Hi, K.J. Thanks for joining me! First question: what is your book NOT about?
Click Date Repeat Again is NOT a cutesy chick-lit novel.
What is your book about?
Click Date Repeat Again is a book that contains elements of chick-lit combined with aspects of women’s fiction and contemporary romance. It’s about Jess Mason, a young woman who’s made a pact with herself to shake a few bad habits in an attempt to get her love life in order. Trying to be helpful, her best friend Chloe (who met her significant other online in Click Date Repeat) subscribes Jess to an online dating site. This is when Jess’s journey toward finding that special someone begins.
What is your favorite line from your book?
My favorite line occurs on the very last page, so I can’t share it without spoiling the end. But here’s a runner-up…
“Maybe the love of my life is a chain-smoking Jewish porn star whose wife has been in a coma for the last twenty years. How will I find him if I set too many parameters?”
What celebrities would play your main characters if it were a movie?
Jess Mason would be played by Emma Stone.
Eric Dane would be perfect to play the role of Sawyer.
And Matt Lanter would make a great Justin.
During the week:
6:20-8:30 a.m. – Feed my kids, make lunches, and see my boys (12 and 9) off to school.
8:30-10:00 – Take care of breakfast dishes, do a few chores, do “school” with my 4-year-old.
10:00-12:00ish – Take my 4-year-old to dance or swimming, or go to the YMCA to do Body Pump (my favorite way to unwind). Then we go grocery shopping and/or run errands.
12:00ish-1:00ish – Lunch.
1:00ish-3:15 – I work on book-related things like social media maintenance and marketing tasks while my daughter reads, plays or watches one of her favorite shows.
3:15-7:00 – CHAOS. 12 year old gets home, followed shortly after by the 9-year-old. I help with homework and make dinner. Depending on the day, my kids have activities like piano, soccer, and gymnastics, so I take them where they need to be. Everyone manages to eat at some point during this timeframe.
7:00ish-9:00 – The kids get cleaned up, and the littlest one is usually off to bed at eight, then the boys at nine.
9:00-?? – This is when my husband and I find time to talk and/or watch a show together (unless he’s out of town). When he goes to bed, I usually read or write for a few hours.
During a typical weekend, my husband will take point with the kids when we don’t have anything going on so I can write.
Show me a picture of your writing spot.
The loveseat in my living room is my favorite writing spot, but I also write in my bedroom and at my kitchen table. I took this picture nearly two years ago when I first started writing Click Date Repeat Again. The cat on the back of the loveseat always used to sit with me when I was writing, but he passed away last spring. I miss my writing buddy.
I would spend the day with my grandmother who passed away when I was 21. I would ask her all of the questions I’ve been wishing I could ask her for the past twenty years.
What is the weirdest thing you have had to research for writing purposes?
I can’t say that I’ve ever had to research anything weird. I’m not saying weird things don’t happen in my books, but everything I write about is based loosely on my own experiences or the experiences of people I know, so no research has ever been necessary.
Fact: Truth is stranger than fiction . . . especially when it comes to online dating!
What was your favorite book as a child, and what is your favorite book now?
I had a lot of favorite books as a child, but three that stick out in my mind are Curious George, Amelia Bedelia, and Mickey’s Magnet. As a preteen, I loved The Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High. Then during my teen years, I devoured books by V.C. Andrews, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King. Nowadays, I enjoy many different authors and genres, so there’s no way I could pick a favorite book. Sorry!
What books are you currently reading?
Making Faces by Amy Harmon
Ethersay (ARC) by Sarah L. King
Liar by Winifred Morris
Bardwell’s Folly: A Love Story by Sandra Hutchison
Hmmm. This is a tough one . . . Probably that I used to sleepwalk when I was a child.
What writers inspire you?
I’m inspired every day by so many of my fellow authors. I can’t possibly name them all, but here’s a small list: Bria Starr, Tess Woods, Sarah L. King, E.S. Carter, Karen Ferry, Sara Ney, and Colleen Hoover.
Why do you write?
Writing is cathartic for me. I can’t even begin to describe the euphoria and sense of accomplishment I feel when I complete a book.
What are you working on right now?
I have two works in progress. By the Time We’re Forty is a women’s fiction novel, and SPIN is a young adult novel. Both books are NaNoWriMo projects that I started while working on Click Date Repeat Again. I plan to finish both within the next six months, but only one will probably make it to publication by the end of the year.
How can readers learn more about you and your work?
The best way to learn more about me would be to follow me on Facebook. I also have a website and other social media accounts, but I tend to share the most on Facebook (because I’m old, according to my teenaged niece and nephew).
Thanks again for joining me! Good luck with your book writing and participation in NaNoWriMo this year!