Q: How did you get into writing?
A: I have always had a creative streak, and have tried my hand in many creative hobbies like painting and arts and crafts projects. I even changed my career at one stage to become a hairdresser. However, none of these changes or hobbies were enough to satisfy me creatively. I had always wanted to try my hand at writing but was unsure what genre I wanted to write for. I happened to stumble across erotic romance novels one day and instantly fell in love with them. I realized I not only love reading them but also found the genre I wanted to write for.
Q: Where did the idea come from for this book?
A: Surprisingly, the idea around the book/series came from two things. One was I saw an advert on TV. Yes, I know, an advert, right? I hate adverts myself, but this one captured my imagination. It was an ad for the Bomb Squad, a documentary on their job and the role they play within the community. I didn't get around to watching the documentary, however, just seeing a 60-second advert was enough to trigger my imagination.
Q: Is there any meaning behind the characters' names in the series?
A: Yes, there is. Thank you for asking. Chloe’s and Jake’s name came from pets I had growing up, who have now passed on. Mary J's name is very dear to my heart; she is named after my late grandmother Mary Jean Haynes, nee Stacey. When I started writing Mary J’s character into the first novel, The Light in Her Eyes, my grandmother’s name came to mind. Just like Mary J’s character does in the book, my grandmother was always helping others out whenever they needed help, and she loved catching up on neighborhood gossip, so I thought it was only fitting to name Mary J’s character after my beloved and much missed grandmother. My grandmother has never worked behind a bar through, or at least not that I know of.
Q: Do you see yourself in any of the characters?
A: So far the only similarities I have with any of the characters would be with Chloe’s character. As this novel is fiction, there are, however, certain aspects that have either actually loosely occurred to myself that are in the book. For example, Chloe and I both drive a blue bubble of a car. I also recently moved to Tasmania, Australia for a job relocation as I work as a full-time Sales consultant in-between writing; which is something else I have in common with Chloe as she also relocated to Tasmania for her job. Plus, I suffered from a broken seatbelt as well, but unlike Chloe I never got pulled over by a hot and handsome cop.
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