What I Know ... What I Want to Know

My husband, Patrick, was having lunch with an old friend that he served a mission with. The conversation went something like this:

Friend:  “What does your wife do?”

Patrick:  “She’s an author.”

Friend:  “Oh, wow, that’s interesting. What does she write?”

Patrick:  “Mostly romantic suspense.”

Friend:  (Lets out a snide chuckle.) “You know what she’s doing, don’t you?”

Patrick: (Starting to get suspicious and a little annoyed.) “I’m not following you.”

Friend:  “She’s writing those romance novels to live out some sort of wish fulfillment.”

Flash forward to a few hours later …

Patrick comes home and tells me about the conversation. At first, I’m flabbergasted! This quickly turns to anger, and I have a sudden dislike for Patrick’s “old friend” that I’ve never met.

“That’s the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard,” I say as my eyes bulge and steam spews from my ears. “He doesn’t even know me! How dare he make such an accusation!” I let out a harsh laugh. “Well, that’s the first time I’ve ever been accused of that,” I say, shaking my head. “It’s not hard to see why your friend is single! He obviously knows nothing about women!”

The assertion that I write romantic novels because I’m somehow dissatisfied with my real-life relationship is utter nonsense and not worth a discussion, but the more I thought about it, the more I came to realize that Patrick’s friend was right in one microscopic aspect. I do write about things that intrigue me. Any writer worth her salt can live a thousand lives in the confines of her stories. Lives that are only limited by her imagination.

We’ve all heard the catch phrase that authors should “write what they know.” There’s obvious merit in this. After all, there’s nothing worse than getting halfway into a novel and then realizing that the author knows zilch about the setting or the profession of the character. But let’s face it—if I stuck to writing only the things I know, I wouldn’t write much. I once heard Jodi Picoult speak at a book conference in New York. She talked about this very thing. Her solution was simple—she writes what she would like to know. Of course that means she has to research the topic until she knows it like the back of her hand, but that’s where the fun comes in. I love exploring new ideas for books. It’s one of my favorite parts of writing.

I have to admit—When Darkness Falls challenged me. I came away with a new appreciation for the amount of meticulous planning that a jewel heist would require. Writing this novel made me wish for an analytical mind. I found myself wanting to be more like those chess players that can see several steps ahead at all times. I went back to the drawing board again and again, trying to get it right.

It was with great trepidation that I sent the finished novel to a few trusted readers to get an honest opinion. I passionately waited to hear the feedback, gnawing my fingernails to stubs. I was thrilled … and relieved to hear that the readers loved it! At this point, I let out a gigantic sigh of relief that I swear could be heard clear to Colorado! Few things are more rewarding than getting a positive review on one of my books.  I’m looking forward to the novel’s release tomorrow (Nov. 10th) and am excited for everyone to read it! Oh, and the romantic aspect is stellar in this humble author’s opinion. (That’s something I do know a little about from experience, thanks to my amazing husband!) 

When tragedy unfolds to betrayal … a haunting love refuses to die … 

Chloe Kensley tries to put her life back together after her fiancĂ©, Dan, is killed. Things get really bizarre when she starts seeing Dan’s ghost. He torments her in her dreams, and her terror mounts to new heights when she starts seeing him during waking hours.

In her search to carve out a new life for herself, Chloe meets two intriguing brothers and becomes the pawn in a deadly game of intrigue and betrayal where she must fight to stay alive amidst the growing darkness. Will the ghosts of the past prevent her from truly finding love, or will she finally be delivered when darkness falls? 

When Darkness Falls comes out tomorrow! Pre-order your copy today and let me know you got it. You'll be entered in a drawing to win a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card!