Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Cover artist: Boroughs Publishing Group
Heat rating: Mild
Tagline: Across a crowded subway platform two souls connect.
Blurb: A top research scientist. A scientific journalist. A case of vertigo and a beakers worth of misunderstanding. It's a formula for happily ever after.
Boroughs Publishing Group http://www.boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/vertigo
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Elise Carterette, late 20’s, Research Scientist
Garrett McAlister, late 20’s, Scientific Journalist
How do you come up with ideas?
Ideas come from anything and everything. Words, names, places, a gesture, an action, some long ago remembered memory.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
The creativity and imagination that I get to use in creating people, places and situations. Where no matter what struggles your characters may go through, they can usually find their happy ending.
Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, outline, or...?
When I start writing a new story it’s usually just by the seat of my pants, letting the character tell me where they want their story to go. I’ll have an idea of where the story is going, but sometimes it twists in a totally different direction. For others, I will do the research first, and plot some, but I still like to just write and see where it takes me. Sometimes, I just sit and write the scene I’m working on or future scenes in my head, rewrite it until I’m happy with it, and then actually type or write it down.
What did you learn from writing your first book?
That I had a lot to learn about writing itself. When I look back over my first manuscript, I cringe. From then until now I’ve learned so much and feel my writing is stronger than ever, though it is an ever evolving process.
Is your muse demanding?
Yes…and no. Some days I feel she’s taken a permanent vacation to some tropical locale and left me to fend for myself, others she’s so insistent that I have to write or face the consequences of no sleep or not being able to concentrate on anything else I may have to do that day.
List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
It varies from day to day, I’m constantly downloading new books on to my Nook, but I’ve recently read two of my favorite author’s latest books, Faith Hunter’s, Death’s Rival and Seanan McGuire’s, Ashes of Honor.
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Scotland or Ireland. Places rich with history and where my family came from.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Hearing the final bell ring. No, not really, I mostly enjoyed my science and world history classes.
Do you play any online, board, or role-playing games? Which ones?
Yes. I’ve played World of Warcraft off and on since 2006, and even for a time Dungeons and Dragons with the same friends that got me into WoW.
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do.
In sophomore year of high school, I got a new puppy. A tri-colored Basset Hound I named Gandalf. I took him everywhere with me, and being the lazy eight week old he was I carried him around a lot. On this particular day, I was driving to the local college for a French Club function we were having, and Gandy was in my lap…I was turning onto the road I needed to go the parking lot, and his hind leg got stuck in the steering wheel, he was looking bewildered as he was half dragged out of the one arm I had holding him, and I was panicking as the wheel wasn’t turning as it should, and there in front of us was an electric pole. Quick action and assistance from my mom who was in the passenger seat, saved us from disaster. It’s a funny story now, but was quite scary at the time, needless to say, Gandalf never sat in my lap while I was driving again after that, though he tried, even when he was full grown.
Please Fill in the Blanks
I love pizza with pepperoni.
I'm always ready for an interesting off-the-wall conversation or an ice hockey game.
When I'm alone, I like to turn the music up loud and write, or read, depending on my mood.
You'd never be able to tell, but I was a baby beauty queen and a goon on the ice (though a sneaky one, I rarely got a penalty. “Oh, did your skate trip over my blade?”).
If I had a halo it would be slightly crooked.
If I could be any animal for one day I'd be a ferret, and do a weasel war dance, because it looks like fun.
I can never cheat on a spouse because I know how it feels to be cheated on.
Books Coming Soon
The Officer and the Goon, a Lunchbox Romance published by Boroughs Publishing Group
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