How did you come up with the idea of So Much it Hurts?
I had a scenario tugging at me one night, so I just sat down to type it out. One scene turned into two scenes, and before I knew it I had typed almost 20K words. It took several years to finish the book. I just wrote it a little at a time as a creative outlet. Most of my ideas for the story came to me while I was showering or washing dishes.
What has been your best moment as a writer? Honestly, reading all the wonderful reviews from readers has been the best for me. I love connecting with my readers, knowing they really got into the story and loved Chris and Kaitlyn as much as I did.
What's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing? When I’m not writing, I spend way too much time on facebook and catching up on my favorite shows…which are Chicago Fire and Chicago PD right now.
What do you normally like to read when not writing? I have made a lot of fellow author friends in this indie author world. When I’m not writing I like to pick up one of their books and read. Contemporary Romance and NA are my favorite genres.
Who designed your cover? Was it how you imagined Kaitlyn when you were writing So Much It Hurts? It was a collaborative effort with a friend of mine. I spent hours and hours combing through stock photos. I found one I thought I liked, but after a few mock-ups, I changed my mind. Something just didn’t sit right. Then I remembered a photo I’d considered a while before that, and showed my friend. We immediately knew that was the one.
Describe your main character in six words. Sensitive, Naïve, Resilient, Passionate, Good-natured, but Human.
What do you need to set the mood for you to write? SILENCE. A lot of authors can turn on their playlist and start writing. Not me. I can’t listen to music while I write. I need complete silence. That’s why I write a lot at night after everyone has gone to bed, or during the day while the kids are in school.
What is your favorite book of all time that you can reread a hundred times, and it still feels like the first time? I love The Bridges of Madison County. It’s one of my all-time faves.