Review (with major spoilers) + another giveway!

Thanks to Lisa and her blog Adventures in Biblioland, there’s a chance to win a free copy of Celia on the Run. Lisa got through the entire novel in just two days, loved the emotional ups and downs, got a little freaked out too, and she took the time to write a very thorough review (but its got major spoilers so don’t read it unless you’ve already finished the book or you’re one of those people who can’t help but read the last page first…you know who you are!)

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Enter the Giveaway!

If you’re interested in winning a free copy of Celia on the Run, just enter the giveaway contest on a blog called “i loves to read”. Anita Morgan, the reviewer, had some great feedback and comments and like so many other readers, she just didn’t quite know what to expect in the end. I know that probably drives a lot of people nuts, not knowing what’s ahead for the characters, but that’s my favorite kind of story (to read and to write)!



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Featured on The Autumn Review

Check out The Autumn Review today to read an excerpt from Celia on the Run. The excerpt is actually one of my favorite scenes from the beginning of the novel, a real turning point early on in the story when Nick chases after Celia, begging to be a part of her trip across the country.

Autumn, the avid reader behind the blog, reads and reviews a wide variety of books and I’m honored to be featured on her site today.

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Where do characters come from?

I’ve been asked a few times if the characters in my stories are based on real people. My answer is no, and that’s not just because of the big ol’ legal disclaimer at the beginning of Celia on the Run, stating all characters are entirely fictional and any resemblance to the living or the dead is entirely coincidental. Although I’m inspired by other people, their personality traits, the way they interact with others, I never ever “use” someone real as a character. It’s much more interesting to me to create a character from nothing. I pulled Nick and Celia out of thin air, but I really tried hard to make them real and their story believable. That’s the whole point of fiction, right?

I do, however, allow bits and pieces of my past, or parts of myself, to appear in the background of the story. I don’t think that’s on purpose, it’s just easier to get facts and details for a story when they’re already floating around in your head. One example is that the college Nick Novaczek is supposed to attend in the fall is Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. I could have chosen any college for him, but I chose one in Baltimore because I attended college in Charm City myself (but not at Johns Hopkins, like my dad). Another example of real details from my life creeping into this story is that the car Nick and Celia used to drive across the country (which belongs to Nick’s parents) was a Ford Taurus. I’ve never owned a Taurus, it’s not really an exciting or memorable vehicle, but in high school I carpooled with someone in a car very similar to the one described in the novel. Not exactly a big detail from my life, or important, but it happened to be the first car that popped into my head when I needed an average family car for Nick and Celia to drive. Funny how that works!

People around me, in my life currently, or formerly in my life, need not be afraid of appearing in my next novel. Now, if I find a really cool old suitcase at Goodwill, or eat some killer Indian Fry bread, I make no promises.

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I’m a little late to the party here, but I finally caved in and joined Goodreads. I knew I would love it, that wasn’t the issue, it was more a concern about putting what little free time I have available at risk. It’s amazing how many hours can waste away when you get sucked into one book recommendation after another! Oh well, books are a big part of my life, reading them, writing them, and enjoying them.

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First Author Interview

Earlier this month, my first interview as an author was posted on a blog called Feed My Need for a Good Read. Lots of fun questions, some personal, some about writing, but all in all, it was a pleasure to be one of the many authors Larissa has taken the time to interview for her site.

In case you missed it…

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