Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.
I am from Central Illinois, born and raised. I live about 10 minutes from my own small hometown, which might be why I love to write small town stories. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, and we share two kids.
When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?
Definitely the latter books!
When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?
I like to brainstorm with my book team and do so almost daily with my writing partner, Kaylee Ryan.
Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
Just write the book. Tell the story the way you feel it should be told. Then, find yourself a team of betas, editors, and proofers to help perfect it. It takes many sets of eyes to find the little things. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the last nine years, it’s not to skimp on good covers (photo and design) and editing.
On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?
3-5 hours, spread through the day.
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.
Meghan Summer from the Summer Sisters. She was the hardest character I’ve ever written. I was terrified telling her story because I was scared readers wouldn’t like it. It was outside of my comfort zone, but I powered through and wrote one of my favorite books every. It took almost the entire series to shape her storyline, and I couldn’t be prouder of it!
If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?
I’d LOVE to see the Brew Crue turned into a movie. I see Liam Hemsworth as Walker and Natalie Portman as Mallory.
What is your definition of success?
Loving what I do. Life’s too short not to find joy in what you do day in and day out.
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They are available starting November 4th at Writersontheriver.com
$45 VIP sell out quickly – 12-1 VIP hour, 1-4 General Admission time. You get a filled VIP bag and admission to the after party is included.
$25 Early Access – 12-1 VIP house, 1-4 General Admission time. You also get a filled VIP bag but NO admission to the after party.
$10 General Admission – 1-4 General Admission time. You can purchase a bag but it is not filled with VIP swag. There is no admission to the after party included.
$35 After party – 7-11 After Party with food and cash bar. Dj with a photobooth is also included in the fun.