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.
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.
Thank you, Abbie!
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,