I know you’ve struggled a bit with this book, in the sense that it took you longer than expected to actually publish it. What was it about the story that gave you such a hard a time?
The hardest thing for me with writing the book was one, I was in Nursing school at the time so I spent a good 12 hours a day studying and didn’t have a lot of time. Then, the next thing was the romance scenes. I didn’t want to be too graphic but wanted to get the points across, and of course, just the fear that it wasn’t good enough to publish kept me at bay for a while.
When we first meet your main characters, Lana and Kayden, both are running from their past. Lana from a broken engagement and Kayden from his grief. Why did you choose to give your characters such hard lives? (LOL.)
Lol, well I didn’t want one person to be cruising on easy street while the other had issues because then it turns into a “I have to save him/her” situation that we’ve seen before. I wanted them both to learn together and in real life, it’s usually how things are. Everyone brings baggage so i wanted to emphasize that.
In addition to your main characters, you’ve got a pretty interesting supporting cast including a disgruntled ex and an overbearing mother. Which one was the most fun to write and why?
I think Kim was the most fun one to write because all people have the tendency to become that crazy stalker person. Her reasons for it aren’t what others usually are, but it was fun to break away from the romance and uncertainty points and focus a little on regular old crazy every now and then lol.
In a world dominated by Fifty Shades knock-offs, it’s clear that you chose to go down a different path. Was it a conscious choice?
Actually, it was. I liked the Fifty Shades books and yes there are thousands still piggybacking off that, but that is EL James. I wanted to give anyone interested in my book, my own thoughts, and ideas, give them something new and fresh to read.
Did you set up to write a book centered around heartbreak, grief and redemption or did it happen by chance?
It happened by design and chance. The first draft of this book is way different and characters speak to you when your writing and sometimes it changes everything you had planned. If there is one thing we as human beings can relate to, its grief, heartbreak, and redemption, and I wanted to tell a story that showed these flaws and also showed that you can be redeemed, you can find real love, you just have to throw caution to the wind and step out on faith sometimes. But it doesn’t always mean it’s going to be strawberrys and cream from that point on either. If it’s real, you will fight because of all you’ve already been through.
I think that one of my favorite scenes in “Crashing into me” is when Lana runs into Kayden at the hospital. That’s when I think she started to see that there’s more to him than meets the eye. Which chapter or scenes are YOUR favorites?
I think my favorite is when the character Maureen is confronted in the end. She’s the type of person thats literally ten steps ahead, but not that time. It was an inescapable situation and I enjoyed writing the dialog for that scene. The next is the first night by the fire, where literally anything could have happened and they end up getting more than they bargained for.
Your book is a multicultural novel, which means that its main characters all have different backgrounds and ethnicities. Why did you choose to write a multicultural novel and not one starring an all white or an all black couple?
I chose that because in the day and age we live in there is enough seperation. People are beautiful from all cultures and backgrounds and we gain the most by interacting together and exploring each other. Im not knocking any book or story that is all one race, I enjoy them as well, but Ive always grown up in a melting pot of different people, its the world Im used to seeing and would like to see more of.
If you had two minutes to pitch your book to potential readers, which aspects of it would you be sure to mention?
This is a hard one and really it’s worse than coming up with a blurb, lol. I guess I’d say:
A wild and spoiled guy meets a headstrong judgemental nurse, under awkward circumstances. They get forced into each others space and end up finding qualities they really like about the other. All isn’t smooth sailing as his ex and mother try to sabotage the relationship and they have a crazy journey that ends in several unexpected surprises.
The self publishing journey can be pretty insane. What are some lessons you’ve learned along the way?
Oh, I’m still learning every day. The first thing though I think is to set a realistic release goal and schedule. Have absolutely everything planned a month or so in advance (FINAL edits, contests, giveaways, takeovers. Put your pre-order up NOW. If you have a cover and your know you’re going to release your book, do it. Not only will it hold you to that schedule, but as you create buzz for yourself, those pre-order sales will help on release day. Research your editor(s) and find one that can stick to a schedule, Have an open dialogue with your beta readers. Ask them questions, listen to their suggestions. I’m so thankful for mine as they helped ALOT! Also dont be afraid to ask for help with your author friends or community. We have to lean on one another from time to time and most people are gracious about pointing you in the right direction.
Are you the kind of writer that keeps up with reviews or do you ignore them?
This is my first novel, so its hard not to. The important thing is this is not a valuation of my self-worth. I wrote the best novel I had in me at the end of the day, and if there’s something to learn from a constructive review I will take it into advisement because I want to learn and grow. Other than that, that’s as far as I will allow any review to dictate what and how I write. JA Huss has a great quote about this, but I can’t mention it here, lol.
R.L. thank you for taking the time to do this interview. Let’s wrap this up with something fun! A little game, if you don’t mind. I took the liberty of copying two sentences from your novel. Can you guess which one of your characters uttered the words below?
“Nothing wrong with this one, Richey Rich.”
“Yes today, yes tomorrow and yes to the rest of my life.”
Lol sweet, both these quotes were uttered by Lana.
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A year after being left at the altar, headstrong E.R Nurse, Lana McKenzie is finally piecing her life back together. Tired of dealing with seeing her ex and his new girlfriend at every turn, she longs for blissful solitude and can’t wait to enjoy a peaceful vacation alone in the mountains. However, her plans go awry when a rude stranger literally embeds himself into her life and mind.
Handsome, wealthy, and troubled, Kayden Capshaw is struggling with the death of his brother, while also trying to escape the claws of his controlling mother. In his grief, the last thing Kayden wants to deal with is the fallout from his last run in with the law. Yet, he also longs to get to know the woman now snowed in with him at the house on the hill.
The ice between them thaws every minute they spend together, and they find that they have more in common than they realize. Will they find a way to make it through, or will it all, like the snow, melt away?