1) Can you tell us a little about your book?
Heaven For Us is the fourth book in the Those Who Survived series, and it’s a free read! It was previously published in an anthology called Love at the End of the World, but the publisher folded and I got the rights back. I didn’t know what to do with it, so I contacted my publisher at Evernight and asked if it could be a free read, and they said yes. I’m really grateful this story has a home.
2) Was there as specific part of this story that you absolutely loved writing as well as not enjoyed writing?
I loved my character, Jo. She is a badass. As I moved into my forties, I began to want a different type of heroine. I no longer identified with twenty-something year-olds. Jo is fighting menopause belly, gets easily irritated with things, and knows how to sew people up. She’s everything I hope I can be in an apocalypse. There’s not too much I didn’t like about this story.
3) Do you have a favorite line or scene in your book?
“This isn’t a beauty contest. You don’t get points for being the prettiest apocalyptic survivor. Cut the blonde hair and get some clothes that don’t scream look at my tits.”
I LOVED writing that line!
4) Is this book part of a series?
Yes, it’s book four in the Those Who Survived series. The first two are sorta a part one and part two. Book three is a stand-alone. They aren’t really about one group of survivors, instead I want to base the series about different stories of people who carve out their own heaven in this new world.
5) Where did you get the idea for this book?
Believe it or not, Covid-19 had nothing to do with this series. I had started writing it before the world came to a halt. Unfortunate timing, I suppose. I was half afraid that people would not want to read about a world that came crashing down due to a virus, but the overall response has been positive. I came up with the idea because of my own blood type. I’m B negative, which is the second rarest blood type. Basically, what separates positive blood from negative, is an enzyme. I came up with the story idea a long time ago while sitting in Anatomy and Physiology class.
6) What is your writing Kryptonite?
Trying to market myself. It’s getting more and more difficult to market myself as a writer, which cuts into my writing time.
7) What future projects are on the horizon for you?
I have a new MC series started called The Death Riders. Book one has been picked up by Evernight and I’m working on book 2 right now. Although it’s a contemporary series, there is a slight edge of the paranormal involved.
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