s to talk about her novel, To The Swift. Hello Missy. Can you tell us about your book? Loving the title, by the way.
Thank you for the
compliment on my title! My novel tells the story of Daniel and Monica
LeBlanc. When they marry, they barely know each other. Despite
their different backgrounds the couple builds a happy loving marriage.
After the birth of their three children and almost ten years into their
marriage Daniel develops a weakness for alcohol. Monica loves Daniel but
she is fed up with his drinking and decides to leave the marriage. In
an attempt to save their relationship they move to Memphis, TN from
Louisiana. They make friends but one of their new friends sets a goal to
destroy exactly what Daniel and Monica are trying to
Nice, sounds juicy. Why did you decide to set the novel in Memphis, TN? That's an interesting location.
I chose Memphis, TN
because I have lived in the city before and I really like the music, the
food, Beale Street and the city’s history. I am a fan of Beale Street,
Memphis barbecue and the Riverfront.
Yes. I hear the barbecue in Memphis is sensational. Let's talk about your book's length. At 205 pages, it's a brisk read. Was that a conscious decision to not make it too long?
Actually, it wasn’t. I was just watching the story unfold before my eyes.
Fair enough. :) Now tell us about yourself. What's Fort Hood, Texas like?
My dad switched to the
civilian life when I was 2 years old so me and my siblings actually
grew up in Springfield, MO. It’s a small city in the Midwest and it was a
great place to grow up. I was a quiet skinny kid who loved to read. I
was in Girl Scouts in elementary school. By junior high I was involved
in journalism and running on the track team in relays. In high school I
was on the school newspaper staff, the yearbook staff, marching band and
a sprinter for our track team. Springfield, MO has the distinction of
being the original location of the Bass Pro Shops. When I was in my 20’s
and living in Dallas, TX I worked for a hotel that put our name and the
city we were from on our
name tags. Guests would always get excited when they saw Springfield,
MO and mention the Bass Pro Shops.
Interesting. And I like that you did journalism back in school. I did, too! Now, your bio says that you have a lifelong fear of flying. Have you ever been on a plane?
I haven’t yet and I’m
actually trying to keep it that way. I’ve planned a few trips but I
still haven’t gotten around to actually confirming the flight. Maybe one
day. I do love road trips though.
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Who doesn't? Your bio also says that you love collecting Hot Wheels. Can you tell us what got you into collecting them?
I have one daughter
and two sons. When my sons were small they loved to play with Hot Wheels
on their racetrack. When I was shopping for new cars with them I came
across a Nestle Crunch Chevy Camaro and I was officially hooked. I have a
cool looking collection.
That is cool. I was always more of a Micro Machines guy myself growing up, though. Now let's talk about the protagonist of your book. How do you think you would fare if you were put into similar situations?
I would most likely be under the care of a grief counselor and a psychologist.
Ha. Sounds like a lot of drama. Some people have actually called your book a love story. Would you classify your book as romance or as something else entirely?
I would not classify
it as a romance. I was so surprised to see it referred to that way at
first. There are characters who truly love each other and there are some
scenes that are pretty hot. Initially I considered To the Swift as
contemporary fiction. After seeing how readers respond to the story I would reclassify it as romantic suspense.
Hmm. Romantic suspense. I like it. Is there anything else you would like to talk about or plug?
Yes, on the subject of
writing, I’m working on a ghost story and I’m also writing another
novel that will bring back some of the characters from To the Swift.
That actually was not my original intent but I actually received some
messages on my Facebook page practically demanding it. On a personal
note, I’m learning to speak French. So far I’m totally prepared if
anyone needs for me to count to 10 en francais! I am also a very proud
parent. My daughter recently graduated from Tarleton State University,
my oldest son just recently enlisted in the military, he’s now a soldier
at Fort Sill, OK and my youngest is starting his senior year of high
school this fall. And I want to
request that everyone who sees this interview, check out To the Swift! I
think you’ll enjoy it.
I think so, too. Thanks for the interview, Missy.
You're welcome. Thank you.
As posted before, you can find Missy's book here.
You can find her on Facebook here.
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