I began writing my first novel manuscript when I was in college, but it went in fits and starts because of school. I got serious about writing and submitting for publication in 1996, when I started submitting to editors and agents. It took me many manuscripts before I finally sold my first book in July 2007. I'm a huge believer in perseverance. I can't tell you how many successful authors I've heard relate their "darkest before the dawn" stories -- about how they were on the verge of quitting right before they sold. I would hate to think of anyone who wants to be published quitting one step before reaching their goal.
2. HEARTBREAK RIVER’s main character’s family owns a Colorado rafting business. Do you like to raft? Where did you come up with the ideas for HEARTBREAK RIVER?
I've actually never been rafting. Like the heroine in the novel, I struggle with fear of the water. I came up with the idea while traveling through Colorado on the train. For about 200 miles, the train (Amtrak's California Zephyr) meanders along the Colorado River, where lots of people raft in the warmer months. I wondered what it would be like to own one of those rafting businesses, always meeting new people there to have a good vacation on the river. I combined that with my own fear, and the rest of the plot sprang from that.
3. What is your daily writing schedule like? Do you write everyday?
Depends on my deadlines. Some days are heavier on the writing side; some days are light on the writing but heavier on promotion or brainstorming. But I do something related to my writing career every day.
4. Besides writing, what is your dream profession?
Part of me would like to be an interpretive park ranger with the National Park Service. Another part would like to have a part on a regular, fun TV show, maybe something sci fi/paranormal since I'm a fan of shows like Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica, Legend of the Seeker, Smallville and Stargate Atlantis.
5. Who is your fave celebrity? And/or if you could have dinner with any three people (dead or alive) who would they be?
Fave celebrity, hmm...Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. :) Three people to eat dinner with -- Jon Stewart, Joss Whedon and J.K. Rowling. Huh, look at that - everyone's name starts with a "J".
Here's the HEARTBREAK RIVER synopsis:
Alexandra Landon once loved running the Grayton River through the Colorado canyons near her home and couldn’t imagine doing anything else with her life but continuing the family’s river rafting business. But that was before her father died in a rafting accident and she developed a full-fledged fear of drowning. It’s been nearly a year since her father’s death, and the arrival of another summer means Alex has to face the river, the question of whether she can ever recapture her love of rafting, and the return of co-worker and former boyfriend Sean Kenley. One way or the other, this summer is going to change Alex’s life forever.
Thanks, Tricia! Love your alliteration dinner. :)
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