for Airabella Grace as well as the edits for a new book I’ve written, which right now I’m calling Waiting For You. It’s now in the Absolutely Unforgivable series however there is one cross over character, Bree. I bring her into this story, and let her find her happily ever after.