A Chat with Abbie Roads and Giveaway until the 18th! #interview #authorinterview

Hi all!

Today, I’m here with Abbie Roads, author of the Fatal Dreams Series.

I loved Xander and Isleen’s story, so much so I hunted Abbie down and she was so nice and cool that she came by for an interview. She’s also giving away a copy of her Race the Darkness, so read the interview to see what to do to get it.

So here we are.

Hi Abbie, and thank you for being here with me today. Let’s start with something not books-related. Do you have a day job?

I’ve been a mental health therapist for seventeen years. I love my job. At its essence, I listen to people’s stories all day.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

I drag myself out of bed around 7 am to take care of letting the dogs out and getting myself ready for work. I swear it takes more time to get the dogs to potty than it does for me to take a shower, and do my hair and make-up. I’m at work by 8:30 and see clients until noon. On my lunch hour, I go home and let my dogs out and then head back to work to catch up on the morning’s paperwork. I see clients until 5pm. Next, I head home, make supper, watch an hour of TV with my Favorite Guy and our pups. Then I work on writing from about 7:30-11pm. When I’m not at my day job, I basically spend the whole day writing, have a supper break and work again in the evening. I have no life! Lol.

Well, authors not having a life is every reader’s dream! What are you working on now?

I’m gearing up for SAVING MERCY’s release on April 4, 2017. It’s the first book in a new series called the Fatal Truth Series. SAVING MERCY blends the suspense of Gone Girl with the passion of The Notebook. Readers will experience thrills, twists, and tenderness in this story of a serial killer’s son who falls for his father’s only surviving victim.

 There’s a lot going on in your stories, and the control freak in me has to ask. Do you outline books ahead of time or are you more of a by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer?

I’m a total by the seat of my pants writer.

Wow. Totally jealous. I don’t outline every single detail in my stories, but I have to know what happens. From there, I like to see how my people behave within those events, but your kind of freedom scares me.

If I know what I’m going to write, I don’t want to write it. There’s a weird writer’s high that I get when my characters do things that I didn’t know they were going to do. I love being surprised. I think it makes the reader surprised too.

 What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?

In 2014 I was a finalist in the Golden Heart. I had been seeing clients all morning and noticed a message on my phone from an unknown number. I found out I had finalled via a voicemail! I yelled and jumped up and down and ran around the office like a crazy lady! The excitement I felt in that moment eclipsed all the other good things that have happened since—things like getting a publishing contact for three books and then getting a second contract for three more books. If I had to come up with a reason why being a Golden Heart Finalist mattered so much… It was the first time I had been validated as a writer. The first time I felt like maybe I didn’t suck at writing.

You talked about validations. On the opposite side, what is the toughest critique that’s ever been given to you as an author?

A major review source gave me horrendous review. I can live with a bad review. Bad reviews happen. What frustrated me was that some of what the reviewer hated was just wrong. By wrong, I mean things that didn’t happen in my book. I think the reviewer possibly skimmed my novel and guessed at what was going on. But their guess was wrong.

That sucks, especially because it was a major reviewer. They’re supposed to better than book-skimmers.

In the end, I did as all well behaved writers do. I kept my mouth shut.

That was very adult from your part. I don’t know if I’d had the strength not to rectify the wrong parts. Just to be clear, you know?  Do you have quirky writing habits?

One of my favorite places to write is in the bathtub! I call it my aqua office. I used to love to read in the tub, so it just seemed natural that when I started writing that I should try to write in the tub.

How do you accomplish that? I mean, I can see me, going into the tub with a good ‘ole fashion paper book in my hands, but a laptop? Nope.

Lol—You’re not the first person to ask me this question! My actual technique is simple. I don’t fill the tub very full. The trick is to keep the water level below my hips that way if I’m laying in the tub I can balance my computer on my stomach or if I’m sitting I balance it on my legs. The water gets cold quicker, so I drain and refresh a lot.

I’m actually surprised I haven’t dropped my laptop in the tub! Over the years I’ve dropped countless books in the water and even dropped my junior high science book in the bath while studying for a test. Knowing that I’m normally pretty clumsy, my husband has one rule for me: I’m not allowed to charge my computer while using it in the tub. He’s worried I’ll electrocute myself.

Clever. And your husband is cute! Is there anything about the writing life that you think is misunderstood by the public?

There’s a huge misconception that writers are rich. We are not.

Amen to that.

Being realistic—yes, there are a few rich writers out there. Notice the word few. The majority of us are struggling to break even and we have to keep our day jobs to make ends meet.

Can you describe your writing style in ten words or less?

Dangerously Dark Romance.

Dark Romantic Thriller.

Romantic Horror.

Ha! I did it in eight!

 How long does it take to write a story?

A year! I wish I could get it down to six months or even 9 months, but so far it hasn’t happened. Part of the problem is that I constantly re-write and constantly edit until I feel like I’ve got it right.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I binge watch shows on Netflix. My current obsession is Bones.

I love going on walks with my husband and spending time with my sixteen-year-old nephew.

Pen or computer: Both. I like to write on the computer, but I always edit with pen and paper. My brain sees things differently when they’re on paper.

Music or silence: Silence.

Alone or in public: Alone.

Outline or just write: Just write.                  

Do you have any scar? What’s it from?

I have a small scar above my top lip.

When I was in the second grade, my dad and I went on a bike ride on our isolated, country road. I lost control going downhill and somehow landed mouth first on the pavement and knocked out my two front teeth. Thank God those were my baby teeth. I was toothless for quite a while before my permanent teeth came in.

You said you wanted to do a give-away.

In my debut novel RACE THE DARKNESS, Isleen says to Xander, “Your scars are beautiful.” To win a signed copy of RACE THE DARKNESS tell me about your scars in the comments.

(U.S. Only.)

Thank you, Abbie!

Now, you can find Abbie on her website, Twitter, and FB.

As for her stories, here’s the link to Amazon.

I hope you guys enjoyed the interview, now go on and leave a comment. I’ll see you guys soon,

Vivi

 

 

 

33 Comments

  1. Hi, Abbie – I’m also binge-watching Bones on Netflix! What a great show.
    I used to be a veterinary nurse, so I have a lot of scars, especially on my arms, but the scar that bothers me the most is on my neck. I was holding a large, flailing dog for a nail trim, and since I only have two hands, one of his four (with freshly-clipped nails) raked the side of my neck. Just one of the perks of the job!

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  2. I have a scar on the back of my right hand from a very heavy Corelle platter shattering. It was up high in the cupboard and it slipped from my hand and shattered on the edge of the countertop as I tried to catch it. Corelle dishware is not supposed to break that easily and is supposed to be shatter proof.

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  3. I have too many scar to go over them all, lol. So, I’ll tell you about the one I have below my bottom lip. It is a thin line, and about half an inch long. I fell on the brick fireplace when I was three or four. Thankfully, there was no fire going 😉

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  4. I Have a Big Scar on the inside of my wrist and One on My inner thigh from sliding down a Rusty Pole when I was younger I didn’t know it had sharp rusty holes on it though LOLI have a couple on my hands from washing dishes and having glasses break while my hand was in themI have one on my face between my eyebrows where my sister hit me with a can of hairspray because we had to buy our own and she never spent her money on stuff like that and she was outI Have some on my back where I had moles surgically removedThere’s a few of mine :)Thanks for the chance to win. I actually won a copy of Hunt The Dawn and The Publisher sent me the wrong book so I already have a copy but it’s not signed so If I won I’d keep the signed one and pass the unsigned one on to a friend

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  5. I have a scar on my left knee from falling on the balance beam when I was 5 years old. It’s really my only visible one Bcz I’m very fair skinned, they all eventually fade away.

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  6. I have a scar next to my eye on the left side I got from running into an old tv consul. It happened when I was about 3 yrs old. The night before my parents and I were moving to California for my dad’s first duty station.

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  7. I have 4 scars, all from surgeries. The 1st one is on my neck. My C4-C7 had to be re-shaped and I had bone marrow added in to the disc. The 2nd one is where they took the bone marrow just above my hip. And the 3rd and 4th are on my ankle. I compound fractured it when I was 13 playing football.Thanks for the chance:)

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  8. Not too many– a cut on my knee from a gate when I was a kid, a few chickpox, and a little line on my finger that’s been there as long as I can remember.

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  9. I have a lot of scars…I have two small ones on the knuckles of my hands by my pinky. From when I was a goalie and broke my knuckles, on the goal post.I have multiple ones on my knees… also from soccer.There is one on my back almost the length of a pencil from when a car hit my bike when I was twelve.I have a dot scar on the middle of my forehead from chicken pox.I have four straight scar lines from when a stray cat (i was trying o help) thought I was enemy number one.Then I have three small surgical scars from a gall bladder removal that I had to have after having my twins.Lastly, my worst scar that brings with it painful memories is the deep scar that goes through the middle of my belly button. From an emergency exploratory surgery that I had to have after losing my son when I was 7 months pregnant with him.

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  10. I have a scar on my right knee, its fat and long. My mom was not very happy when her roommate was ironing in the bedroom and my 8 year old butt decided to 20 question her while she was doing so. I somehow ended up with a hot iron on my knee, and the blister is all I can remember! It was so fat, and had yucky water coming out of it! That’s being 8 for me.I received a scar about two summers ago when I was riding my scooter (scooters were so in that year) to my Daughters school to drop off something she forgot. I had went down a road through the neighborhood that the construction was about to get ready to repave. However, they had already took up some of the blacktop, and it left the road zig zag looking and bumpy. I had my head phones on blaring to a favorite Matchbox 2o when I went over a speed bump that was not actually a speed bump, and flew off the scooter! I initially thought only my scooter, my fountain pop cup, and my pride was injured, but after I collected all the parts of the scooter with my dignity slightly more hurt than my body, I jumped back on and the scooter started! I ignored the construction worker who horrified me by asking if I wanted an ambulance, crammed my headphones back in my ears, and turned back towards home! I was shaking so bad, that I was not even doing 10 mph, and when I regained some of my composure (because I was far away from the people who saw that loss of dignity) I began to feel my left arm beating its own heartbeat! I looked down and appeared to see the road embedded in my skin. I will say that I got home and was taken to the hospital because my nosey, but loved, neighbor saw me pull up to my house, where I asked her, "Does my arm look bad"? Obviously enough for 16 stitches!Other than that my sides of my belly, and belly itself, are full of child bearing marks from the best two presents I have ever received! My son and daughter! I love those scars more than the other two I told you all about!

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  11. Please stop with the computer in the tub! can you just do your editing there? plus its to cold for that little bit of water! I’m in Indiana so I understand your weather as its been the same here! I am currently about to finish my BA for liberal arts degree! Going to masters this summer! On my way to family and marriage counseling, so you understand why I need to read huh? When I get the time.

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  12. I have way to many scars, but the weirdest are in my stomach below my belly button. One scar there has been used for appendix removed, my first c-section, and for the both parts of taking out my female parts. At the bottom of that I have a c-section scar that runs side to side. Put them together and I have a ⚓ scar. They are connected in the middle of one and the end of the other. To me it’s funny cause my dad was in the navy.

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  13. I have tons of scars. none that are to horrible, but stories most of them. Surgeries , incidents, and memories lol. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!

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  14. I have a scar on my lower back from surgery. One on the left side of my left ankle where they had to put in a plate & screws when I broke it. Scars on stomach and sides from gallbladder removal, laproscopiesand one from a mole removal. There are many more, but I’m going to stop. Loved the interview! 🙂

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  15. I have one on my lower lip. When I was little I fell and hit my chin on the bathtub. My mom said she had to put my lower lip off my teeth as they went right through my lip. Fortunately, I don’t remember it.

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  16. I have a scar on my left leg. It took 17 stitches to close. It happened on 4th of July. My mom freaked out so bad and panicked lol. She kept telling me not to look at it. It is one of my worst scars. It’s in a shake of a V right on my shin.

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  17. I don’t have many scars, if any. Most from my younger years have already faded. Mostly from falls, scratches, anything from doing kid stuff. I was the girl who would climb trees and was pretty much a tomboy. Surprisingly, I never seriouly injured myself. I’ve had no major surguries or anything so nothing big or long lasting.

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  18. Hey everybody! First of all, thank you, Abbie for coming by. I loved Race the Darkness, a whole lot! And thank you all for leaving a message! It’s so great hearing from all of you. Keep in touch so see who the winner is!A big hug to all of you!Viviana

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  19. I have a huge scar on my left knee from a fall .. My sisters and I were eating lunch in the living room and my dad said be careful no horsing around eat your lunch . Well once he left the room we started horsing around I was running and tripped and fell onto the glass cup :(I also have a few bad scares from an attack I was a victim of many years ago .

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  20. I have a scar on my finger where I cut it while chopping carrots. I was about 8 years old when I tried to help my Grandmother in the kitchen.

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  21. Oh boy do I have a lot of scars? Yep tons of them and the first one I got was shortly after my mother gave birth to me. I was born with a ‘Hare Lip and Cleft Palate’. I have always hated that term. I don’t know why but it has always bothered me. I was very self conscious of this scar which is actually on my upper lip. Growing up I always felt as though I was the ugliest out of 4 girls and I also had a lisp and kids would make fun of me. Now I am grown it is the adults that are rude. It is quite obvious what it is so when grown ups ask me what happened to my upper lip I honestly can not believe they would even be that intrusive. I don’t blame the kids because kids are honest and they never mean to be rude or nosy but the grown ups should know better. Naturally I have had to accept it although when I was younger I had dreamed of the day that I would have plastic surgery and that my upper lip would be like other people’s. I don’t even wear lipstick because I believe it is just drawing attention to my mouth. Anyways that is the first scar I have among many more. I have tons of chicken pox scars all over my body but mainly on my stomach. And I have a scar on my right foot because the park was at the end of our street and I was too lazy to put my sneakers on. My mother would always make us wear sneakers to the park but I liked to wear flip flops or to walk around in bare feet which I still do to this day. lol Anyway there was broken glass on the grass and I didn’t see it when all of a sudden my sister saw that my foot was bleeding and sure enough it was and I ended up having about 6 stitches. I also broke my arm in High School, yep I was the girl that was always doing things I shouldn’t have been doing and swinging on the pipes that were hanging from the ceiling and I fell weirdly and broke my arm. You can barely see the scar now but it is still there. I also have scars from 2 back surgeries. I had a laminectomy and a fusion to what was left of my L4 and L5 and then 8 years after that they took bone from my hip and added a steel rod to my back. I went through a phrase where I was really accident prone. I have acne scars on my face. Not a lot but I am aware of them. I have cars all over my legs because I was always falling over something. Anyway Abbie thank you so very much for answering all those questions so us readers can know a little more about you. That is really amazing that you like to write and read in the bath tub but I agree with your husband, I was thinking the same thing when I was reading your answers to some of these questions, as long as you don’t have the lap top plugged in or Ipad or whatever device you are using. lol. I can not wait to read ‘Race the darkness’. I am in the middle of a long list of ARC’s but as soon as I am about half way through them I am going to read something that is my choice. It has been a really long time since I have been able to read a book that I have picked. lol But that is not a bad thing cos I LOVE reading and the books I do ARC’s for are always something that I know I would eventually read anyway. Thank you for listening to our scar stories. And now that I am a grown up then my scars don’t bother me and they are always a god conversation piece especially when your in an awkward situation with someone and there are way too many paused silences. 🙂

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  22. I have little scars here and there but a I have a long fine one along my neckline from having 1/2 my thyroid removed. The surgeon did a wonderful job so it not noticeable. Great interview. Loved getting to know Abbie Roads.

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  23. I have scars from my gallbladder removal both outside and inside. It changed me forever. This book sounds very interesting! Would love to win a copy!

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