Thank you for this interview Aimee!
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I’m a mother and foster parent. I have 3 children of my own and take care of 2 teenagers. So I basically: I have to time for me. Hahahaha!
Truthfully, though I love reading, photography and baking. I don’t work outside of home anymore, but I used to train telemarketers and customer service agents. I studied marketing for 3 years, but realized I didn’t like it as much as I thought I did, so I quit three years ago.
When did you start writing?
When I was pregnant with my first daughter, 13 years ago, I liked to write erotic short stories. But when my mommy duties kicked in, I set the project aside and never went back to them. Between work and being a mother and wife, I didn’t have the time or energy to concentrate on writing.
In September 2015 I decided to give it another chance, and I got lost to Abbygail and Oliver’s story. I fell in love with them, and that’s when my “real” writing adventure began.
In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?
Physically, no, but the internet is a marvelous place. Hahahahaha.
When my first draft was written, the setting for No Regrets was in Berryville Virginia, I’d never been, so it was hard to imagine what life was like. When my friend read the very first rough draft, she told me that sometimes it’s easier to stick with what we know, and suggested that I bring back my story to Canada. So that’s what I did.
As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?
Realizing that I can be myself and not care about what other believe is right for me.
What is your favorite part about writing romance and what is your least favorite?
I have this issue with writing my first draft. In life, I’m completely disorganized, but when it comes to writing, my brain wants to understand where my characters are going before I get there. So when I write, I want things to start with chapter one and end when the story is over. Unfortunately for me, my characters are very sporadic. The ideas and conversations pop-up pretty much everywhere in time and it annoys me because nothing makes sense. I want my words to be structured, but they never are. So to me, that’s the hardest part.
My favorite part is once I can concentrate on rewriting my second draft. That’s when it gets fun for me. I can really focus on what my characters are saying and start adding to the story.
If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
I wouldn’t go anywhere, I’d stay home. I don’t need to travel the world for the ideas to come to me, all I need is time to concentrate and listen to what my characters are saying.
If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?
Read. It seems like this is something I can’t seem to find the time to do anymore.
Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
I don’t know, I guess I never really gave it a thought. But I would like to write an easy cowboy romance and dangerous racing motocross/motorcycle story one day.
Why was writing The No Regrets Series so important to you?
Because Abby and Oliver had a story to tell.
They went through so much and all they wanted was to love each other together.
Life is made of choices we need to make for ourselves, and sometimes we need to live with the regrets associated with the outcome of those choices. We also need to acknowledge that no matter how hard we try, life isn’t always going to be easy. The important thing is to never give up on the fight to get what we want, and that’s exactly what my characters did.
Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?
Um wow… this is so embarrassing: the bathroom.
I’m thinking it’s because it’s the only place I’m truly alone. It’s not rare for me to sit down on the floor and listen to my characters talk. Sometimes my husband comes upstairs and knocks on the door to ask me if I’m ok. I laugh every time. It’s like I get pulled out of a trance and realize where I am, and have no clue how long I’ve been there.
What are you currently working on? Do you have any new projects released in the coming months? If so, tell us about them.
I’m working on 2 different projects right now. But I don’t have any release date for either one.
The first book is Finding Rain. I’m about a third in the first draft. I don’t want to give any details, but it’s definitely something that will hit your heart.
The second book is Power Play. This one I hope will be released sometime during the fall, but I don’t set timelines for myself because I don’t believe in them. I truly believe that the story writes itself and will be published when it’s ready to be. I don’t rush the words, because I don’t want readers to think my story is forced in any way. Power Play is a darker romance. Not sure how it’ll be classified yet, but it’s nothing like my No Regrets series.
Part 2 This or That?
Q: Receive Chocolate or Flowers for a gift? Chocolate. Always, chocolate!
Q: Alpha male or Rockstar? Alpha male
Q: Swimming in a lake or the ocean? Um…neither. The pool! But if you’re forcing me, the ocean.
Q: Bath or Shower? Shower. I can’t relax in a bath; yes I know it’s weird.
Q: Cruise or Resort? Cruise. They allow me to travel the world and visit little islands I would never see in such a short period of time.