Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011. Since then she has authored and published over thirty books. The married mother of five sons promises romances with a Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it because she lives it.
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Someone has decided to become the moral compass for the women in town, and now they're turning up dead. It will be up to Detective Lacy Pratt to find their killer before her relationship with Declan Matthews, brother to one of the victims, marks her as a target.
Q&A With the Author:
1. When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author?
I started writing when I was about 12/13. I had become a reader in 7th grade, and I was reading Sidney Sheldon. His style was easy for me to read. My English teacher had me submit a writing sample to the county because they requested one since I'd scored so high on the first one, and that gave me my first writing joy. After that I was hooked. I took Mr. Sheldon's short and choppy method of writing and began to write my own stories with my friends. Soon it became an obsession.
2. Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?
I am actually working on 4 projects. My 7th Walker book should be out by the time of this event :) I'm working on a I'm working on a Romance with Paranormal Elements (I might have just made that up.) Tentatively titled The Tea Shop, it should release in late November. I've set the story where I live near Golden, Colorado, and the woman has premonitions which she tries to hide from people because it does start to make her sound crazy...or guilty.
3. What is your favorite writing snack?
I don't know that I snack as much as I drink. And I only drink water and coffee when I write.
4. If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? Why? What food would you serve?
I would have dinner with Carlos and Madeline (from a Second Chance.) They are family people, and I think we would have a lot to talk about with growing kids. I suppose we would barbeque on the grill. Maybe I'd have steak, which I love.
5. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learn something from every book I write. With Chasing Shadows I learned how to put a lot of observation into a book. It's a Romantic Suspense, so there need to be hidden details in everything, so that when it all pulls together, the reader can say, "Oh, I remember that."
6. How do you relax, or what do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
Writing is relaxing to me, so this is always so hard to answer. I'm learning to close up shop at a reasonable time and sit on the couch and veg with my family. (Can you believe I have to actually think about it and plan it?)
7. What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
NYT's bestseller. I'm a dream chaser, so I've fulfilled so many of my dreams...but that one so far. I keep writing good books and hope that someday, one of them will get on that chart. Then I'll find a new dream.
8. What do you fear most?
Losing one of my kids. Just thinking about it makes me cry. But it is my biggest fear and it forces me to make sure that the last words they hear from me before they leave me each day is how much I love them.
9. What advice would you give someone who wants to write a book some day?
Get to writing! That book won't write itself. Don't stop once you start. Spit that story out and write until your done without editing. As authors we ruin more good stories by editing while we write.
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