Good morning everybody. I’m really excited today because the author spotlight is on Abbie Roads. She is crazy talented and if you haven’t tried her books yet, now is the day. Her brand new release, out today, is Saving Mercy. Here’s your chance to get to know her a little bit, then join me and her other devoted fans in her facebook group and let us know how much you love her books. So here you go…
Who are you and where are you from?
I’m Abbie Roads.
I live in the middle of Ohio, about an hour north of Columbus.
Married for 23 years.
Two crazy, zany, ornery dogs.
I’m a country girl. I grew up surrounded by fields of corn, wheat, and soybeans. I love the idea of living in total isolation away from people.
I attended a small rural school. Got my Bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) and my Master’s degree in Counseling from Heidelberg University.
Do you write part-time or full-time, and if part-time are you working to build a full-time writing career?
Hmmm… I’m a full-time writer, but that doesn’t pay the bills, so I keep my day job. I also happen to love my job, so I’d never quit no matter how much money I made writing.
What kind of work do you do, if you have another job?
I’m a mental health counselor in private practice. I’ve been in the field for seventeen years.
What kind of car do you drive?
A mustang—Midnite is his name. I drive him during the spring, summer, and fall. During the winter, I drive Old Blue. He’s my twenty-year old CRV that just won’t die.
What is your favorite cocktail? Food? (Please share the recipes)
Favorite cocktail: Cheesecake Factory’s Asian pear martini
Favorite Food: Cheese pizza and/or mashed potatoes.
What genres do you like to read?
Horror, thrillers, and any dark romance that I can find.
Who or what inspired you to start writing?
I would say my love of reading inspired me to want to write. It took me quite a while to get the courage to be an author. I was deathly scared of rejection and criticism. Not to mention that I had no idea how to write a book.
So I worked on getting a thicker skin and took every class I could find and read every book about writing that I could lay my hands on.
Where do you write? (Paint us a picture…laptop or pc…inside or out…house or condo/apt…do you have music on…do you dance around (naked or clothed? lol)…do you talk out loud to your characters…do you use props…are the neighbors convinced your crazy?
I’m not one of those writers who enjoys sitting in a coffee shop while I’m trying to create or edit. I get too distracted and end up people watching instead of getting words on the page. I prefer being alone and I want things quiet. No music. It helps my concentration.
Mostly, I work on my novels at my desk or at my treadmill desk—I’m typing this from my treadmill desk right now.
I spend my evenings writing in the bathtub. I know it sounds weird, but it’s one of my favorite places to get words on the page.
When I’m writing dialogue, I’ll speak it aloud to make sure it sounds good to my ears. A year ago, I was getting my hair colored and the deadline for SAVING MERCY was literally the next week. So I took my laptop with me to the salon. With foils all over my head, I sat in this quaint little waiting area, working on a murder scene. I happened to notice that the woman in the room with me never—not once—glanced up from her phone. She was staring at the thing like it was her life preserver.
Then I realized I was doing that thing where I read the dialogue out loud. And it wasn’t happy, unicorns and cupcakes dialogue. Nope. It was all about blood and murder. She practically bolted from the room when her stylist came to get her. Oops…
What is the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of research?
In HUNT THE DAWN a character was dying of cancer. I wanted to get her final moments of life as accurate as possible, so I watched Youtube video after Youtube video of people dying from cancer. Yes—there really are videos of this. More than you’d ever imagine.
It was gut-wrenching and I spent the afternoon crying, but it put me in the right frame of mind to get that scene right.
What genres do you or will you be writing for?
I’m a genre-straddler, so it’s a bit difficult to classify the genre I write.
Here’s how various people have described my books:
Dark Romantic Thriller.
Romantic Suspense with Paranormal Elements.
I’ve got an idea for a straight paranormal romance floating around in my head, but it’s on the back burner until I meet all my contract obligations.
So I know some authors work on a book for years and it might change considerably from where it started, but the bones of it are still the same. And some authors never share their 1st book with anyone. What was the 1st book you wrote and is that the 1st one published or are you still hiding it somewhere?
The first book I wrote was a version of RACE THE DARKNESS. You’re not going to believe this, but it was YA. About halfway through, I realized that even though the characters were adolescents, I kept putting them in were adult situations. But it was my first book and I wanted the experience of finishing a book, so I finished the thing.
The day after I finished it, I turned around and started writing the adult version of RACE THE DARKNESS. I spent a year editing it, but I knew something wasn’t right with the book. I just didn’t know what the problem was. So I moved on and wrote HUNT THE DAWN.
After I finished HUNT THE DAWN, I spent another year editing it and the same thing happened. I knew something wasn’t right. About that time, I met my mentor Margie Lawson. The things she taught me were the exact things I needed to fix my manuscripts.
I spent a year and a half rewriting HUNT THE DAWN from start to finish and that’s the version published.
After I finished HUNT THE DAWN, I rewrote RACE THE DARKNESS from start to finish too. That took a year. That book took me three tries to get it right. HUNT THE DAWN took me two tries. But –Thank God—SAVING MERCY only took me one try!
Which of your characters is the most like you and how?
Ugh… I don’t think I’m like any of my characters. Is that weird?
If I helped you hide the body, who would you kill and why? (Of course I meant one of your characters lol)
I had a real person all lined up to tell you about, but since you mean characters… I already kill the ones that I think deserve to die. I even kill some that don’t deserve to die.
What do you have coming up the rest of this year (book signings, groups, conventions, etc.)?
May 1-6th I’ll be at the RT Booklovers Convention in Atlanta. Be sure to come to Scrapbook Mania on Tuesday! It’s so much fun! I’ll be there.
Any other books planned? When is (are) the next one(s) due for release?
Right now I’m writing the third book in the Fatal Dreams Series. For those of you who’ve read the series—it’s Thomas’s book.
After that, I’ll be writing the second book in the Fatal Truth Series. It’s Dolan and Daughter’s story. Then will come Hale Harding’s story.
After those are done, maybe I’ll have time for that paranormal romance I’ve had bouncing around in my head.
Anything else you would like for us to know about you or your work?
Thanks so much for having me today! This was a lot of fun!
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So I hope you enjoyed getting to know Abbie. She is crazy talented so you don’t want to miss her. While you’re here don’t forget to fill out the form at the bottom of the page to stay up to date on the mayhem happenin’ round here! Namaste!