1. Tell us about your upcoming/recent release.
A Will to Love is my new upcoming romantic novelette. I am just getting my feet wet with romance, although I have been an avid reader all of my life. It is about love lost, love found, and love that is forever bound.
2. What gave you the idea for your upcoming/recent release?
Recently a local bed and breakfast went out of business. The man who owned it had lost his wife in the terrible Amtrak crash in Chicago several years ago. Just knowing that history, it struck me when I heard the news of the B and B going under that it was a sad story. I didn’t set out to write a sad love story, though, and in truth is any love story really sad?
3. How much time does it take you to finish a book?
Depends on the length of the work. I wrote, edited, and completed a short story of over three thousand words in a weekend. I can usually turn out a forty-fifty thousand or more work in six months, more if it isn’t going well. Sometimes research wears me out, and I have to take a break from it and do something else, but I am usually writing SOMETHING all the time.
4. What is your favorite part of being a writer?
I have to admit that having fans and an avid readership is a really big pull. I would write until I dropped just knowing that someone out there was hot for the next Kim Smith story. It’s addictive as all get out!
5. What is your least favorite part of being a writer?
I think it depends on the day you ask me. One day I will say I hate editing. But I don’t really. I just hate that I have to quit creating to edit. I might say I hate the research, but I don’t really. I just hate having to wade through so much stuff to find a nugget that is usable. So, the least favorite part would probably be not being able to crank out books fast enough!
6. What are you working on now?
This author is now about mid-way on the third book in the Shannon Wallace Mystery series, and busy busy busy with a radio show promoting the first one (Avenging Angel), and this romance, A Will to Love.
7. All writers started out as readers – who’re your favorite authors?
I love big reads, like Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, and all of Tolkien’s works. I have met so many wonderful authors through my radio show that I have a ton of NEW favs, like Jodi Thomas, Karen White, Katherine Center, and C.W. Gortner.
8. What are your goals as a writer?
I want to write enough to leave a legacy for my kids and their kids and their kids. Wouldn’t it be great after I pass away if I had enough books out there that one of my g-g-g-g-great grandkids could start at YA level and move all the way up?
Blurb for A Will To Love:
Benton Jessup wants his bed and breakfast to be successful. He will go to any lengths to ensure that it does.
When Kitty Beebe, a famous romance author, arrives at The Inn, his desire for success becomes a struggle of wills with love.