Guest Post! Interview with the Author
Why I started writing…
I always wanted to write a book, but I never imagined I’d be able to finish one. It’s funny because I hear people say that now and I think ‘yes, yes you can.’ The real reason I decided to finally sit down a start—and ultimately finish—a novel was because of a terrible car crash.
Is that cliché? To say that a near death experience changed the course of my life?
I was 22 and college was as boring as it is for any 22-year-old. My accident happened. I was in the passenger seat of my own car and the roof had to be cut off so I could be taken out. I broke several bones and probably should have been hurt worse than I was. But I stood up and walked out of the emergency room that night.
The next day I wrote the first five chapters of my first book.
I thought, if I had died, what would people remember me for. Being the girl that died in the passenger seat—not even driving—her own car. That’s not very awesome. I’m fairly nice to people, so maybe they’d have remembered me for that. That’s not real cool either.
The more I wrote, though the more I realized that I wasn’t doing it to be remembered after I died. I was doing it to live. A piece of my soul was sucked into every page. I can’t say how many books I’ve actually written, but I wrote the entire (seven books) Bourbon Series before ever pitching them to BookFish Books.
I can honestly say that almost all of the books that are locked in the bottom drawer of my filing cabinet are called ‘Bourbon’ in some form or another. Bourbon is a small highway town in Missouri—really, it is. I grew up down a little dirt road just outside of city limits. I love everything about this place. I love the smells in summer—like river and honeysuckle. I love the feel of mud after driving a windowless Jeep too fast through a wet ditch. I love the taste of the first tomato in July.
But growing up I noticed that I was one of the very few that appreciated the art that was Bourbon. Everyone wanted out. It’s an opportunity-less town. The economy has shown itself here and the farms aren’t what they used to be.
Where did I get the inspiration for the Bourbon Series? I made it up. I imagined a world where Bourbon was fantastic and fake. Then I got out a pen and I created something that wasn’t.