AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT – A. Meredith Walters

Boy do I have a treat for you…

The awesome and talented A. Meredith Walters agreed to be my spotlight author this week and I am beyond thrilled. Her books and novellas, Find You in the Dark,Bad Rep,Cloud Walking,Light in the Shadows,Perfect Regret andWarmth in Ice have boosted her to be a NYT & USA Today, Best Selling Author, deservedly so!

I have been a huge fan of hers, ever since I read Bad Rep and have determined I will read ANYTHING this woman writes after reading that one. Maysie, Jordan, Generation Rejects, Olivia….UGH, OLIVIA, that book had my stomach in knots and I loved it! But, no one wants to hear me gush and rave over this wonderful woman (or maybe you do, LOL), because this post is to spotlight my friend and writer, A. Meredith Walters and her latest novella.

Synopsis of Warmth in Ice:

Warmth in Ice

Warmth in Ice

The final chapter in Clay and Maggie’s epic love story that began with Find You in the Dark.

This novella takes place before the epilogue in Light in the Shadows.

It’s Clay and Maggie’s first Christmas together but will it be a season of joy or will it only bring heartache?

Clay and Maggie have gone through the dark and come out on the other side. For the first time, they are on this journey together. Fighting for something they both need and can’t live without…each other.

But a long distance relationship is hard. Particularly for two people who are still trying to build something solid on a shaky and troubled foundation. Clay is finally out of treatment and is living in an out patient halfway house. He struggles with what he wants to do and where he wants to go. Questions he worries he will never have the answers to. Maggie is trying to transition into college life and learning how to create a future with someone who is over a thousand miles away.

As the months pass and they struggle with being a part, old insecurities and fears take root and threaten a love that has come so far.

When Maggie decides to fly to Florida as a surprise for Clay on Christmas, she is unsure whether it will be the first step toward what they both desperately want or whether it could possibly be the end of it all.

But with the holidays approaching, Maggie and Clay are reminded that even when the days are coldest, you can still find the warmth and that hope and love are the greatest gifts of all.

Get to know…

A. Meredith Walters

A. Meredith Walters

  1. A little over a year ago, you published your first book. (Congratulations!) Since that time, you have written 4 novels and 2 novellas, which is amazing. Was writing something that you always wanted to do? ~ I’ve been writing since I was a kid.  I can’t remember a time I wasn’t writing.  I wrote my first “full length” novel when I was 13.  I remember I was obsessed with L.J. Smith, so it was about vampires.  Writing has always been such an escape for me.  I can’t imagine ever not writing. J
  2. Self-publishing v. Traditional publishing always seems to come up for debate as to which is better. When you finished your first book, did you self-publish? Do you feel one way is better than the other? ~ Well I am self-pubbed all the way.  My very first book was actually a paranormal romance.  I shopped around for an agent, was given a million rejections and felt extremely defeated.  But then I caught wind of the self-publishing movement and I thought “hey, I can do that.”  There is something so wonderful about having absolute, 100% control over your book.  From the cover, to the content, to the marketing.  The downside to that is that it’s A LOT for one person, so I totally understand the appeal of going the traditional publishing route.  Having the publicity machine of a publishing house behind you.  However, my heart and soul will always be with the indie community!
  3. I know that you have a background in counseling, and the problems your characters face, particularly in the Find You in the Dark Series, are very real. Why do you feel it’s important to address things like bi-polar disorder, borderline multiple personality disorder or even bullying? ~ I wrote the Find You in the Dark series because it was something that affected me both professionally and personally.  I’ve been the loved one of someone who suffered from severe mental illness.  When I started writing Find You in the Dark, it was after I moved to England and had stopped working as a counselor.  I wanted to tell the story of a couple, falling in love, but with more than your typical teenage angst.  I wanted to portray the scary and seemingly overwhelming obstacles of mental illness but it was so important to show the hope there as well.  That everyone is deserving of love.  Mental illness continues to be such a taboo subject.  Sure, we’ve come a long way, but we still have miles to go.  Clay’s journey was my attempt to shed light on a difficult topic and hopefully depict it realistically but with sensitivity.
  4. The Find You in the Dark series was amazing! The way you wrote these characters, I felt for both of them, but also struggled with the draw these two had at such a young age, although I know that happens. When I read Light in the Shadows, O.M.G. I about died! I was crying and cheering them on, hoping that things would work out. You just published the novella, Warmth in Ice, part of The 12 NA’s of Christmas. This is the final chapter for Maggie & Clay. Was it hard to say goodbye to these two amazing characters? ~ I hated saying goodbye to them!!!  I had planned for Light in the Shadows to be it.  I was done.  But then when I was approached to write a novella for The 12 NA’s of Christmas, I just knew I wanted to write a little bit more of there story.  So many readers asked about those missing years between the last chapter in LITS and the epilogue.  What happened to Clay and Maggie to get them to that point in the epilogue?  So Warmth in Ice was my gift to all my readers who championed Clay and Maggie’s unconventional love story and it was my way of giving them that perfect ending.  The one I needed them to have.
  5. I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m a huge fan of all of your books. Your characters are real and flawed and I love that. Bap Rep was so damn awesome! Was it always your intention to make this a series? Perfect Regret features bits of Jordan and Maysie, but this is Riley’s story, which was awesome. Will there be more coming from any characters in these books? ~ Honestly, Bad Rep was meant to be a stand alone when I wrote it.  It’s based on so many of my own life experiences.  But the character Riley was so strong and loud in my head that I needed to write her story.  And then the idea for a series came to me.  There will be two more books in the Bad Rep series.  The next will focus on Vivian and Cole and the last will be about Mitch and Gracie.  My idea was to show each couple at varying points in the life of their band, Generation Rejects, as they grow more and more popular.  This series was about depicting people with real life issues, experiencing real life stuff.  You may not always like them.  You may not always agree with their choices.  But that’s life.  Not everything is perfect and laid out how you want it to.
  6. Are there any characters, from your books, that you can relate to? If so, who? ~ It’s so funny, because out of all of my characters, Riley from Perfect Regret, has gotten the worst response.  People think she’s a bitch.  But Riley is me!  Some of the stuff I wrote in her dialogue would come out of my mouth.  I’m snarky and seriously sarcastic!  Though I hope people don’t think I’m that much of a bitch, LOL!
  7. What is the hardest part of writing for you? What is the best part? ~ The hardest part is when I hit publish.  It’s easy to write the story.  But it’s when you put it out there for everyone to read that the hard part begins.  When the reviews come in and some tear down what you spent so much time building can be extremely difficult.
  8. What do you feel is the biggest misconception about being an author? ~ That we’re made of money, LOL!  Or that you just sit around all day doing nothing.  Or that it’s not a real job and is just a hobby.  Should I go on? 😉
  9. If someone came to you and asked your advice about writing a book, what would you tell them? ~ Just write it.  Don’t stop.
  10. What is the best compliment you have received from a fan? ~ I’ve received so many amazing messages from readers, but I think the one that sticks with me the most is from a man who works in the mental health field but also suffers from bi-polar disorder.  He wrote to me after reading my Find You in the Dark series because he felt like it could have been his story.  He was Clay.  He told me he felt my books would help someone in a similar situation and that my books were realistic but full of hope and that the message was wonderful.  I’ve kept those emails and read them occasionally when I feel despondent about writing.  Knowing I touched someone like that is such an amazing feeling.
  11. I know you have some very loyal fans that would love to see you in the states. I’m sure it isn’t easy to leave London and your family behind, but do you have any plans for signings in the US? ~ I’d love to get to the US for signings…but yes it’s hard leaving my 7 year old daughter.  But I hope to get over for some signings soon.  I really miss the states!
  12. Has your husband read your books? Does your daughter ever ask to read your books? If so, what do you tell her? ~ I won’t let my husband read them!  I hate it when my family reads my stuff.  It’s horrible knowing my grandmother has read Bad Rep (particularly when she asks me about the sex scenes!)  My daughter just likes to see where I’ve thanked her in the acknowledgments, LOL!
  13. Who do you consider an inspiration personally? Professionally? ~ My mother was my inspiration in every sense of the word.  She always encouraged me to reach for the moon.  Losing her eight years ago was the hardest time of my life but the lessons she taught me get me through every single day.
  14. What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment both personally and professionally? ~ My biggest accomplishment was being a mother.  Having my daughter has fulfilled me in ways I never thought possible.  Professionally, being able to write for a living has ticked every single one of those boxes I had for myself.  Living my dream and trying to be successful at it is beyond awesome!
  15. Are you working on something right now? What, if anything, can you tell us about it? ~ I’m working on two projects simultaneously.  One I can’t really discuss right now 😉 …but the other is Reclaiming the Sand…a New Adult story about a bully and her victim with Asperger’s and how they learn to heal each other.
  16. If you had to pick, who would be your three favorite authors? ~ Phillipa Gregory, Anne Rice and Kelley Armstrong
  17. Are you reading anything right now? ~ I’m reading the Devil’s Metal books by Karina Halle…LOVE THEM!
  18. If you could say anything to your fans, what would you say? ~ Just thank you so much for all your love and support.  At the end of the day I would be NOTHING without you!  You rock!!!

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With A Little Help From My Friends…

Writing has been a terrifying and exciting experience. Fulfilling a lifelong dream is amazing, and scratching a line through that bucket list item is pretty damn cool.

But, as the title of this post suggests, I couldn’t do it without my friends. Hell, I couldn’t do the day-to-day without my friends or family. I think we all have at least one person we can lean on, who will be there for us and kick our butts in gear when we need it. There are people I know well, who do that for me, and there are those I’ve met since publishing who have become fast confidantes for me.

Here is what I know about the writing community:

  • Authors – These are some of the most amazing and supportive people you can meet. Yes, like any place, there might be a bad seed here and there, but for the most part, these people are encouraging and share your highs and lows. They make me feel normal, or as normal as I care to feel 😉 There are so many amazing books that come out daily. I can’t keep up, and my TBR list continues to grow. I can only speak for myself, but sometimes I feel out of my league, and am in constant awe of the people I’m “friends” with, because I’m a huge fan! Some of the most well-known authors are the most down-to-earth people out there. 
  • Bloggers – OH MY DAMN! What can I say about the bloggers I have become friends with? I’ll throw some adjectives out there: CRAZY, FUNNY, AMAZING, EXCITING, GIVING, KIND, SELFLESS, FRIEND. And those are what come to mind off the top of my head. They pimp, promote and do anything and everything for the writers they love. I have so much love for these ladies, because they are simple: AWESOME.
  • Fans – That word makes me feel weird. I don’t have “fans” I have friends. I’m still a relative unknown, and I’m totally cool with that. When someone messages, reviews or emails me to tell me that they enjoyed my book, I can’t help but feel two things: Blessed and Embarrassed. Blessed, because I know they didn’t have to take the time to contact me, and I appreciate the encouragement so much. Embarrassed, because I’m me, and compliments catch me off guard. I love the readers that have reached out to me, because they are passionate about the things that they love.

It should go without saying, but I’m saying it anyway: Be Kind. Be thankful for what you have, and for those in your life who are there for you. You never know when things may change, and you don’t want to take that for granted. We all know there are two types of family, the one your born into, and the one you make. I have to admit, I’m grateful for them in all forms. 

So here is a thank you:
-Thank you to the authors who have become my friends and share the same fears and joys I do. I’m thankful for the BadAsses in my life!
-Thank you to the bloggers who do so much, and ask for so little in return. Yes, you. I’m looking right at you, because you are amazing!
-Thank you to the fan/friends who make me smile and laugh, daily. (And blush a little, too)
-Thank you to my “IRL” friends who know me, in and out, and still love me. Thank you for accepting me as I am. I love you, too! (You know who you are.) I hope I’m as good to you as you are to me. 😉
-Thank you to my family, the Tenacious 10, who are my safe place; my normal. We have each other’s back and provide the best shoulders. I would be lost without you because it’s what we do, take care of each other. I love you with all my heart! 🙂


😎 With A Little Help From My Friends.The Beatles, of course! This is actually a ringtone on my phone for my friends. LoL!

Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps…

Perhaps, my WIP for NaNoWriMo will be everything I am hoping it will be:

  • I’ve had a story playing in my head for months, but it’s been pushed to the back while I work on Mine to Lose. MTL has been my focus, and I fall more in love with this story all the time, but this other story is calling to me, and NaNoWriMo seemed like the perfect opportunity to see what I can do with it. Whether or not it’s finished by the end of the month isn’t the important part to me…nope, that would be in the telling of the story. (It’s not a love story. It’s sad and hopeful…I’ll share more when there is more to tell)

Perhaps, Mine to Lose will be finished by the end of November:

  • This book is all up in my head…non-stop, in my dream and daydreams! If only there were a way to get those thoughts out of my head while I’m driving, or cleaning. This movie plays in my head as I write, and I love it. So. Much. The funny thing, I see certain things happening, and then when I am writing the scene, it changes, and my jaw drops. Things are happening that I never intended, but I still love it. If you saw the teaser from yesterday, then you see some of it. So, I have some work to do, and I am hoping it will be ready to edits by the end of the month. (This becomes more of a reality everyday.)

Perhaps, I will get some reading done: 

  • O.M.G. – where do I start???? I have, in my possession, several WIPs/ARCs that I am DYING to read. DYING!! My list is long and beautiful, and I have been able to read some, and I can’t wait for these authors to put their work out there, because they are amazing! 

If you were one of the winners from the Blog Tour last week, keep an eye out for your goodies. I mailed them out today, so you should be getting something very soon!! I had so much fun with that tour and hope you did, too.

I can’t believe I almost forgot!!!! Yesterday, my Facebook page reached 2000 Likes! I’m shocked and thankful to everyone who sticks around!! 😉 And, if you have followed my page, then you know that when it hits 2000 Likes, I will be posting scene from Drew’s POV. Here’s your chance to select the scene! (Be sure to share and post! The winning scene will be chosen Friday!!!!!)

AND, just in case you missed my Mine to Lose dream cast yesterday…

Mine to Lose Dream Cast

Mine to Lose Dream Cast

🙂 Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps by Cake. Awesome take on a classic!!

Another is Waiting…

Since my last post, I’ve had a busy, and exciting week.

This weekend, I got to go to the Austin Author Signing, where I got to fangirl over the likes of Colleen Hoover (who had Griffin Petersen with her a.k.a. Holder), Molly McAdams, Tamara Webber and more!

As excited as I was to see these amazing writers, I was just as excited to FINALLY meet my fellow indie authors, R. Jean Wilson & Britney King!!! Oddly enough, as chilly as it was outside, hanging with R. Jean and Lance (her sweet bf, who waited along with us), the time passed rather quickly. As many times as we have texted and chatted, meeting was a million times better and I felt like I’ve known her forever. It was funny to find out that there were other indies there that I didn’t know about until after the fact, so we’ll have to make sure we fix that next time…like say at the Houston Book Rave???

Colleen Hoover, Griffen Peterson & Murphy Rae

Colleen Hoover, Griffen Peterson & Murphy Rae


Molly McAdams, K.A. Linde, R. Jean Wilson & Britney King

It really was an amazing weekend, and I’m so happy my hubby and daughters drove me up so I could fangirl! And really glad his sis happened to be there too so she could keep them busy. Lol.

So that was last week….


Today begins the Being There blog tour, hosted by Jenn from Back off My Books. This woman is amazing and has lined up some great bloggers who are participating. Please check it out, because there is a new blog everyday. There are giveaways, goodies and fun on the way, so I hope to see you there!

And remember that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and 10% of every copy of Being There sold, during October, will be donated to The Rose, in Houston. This organization provides quality breast healthcare to all women. To learn more, go check their website and see how amazing they are. To get your copy of Being There, 1-click on Amazon and support a great cause.

I suppose this is all for this week’s blog post. Thanks for reading and sharing and just being really great! I appreciate the messages that I get on Facebook, all of you are just….AWESOME!


🙂 Another is Waiting…New Song from The Avett Brothers’ new album Magpie and the Dandelion. GET THIS ALBUM NOW!!! So freakin’ awesome!!!!!


What can I say about R. Jean Wilson???? Hmmm, even though she’s a Longhorn, I think she is fantastic!! Haha. She messaged me through GoodReads, and we have been friends ever since. She’s my sprinting buddy, and one of my go-tos when I need to vent about my WIP. 😉 I’m so happy to know her and introduce her to those of you who haven’t met her.

Synopsis of Clementine: 



Addison Caldwell has her future laid out before her. She has good friends, applications in the mail for PA school, and sweaty yoga to take the edge off of her lack of love life. Just when she finds herself right where she wants to be, Addison stumbles on a familiar stranger standing before her at a coffee shop. He’s beautiful and brilliant. She’s immediately drawn to him and can’t put her finger on how she could possibly have met him before. She finds herself tumbling head first toward a man that she knows is in a league composed solely of him and a bevy of Victoria Secret Supermodels…

“Wait,” he said, reaching out to touch her hand.

The second his hand reached hers, Addison felt a warmth spread through her body. The innocent contact stopped her mid-stand and she whipped her head down. His sturdy hand was barely resting on hers, and yet it was as if he had clenched it directly onto her heart. Holy. She pulled her hand back instinctively, confused by her body’s reaction to such an innocent touch. 
What the hell am I getting myself into?
Get to know…
R. Jean Wilson

R. Jean Wilson

  1. You published your first book, Clementine, this summer, a sweet story about finding love, but more importantly, finding yourself. What does this story mean for you? Why was Addison’s story so important to share? – This story was truly a personal journey for me. I started writing to challenge myself and I knew right away what I wanted to create for my first story! People often ask how much of Clementine was based on my life and while most everything is fictitious, the locations around Austin and the dates the main characters go on are all inspired from real life.
  2. I LOVE the cover of your book; it’s simple and beautiful, and intriguing. Did you come up with the creation, or was it created for you? – I’m so glad you like it! I created the cover and I already had a girl in mind that I had visualized as Addison. She’s a blogger with quite a following ( and she was generous enough to allow me to use her image for the cover!
  3. What is your process when creating a story? – My process seems to change with every story that I write. Clementine was a challenge because I was getting my bearings on my writing style and trying to recreate a story that was deeply personal. I ALWAYS have music on while I’m plotting and writing, even if it’s turned down low. It helps with my creative process!
  4. When you create your characters, are they based on anyone you know? Is there any part of your story that you can relate to personally? – I think I’m like most authors; I include little snippets of my personality in all of my characters. I did find myself creating perfect, idealized characters in Clementine, and with my next two books I’m realizing my characters are much more flawed! (I’m not sure what that says about me as a writer, hah!) 
  5. Rivalry question here J. Your story is set in Austin, Texas for part of the book, what is it about Austin that makes the perfect setting for Addison’s story? Do you think she was an Aggie at heart?? (KIDDING!!) – HAH! Oh boy, do I love the Texas/A&M rivalry. I’d never been to Austin before my freshman year at the University of Texas, and the moment I stepped foot in the city I fell in love. Most of the significant events in Clementine take place in iconic locations around Austin. (Addison jumps off the Lamar Bridge with Holden and that bridge is in the heart of downtown Austin!)
  6. Have you always wanted to be a writer? If not, what did you want to do? – Oh gosh, I wish. I changed my major in college more than anyone I know. Let’s just say that while in school I worked for an art gallery, a country club, a doctor’s office and a design company! – The best part is that all of my odd jobs become woven into my stories. In Clementine, Addison studies to become a Physician Assistant (that was one of my goals at one time in college and I loved using all of my useless O-Chem knowledge during the book! ;))
  7. Given the option, would you rather be traditionally published or self-published? Why? – This question is still up in the air for me. There’s something magical about the idea of walking into a book store and seeing your books on the shelves. A lot of family and friends would probably take my writing a bit more seriously if they saw my book on shelves, rather than solely online. That being said, I absolutely love the indie, self-published world. I’ve never met such a tight-knit group of friends/supporters. I’ve met some amazing women (wink, wink) while self-publishing and I could never dream of leaving that behind!
  8. What is your favorite part of creating a story? What is the hardest? – Favorite part: Creating the characters. I LOVE delving into their motivations and what makes them tick. I create pinterest boards of each character and I try to really get to know them even before I start writing. – Hardest part: Definitely not enough time to create stories. If I had it my way, I would write stories all day, every day!
  9. Who would you consider your inspiration personally? Professionally? – I tend to gravitate toward women in comedy for both personal and professional inspiration. Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are all women that I look up for many reasons. They’ve completely pushed the limits of female comedians and are all so down to earth. I think humor is one of the best qualities a person can have, which is probably why I gravitate toward these ladies. Life is hard for everyone, and people who choose to laugh their way through it are inspiring to me!
  10. What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment? – Oh gosh that’s a tough question. I was really proud to make UT cheerleading while in college. I worked so hard for years to get to that level and still can’t believe I actually earned a spot on the squad. – Within the past year though, I would definitely say that my greatest accomplishment is taking the step to self-publish. At times, it’s scary to see friends around me starting full-time careers, knowing that I’m going out on a limb, but there’s nothing that satisfies me quite like writing and I know I have to stick with it.
  11. What do you feel is the biggest misconception about writing and writers? – I feel like this misconception stems not from being a writer, but from working from home in general. I’ve heard the phrase “Oh, you must love working from home and having all that time to do (fill in the blank).” Writing isn’t a 9-5 job, and while there are jobs that are much more demanding, this misconception still irks me!
  12. If someone came to you and said they were writing a book, asking for your advice, what would you tell them? – Simple: DO IT! So many people are interested in writing but they never take the first step. Even my dad has chatted with me about writing now that he’s retired, but I fear he’ll never take the leap to begin. I try to encourage fellow writers. I know the joy I find in writing and I want anyone around me interested in the field to experience that joy as well!
  13. If you had to choose, who would be your top 3 favorite authors? Why? – Mindy Kaling: Not only for her book but also for her writing on The Office & The Mindy Project. Screen writing is an artform! -Jonathan Safran Foer: His books move me more than anything else I’ve read. He’s so talented! -JK Rowling: I have to include her. I’d be lying if I said reading Harry Potter didn’t influence my childhood. I grew up reading her books and I often times find myself thinking of her when I’m creating stories.
  14. Are you reading anything right now? What? – I just finished writing my second novel, Solace, and the moment I finished I went to TOWN on a bunch of books on my TBR list. I’m not reading anything right now because I’ve started a new WIP and want to stay focused, but I can’t wait for Aleatha Romig’s final book in her Consequences trilogy to come out in a few days. I might have to take some time off to read it!
  15. I know that you are working on another book, or three, what can you tell us about any of these books? Will they be romance, like Clementine? – The WIP I just finished is titled Solace. It’s completely different than Clementine and I had a BLAST writing it. It’s a YA sci-fi/fantasy with suspense and mystery at every turn. I felt like my blood pressure increased while writing the book, haha, but I’m so proud of it! It’s being edited right now, but I’m so excited to share it soon!
  16. If you could say anything to your readers, what would you say? – You guysssss. (in a Jersey accent.) Really, you amaze me and I’m so happy to have met such amazing readers. I know how important reading is in my life, and I love the idea that I can give someone that feeling through creating stories of my own. I hope that my writing offers a few minutes of escape for anyone looking to find it!

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There is quite a bit going on this week. (There will be 2 posts and an Author Spotlight) So I’m posting this giveaway today, but I have more to say. So come back tomorrow to read about what’s going on in the month of October!

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T.K.Rapp’s 1700 Likes Giveaway

Thank you so very much to my Facebook friends who got me there! I’m so lucky to have you 😉

Also, a special Thank You to the wonderful Bloggers and Authors who contributed to my giveaway. You are all so amazing and I’m lucky to know you! 😀

Jenn from Back Off My Books, Lisa from Penned Con Here I come, Nickie Seidler, BJ Harvey, Kate Lynne, Vicki Green, J.M. Miller, Brittainy Cherry, Melinda Sutherland, Elizabeth Isaacs, Neeley Bratcher, Nikki Narvaez, M.K. Oien, Kimberly Stedronsky, R. Jean Wilson, Amy Miles, Penny Reid, Jessica Wood, Laura Dunaway & S. Moose

😉 Hook by none other than Blues Traveler. Great song!!!


My Author Spotlight this week is a woman that I have come to know via Facebook, and she’s one of the kindest people I’ve “met.” It’s always nice when you connect with someone who shares the same fears and hopes you do. Although, the more writers I meet, the more I find a recurring theme…big dreams and sometimes bigger fears, but all of them have taken the leap to see theirs through. And that’s what Laura Dunaway has done…

Synopsis of Distorted:



Aly Chase has worked for Paul Pierce for years, loving him from afar. He is handsome, rich, and the powerful CEO of Pierce Homes. Just when Aly has decided her love for him is futile and vows to move on, Paul begins to give Aly the attention she had always desired, forcing her to feel confused by his actions. 

Then there’s Aly’s best friend, Ethan Baker. He’s sweet, handsome and charming. He is also in love with her. He’s accepted that Aly and he will only be friends, until one day Aly realizes that her feelings towards Ethan are way more.

Aly is caught in between the man she’s loved for so long and the man that has always been there for her. As her feelings are pulled and tugged in both directions, she must make a choice before her distorted life loses both of them.

Who will end up winning Aly’s heart?

Get to know…

Laura Dunaway

Laura Dunaway

  1. Distorted is your first novel, a story about unrequited love on several levels. Is that a subject you are familiar with? What about this story was so important for you to share? ~ It’s definitely not something I am familiar with.  It was completely made up in my head.  Not sure I felt there was anything important to share necessarily.  I’m just a huge romantic at heart and love the angst of a romance.
  2. What made you choose Distorted, as the title of your book? ~ Because the whole story is completely distorted, especially a certain scene.
  3. Is there any part of your story that you can relate to personally? ~ Not at all.
  4. When you create your characters, are they based on anyone you know? Are there any characters that are a large piece of you? ~ No, they’re not at all.  Aly is a part of me in her being so wrapped up in a guy and how emotional she is.
  5. Have you always wanted to be an author? ~Yes!
  6. What is your favorite part of creating a story? ~ Being able to write from the heart.  I love it when my characters speak to me and tell me how they think the story should go.  I love having the inspirations and being able to create that whole story.
  7. What do you consider the hardest part of writing? ~ Focusing.  I have so many story ideas in my head, it’s hard for me to focus on just one.
  8. You self-published. Did you attempt traditional publishing, first? ~ Nope, I always knew I’d self-publish.
  9. As we both have discussed, you can’t please everyone. You have gotten some wonderful reviews, but how do you handle negative reviews? Do you read them, or choose to ignore them? ~ I am very emotional so I thought negative reviews would kill me.  So far, I’ve handled them okay.  I have to remind myself it’s one person’s opinion and I knew going in not everyone would like my story.  I used to read them all the time but now I don’t check much anymore.
  10. Who would you consider your inspiration personally? Professionally? ~ So many people in my life.  My parents, my husband, my grandparents, siblings.  That’s probably more than you intended but I come from a very close and supportive family.  Professionally I also have many.  My editor, Jennifer Roberts-Hall, is a huge one.  She keeps me going and is my cheerleader.  I wouldn’t be here still if it weren’t for her.
  11. What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment? ~ That I WROTE a book!!! 🙂
  12. What do you feel is the biggest misconception about writing? ~ That it’s easy.  It’s not.
  13. If someone asked for your advice about writing a book, what would it be? ~ Do it!  Don’t let anything hold you back.  You can ask a million people for advice but ultimately, it’s up to you and how you want to do it.
  14. If you had to choose, who would be your top 3 favorite authors? Why? ~ Wow, this is tough. I love Mary Higgins Clark.  I love mysteries and have been reading her books since I was a teenager.  My grandmother and I would always read and talk about her books when we were finished.  I think she is a great author and a great role model. I also love a new up and coming author, RE Hunter.  I have been privileged to be able to read her book that will be out in November, Undone.  It is such a great book and the male MC is going to be everyone’s next book boyfriend.  Watch out ladies, you’re in for a treat. I also recently found a great author named Whitney G.  She wrote Mid Life Love and I absolutely loved this book.  She is very sweet and has the sequel to that coming out soon.  If you haven’t read her, do it.
  15. Are you reading anything right now? What? ~ Yes, I am reading Arsen by Mia Asher.
  16. Are you working on another book now? If so, what can you tell us about it and when do you hope to publish? ~ I am working on the sequel to Distorted.  It’s about the guy she didn’t choose and his HEA.  I am hoping to publish in January.
  17. If you could say anything to your readers, what would you say? ~ Thank you so much for reading my book.  That’s what every writer dreams of when they publish, that someone will read their book.  We put our heart and souls into our work and to have someone take the time to read it means the world to us.  Thank you.

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