Sometimes a kiss is so much more…
Single mom Lena Oserkowski just wants to relax at the 5-star resort where her brother is getting married. Oh, and figure out how to make one of her businesses successful enough to support her son. Her focus is thrown out of whack when Elliot Debusshere, twin brother of her new sister-in-law, swims to her rescue at the hotel pool.
Elliot is disillusioned with his wealthy, playboy lifestyle and wants nothing more than to bring some meaning and purpose to the charity he runs. When he rescues Lena from a case of heat exhaustion and meets her son Tyler, he has no idea the answer to his problems might have just fallen in his lap. Literally.
With Lena’s ideas and Elliot’s know-how, they might just be able to make their ventures a success. Except pleasure has a sneaky way of mixing with their business, leaving both dazed and confused. Charming as he is, Elliot isn’t father material. And there’s no room for a single mom and her child in his life. While the attraction between them isn’t easily squashed, there’s no telling the lengths his family will go to prevent a relationship.
Kissing her Crazy is a sweet, contemporary romance story. While not unique, it is a good story all the same. Elliot’s twin sister is getting married and everyone is at a resort for the festivities. He sees an attractive young woman, clearly afraid of the water, trying to coax her young son out of the pool. He gets the boy for her and the mother ends up fainting at his feet. He entertains her son while she gets some rest and then finds out that she is the sister of his soon to be brother-in-law. Lena is leery about Elliott. He is attractive, a little immature, and way out of her league. But, things heat up when they join forces to help brainstorm ideas for Elliot’s family’s charitable foundation. She is full of ideas and he is good at the marketing and execution of ideas, so together they try to come up with something to WOW his family with. However, all work isn’t fun and they find some play time, together.
While the story is cute, it didn’t wow me in any way. The writing is good, the characters are good, and so is the setting of the tropical paradise. However, my favorite pair was the Hero, Elliott, and Lena’s son. I wanted more of them and less of Elliott and Lena. The rest of the story didn’t hold my attention while reading it and I found myself putting it down more than expected.
While there is absolutely nothing wrong with this story, I didn’t love it as much as I could have. That is not to say it isn’t good! It just wasn’t for me.
Do you prefer quiet or background noise when writing? If background noise, what?
It depends on who else is home and what is going on. If I’m home alone, I tend to write in silence unless listening to music would really help set the scene in my head. For instance, I just finished writing a book set in Greece and listened to Greek music most of the time while writing. Or while writing a club scene in book 3 of the Crazy Love series, I listened to club-type music. If my kids are home and being noisy I slap on the headphones and listen to Lindsey Stirling, The Piano Guys, or Parov Stelar, or put Pandora on the movie soundtrack channel – great music without lyrics.
If your characters could come to life and be a real human, which one do you think you would get along with best and which one would drive you crazy first?
From Kissing Her Crazy, Lena might drive me a bit nuts. She has all these amazing ideas but not a lot of confidence and I think it would bug me that she wasn’t more confident in herself. I’d get along best with Elliot – everyone gets along with Elliot lol He’s handsome, charming, and a ton of fun. What’s not to like? 😀
Is there a genre or type of book that you love to read but could never write and if so why?
I occasionally enjoy reading something on the scarier (ghost story, mild horror, zombie story or something like The Forest of Hands and Teeth) but I can only read books like that in the daylight and writing it might be difficult. I’m a chicken with a capital C. I won’t even watch Ghostbusters unless the sun is up LOL With my overactive imagination, I freak myself out on a regular basis and dwelling on the specifics of a story like that in order to freak out my readers might be too much for me to handle…unless I didn’t sleep and kept my lights on 24/7 while writing 😀
Seeing more and more authors going the “self-pub’ route. Thoughts?
I actually have one self published book (a NF writing as Michelle McLean) and am planning on releasing several more (more NFs, some paranormal romances, and some picture books). I think it’s a great option for writers. I really love working with publishers, but it’s also nice to have more control over my projects. I love that I am able to publish through both avenues.
What is the most intense scene you have ever written? Did you find it difficult writing that scene?
The most intense scenes I write are usually those where something extremely emotional is occurring. Either a main character is on the brink of death or saying goodbye to the love of his/her life or is in extreme physical or emotional pain. I actually find those scenes easier to write than others, I think. In order to get that emotion across you have to be really absorbed in it and that hyper-focus really helps the writing process for me. It feels more like I’m in a movie and just dictating what I see whereas with a less intense scene I can get distracted with trying to get the details just right.
When writing, what comes first? The characters or the plot?
It depends on the story, but often it happens together. Sometimes a scene will pop in my head, with characters dealing with a particular situation, and I build the story from that. For the most part, I’ll go with saying it starts with a scene, and then the characters, and then I’ll build the full plot from there. For my Lovestruck books like Kissing Her Crazy, the story starts when the characters meet and those first meetings need to be funny and unique and entertaining. So when writing a Lovestruck, I usually start there. What kind of situation would be funny and entertaining and what kind of character would find themselves in that situation? Better yet, what kind of character would deal with that situation the worst? And what else can I put them through? 😀
Do you ever write your own personal fantasies into your books?
Yes 😀 Though they tend to be things like having a destination wedding at a tropical resort like in Kissing Her Crazy or having a character respond to a situation the way I wish I could respond more than what you might think a typical fantasy would be 😉
How much if any of your story line comes from real life people or events?
I will take situations or conversations sometimes and filter them into my stories on occasion. Actually, in Kissing Her Crazy, many of Lena’s business ideas are similar to those I or my family members have tried (my mother had a gift basket business, for example). And the foundation that Elliot starts in the book is based on a real charity, Case For Kids, an amazing organization that I wanted to help bring more attention to. So when it came time to give Elliot a charity to focus on, I chose a real one that I could help highlight.
Do you have to look at the keys when you type?
Nope. In fact, I wore the letters off several of the keys on my last laptop 😀 It kind of freaks out my kids when they come over to talk to me and I look up and talk to them and continue typing 🙂
What are your two favorite 80’s movies?
Oooo I have so many LOL But I do really love Mannequin and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.