Now twenty-two, Taylor doesn’t think she’s worth more than being the kind of girl a guy hooks up with in the back room of a bar after her band plays. She definitely isn’t the one you bring home to meet Mom and Dad.
An unlikely rescue puts her in Ethan’s sight. He’s her total opposite, though. Ethan is a sexy dork who sees beyond Taylor’s guarded exterior. He sees past the tattoos and piercings. He sees her.
But they both have secrets capable of destroying their relationship. And if Taylor’s past ever catches up with her, the consequences could be deadly.
Due to explicit language, sexual content, and dark themes, reader discretion is advised.
Ethan sucked on his bottom lip, his eyes full of torment. “You wouldn’t talk to me.”
I swallowed. He had this way of making me think he could see all of me, every part I hid, every flaw I had, every dream I didn’t dare believe in, like he worshipped it because it was mine. “I screwed up.”
He shook his head as he stepped closer, took the net out of my hand, and placed it on the side of the pool. “No, you didn’t.”
He stood in front of me, staring into my eyes. I couldn’t look away. I didn’t want to look away. There was nothing but Ethan and me in the water with the vibrations of anticipation flowing through my veins, feeding an energy to my body so intense I could only stand frozen. His gaze shifted to my mouth, and I licked my lips.
“Taylor, I…I’m going to kiss you,” he said softly. “I want you to remember how good it feels. I need you to remember that before we talk.” His hands ran up and down my arms as his eyes bore into mine. “Okay?”
I did not need a reminder of how perfect everything in the world was when we kissed, but I sure as hell wasn’t going to argue. The ability to speak escaped me, but I nodded. He leaned toward me and my heart slammed in my chest as he brushed his fingers over my lips. “So beautiful,” he whispered, more to himself than me.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I wanted to be a librarian as a kid. So, my goals were always book related, even then!
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
When I started writing every day and made the decision to publish my work.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
This is my first publication, but it’s my second book. I’ve been writing seriously for about a year and a half. The first book I wrote, Beyond Repair, will be published in the fall, right around the two year mark!
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I stay home with my two kids. My goal is to be able to write full-time once they are both in elementary school.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
The book is called Insignificant. Polar opposites fall in love. His secret and her deadly past can destroy their relationship… or kill them.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
With editing, about eight months. I only have about two hours a day to write if I’m lucky. I’m hoping to get more time in the fall, so hopefully I’ll be a little faster!
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I have a stand-alone contemporary romance novel called Beyond Repair coming out in the fall, and my next novel after that will be AJ’s story, Incomplete. I’m also working on an anthology with some of my writer friends.
What genre would you place your books into?
The Goldenrod books will all fall under Romantic Suspense. I will be releasing a stand-alone book in the fall that will be a straight-up Contemporary Romance.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I didn’t decide! I had a rough idea of my characters, and I just started writing. I started to really like one of the supporting characters, AJ, and realized a story I had in my head for a few years was a good fit for him. Taylor’s story started to link with his, so before I knew it, my romance story was getting much darker.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
I really can’t pick one, and that’s my fault. I intentionally wrote all of the members of Goldenrod as characters I like, because I can’t get in someone’s head if I don’t like them. Before I realized this would be a series, I wrote two of the members (Ben and Jason) as total jerks, and had to change them once I knew I’d have to write from their viewpoints in the future!
As I wrote from Taylor’s view, I saw everything she loves about Ethan, so I like him a lot too.
How long have you been writing? Who or what inspired you to write?
I remember making up stories and telling them to my friends in Kindergarten. Throughout my life, people always laughed about me spacing out, when really I was making up stories in my head. So I have to say I’m not inspired by anything in particular to write, it’s just how I’m wired.
I started writing things down on and off from elementary school throughout high school, but stopped in college. A couple of years after I graduated, I started missing it and began writing the beginning of stories down again. I would always delete whatever I wrote when I was finished. In 2013, I made a goal to finish an entire story without erasing it. I did it, and moved on to Insignificant. Now that I’m committed to writing, I wish I didn’t procrastinate for so many years.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
No music for me, it’s too distracting! I need quiet, so I usually don’t write until after everyone in my house is asleep. My dream is to one day have full days to write so I don’t fall asleep at my computer every night.
And I sit on my couch with my computer on my lap. Maybe someday I’ll get a desk.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
This is my first published book, and I plan to.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
Ask any of my critique partners, and they will tell you I’m horrible at titles and constantly change them. They talked me into keeping this one, and I’m going to try and keep the words that start with “in” theme for this series (AJ’s story will be called Incomplete).
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
I got Taylor’s name off a street sign, and the other guys in the band all have names I just like. I needed to list a bunch of restaurants in one chapter of Insignificant, and named them all after my critique partners. In Beyond Repair, the male main character is named after my brother’s pet mouse when we were kids.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
I create them first and then the name comes.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along? Before, and I usually have a very small idea of something from their past that makes them interesting. Other than that, everything else comes to me as I write, including huge chunks of the plot.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..").
Nope, I am way to shallow for that.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I read fast and I travel a lot, so I love eBooks! And the best thing ever is one-clicking and getting the book right away!
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
Sometimes they do. I’d have to say the Harry Potter movies are my favorite, even though I felt the need to point out everything that was left out as I watched them the first time. I was disappointed with the Odd Thomas movie.
Your favorite food is?
Your favorite singer/group is?
Your favorite color is?
I have two- purple and blue!
Kelly Lincoln is pretty lame but she’s okay with that. She enjoys reading, inappropriate jokes, all things Disney, and spending time with her family. She lives in the northeast and drinks way too much Diet Coke.
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