One question I have been asked over and over is: Will there be a book for Connor? Aiden? Ryan?
**Yes! Yes! And YES! There are already books out for Connor (Chaotic Beauty), Aiden (Changed Beauty), and Ryan (Unbreakable Beauty). And a bonus – the characters of Jackson, Jenks, and a few others we’ve met along the way will have their own stories in a spinoff series.
Another question I am asked frequently is: Is anything you write in your books based on real-life?
(May contain spoilers if you have not read the Beauty Series … and the first book of the Seasons series which is currently not available yet!)
**Some things are, most are not. I’ve definitely mentioned this before in the “Fun Facts” section, but some things that I attributed to Samantha are really things that I enjoy such as reading, baseball, going to the Inner Harbor, and more specifically, Sam’s favorite spot while there. Sam’s love of family, coffee, daisies, Otis Redding, dressing down instead of up are all me too. Riley has some of my favorite things sprinkled into her as well – the red nails, the long dark hair, earrings that were given to her that are immensely important … though I must say Riley is not nearly as much “me” as Sam is. And let’s not forget that I wrote Connor and Ryan as firefighters … and for those who know me … that’s definitely a thing for me! 🙂 There should be no doubt of why those two men are who they are! As for Allie, Beth and now Sky … they have bits of me sprinkled into them too. Allie with her necklace that actually means something to her … a connection … Or Beth with her coffee mugs, her chucks … Sky and her dancing around the kitchen, listening to Otis while cooking, once again her love of chucks and old vintage tees, old muscle cars, and fall festivals – completely me. I also have the stained glass version of the quote she uses about halloween and the magic in the night when pumpkins glow by midnight …
Now that I think about it – a lot of my favorites make it into all the likes and dislikes of all my female characters. Just thinking about them and the ones I am currently writing – a lot is actually me …
But when it comes to plot-lines, no. No real-life here. No crazy stalkers. No scandalous adventures or pictures. I have the best mom ever – unlike Allie. Nothing at all like what Beth and Sky go through. Or the rest of them.
Another question that has been asked a lot is: Do you plan to continue to write once this series is finished.
***Yes, most definitely! I already have two brand new ideas written down. They are both completely different from what I have previously written. One story is more lighthearted and dealing with sports and second chances, the other is dark and gritty. At the end of the final book in the Beauty Series I will most likely make my decision of what I write next … UNLESS one really starts taking over my every thought before then. That’s normally what happens … So we will see.
**** And something obviously did take over! Jackson Raines and his completely owning me once he jumped out of my imagination and onto the page. His story will be next. As will the whole entire series I created because of him.
But I still have those THREE (now its three) stories bouncing around in my head that I am not giving up on. I have ideas written down for those first two stories. And I have a few pages written in the first chapter THAT I ABSOLUTELY love of a third idea that sprung out of nowhere when I was writing Winter. I can picture this 100 percent being written as soon as I’m done with the Seasons series – because just thinking about it now while I type this – I want in this female characters head and world SO bad!
One of my favorites questions is … What’s next?
***Well … not too long ago I was leaning towards something dark and gritty ^^^ as I mentioned in my response to the question above. BUT then I wrote Ryan and Beth’s story … and I told you in the above answer … sometimes something just grabs hold and takes up everything. And that’s what happened when I wrote a character into Ryan and Beth’s story. I was so caught up in Jackson Raines … and now he will be the next book up. And then after that we have Jenks’s book. Then Reed’s. And then finally Knox’s. A whole brand new series!
The question I love just as much as I hate … When will the next book be out?
***I love this question because I KNOW there will definitely be another book coming out. I’m still living this dream! I hate it though … because I never know! I constantly feel like I am disappointing people and MYSELF when I say a book will be released in a few months, and then it gets pushed back because I am having a difficult time figuring things out, the story isn’t flowing, the editing is taking longer than I thought, the cover isn’t right, or well … life happens. I can tell you that Winter will be released on 11.11.19. And that I plan on having Spring done and out in the world in Spring of 2020. That is the goal. FINGERS CROSSED!
And lately I have been getting one of the hardest questions of all … Is that really the end of Samantha and Liam, Connor and Riley, Aiden and Allie, and Ryan and Elizabeth.
**Yes, it is the end of their stories. No more books for Sam and Liam, Connor and Riley, Aiden and Allie, Ryan and Beth. No more huge solo scenes written for them either. BUT … you might see them briefly in passing … I mean … I love twists and turns and big reveals. I can tell you *spoiler* that we do see Liam and Connor specifically in the first book of the Seasons series. And we will be seeing others pop up in the next few books of that series as well. But are they “done” … Yes, they are done.
And they all live happily-ever-f*cking-after!!!