Interview with Author Tara Mayoros

Please welcome my fellow Astraea Press author Tara Mayoros! She’s here today with an interview to help celebrate the release of Broken Smiles.

Welcome, Tara! What inspired your book?

My book was inspired first by lyrics to a song I wrote. It came to me in a dream. My entire book and characters evolved from those song lyrics. Then of course, the time I spent in China was fuel for my story.

How do you spend your free time?

I spend my free time actively trying to get outdoors. I love to ski and hike and just be in the mountains. If I am home and can’t escape to nature, then I go for a run or walk outside.

What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?

The thing I struggle most with writing, is avoiding purple prose. This is when the writing is so flowery that it brings excessive attention to itself. Personally I love Tolkien and his extreme details. People don’t care for that much anymore. I have been told to tone down on my description many times. I cut 30,000 words from Broken Smiles! I defeat it my coming back to my work in progress after a long break and look at it with critical eyes. Good editors also help.

When did you first realize you were an author?

I first realized I was an author when this book was pretty much done and I would take it to critique groups and enter it in competitions. When it started getting good reviews and input, then I realized that maybe, just maybe I had something.

What kind of music do you listen to while you write?

Music is HUGE when I write. I have to listen to music. It is my muse. I don’t care if it has words or not. I like listening to epic soundtracks when I am in a fight scene. I’ll put a soundtrack up on my web-site soon of musicians and songs that inspire me.

What is your favorite part of writing?

My favorite part of writing is the escapism. It transports me into a different world and hours pass, days pass, before I surface. I also love the community of like minded individuals

What is the most important thing in your life and why?

My husband and children are the most important things in my life. Sometimes I have to make a conscious effort to stop writing and spend time with them. I have done much better at this as the demands of writing are so huge right now. I try to stick to a schedule and when they are home from work and school, I turn off the computer to spend time with them.

What author or literary character would you like to go to lunch with?

I would love to go to lunch with Edgar Allen Poe. It would be thrilling because I would fear for my life, along with give me food for fodder.

The fictional character I’d love to go to lunch with would be of course any of the heroines in Juliet Marillers fantasy novels. They are all so different but show courage and strength.

Which of your personality traits did you write into you characters?

I didn’t intentionally write my personality traits into any of my characters. Through my character Rafe, I was able to live my humanitarian dream, which will hopefully come to pass someday.

What is your favorite color?

Turquoise! I even have a turquoise blue guitar like the one in the novel Broken Smiles that I bought in China for maybe $5.00

What is your favorite animal?

A horse! It is my spirit animal. I love taking personality tests and anytime I do a spirit animal test, it is always a horse. In my work in progress YA fantasy trilogy, Vagabond, I have a main character that is a horse.

Top hobby you do when not writing?

I paint. I refurbish furniture. I ski. I work in a garden center and play with pretty flowers.

Do you collect anything?

Yes, I have an addiction for maps, atlas’, and globes. I have a huge collection of globes. It is my way of seeing the world without going anywhere. I inherited my wanderlust from my Grandmother.


Check out Tara’s book, Broken Smiles.

Broken Smiles cover artOne fateful night while performing at the Grammys, the pressure from the music industry becomes too much for Laidan. She is quickly carried off the stage, leaving the world audience stunned and amazed by her emotional performance. Accompanying her are a trusted bodyguard and a close childhood friend. Together they make for the jungles of China where she meets Doctor Rafe Watkins, a humanitarian who has reasons of his own for why he has chosen to live deep within the bamboo forests. The handsome doctor is building an orphanage and runs a clinic that fixes children’s broken smiles or cleft palets. Watching him perform his many acts of kind service, Laidan’s “broken smile” is also healing and she begins to fall deeply in love with him. She has finally found a place where she belongs. One problem – because of Rafe’s intentional seclusion from society for the past seven years, he does not know Laidan’s true identity. What will he do when he finds out? Can love conquer all, or is Laidan’s rock star fame too big for his quiet life?

Broken Smiles is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other online retailers.

About the Author

photo of author Tara MayorosAs a child, Tara Mayoros moved to Asia with her family where her love of different cultures and travel began. In college she satisfied her wanderlust by moving to China, filling her head with countless stories, and occasionally writing them down.

Years, marriage, children and many adventures later, she picked up her dusty pen and paper (or laptop) and realized that writing took her to different worlds and gave her the experiences that she yearned for. As an author, artist, baker, music teacher, gardener, and nature lover – she sees the beauty in the process, and the miracle, of creation. The Rocky Mountains are her home and they call to her whenever she finds herself in need of inspiration.

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Interview with Author Alison Stanley

Please welcome author Alison Stanley to The West Corner! We swapped interviews, and I’m happy to have her here today. If you want to check out my interview on her blog, you can find it here.

Without further ado, let’s get to Alison’s interview.

Tell us a little about yourself.

Alison Stanley author photoI have been married for 8 years (time flies!) and I have two delightful little girls who are 6 and 4 years old. We live in Sydney, Australia.
I work full time, and I’m also studying this year. Some people think I’m crazy!
In my spare time, I enjoy writing novels. I also love to read. I have too many hobbies and not enough spare time 🙂

Please tell us about your latest release.

My latest book, Trust Me Twice, is an inspirational romance book based in Australia. The story follows Alana Johnston, a talented interior designer, who returns to her hometown in the country for Christmas and bumps into the last person she ever wanted to see again – her ex-best-friend Zac Whitehouse.

Alana’s first instinct is to hide from him behind her hard exterior, but he slowly starts to soften her heart. When she ends up stranded with Zac in the middle of the biggest natural disaster in years, she is forced to make a decision. Is she able to trust Zac again after the hurt he caused her, and will her faith in God be restored?

Particularly aimed at teens and young adults, although versatile enough for all ages to enjoy, this book gives encouragement to those feel that God has let them down.

Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?

Trust Me Twice is available as both paperback and e-book. You can find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBookstore, Kobo and many other retailers.

What inspired you to write this book?

As a Christian, I know that God has a plan for my life, but when things gets tough, it is easy to feel lost or like God doesn’t care. I have seen God at work through difficult circumstances in my own life, and I wanted to share that hope with others through my book.

Alana was a minor character in my first book, Second Chances, and I was curious to find out her story. She seemed kind of mysterious to me, and as I wrote, I got to see her story unfold. It was fun.

What made you want to be a writer?

Until about 2 years ago, the thought had never even crossed my mind. Then there was one night when I was feeling energetic and I’d run out of good books to read, so I thought “Hey, why don’t I try and write my own book; the kind of book I’d like to read.” This is where Second Chances started. It was just an experiment, but as I spent the next 12 weeks getting lost in the lives of my characters, I realised that writing was something that filled me with joy.

What is your favorite part of writing?

Like you, I am also a bit of a pantser (flying by the seat of my pants). I general have a brief synopsis that summarises the main characters and conflicts, but I love the feeling of typing onto the blank screen and seeing my stories come to life. There are so many times I’ll sit back and think – “Wow, I totally didn’t see that coming.” I almost feel as if my characters are writing their own story and I’m just the conduit.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

I would tell them not to put too much pressure on themselves to be the next big bestselling author. Writing is about connecting with readers. When it becomes purely about technique, marketing and making money, I think a writer loses out, and so do their readers.

If you had to pick a theme song for you book, what would it be and why?

Ooh, good question!  ‘Gravity’ cover by Brittany Cairns. I listened to this many times when I was writing my book.

Where can readers learn more about you and your books?

They can visit my blog where I write about all kinds of things, or ‘like’ my author page on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter (@alisonwrites).

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Thanks so much for the opportunity.

Thanks for being here today! Readers, be sure to check out the blurbs and gorgeous covers for Alison’s books below.


About the Author

Alison Stanley is a working mum, living in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two young daughters. In her spare time she writes inspirational romance books for adults and teens. She published her first book, ‘Second Chances’, in 2012, and her second, ‘Trust Me Twice’, in 2013. She is now working on her third and fourth books.

Alison’s passion for writing has grown out of a love for reading. She enjoys a wide range of authors, both Christian and secular. She also enjoy playing music, exploring new holiday destinations, planning home renovation projects (and sometimes attempting them), and viewing the world through the eyes of her children.

To connect with Alison, visit her on Facebook –, or follow her on Twitter –

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Second Chances cover artBlurb

Even as a child, Rachel had her whole life mapped out – study teaching, marry the perfect guy, have some kids and be a stay at home mum. With two different guys after her attention, Rachel must make a choice – will she choose rebellious single dad Nate or sensible youth leader Steven?

Meanwhile, Hannah is on top of the world, engaged to be married to the love of her life, until a chance encounter with someone from her past threatens to take away her happiness. Will her relationship survive when the secret she has been keeping for so many years is uncovered?

As these best friends lean on God and each other through different trials, they both experience God’s forgiveness and his provision of second chances.


Trust Me Twice cover artBlurb

From the day they were both born, Alana and Zac were best friends,  until an incident on a school camp causes Alana to push Zac away and to doubt God. Ten years later, Alana returns to her home town of Oakley and runs into Zac again. He is now a famous TV star and super-cute, but can she forgive him for hurting her all those years ago? While stranded alone with him in the middle of a natural disaster, she must decide whether to open her heart and trust Zac, and God, again.


Where to Find Alison’s Books

Interview with Author Kristin Wallace

Please give a warm welcome to my fellow Astraea Press author Kristin Wallace! She’s here today for an interview to help celebrate the release of her debut novel, Marry Me.

Tell us a little about yourself.

photo of author Kristin WallaceI am a reader first. I almost always had a book in my hand as a kid. I was around 25 when I had the great epiphany that I was supposed to be a writer when I grew up. It took 17 years of starts and stops before I FINALLY sold my first book…this one. For my day job I work as a creative writer at an ad agency, coming up with copy for TV spots, radio, print, brochures, etc. It’s a totally different kind of writing from novels, but it’s taught me how to write killer blurbs and about the concepts of marketing and branding. I also sing in my church choir and worship team.

Please tell us about your latest release.

Marry Me is set in the fictional, Southern town of Covington Falls. My heroine is Julia Richardson a cynic who doesn’t believe in love who winds up having to run a wedding planning business. My guy is Seth Graham, the local widowed minister. He’s just starting to surface after losing his wife. I wrote this book several years ago. It started out its life as a 1st person book only from Julia’s POV. I later revised it to 3rd person and added Seth’s POV. It was quite a haul and I was scared at first that I wouldn’t be able to capture Seth’s voice, but he came through loud and clear from his very first appearance. I kind of adore him now.

Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?

It’s available as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and

What is your favorite part of writing?

Getting to know my characters. Those first few chapters. I guess it’s like a new relationship, all shiny and bright and full of promise. I usually will sit down and write the first chapters before I do any real plotting. It helps me fall in love with them, which helps me survive the epic struggle of plotting and writing and revising and revising and revising….

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

I would say join a writer’s group of some sort. I’m part of Romance Writers of America and I belong to a local chapter, Florida Romance Writers. Everything I’ve learned about the craft of writing and selling a novel has come from there. Plus, writing is a lonely business sometimes and it’s easy to get discouraged when you’re stuck or don’t think the book is going well. You need someone who’s been there to encourage you.

Also…my other advice is FINISH THE BOOK. I don’t know how many people I’ve come across who start a book and then never finish it. Just get to the end no matter what.  It may be terrible (your first probably will be bad) and you may end up shoving the book in a closet. But finish it. The other thing I see is writers who “finish” their book, but then continually revise it death and never actually do anything with it. They never move on to anything else, either. So finish the book and then get rid of it. Send it out into the world and move on to another project.

Where can readers learn more about you and your books?

You can go to my website.  You can also sign up for my newsletter and get updates on new books.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I just sold the next TWO BOOKS in the Covington Falls series to Astraea Press: ACTING UP and IMAGINE THAT. Both books feature a different couple, but familiar characters show up. Julia and Seth from MARRY ME appear frequently. The first book should be out sometime in spring 2014.

Thank you for a lovely interview, Kristin, and congratulations on your series! Readers, check out the beautiful cover for Marry Me. Doesn’t it sound like a great book?

Marry Me cover artJulia Richardson is no fan of weddings. A lifetime of watching her parents treat relationships like the flavor of the month has taught her that love is for fools and faith is for naïve. She’s always put her faith in her career. Then her life is thrown into a tailspin. First, she loses her job. Then she gets a panicked call and learns her former stepsister is having a crisis with her pregnancy. The crisis has Julia returning to the small Southern town – and the family – she’s been avoiding for years. Before she knows it, Julia’s been pressed into service running her stepsister’s wedding planning business.

Julia doesn’t know a garter from a garden hose, but now she must navigate couples along the bumpy path down the aisle – despite wardrobe malfunctions, killer bees, and plenty of near disasters. In the midst of it all, Julia makes the most unexpected discovery of all…Love, with Seth Graham, the widowed local minister! Julia’s been running from love and everything spiritual for most of her life. It’s not until she finds the courage to stop running and learns to believe in the power of love, faith and family that she finds her own “I Do” moment.

Interview with Author Kimberly Rae

Please welcome my fellow Astraea Press author Kimberly Rae to The West Corner! She’s here today to talk about her new romance, Blue Ridge Setup.

Amazon bestselling author Kimberly Rae usually writes suspense about human trafficking. Her brand new book, Blue Ridge Setup, however, is a fun, lighthearted read set in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. Let’s find out more!

Blue Ridge Setup cover artWhat is Blue Ridge Setup about?

At its heart, Blue Ridge Setup is a fun read about a young woman getting set up who doesn’t want to get set up. Kayla Madison moves in with her eccentric romance-novelist great aunt, who is determined she and Ryan Cummings would make great characters for her next novel, if only she can get them together! Poor Ryan has no idea what he’s getting into when he agrees to do a landscaping project for the great aunt, who intends to keep coming up with jobs for him to do until her plan works! And of course I love that it’s set in the Blue Ridge mountains, in my own town in fact!

Is the eccentric great aunt based on someone you know?

No, but I wish she was. She’s a riot—kind of what I’d imagine Anne of Green Gables would be like as a senior citizen. =)

Your main character starts having health problems and that plays a big part in your story. Why did you do that?

Most novels don’t have heroines with chronic health conditions. If there is a medical crisis in a book, it gets resolved so the main character can get back to her life as a healthy, productive individual.

As nice as that is, for many it is just not a reality. I was shocked to find out that nearly 1 out of every 2 people in our country has some type of chronic illness, and 96% of those are “invisible illnesses,” meaning the phrase I and others often hear, “But you don’t look sick!” As a person with chronic illness myself, I wanted to read a book with a character who didn’t get magically better, but who learned to live well despite and through her limitations. I wanted a book that said you don’t have to be healthy to have a happy ending.

Kayla’s disease is very rare. Did you have to do a lot of research?

None at all, well, not for her anyway. I have Addison’s disease myself. I thought about giving her something different but they say you should write what you know, so…

Did you embellish a little with the health crisis to make it more dramatic?photo of author Kimberly Rae in the hospital

The opposite, actually. That crisis in the book is from memory, not imagination, including the doctor asking, “Do you give permission for this surgery?”

And me responding, “What happens if I don’t?”

“You die,” he says. Cracked me up! Oh, and her joking with Ryan about the doctor saying sometimes a Central IV goes up instead of down actually happened to me, and the doctor told me he’d fix it tomorrow. Tomorrow! That was an interesting night. =) Goodness, that makes my life sounds interesting.

So did the falling-down-the-mountain-needing-a-shot incident happen to you as well?

Thankfully, no. That’s fiction. However, I have needed my husband to give me those shots on several occasions (poor man, he hates needles), once even on an airplane, which made a passing stewardess quite nervous!

Are any other parts of the story personal to you?

Like Kayla, health problems brought me home from the mission field and took away my sense of identity and significance. And it was one of the best things God ever did for me. I hated it, but I had to learn to stop looking for my worth in what I did. Now, I get to share with others that it is God who gives us worth, and it is not based at all on our level of activity or achievement.

What do you hope readers get out of Blue Ridge Setup?

First, I hope they just enjoy the story. After that, I hope it blesses readers with the reminder that God loves them deeply. If they are in a place where it feels like He has taken away their biggest dreams, they should not despair. His dreams for them are better than anything they could dream for themselves.

Kimberly Rae author photoWhere can readers get Blue Ridge Setup?

You can find it on amazon: . Right now it only has a few reviews. I’d love some more!

Find out more about Kimberly’s bestselling suspense series or her books on living joyfully with chronic illness, or contact her at

Interview with Author Pamela S. Thibodeaux

Please welcome author Pamela S. Thibodeaux!

What inspired this novel? How did it come about?

The Visionary ebook cover artWhen I first wrote The Visionary in a 5-subject notebook (where most of my stuff began way back when) I had in mind a sweet romance featuring m/f twins and their love interests. When I first typed the novel, I thought, “this is my light romance!” which was a great relief after some of my other work which dealt with subjects like domestic violence, grief, and betrayal. However, one day I sent off the first 3 chapters to a friend and her response was, “these twins are awful close, you need to be careful.” Of course that made me wonder Why? What happened to them or between them to make them so close (I couldn’t seem to tone down their intense feelings for one another). Then one day I walked out of my office into the living room where my husband sat watching a popular talk show. In a heart-wrenching scene the young man on the show apologized to his sisters because he couldn’t stop the abuse they suffered at the hands of their father. I swear, every drop of blood drained from my body and I began to argue with God…. No! Not that! Anything but that! I can’t write this! I have no experience in this! I’m not qualified as a minister or therapist! God….PLEASE….no. Three days of wavering, three days of arguing, three days of not being able to sit down and write a single word and God finally confronted me with…. “Who are you writing for anyway?” I capitulated and wrote the entire story in 4 months during the busiest time of year for a bookkeeper/tax preparer (Jan – April).

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part of writing The Visionary was depicting the gruesome abuse the twins suffered as children and then realistically portraying the healing available through the awesome power of God’s love and their struggle for relief from a past too horrendous to live with any longer.

What is the message you hope to get across in this story?

That regardless of where you’ve been or what you’ve done the awesome love of God has the power to heal the most wounded of souls and to forgive the ugliest of sinners.

What is the one question you wish an interviewer would ask you?

Q: To what or whom do you credit your success?
A: Many people have a love/hate relationship with their muse. My muse is the Holy Spirit and I accredit every ounce of success to the grace of God because without HIM I seriously doubt I could write a single word, much less stories that bring hope and healing to so many.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

Unlike many writers, I’m not strictly disciplined. Sometimes I feel I need to be because I haven’t written anything new in quite a while. I’ve completed a couple WIP’s and edited existing projects, but nothing brand new—and how I long to just throw everything out and start fresh LOL! However, when I am actively writing, I write—very little editing, or working on other projects, limited time online, not much networking or blogging, sleep comes only in snatches, meals are scarce and light, and definitely no playing!

Who has influenced you most as a writer and why?

There is really no one person to whom I can attribute this to, so many have helped me along the way. I’d have to say that my love of reading has influenced me the most. Reading opens doors to the imagination, takes you places you’d never be able to go otherwise and improves your visualization and vocabulary skills. Now, I’m able to implement all those things into my own writing.

What are some of the challenges you face as an author?

The biggest challenge I face is not having my work accepted by the “Christian” publishers. As one reviewer said, “though undeniably Christian, it is never dogmatic or insular; offering faith rather than religion.” (Review of Tempered Dreams by Elizabeth Burton for Blue Iris Journal) My books deal with issues in a way that is unacceptable in the traditional CBA market. Now that is not saying that my books are better than those published through traditional CBA publishers, only different. As I’ve said many times, everything that gives God glory deserves to be praised!

What are a few writing tips you could share with aspiring writers?

The bible exhorts us to “study and show yourself approved.” Keep studying, keep writing, keep learning, stay open to constructive critique and NEVER GIVE UP! Writing is both gift and talent given to you by God. Don’t hide your gift or bury your talent. Whatever you write, write well. Strive for excellence. Stay teachable, pliable, and flexible. Never believe that you know it all because knowledge is power and the more you know the more valuable you become. Above all share what you learn with others and make someone’s load lighter to bear.



photo of author Pamela S. ThibodeauxAward-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana and the Owner/CEO of The Wordsmith Journal Magazine. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”

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Blog: Bayou Writers Group:  The Wordsmith Journal Magazine
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The Visionary print book cover artBLURB:

A visionary is someone who sees into the future Taylor Forrestier sees into the past but only as it pertains to her work. Hailed by her peers as “a visionary with an instinct for beauty and an eye for the unique” Taylor is undoubtedly a brilliant architect and gifted designer. But she and twin brother Trevor, share more than a successful business. The two share a childhood wrought with lies and deceit and the kind of abuse that’s disturbingly prevalent in today’s society.  Can the love of God and the awesome healing power of His grace and mercy free the twins from their past and open their hearts to the good plan and the future He has for their lives?  Find out in…The Visionary ~ Where the power of God’s love heals the most wounded of souls.

**NOTE:  The Visionary released in November 2011 (Hardcover) from Five Star Expressions. In Jan 2012 the electronic version was released by Temperance Publishing, the personal imprint of Pamela S Thibodeaux Enterprises, LLC. The softcover edition will also be released some time this year (2013) by Temperance Publishing.


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Interview with Author Rita Lee Chapman

Please welcome author Rita Lee Chapman to The West Corner!

E.A.: Tell us a little about yourself.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Rita: Hi E.A, I’m Rita Lee Chapman and I self-published my first book, Missing in Egypt, last year.  I was born in England, spent most of my life in Sydney and have now retired to Queensland.  It was in retirement that I finally wrote my book.

E.A.: Please tell us about your latest release.

Rita: Missing in Egypt is a fictional romantic travel adventure.  It tells the story of Anna who works for an Australian Member of Parliament.  In the course of her work she meets Kareem, who is seeking assistance to find his brother who went missing on holiday in Egypt.

Anna falls for Kareem and travels to Egypt to help him in his search.  There are vivid descriptions of Egyptian sites, such as Abu Simbel, The Temple of Karnak and the Pyramids.

E.A.: It sounds like a wonderfully exotic and interesting story! Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?

Rita: It’s on Amazon and Smashwords as an e-book and also on Amazon’s CreateSpace in print form.

At the moment Smashwords have a July Winter sale and you can purchase Missing in Egypt for $1.50.  Just go to the above website and enter coupon No SSW50.

E.A.: If you had to pick a theme song for your book, what would it be and why?

Rita: Probably “I Love A Rainy Day” because that’s when it was written!

E.A.: Where can readers learn more about you and your books?

Missing_in_Egypt_Cover_for_KindleRita: My Website:

Misssing in Egypt is available on Amazon and Smashwords as an e-book and also on Amazon’s CreateSpace in print form.

At the moment Smashwords have a July Winter sale and you can purchase Missing in Egypt for $1.50.  Just go to the above website and enter coupon No SSW50.

E.A.: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Rita: My next book is called “Winston – A Horse’s Tale” and is one for horse lovers. Told by Winston himself, the book is about an Australian horse’s life – his different owners and lifestyles as well as stories from other horses he meets along life’s way.  It is just undergoing a final edit and will be released soon.

Interview with Author Joselyn Vaughn

Tell us a little about yourself.

photo of author Joselyn VaughnI am a stay at home mom with three kids who will all be in school in one form or another next fall. It’s exciting to see them doing new things, but it’s also scary because once they start school, it will dominate their time and their schedule until they head off to college. <sniff> When I’m chasing those rascals around, I like to sew and run. My most recent sewing projects include reusing or remaking something. It’s another way to stimulate my creativity. Running clears my head and makes me stronger.

Please tell us about your latest release.

My latest release is called Climbing Heartbreak Hill. Here is the back cover blurb:

Climbing Heartbreak Hill cover artProfessional runner, Ryan Grant, blows out his knee training for another attempt at the Boston marathon and the dreaded Heartbreak Hill. Ryan retreats home, not looking for anything more than a fast recovery, but he finds solace in the arms of his tax preparer, Tara Mansfield.

Tara’s cheerleading career ended abruptly and she faces an upward climb beating the stereotype as dumb blonde in her new calling as an accountant. Framed with defrauding the IRS during the last weeks of the tax season, Tara’s tentative confidence is shaken, but Ryan coaches her in ensnaring the true perpetrator. She cheers him on in discovering his identity as a coach rather than an athlete.

With the help of the junkyard king and a mechanical bull, can Tara and Ryan find the courage to climb Heartbreak Hill together?

A portion of my proceeds from Climbing Heartbreak Hill will be donated to the One Fund Boston to help those injured at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?


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What is your favorite part of writing?

I write my first drafts long hand in a cute notebook or two. I love the freedom of handwriting. It’s just for me. No one else sees the cross-outs, misspellings, or meanderings. And I love how the paper wrinkles when it’s covered with ink.

What advice would you give to new writers?

First, keep writing. Then find a good critique partner or group. If you can find a set of skilled writers whose opinions you can trust to make your writing better, they are worth their weight in gold.

If your latest release was turned into a movie, who do you think should play the hero and heroine?

This question is always so hard for me, although this is one of the few stories where I didn’t picture a country music singer as the hero. Owen Wilson has the right look for Ryan, but Ryan’s personality is different. I don’t know if it’s a role that would work for him. Maybe Mark Wahlberg for the personality. He could convey the anger and frustration that Ryan has over his injury.  For the heroine, Tara, I would need someone who could be bright and bubbly, yet show intelligence and unrealized strength. Possibly Scarlett Johannsen.

Where can readers find you and your books?

Twitter: @joselynvaughn
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Is there anything you would like to add?

As a runner writing about running and the Boston Marathon, I have to do whatever I can to support those injured at this year’s event. I’ve worn race shirts, I’ve run 4.09 miles, I’ve run 26.2 miles (over a few days) and I wore yellow and blue for the Boston Athletic Association at the River Bank Run. Now I’m asking you for help. A portion of my proceeds from Climbing Heartbreak Hill will go to the One Fund for Boston. Every penny and every step counts. Run on!