Latest release: Healing Her Heart, May 27 2014, Entangled Publishing
Informing the next of kin of a patient’s death is hardly cardiac surgeon Greg Stanton’s favorite activity. Tired of spreading bad news, he decides to take a week off and enjoy a few extra curricular activities—one in particular that hopefully involves a certain blonde director.
Carrie’s experience as the Director of New Beginnings, an Assisted Living Residence, has taught her that the wisdom of the elderly is often more healing than any drug. So when Greg drops by her office to tell her one of her residents passed away and mentions he’s taking some time off, Carrie suggests that he spend the time volunteering at her facility.
Greg is in need of a way to de-stress. After being burned by her ex-fiance, Carrie needs a little fun. What’s a little sex between friends? But when their casual arrangement is complicated by real feelings, one of them will have to step up to save what could be something special before they both tear it apart.
On Monday, June 9, I’ll release Summer Rain, a charity anthology to benefit RAINN (www.rainn.org)! The fourth Stanton novella, A Lesson in Temptation, comes out in July. (The third one, Healing Her Heart, just released last week from Entangled Publishing.) And in late September, I’ll be putting up a free light paranormal as a Halloween treat!
Which one of your characters do you most identify with? Why? If not one of your characters then any character.
Oh, gosh. My tagline is Smart Women. Strong Men. Hot Romance. In a lot of ways, I write heroines with whom I want to identify. They’re all smart and independent and really capable. But sometimes, some characters come out more like me than others. I recently finished a book about a female NASCAR driver who is tough and really stubborn—I think she’s the most like me so far.
If you could sit down with anyone in the world who would it be?
Oh, gosh. This is such a hard question. I think it would have to be Brian Greene, a world-renowned physicist and a professor at Columbia University. I’ve read his books and watched his NOVA series, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and I think it would be really interesting to get his take on romance novels.
You are a published author! What made you succeed where others fail?
Well, I definitely don’t think it’s a question of success versus failure. In so many cases, it’s just a matter of time and a thick skin. Getting published takes a lot of work and the ability to take rejection over and over and over and…well, you get the picture. It’s difficult not to feel like a failure when you’ve just received the sixty-seventh agent or publisher rejection that year, but the truth is that no one who writes and entire book and puts themselves out there is a failure. That’s all my story is, too—just writing constantly and suffering through a lot of nos.
What advice would you have for someone who is just starting out?
Three things: 1. Don’t give up even in when you’ve been rejected sixty-seven times! 2. Join your local RWA chapter and make writing friends who understand what you do. 3. WRITE. Write every day, every week—whatever schedule works for you. But you won’t have a book until you actually sit down and put words on the page.
What attracts you to your genre?
I love reading romance. And the romance community is one of the most positive, supportive communities out there. It’s also a community comprised primarily of women, which I also think is a critical part of why I love it. I am a big proponent of women coming together and finding common ground in something positive like romance novels.
Any spoilers you can give us about upcoming releases or projects?
I’m working on a project right now that doesn’t have a release date, but it’s got a violinist, a tattooed hipster, and a couple of nosy roommates!
Is there a message in your novel you want your readers to grasp?
Yes. In every one of my books, the heroines are self-sufficient and surviving on their own. The hero doesn’t swoop in and solve their money problems, or teach them All The Lessons. If anything, the heroines are smarter than the hero, or at least just as smart. What the heroine gets from the hero is the emotional support and emotional connection that makes a long-lasting relationship.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
N.D. Wilson isn’t a new author, per se, but he’s new to me. His Ashtown Burials series is mind-blowing. I read the first three in a single weekend. I couldn’t get enough. And now I’m on tenterhooks, impatient for book four to come out! Geonn Cannon is another author I recently read for the first time and he has me hooked. He’s such a genius in that he achieves the perfect balance of narrative, dialogue, and poetry in his works so that it feels easy to read but has a deep message, too.
Do you ever write naked?
Sometimes, if I have a fantastic idea while I’m in the shower, I’ll run out and jot it down before getting dressed. But it’s usually only a paragraph and then I go get dressed. Still, that counts!
Do you ever find yourself jealous of other authors? Who? Why?
Always and never. I think other writers don’t often admit it, but we all get jealous. When someone else gets a deal I want to get someday, or someone else writes the kind of book that I want to write someday, I do get jealous. But the key word here is someday. I want to write those things, and I want to get those deals. But the fact of the matter is that I haven’t, and therefore I have nothing to be jealous about. I can choose to be happy for that author, particularly if she’s a friend, and ultimately I always choose that route. Being happy for someone might feel difficult at first, but in the end it costs you more to be jealous than to say, “Congratulations!” with a genuine smile.
Why do you think what you do matters?
The truth is that I have no idea how my writing really impacts the lives or others or makes any changes to the world at large. The only thing I know for certain is that it is something I enjoy, and brings a lot of happiness to my soul. I think that, in turn, makes me a better person and more excited about doing wonderful things for humanity. And that’s the only reason I can guarantee matters.
What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers?
Good critique partners. Absolutely a necessity. You need someone else who understands your style and won’t hold back when going over your work. In turn, you need to be able to accept their criticism as well as understand when a suggested change truly won’t work for your manuscript. It’s a much more subtle balance than people often realize.