Friday, February 15, 2013

Book Tour : Running On Empty

Book Tour - Running on Empty

I had the perfect life. 

Beautiful and loving husband.Three gorgeous little girls. 
Successful career. 

The only thing missing was the white picket fence. I really wanted that fence. 

Three years ago, I lost that life. I lost my husband. And I lost myself. But, eventually, I found my way through the darkness. I’ve made peace with my new life. I have my girls, and that’s all that matters. They are my world. I have no illusions of ever falling in love again or getting whisked away on a white horse. 

But then he came back into my life. On a freakin’ motorcycle.

There’s no way I’ll let him turn my life completely upside down.Absolutely no way. 

The question is…

How long can I keep pretending that I’m happy with my life being right-side up?

Author Interview

Firstly thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me for Whirlwindbooks, I thought I would jump right in and ask what inspired you to write?

Hmmmm…good question.  I actually started to write the first chapter from an experience that I had with my own children. Toothpaste in the hair, yeah, it happened.  I wanted to write a story for them to have always, to remember their little sayings, little arguments, funny things that happened when they were children.  But then it kind of just took off, turning into a beautiful love story that I absolutely loved writing. 

I loved your book! I was just curious how did the idea for Running on Empty come about?

Well, I wanted to write a love story.  I put myself in the position of the main character, Alex, and tried to write exactly what I thought would be going through the mind of someone who lost her husband at such a young age.  Her defense mechanisms, her constant need to guard her heart from being hurt again, her entertaining internal monologues…I wanted to write a story that touched the hearts of readers.  We all know that she isn’t perfect, but who is?  I wanted a relatable character, a mother, who makes mistakes but is trying the best she can under the circumstances she’s been handed in life. And I wanted her to have a happy ending.

Are there going to be more books in the same series?

 Yes, I’m about to start working on Running in Place.  I am excited about the story.  It’s in my head, but I still need to start writing it. It’s going to focus on Trace’s sister, Tatum, who is kinda stuck in life, not going anywhere.  It’s about her battle within herself to let go of her anger and basically grow up and move forward in her life.
How did you find the support from other Authors? I have always been curious if it is a welcoming world or if you have to gain respect to be considered a part of it.
LOL!  This is a perfect question!  I was so blessed to meet authors that were just beginning the same journey when I was. I lovingly call us the newbie class.  We helped each other through the process, laughed at our mistakes together, and supported each other when we needed it. I love these women with all of my heart and I was so blessed to have met them. 

How much of the book came from your imagination and how much came from real people and experiences? Please tell me there is a real life Blake running around for me to make mine?

The children and their stories were all real. Their personalities are captured just as they are in real life.  There is a lot of myself in Alex, but Blake…well, Blake is a perfect man, what can I say?   I wanted someone to compliment Alex and her personality, handle her stubbornness, and someone who just loved her, because of the person she was…flaws and all.  Blake was the person molded in my mind for her.  And I love him.  Too much. 

If you were to cast a movie for the book, who would you pick to play who?

That is such a hard question for me to answer.  They are in my head and so hard to find people that I think look like they do in my mind.  But if I had to pick…I would say Alex – a young Marissa Tomei, Blake – a shaggy haired Bradley Cooper, Trace – Ian Somerhalder, and Harlow – Rachelle Lefevre

 Do you have any other books planned that are not related to this series?

Not yet, but I’m always thinking!  So I’m sure I will eventually.

Thank you again for taking the time to answer my Questions!

Quick Questions –

Next 5 reads in your TBR pile: Hopeless, Opal, Incendiary, Fallen too Far, Independence
Top 5 books to be released you are anticipating the most: Clockwork Princess, Reckless, Lover at Last, Out of Breath, Apollyon
Favourite ice-cream flavour: Peppermint!  LOL!
Country you most want to visit: Europe.  Sigh. One day. J

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