- How do I keep up-to-date on book releases, reviews, and other news?
- What are your newest releases?
- Tell me about the Virtue Falls series.
- Will you write any more paranormals?
- Are you going to write any more books in the Governess Brides series?
- Where do you get your ideas?
- How do you decide which stories to write?
- Can I get a list of your books listed in series order?
- How do you keep your ideas fresh and avoid traveling over well-worn territory?
- What advice do you give writers?
Q. How do I keep up-to-date on book releases, reviews, and other news?
A: The best ways for you to stay current with my book news are:
—My mailing list: I always always always tell you about book sales & new releases and I’m open, friendly, chatty. Read a newsletter if you don’t believe me. The sign-up is on every web page. You can unsubscribe at any time and I would never sell your address. You’re mine, all mine! BWAHAHA!
—Bookbub: You don’t have time for chatty, you simply want a brief notice about new releases. Bookbub always sends.
— Goodreads: Sends a monthly notice, highlights the authors you follow.
— Amazon sends notices about new releases AND reprints…sporadically.
— Facebook is, sadly, no longer good for book news. 🙁
So join, follow, read, enjoy!
Q: What are your newest releases?
My 2017 releases include:
— THE WOMAN WHO COULDN’T SCREAM: A Virtue Falls Full-Length Thriller, in hardcover, audio and eBook September 5
— BECAUSE I’M WATCHING: A Virtue Falls full-length Thriller, in paperback June 27
My 2016 releases include:
— LOVE NEVER DIES: A Virtue Falls Short Suspense
— CLOSE TO YOU: Lost Hearts #3 in paperback (re-release)
— OBSESSION FALLS: Virtue Falls full-length thriller now in paperback!
— BECAUSE I’M WATCHING: Virtue Falls full-length hardcover suspense now out!
— A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT: Stories of Virtue Falls, now out!
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Q. What’s the Virtue Falls series about?
A: VIRTUE FALLS is a romantic suspense series set on the wild and beautiful Pacific coast of Washington state. Ten years ago, my husband and I moved from Houston, Texas — conservative, cosmopolitan, friendly, high temperatures — to a small town in NW Washington state — liberal, wild and wooded, peopled with eccentrics. And in winter, there’s this white stuff … it falls from the sky … it’s cold…We have five and a half acres on a mountain side. Our view includes the town, a lake, a mountain range and, if we walk to the end of the road, the Pacific Ocean. I literally can see Canada from my front door. We’re surrounded by forest, fight herds of deer for the right to let our roses bloom, and our dogs treed a bobcat… (Read more)
The stories are, in order:
THE LISTENER: A Virtue Falls short murder mystery
VIRTUE FALLS: the first full-length Virtue Falls novel: starred Booklist review and winner of the RT award.
THE RELATIVES: A Virtue Falls short and twisted suspense
OBSESSION FALLS: The second full-length Virtue Falls novel: Bookbub’s List of Books to Read If You Love Nora Roberts, Amazon editor’s choice for Best Book of September, starred Library Journal review, RT Reviews Top Pick, starred BookList review, BookPage Top Pick.
LOVE NEVER DIES: A Virtue Falls Short suspense and love story
BECAUSE I’M WATCHING: A Virtue Falls full-length hardcover suspense now out! #!Amazon Best September Romance, Amazon’s Best of 2016, RT Reviews Top Pick, starred Kirkus review, starred Library Journal review, starred Booklist review and Top 10 Booklist Romances of 2016.
A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT: Stories of Virtue Falls, includes THE LISTENER, THE RELATIVES, LOVE NEVER DIES and unpublished extras from theVirtue Falls books.
THE WOMAN WHO COULDN’T SCREAM: A Virtue Falls Full-Length Thriller, in hardcover, audio and eBook September 5
Q. Will you write any more paranormals?
A: Darkness Chosen, my first paranormal series, has reached its conclusion, and the spin-off series called the Chosen Ones is now complete with STONE ANGEL, an original novella and prequel to WILDER. I’ve also written a Darkness Chosen short story, WILDER FAMILY HALLOWEEN, which is posted on my website for you to read free at any time. For readers who want to add it to their collection, WILDER FAMILY HALLOWEEN is also available for purchase for 99 cents from Kindle, Nook, Kobo and iBooks. Currently there are no more paranormals in the works.
For more information, please visit the paranormal section of my website where you can read excerpts and discover how I came up with the ideas.
Q. Are you going to write any more books in the Governess Brides series?
Caitlin MacLean of Scotland is proud to announce her graduation from The Distinguished Academy of Governesses. She specializes in the womanly arts of housekeeping, picking locks, and overthrowing ruthless dictators, and is looking for a position wherein she can utilize these skills. No dashing, dastardly pirates or faithless, former lovers need seek her services.
Ship’s captain (and prince in disguise) Taran Tamson is by coincidence in need of the best lockpick in the land; he needs the reckless auburn-haired beauty to retrieve the papers that will help him leave behind his swashbuckling ways and win his island kingdom of Cenorina. He assures said lady that he will honor her demand for a proper, chaste relationship for as long as she desires it, then use his every sensual wile to make sure she desires only one thing — him…
Q. Where do you get your ideas?
A: I get ideas everywhere — from the news, movies, books, friends, songs. There are so many ideas and not enough time to write all the books I want to write. For a humorous look at the question, here’s my take on the process.
Q. How do you decide which stories to write?
A: Let me tell you about how I conceived the idea for my contemporary suspense series, the Lost Hearts series. There are so many contemporary ideas to be found! In the newspaper, on television, and in real life. The idea sprang to life when I heard about a couple who adopted a family of six children from the ages of seventeen years to six months. I knew that each one of the children would have different conflicts about losing their biological parents — for instance, the oldest might understand what had happened, the middle children might feel abandoned, and the baby wouldn’t remember any other life.
From there, it was a short leap to the concept of a family who were separated from, not only their parents, but each other. I knew they would search for each other. I knew they would want to discover what happened to their parents. And I knew they would want to find a sense of belonging and true love.
As the trilogy progresses, each story ends with a clue about who the heroine of the next book will be, and partially solves the mystery of what happened to separate their family. The Lost Hearts series includes:
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE
ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE
CLOSE TO YOU
Gabriel’s story is DANGER IN A RED DRESS (The Fortune Hunters #4)
GABRIEL’S GIFT: a Lost Hearts epilogue
Q. Can I get a list of your books listed in series order?
A: Here’s the 2016 Printable book list sorted by genre, series and in order and the more expansive “Books by Series and in Order,” page.
Q. How do you keep your ideas fresh and avoid traveling over well-worn territory?
A: Story situations become clichés because they’re the tales people want to hear over and over. When I start a book, I try to think of the stories I’ve enjoyed, and use that as a basis for the plot, giving it my own twist and my own characters. The heart of romance remains the same whatever the story — one man and one woman overcome great conflict to achieve everlasting love. My goal is to remain true to that heart, and to tell the classic stories in my own voice. Want to know more? Here’s an article I wrote for the Romance Writers Report titled “Romance Clichés for the Twentieth Century.”
Q. What advice do you give aspiring writers?
A: The best way to learn to write is to sit down and do it. For my articles on writing, I suggest: https://www.christinadodd.com/newsletters/newsletter/
— The Best Way To Write A Book (Imagine that, I have an opinion.)
— How Many of My Characters are Based on Real People?
— My Brief and Random Writing Tips
— The Nuts and Bolts of Writing Sex
— My Funniest Mistakes
— You might also want to check out my bio to see how long it took me to get published (hint: a long time.)
Best of Luck!