Turning Lemons into Lemonade
First off, thank you so much to Lisa for letting me spend some time with all of you today!
Ever have a bad day and then you go to bed hoping to just wipe the dregs of the awful day away with a good night's sleep only to have a rotten day topped off with a lousy night filled with equally rotten bad dreams?
I'd venture to say we've all probably had our fair share of days like these. My newest release, Going After the Heart, was born out of bad dream after an awful day. The dream featured me and my husband, years down the road and our marriage had hit a bad point and, basically, it was all my fault. Yes, I know, what a lovely dream, right? (I'm rolling my eyes in memory.)
So after waking up irritable and grouchy, I couldn't help thinking about a couple of aspects of my dream that were actually quite humorous. (Yes, they made it into the book!) Then it hit me -- the situation would make a good story!
From that point, the grouchiness and irritability slipped away (much to the hubby's appreciation) and I started to work out in my mind how I could flush out the story more and who my characters would be. Nice little therapeutic tactic to overcome a horrible dream, I might add. J
Going After the Heart
Lizzy Bergstrum thought she finally reached a point in her life when she could honestly say she had it all. A thriving writing career. A wonderful daughter. And a marriage to the love of her life. But looks can apparently be deceiving because her husband just walked out on her and their eight year old daughter hates her.
Gavin Bergstrum can’t handle the direction his life has taken. Not only did he get laid off from his job, but his wife seems to barely remember he exists. Convinced he’s tried his best to change things, he begins to wrestle with the possibility of divorce. But he can’t think straight in the same house as Lizzy. Hating to leave his daughter, but needing time to think and come to terms with what he feels he needs to do, Gavin decides to return to his small home town in Oregon and stay at his family ranch with his father and brothers.
In shock, Lizzy gives Gavin his space. But as time passes and he doesn’t say a word about their marriage, Lizzy decides it’s past time she takes matters into her own hands. Without a word, she follows Gavin to Oregon.
Now facing a daughter who blames her for everything, an irritated husband, and a small town that feeds on the drama, Lizzy finds herself trying to figure out how to convince Gavin to give her another chance, teach her daughter it takes two to make a successful marriage, and overcome her own insecurities – all without compromising who she is.
In between her to-be-read pile and trying to bring the characters in her head alive, Kristen spends as much time as she can with family and friends. Much to her husband’s dismay, she enjoys collecting purses, shoes, and jewelry. During those rare times she’s not working at her day job, rushing her daughters somewhere, watching movies with her husband, and trying to meet a deadline, she can usually be found energetically cheering for one of her favorite New York sports teams.
As with just about every other writer on the planet, Kristen grew up an avid reader. She started with young adult before she technically hit the age range and moved on to sci-fi classics by Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury. At fifteen, her best friend gave her a book she just had to read! The book was Honest Illusions by Nora Roberts. Always a sucker for a happy ending, she was a goner and fell in love with the romance genre. Having started writing novel length stories at the age of eleven, Kristen’s stories all took a romantic turn from that point on.
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