First, thank you so much for hosting the BREAKING LAUREN book tour! BREAKING LAUREN is technically a cross-over novel. It was written with the desire to showcase things that are really happening in high schools, but I wanted to amplify the subjects to the point that the reader really becomes emotionally involved. I am known for my paranormal novels, and with BREAKING LAUREN, I wanted to push the envelope and explore my own range as a storyteller.
What was the most difficult part in writing this story?
The hardest part was how much I felt for the characters. Seeing their story unfold in my head and then turning it off when I needed to was the worst! I found myself writing out scenes in the middle of the night because the characters wouldn’t stop.
What was the most fun?
Honestly, I loved writing the tension and interaction between the characters. Danny and Lauren are so similar, but have completely different views on the world. Both are skeptical and pessimistic about certain things and totally different on others; it makes their relationship quiet entertaining.
What is your favorite scene in the book?
My favorite scene, by far, is the first kiss between Danny and Lauren. I won’t give away any spoilers—but it’s great to see both characters acceptance and denial collide.
Is there anything you would like readers to take away after reading the book they may miss that you want to point out?
Many people have commented on the ending of the novel, and I’m sure that will continue. However, this book is about growth, acceptance, self-discovery, and debunking myths that our families impose on us. It’s important for me that the reader connects to either Danny’s decisions or Lauren’s decisions.
You’ve recently been very busy moving, but writing wise, what is next for you?
I’m thankful to finally be in the home that I feel I’ll watch my son go to prom and graduate high school in. (FINGERS FIRMLY CROSSED because he’s 7). J We all have dreams, right? Writing wise, I am finishing up FULL MOON - the final in THE CRESCENT series. I am also editing the sequel to BREAKING LAUREN, working title: LOSING LAUREN. I’m always working on at least three projects, so I also have a super secret project going on that I will be posting teasers on my website shortly.
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I love to meet new people and get teased (a lot) for my knack to make friends anywhere, including but not limited to: the bank, the store, the bathroom, the movies... you get the idea.
A few of my fave things: dogs, quads, my family, camping, and (of course) tattoos.
I'm available on Twitter, Facebook, Myspace and of course, here on Good Reads! I look forward to getting some great recommendations.
And one of the most important things to know about me- I live each day with the moto: Life is about the journey, not the destination.
Fun Factoid: 'The Crescent' was originally called 'The Guardian'- any guesses why?
Author information taken from her Goodreads.