You Know Who I’m Talking About …

Yes, Spotlight is Lily, Nate and Daniel’s story.

But there is another character who has a small but significant role in the story.

You Know Who I’m talking about.

In fact, she didn’t have a name until the very last round of edits. She was simply known as YKW. I didn’t want her maybe-they-are-maybe-they-aren’t relationship with Daniel to be a main focus. I wanted everyone to draw their own conclusions – just like Lily does.

Daniel and Sam never confirm or deny that they are in a romantic relationship. They just … do their thing. And I’m always fascinated by real-life celebrity maybe-couples who choose not to say anything at all.

It’s an interesting PR tactic, for sure. It certainly doesn’t do anything to quiet the curiosity. And many times, it seems to only increase the speculation. But, to me, it’s also a good reminder that it really isn’t any of my business.

Daniel and Sam decided that their relationship is theirs alone. And I can respect that. I truly believe that being in the public eye does not necessarily mean giving up privacy. Some celebrities want to jump on Oprah’s couch and shout to the rooftops about their personal lives. Others don’t. And that’s perfectly okay.


Casting Spotlight: The Movie?!

The first trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey came out this week, and that got me thinking about turning a book (a medium I love) into a movie (another medium I love).

Specifically, I’ve been thinking about casting a movie based on a book since I got my first look at Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey. And I couldn’t help but wonder … who would you cast in Spotlight: The Movie?

That’s probably something most authors think about during the writing process. I know I did – even though it’s wishful thinking. And I actually got (and still get) that question frequently.

That’s such a difficult question to answer. For some characters – Lily, Daniel … heck, even Daniel’s dad – I have a very clear idea of who I would want to play them on the big screen. For other characters, casting would be a bit of a dilemma. For example, I know exactly who *I* would choose to play Nate. But this actor doesn’t exactly have the character’s physical attributes.

And for many readers and audience members, that can be a turn-off. So many times you hear fans say, “Well, that actor is not how I pictured that character …” So even though I have my own casting ideas for Spotlight, I’m sure you have yours, too. Tell me … who could you see playing Lily, Daniel and Nate on the big screen?

Book Signing!

If you haven’t purchased your copy of Spotlight … or you’d like your copy signed … you’re in luck!

I’ll be participating in Author’s Alley from 1:30-4 p.m. June 22 at South Regional Library (6101 Johnston St, Lafayette). I’ll be signing and selling copies of Spotlight there, and other local authors will be there, as well, with their books.

It’s so important to continue to support local libraries, and this a great way to do that and support local authors at the same time.

I hope to see you then!

Another Spotlight Sneak Peek!

I know authors aren’t supposed to have a favorite part of their works. It’s sort of like parents not having a favorite child, right? But I have a confession. There is a section of Spotlight that holds a special place in my heart.

Take a look:

Outside, the sun hung low in the sky, casting both brilliant, fiery light, and long, dark shadows across the garden. Lily liked that she seemed to have the spot to herself. It was quiet, like a secret garden tucked away from the endless noise and traffic of the famous boulevards that surrounded the hotel.

Lost in her own thoughts, she strolled aimlessly through the maze of hedges and flowers.

“You know, those questions you asked earlier were very good.”

The voice was low and warm, but it startled Lily anyway. Glancing behind her, she heard the click and swish of a lighter erupting into flame and watched as it illuminated a face she knew well.

She blinked, hardly believing he was there—not ten feet away—sitting on a wrought-iron bench, lighting a cigarette.

“Ummm . . . thanks?”

A soft chuckle escaped his lips, and he extended his hand toward her.

“Hi. I’m Daniel.”

Now I’m curious … did you have a favorite part of Spotlight? Let me know!

What a week!

What a week it’s been!

Thank you all for helping me celebrate the release of Spotlight. It means the world to me to see you all supporting it!

And in case you haven’t picked up your copy yet, here are a few places you can get it:

Barnes and Noble

Amazon (paperback)

Amazon (Kindle edition)

TWCS Publishing House



And if you have, I hope you’ll leave a review – no matter what you think of it. Your thoughts not only help others decide whether or not to read it, but are also important to authors. It’s been incredibly interesting to read what people have said about Spotlight so far!

So … tell me. What did you love about it? Who was your favorite character? What would you like to see more of?

Spotlight Release Day!

SpotlightFullCoverFrontI cannot believe this day is finally here!

Spotlight is finally ready for you to read!

Here are a few places you can find it:

Barnes and Noble

Amazon (paperback)

Amazon (Kindle edition)

TWCS Publishing House



Don’t forget it’s on Goodreads, too. Add it to your lists!

So many people were a part of this process and deserve a shout-out. My family and friends: Thanks for your continued encouragement, love, support, etc., etc., etc.! Amanda B., Donny B., Caroline S., Martha H.: Thank you for the experiences that have made this book what it is! TWCS Team (especially Christine and Jennifer): Thanks for taking such good care of my words and giving them a beautiful cover.

And in honor of Spotlight‘s release, I’m giving away an eBook version of it!

CLICK HERE to enter the contest!

But it only lasts today – so enter soon!

Spotlight Soundtrack!

I’ve always loved listening to music, but … I have a confession to make.

It’s very rarely the music itself that I love. It’s the lyrics that get me.

Music tells a story, too, and lyrics are a huge part of that. Whether it’s setting the scene at an Italian restaurant (a la Billy Joel) or just a clever turn of phrase in a catchy pop song, the words are what I love most.

But conveying emotions in the short time span of a song can be difficult! I admire that ability to put listeners in a certain headspace in just a few seconds.

There were a couple of songs I listened to that immediately put me in the mood to write Spotlight. In fact, I quote a couple of them at the beginning of the book.

“I’m tired of rumors starting.

I’m sick of being followed.

I’m tired of people lying,

Saying what they want about me.”

Rumors, Lindsay Lohan

“Would you be so into me,

If I wasn’t a celebrity?”

Celebrity, *NSYNC

Their takes on fame and paparazzi are quite interesting – and certainly fit the theme of Spotlight.

And there’s one more song that I listened to very frequently while writing this book. But this one has more to do with Lily and Nate. Any guesses???