Please tell is a little about bit about yourself?
By day, I’m a legal assistant transcriptionist. By night, I’m super mom and a writer J I love to cook. I hate to clean. I detest winter because I have to wear shoes outside—I prefer to go barefoot whenever possible. If I MUST wear shoes, I wear heels to compensate for being super short—this girl stands at 5’3” and I swear I am shrinking! I’m 31 years old and active when I have to be. I prefer to have my nose in my book and my feet up!
How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing each book?
I ALWAYS knew I wanted to be a writer. Always. As soon as I learned to read, I was a bookworm. One of those bookworms who became a pro at tuning everything and everyone else out. My family absolutely HATES it. But I can’t even help it anymore. I just go in the zone... As soon as I figured out how amazing it is to be lost in a story, I started writing them. I don’t remember the first story I ever wrote, but I remember the first story I wrote that I received recognition for and encouragement to keep going. I was in the third grade and wrote a murder/mystery. Kind of deep at that age, but I was heavily into Goosebumps and Christopher Pike.
What is your favorite part about being a writer?
That I can get lost in my OWN stories.
Do you ever experience writer's block?
Yes, but not in the sense where I can’t think of anything to write. I get writer’s block trying to figure out what story to write because I have so many in my head. I end up arguing internally with myself. And sometimes, the argument happens externally and I feel a bit like Rapunzel in Tangled when she escapes from the tower. If you haven’t watched Tangled, you should. It’s hysterical. Oh, that’s another thing about me, I LOVE DISNEY MOVIES!!!
Do you write an outline before every book you write? Like what came first the characters or the story/world?
The characters always come first for me. I usually write about three chapters, get a good grasp on who I’m writing, then I’ll write an outline. When I write a story, I watch the scenes unfold sort of like a movie flick in my head.
Are the experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
There are always real life experiences in my stories, even just little tidbits of someone or something that’s happened to me or has happened to someone I know.
What are your current projects?
I’m working on a contemporary romantic comedy novel right now. It’s currently titled Woes of the Fabricated Relationship, but I’m not sure it’ll stay that title since it’s so long. I like it, though!
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members?
My support has really come from two places: my best friend, Liz, who always encourages me to follow my dreams; and my critique partner and friend, who saw something in my writing and kept me encouraged throughout the publication process.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
This is extremely hard for me to answer because I love so many authors and I’m a fan of ALL genres. But if I had to firmly pick one, I would say Patricia Cornwell. She doesn’t write in the same genre as I do. In fact, she writes crime fiction and has a strong grasp on forensics. Her mind amazes me. Her novels amaze me. I hope I can meet her someday!
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding the time to write. I don’t have much of it with my schedule, so there were a lot of times I was writing on empty and going to my day job feeling like a zombie. When it came to the weekend, sometimes I’d read a scene I wrote while I was exhausted, absolutely hate it, and would have to rewrite.
Early Riser or Night Owl? Night owl! Getting me out of bed in the morning is nearly impossible
Winter or Summer? Summer Summer Summer!!! I loved to be kissed by the sun.
Sell your book in a tweet!(120 characters) Her life took a wrong turn. He's driven by success. They didn't count on crashing into love...A laugh out loud romance! #FenderBenderBlues
Thank you so much for having me today, Crystal! It was so much fun! Here’s a blurb and excerpt of Fender Bender Blues.
FENDER BENDER BLUES Her life took a wrong turn. He's driven by success. They didn't count on crashing into love... Rachel Bennett loved her job until the day she finds herself doubting her choices. Now she's hunting for a new career, but starting over isn't easy. Her plan is simple—no distractions until she finds her dream job. She didn't plan on fate throwing her a curveball in the form of a fender bender with a sexy guy in an expensive suit. Craig Larsen is a wealthy, successful business owner with a plan of his own: survive his current PR nightmare and stay away from his overly determined ex-girlfriend. His need for control and personal success is turned upside down when he meets Rach, a sassy redhead who can't drive. Soon they find themselves battling with Rach's grumpy old neighbor, toilet-papering the trees of a high school nemesis, and fighting over the last slice of pizza. Can two very different people plus one fender bender equal a chance at forever?
Craig shifted to eye her warily. “Since when do you answer me with single words?”
“Since I decided I’m not talking to you,” she answered with a shrug, crumpling up the white paper wrapper from her sub.
Craig leaned his face in close to her neck and enjoyed the startled jerk of her shoulders. Her eyes opened wide in surprise. His breath shifted a few strands of hair at the nape of her neck as he whispered, “Why, because you want me?”
“You’re incorrigible,” she said, breathless, her cheeks flushed.
She’s enjoying this. The thought pleased him. Rach was on her back beside him now, her eyes closed. He glanced around the park to see if anyone was watching. No one was. He could swoop in for a kiss and no one would catch him. No one would care, he told himself. She won’t mind…
“I can feel you staring.”
Craig smiled down at her. “So what.”
She peeked at him with one green eye. “So stop it.”
“And if I don’t?” Maybe she’d tackle him, push him down on the blanket and…
She didn’t. She promptly closed her eye and went back to pretending indifference. “I’ll hit you, that’s what.”
“Not if I do this, you won’t.”
He’d only meant it to be a short kiss, but the pleasure of touching his lips to hers kept him there longer. Her tongue was velvet soft and warm against his and the slow mating of their mouths quickened his heartbeat even as he told himself, It’s no big deal, just a kiss.
She nipped his bottom lip and sent heat sliding through his body. The woman could kiss.
She whispered soft against his lips,
“Now why don’t you admit that it’s you who wants me.”
“Now why don’t you admit that it’s you who wants me.”
Meet Nicey/ Keep in Touch
Fender Bender Blues, a romantic comedy
Niecey Roy knew she wanted to be a writer from a very young age, but her moment of enlightenment came after watching the movie You’ve Got Mail. It was then she realized her place in life and happily parked her butt on writing romance. Her dream was to create sexy vixens, hunky, half naked heroes, and above all, romance; lots and lots of butterflies in the belly, breathless first kisses and happily-ever-afters. When she’s not at her day job where she works as a legal assistant, she can be found at home at a cluttered desk, pounding her tired little fingers away on a keyboard with nothing but black pepper flavored sunflower seeds and Visine as her weapons for mass-romance-novel-creation. When her fingers need a break, you’ll find her at a table with friends, drinking a few martinis and showing off a new pair of (sometimes ridiculous) high heels. She’s usually the loudest at the table and most often the one snorting with laughter.