1.) What did you want to be when you grew up?
Most of my childhood I dreamed about being the English teacher everyone loves to hate. I love paperwork. I used to have a grand time playing with my mom’s junk mail. Grading papers seemed like good fun.
2.) Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?
D, all of the above. Coffee in the morning, iced tea in the afternoon, hot chocolate after dinner.
3.) What genre do you typically read? Why?
All of them! I get hung up on one genre for a few years, then move on. I finished a romance phase a while back, and I’ve been ploughing through Fantasy. I hope to write one in the future!
4.) Share a favourite childhood memory.
My favourite memories have to be from the time I spent in Florida. (We moved a lot.) My parents would pick us kids up early from school to go search tide pools for crab or throw the shrimp net. Shrimping was my favourite. The swamp water smells, the sawgrass will cut you if you’re not careful, and there are definitely gators in the water, but I loved it.
5.) Do you have any shameless addictions? ie. Tea, Books, Shoes, Clothes?
Video games are my kryptonite. I didn’t play until my early twenties, and now it’s a hobby. I’ve scheduled blocks of my year around a particular game coming out, because I know I won’t get any writing done for a few weeks. Open-world RPGs are my favourite. (Fallout 4, anyone?) Have I mentioned I’m a bit of a geek?
6.) What do you think is the biggest challenge of writing a new book?
The biggest challenge I face is to stick with it. It’s easy to get side-tracked by new ideas, even ideas for the book you’re working on. It’s tempting to start revising before you’ve reached the end.
7.) Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages a day?
I have a 2,000 words/day policy, or 10,000 words/week. I don’t always succeed at sticking to it. There are good weeks and bad weeks. I work Mon-Fri and take weekends off for my family. This way, it’s easier to see it as the job that it is, rather than something I do when I feel like it. Inspiration is important, but discipline writes the book.
8.) What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
What I’ve learned from reading Fantasy is that they do it a bit different. There’s usually one large over-arching storyline to tie all the books in a series together, like an extended plotline. Romance is much easier, because a series can simply be the story of three brothers each finding their happily-ever-afters. Currently, I’m working on a romance series with that over-arching element. A plot that begins in the first book, reaches its conclusion in the final book, and coexists with each book’s individual storyline. It’s a huge challenge. I’ll let you know if I pull it off!
She likes Hawaii, but she just might love Boston…
Still stinging from her recent divorce, Emily Buzzly heads to majestic Hawaii to soothe her wounds. But once she arrives on Oahu, Emily discovers that a man she assumes is a beach bum is in fact her personal tour guide, hired by her sister. With his long hair and tattoos, Boston Rondibett is everything Emily detests—despite his sun-kissed surfer body. And with her straight-laced, executive persona, Emily is everything Boston rebels against. But both have a lot to learn about making snap judgments…
As it turns out, Boston’s real job, the one he truly cares about, is running his soup kitchen and homeless shelter. Embarrassed by her assumptions, rather than lazy beach days, Emily soon finds herself feeding the hungry, and even involved in the search for an AWOL soldier. And to Boston’s surprise, she’s loving every minute of it—and he’s loving seeing her loosen her chignon and be the admirable, beautiful woman she is. As each works through the challenges of the past, these two very different people just might find their hearts are on the very same page…
Roxanne Smith, currently residing in Asheville, NC, is an avid reader of every genre, a cat lover, pit bull advocate, and semi-geek. She loves video games, Doctor Who, and her dashing husband. Her two kids are the light of her life.
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