Before we start talking about your new book, tell us a little about yourself. What made you fall in love with writing?
…fall in love with writing? That’s a fantastic question for a romance writer.
I definitely was in love with reading first and have been devouring romance novels unapologetically all my life. Writing came much later, but now I’m completely addicted to it. There’s just something incredibly satisfying to see a character that has been floating around in my head for a while come to life. Once they’re on paper they’re real and I’m on a mission to make sure they get their happy end.
I admit, at times, writing can be a pretty torturous love affair, but writing End of the Line has been a lot of fun. I don’t know why I never thought about a bar as the central location for my stories before. It’s a writer’s dream, I get to invent backstories for every single person walking through the door.
So, give us a little more insight about Jake’s Bar and the two main characters of End of the Line? Who are they?
Jake’s Bar is a special place. It’s a safe haven—free of judgement and hate. Jake, the owner, and his staff are fiercely protective of their home-away-from-home. And, of course, a bar is also a great place to find the one and fall in love…
Jake is a lone wolf. He’s guarded and keeps his past and his secrets close to his chest. His neighborhood bar is hard-fought dream: A quiet place for a cold beer at the end of the day. Oh well, best laid plans and all that…when out-loud, colorful and diverse invades his monochrome world, Jake’s life is turned upside down. And he’s not happy about it. Jake doesn’t like change.
And it gets even more crazy when detective Miguel Conway (Con) stumbles through the back door. Con is impulsive, emotional and has something to prove to the world. He’s a firestorm racing through the defensive walls around Jake’s heart.
But of course, opposites don’t only attract, they also create tension. Jake and Con are extremely different. They don’t instantly understand each other motivations. There’s a need for intense vulnerability and a lot of give and take.
And that’s beside the fact that they’re trying to solve a police corruption case. End of the Line combines a character-driven romance with a fast-paced suspense plot.
How did you come up with the title?
In the opening scene Con is on the run. And for a moment it looks like he escaped, but then he turns into a dead-end road. Trapped. With nowhere to turn. That’s when Jake opens the backdoor to his bar and in a case of mistaken identity offers him a job for the night.
The scene became a bit of a theme for the series. Jake’s Bar is a place to find support when life spins out of control. Even if grumpy, growly Jake, the owner, is the most unlikely hero.
Jake hummed in response. “Sad truth is, people can’t be trusted. You think you know somebody, but you don’t really.” Con wanted to object, but Jake raised his hand. “Sometimes it’s not even intentional. I doubt most people wake up with a plan to fuck up somebody else’s life, but it happens anyway.”
Ouch, that’s a pretty bleak assessment of the human race.
“Well, sometimes people can surprise you—in a good way,” Con said, leaning closer to Jake. “There’re days when you don’t expect much, and then bang, a stranger opens a door in a dead-end road.”
Will we be seeing these characters again?
Yes, JAKE’S BAR, is a series. Each book will be a stand-alone romance with a new couple and there will be a satisfying end for the suspense plot, you know, villain caught! and boy gets boy at the end!
But the Jake’s Bar will be the central location throughout and characters introduced in the first book don’t disappear, but are part of the next story, which will come out in the Fall of 2022.
CROSSING THE LINE—Broken trust doesn’t give second chances…
Holden Wright had it all—and lost it.
Brent Northwood has it all—except the man he loves.
Their love started with a wild, crazy hookup in the rain, but it all came to an abrupt end when Brent lied—with best intention—but a lie is a lie and Holden can’t forgive.
But with secrets from the past threatening Holden’s future, Brent is the only one who can protect him.