melting away the ice

An Interview with Mary Smith

Some of you know Mary Smith as my co-author for The Penalty Kill Trilogy. Did you know that she is also the author of Melting Away the Ice? Today, you can learn more about Mary and her book because I interviewed her!

Let's learn a little more about Mary! 

Q: How would your husband describe you in 10 words?
A: I actually asked him this question and this was his answer: loving, selfless, funny, caring, smart, addicted to hockey, book nerd, obsessed with hockey, obsessed with Patrick Sharp, and obsessed with my kindle.

Q: Do you have a guilty pleasure? If so, what is it?
A: Books and Movies are my true guilty pleasure.

Q: What is one place in the world that you would like to visit?
A: I love to travel and the one place I keep trying to get to (and never seem to make it) is Paris.

Let's learn more about Melting Away the Ice.

Q: In one sentence, how would you describe Sara?
Melting Away The Ice (THE ICE SERIES #1)A: Sara is a good-hearted person who is trying to find herself after a really bad relationship.

Q: How would you describe Lucas in one sentence?
A: Lucas is a determined hockey player with a big heart.

Q: Aside from Sara and Lucas, do you have a favorite out of one of the other characters? What makes them your favorite?
A: I love Sara and Lucas so much, but Rachel is my fave. I like her because she is a lot like me.

Let's learn about her writing process.

Q: Is there anything you have to have/do when you write?
A: Don’t laugh but my writing “fuel” is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a glass of milk. AND if I write past my set “goal” of that day I reward myself with a Milky Way Carmel candy bar.

Q: What inspires you?
A: My life. The books I have written so far have actually experiences of my life.

Q: What are you working on now?
A: Currently I am working on Book 2 of the Ice Series: Breaking the Ice. This is Rachel and Max’s story. I am working with the legendary Lindsay Paige on Book 2 and Book 3 of our Penalty Kill Trilogy. Plus, I have a few others that I will talk about when I dive into them more.

One last question!

Q: Where can readers find you?
A: Usually readers can find me at a local bar - drinking. Oh, wait you didn’t mean that way, did you, HAHA! Well, they can find me on Facebook and Twitter =)

Thanks for stopping by, Mary! Would you like to say something to Mary? Would you like to see more author interviews on the blog? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!

Updates All Around!

The past few weeks, I've only posted Monday's Book Spotlight. It's about time to give an update post. There are lots of things to talk about! Let's get this show on the road, shall we?

Writing-wise, things are up and down. I've been bouncing between four solo projects and my co-authored projects as well. You can see the update for the latter here. (Psst. My co-author, Mary Smith, just had her first solo book released. Go check out Melting Away the Ice on Amazon!) Either I'm writing like crazy in one or I'm switching from one to another, or I'm not writing at all. For the most part, progress is being made.

A good chunk of book five has been written and if I pick up my pace, just a little, I can release it in the month I have planned. It's still my top priority and hopefully, I can share some snippets of it with you soon.

As of yesterday, I hit the one month mark since school started. I survived the first month and I plan on making it through the next month. Things with school have been going really well. I have my schedule set up in a way that taking seven classes isn't too overwhelming. My schedule will soon be tweaked again because I now have a job. I'm feeling really good about things though. To have had only one panic attack so far is a feat in itself and I'm certain that things are only going to get better.

The last update isn't really an update, but who cares? Hockey season will be starting soon and I will be going to two games next month. One to see the Blackhawks vs. Hurricanes and then to see my Penguins vs. Hurricanes. I am so excited about this! It's going to be awesome, as always.

Okay. There you have it. Have an amazing weekend, y'all!

BIG Announcement

As you may know, I've been wanting to co-write a book for a long time. So far, it hasn't really worked out for one reason or another.

Until now.

That's right! Mary Smith and I are in the process of writing The Penalty Kill trilogy. See the full announcement over at the blog created just for the trilogy. Mary is the author of Melting Away the Ice, which releases July 1st.

I'm so excited about this project and I can't wait to share it with you all! Be sure to head over to see the official announcement and to learn a little more about the project.