Release Date: May 15th, 2012
Publishers: Indulgence - Entangled
See Donna's Review: HERE
See Donna's Review: HERE
1) What inspired you to write “Second Chances”?’
I have a mild obsession with second chance romances. They are sort of my ‘go to’ theme. This story first popped into my head when I was reading my college alumnae magazine. I saw an update on a couple that I had known years ago. They had an on-again, off-again relationship back then but wound up getting married.
2) How long did it take to write?
The original story probably took about four months. I ended up scrapping the whole thing because I decided to go in a completely different direction with the core conflict. That was the first time I’ve ever done that with a book. My next attempt took even longer – maybe six months before I felt it was ready for submission.
3) Who was your favourite character to write?
I think I enjoyed writing Luke most of all. In my mind he was a perfect mix of alpha and beta hero. Brenna was more difficult because she came from a dysfunctional family and while I wanted her to be a sympathetic character, I also wanted her to be strong and independent.
4) Are the characters based on anyone in real life?
No. I’ve never actually written a character based on a real person. I think that might inhibit my ability to flesh them out in my head. To be honest I’m more apt to pick up a kernel of a storyline idea from a headline in the paper or a two second scene from a television show.
5) What’s your favourite quote from the book?
That is a wicked tough question. Reading my own work puts a knot in my stomach. Maybe this exchange because it shows Luke’s vulnerability:
“I’m not kicking you out,” she said, shrugging her arms into her discarded shirt.
“Sure you are.” He brushed his index finger across her lower lip to stop her from responding. “And if that hurts my feelings...well, that’s my problem.”
“I don’t regret having sex with you.”
He lowered his head, breaking eye contact with her. “Fair enough. And I don’t regret making love with you tonight.”
6) What are your thoughts on the book cover?
Book covers are tricky because it’s almost impossible for the artist to recreate what was in your head. I won’t lie – it’s easier to be disappointed than it is to be happy. Second Chances is the first cover I’ve had that I’ve genuinely loved without reservation. In my mind it fit the mood of the story and captured the image I had of both Brenna and Luke.
7) What are you working on now?
I am desperately trying to wrap up a sports themed story that I’ve been tweaking for the past month. As soon as I reached the final chapter I realized I wanted to rewrite an important secondary character. For better or worse it’s having a huge impact on the plot, which means some major revisions.
Spring. I love the promise of summer even more than I like the actual season.
Favourite Ice-cream flavour?
“I’ll Stand By You” from the Pretenders
Favourite Outdoor Activity?
Visiting the zoo. I’ve had a membership for the past eight years because my husband and I take our boys there all the time.
Chicken Fajita Wraps from Applebees
Diet Dr. Pepper
Thank you for joining us Rita and good luck with the book.