What’s your favorite thing to do to relax?
Either going for a walk or run out in the sunshine, chilling with a good read, or sitting down to play a video game (preferably a Bioware one)
For what are you grateful?
I’m grateful for a supportive family who has always shown they cared, I’m grateful for friends to laugh with, ones who stick around through the tough times, and I’m grateful for my three cats who alternate between angels and hellions on a minute by minute basis. I’m grateful for my writer tribe, for the readers who brighten my day, for the publishers and editors who gave my books a chance. I’m so grateful for my husband who is my solid ground, my best friend, and the person after thirteen years together I’m still always excited to see.
The list could go on and on here—as much as life is filled with ups and downs, the people you weather them with make all the difference.
At what age were you the happiest? What triggered such joy?
I don’t think any ages can specifically be tethered to happiness. Life is such an up and down roller coaster, and every single age left me with a different set of hurdles to overcome and joys that I carried with me. Happiness is a fleeting emotion, and I’m a big believer of grabbing onto that joy in every moment, whether it’s something as immense as the day I got married, or as simple as going for a run on a sunlit day.
Now about you as an author…
What authors had an impact on you growing up and as an adult?
I was a massive fan of fantasy when I was younger, and I fell in love with Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles and Tamora Pierce’s Lioness Quartet. Both of them featured strong women, and leads who weren’t afraid to learn and grow, which is something that really stuck with me.
Did anyone in your life influence you or encouraged you to be a writer?
I was always an avid reader, and writing went hand in hand. In school, my teachers always encouraged my constant writing. At home, my mom read me stories when I was little, and my dad used to tell us stories as well, which left a deep imprint on me.
What is your favorite aspect or writing? Your least favorite?
My favorite aspect of writing is when I’m really gelling with a manuscript. There’s a sort of magic that happens when I haven’t even planned the scenes yet and they start unfolding in my mind, the characters interacting so naturally, it’s like they’re right in front of me. Out of all the different types of scenes, I adore the emotion intensive ones the most.
What aspect of writing would you most like to improve on?
I’m constantly working on developing my prose, as well as decreasing my tendency towards repetition. I would love to do a little more work on fantasy worldbuilding as well, since it’s not something that comes naturally for me. I always want to learn and improve and to get better as an author.
Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing?
Coffee. Coffee is my constant companion when I write, and I usually prefer to have music going when I write to help me sink into the scene better.
Do you have a common theme or item that appears in each of your books?
Because I’m a genre hopper, I introduce my works to readers as books featuring snarky women, ragtag crews, and men with bad attitudes, because all three tend to appear in every single one of my books. I’m a big pop culture fan, so I do integrate references into my stories, and almost guaranteed there will be snarky banter.
What have you learned the most from being in the writing business?
Sounds like a cliché, but keep on writing. Your first book, your sixth, your fifteenth might not be the one that sells or starts getting you readers, but each one helps you grow as an author. I’ve learned so much from each story I’ve written, and when I go back and look at ones I wrote even three or four years ago, my writing has evolved so, so much with each successive one.
Now tell us about your latest book:
An invitation to Cupid’s Café will change your life.
After the incident that caused Liv Morozov to drop out of college, years later she’s still trying to pick up the pieces of her life. She’s managed to carve out a career for herself as a photographer, but when it comes to guys? Her issues send them running for the hills, every damn time.
Zane Parata has declared himself off-limits for relationships. Between trying to maintain sobriety and the long hours he works as a chef, no one wants to deal with his brand of damage, and he wouldn’t want to burden them in the first place.
When Liv shows up at Cupid’s Café, she never expected to find Zane, her brother’s former best friend who had vanished one day and never returned. The sparks that surged when they were both teens rekindle stronger than ever, and all too fast, Liv and Zane entangle in each other’s lives, breaking their own rules. Except with both struggling with the demons from their past, the love that’s begun to grow is one lapse away from shattering the two of them beyond repair.
Welcome to Cupid's Café, a place where missed connections meet. How the invitations find them, no one knows…except for the mysterious owner, Mr. Heart.
This multi-author series focuses on protagonists struggling real-life issues that often gets swept under the rug. With Cupid’s Café, these issues find representation in the characters struggling to conquer their own problems while trying to carve a future for themselves.
From cops to artists, or social workers to photographers, Mr. Heart ensures these lost souls who believe themselves undeserving of love reconnect with their fated match.
Each couple embarks on their journey at Cupid’s Cafe, but the rest is up to them: whether damage wins or they find true love in the end.
READ THEM ALL
Painting for Keeps (Cupid's Cafe #1) by Landra Graf
Exactly Like You (Cupid's Cafe #2) by Lori Sizemore
Captured Memories (Cupid's Cafe 3) by Katherine McIntyre
True Colors (Cupid's Cafe #4) by Landra Graf