2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader? This book is a quest of sorts. My two main characters are searching for belonging, but my heroine is also searching for herself. She's escaped an abusive relationship, one that robbed her of her courage and her self-worth, so she returns to her small hometown to rebuild her life and find the lost pieces.
3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down? All of Me, at its core, is a story of hope and connection. I want readers to feel those emotions and to understand that by pushing through the darkness, you can find the light. That we all have people who will walk through that darkness and stay with us while we find our way.
4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers? This sounds cliched, but it's true: tell the story that makes your heart race. Tell the story that makes you cry. Don't chase trends, and don't buy into group think. Tell your story. Keep it simple and dig deep with the emotions.
5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? The trend of "more is better" seems to be fading a bit, especially in the romance world where authors were burning themselves out with unrealistic publishing schedules. I believe, in both traditional and indie publishing, we will start to see fewer releases. No one is going to notice, as there will still be lots of new books, but the pace was unsustainable for most, (not all) and quality suffered. Readers deserve our best work, and that doesn't generally happen at a breakneck pace.
6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book? Domestic abuse is a hard subject. The challenge is making it part of the character, not a plot device. Above all else, I had to understand the nuanced behavior we see in survivors. I had to do a deep dive into Lilly's heart and soul, and I had to stay a while to examine her trauma and how it became embedded. Her experience was not just what happened, but how it became part of her. Survivors deserve nothing less than my respect and attention, and I took this to heart.
7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours? Because even though it's a serious subject, the small town I've built, Compass Cove, is all about love, family and finding a place to call home. Readers will feel deeply, but in the end, they will emerge with a feeling of hope. They too will feel the power of finding true north.