The leaves have changed color and have fallen from their respective trees, which means it's time to pack away the Halloween decorations and look ahead to what will no doubt be another punishing winter in the upper midwest. But the sun is out today, and I've got so much exciting news to share that even thinking about navigating snowdrifts and subzero temperatures in a short time can't knock the smile from my face.
I'm so very excited about the release of my new novel, Don't Call Me Hero. While still primarily a love story, DCMH brings me into a new sub-genre. Crime/Mystery has always been one of my favorite genres ever since I read the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries as a teenager. I have been wanting to write my own take on the genre for quite some time and DCMH is the result of that.
I come from a law enforcement family, so writing the character of Cassidy Miller had me re-living a lot of sights and sounds and even scents from my childhood: the scent of the leather seats in a patrol car, the creak and jangle of a duty belt, the white noise of a police radio a constant in my life. I also took on quite a bit of research over the past few months about the female experience in the Marines and military Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to create this complex character. I'm anxious to read/hear your thoughts on the new novel, and I hope you'll fall for these new characters as much as you've enjoyed the protagonists in my previous works.
On a more personal note, on October 30th, my partner of nearly 10 years asked me to marry her, and I said yes. It was amazing and unexpected, and I've honestly never been happier. It's so easy to write romance novels when your own life is filled with so much love.