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How did you get the idea for your book?
When my husband and I attempted to take a short romantic weekend trip to central Indiana several years ago, we didn’t expect to pick the weekend this particular town decided to have a record breaking flood. When we left Illinois the sun was shining and the weather was lovely. It wasn’t until we were about fifteen minutes from our destination that road were being closed. After we finally reached our hotel, the electricity was out in the surrounding, most of the streets were three feet under water, and the citizens were looking for help where ever they could find it. Rewind about a year before we took this romantic weekend, I was watching the weather channel talk about a rain storm that hit somewhere in Texas and turned a harmless creek into a raging river and remember saying to myself, “No way! That can’t happen.”
That night, in central Indiana, after my husband and I walked up a flight of stairs in the dark and found our room, by holding up little candles to each number on the doors as we walked down the dark hallway, we stayed in a dark hotel room only lit by a couple of tea light candles the hotel’s front desk were passing out to the guest. During the rest of the night, all we could hear and see where helicopters flying low swooping in to rescue people in flooded areas. It felt like the live version from a clip in a war zone movie sans flying bullets. That’s when the idea for a book was born. What if some town in mid America got hit with a historic record breaking storm, that completely shut down the town and its citizens. What if the fire department men and woman were sent out to rescue who they could and fell in love? So I wrote a series of the men and women who found love during their sense of duty.
It’s a small town love story.
How did you decide on the title?
It’s funny you should ask this question. I was just mentioning this to a couple of friends of mine that I have this pesky habit of using the word, “Love” in many of my titles.
My March 2014 release is called Love Over Troubled Waters. My heroine, Maggie Connors, was crossing a bridge when it collapsed in a creek turned raging river. Due to her location, the only way to save her was if Firefight and Pararescueman, Jake Madison, rappelled from a hovering helicopter.
That’s how I came up with the title for that one. Most of the titles I choose are simple and to the point.
What motivated you to get the book completed and published?
This series was really important to me because I feel like I’ve actually lived some of the things that happened in them. In other words, I lived the back drop, I just needed to create the people for it and while doing just that, I had a lot of fun. So when I finished writing six different stories I struggled with how to market them. After all, the six stories were meant to happen at the same time, or shortly after the tragic event. Once I decided to try my luck at marketing them individually, I was going to see how far it got no matter what I had to do. There have been stories that I write for fun and stories that I write for fun but feel passionate about and this series is one of those passionate ones. So, I was very motivated to get these published.
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