Today I’d love your help in welcoming author Laura Drewry to the blog. She’s let me ask her a few questions so that we can get to know more about her and her release How Forever Feels. I think you’ll enjoy getting to know more about her and her book!
Afterward, take a moment to check out her giveaway and leave a comment 🙂
Let’s get started…
Tell us one thing you love, one thing you hate, and one thing you fear.
I love elephants. There’s just something about them that’s so beautiful and amazing.
I hate when I run out of milk for my coffee. I don’t drink milk on its own, but it’s a must for my coffee.
Besides the everyday fears of something happening to my kids, I fear open water. I force myself to go out on our boat once in a while, but only because the kids and my husband like it. I think the ocean is truly awe inspiring and I’m very happy to live right next to it, but I’d much rather admire it from the shore than to be out on it where it’s deep and cold and a heck of a lot stronger than me.
I am an elephant lover too. Like you said, they are amazing, and they have a gentleness about them that I find so beautiful. What’s the first 5 things you see when you open your refrigerator?
Yogurt, coffee, left over cannelloni from last night, carton of eggs, and a ½ glass of milk (my son leaves them in there all the time – drives me crazy. LOL)
lol…I do the same thing as your son. Drives my hubs crazy! What’s the one thing you eat that makes your family cringe?
Brussels sprouts. I know, I know, but I like them. Preferably covered in gravy, but even without, I still like them. 🙂
I won’t touch the subject of brussel sprouts. lol Tell us your favorite part of the writing process.
I have a few favourites, but one of them is when something that happened early on in the book comes around full circle and closes things up at the end. I don’t use an outline when I write, which means I never know what’s going to happen until I’ve typed it out, so when these things pop up it’s always such a great surprise.
I love choosing character names. Tell us how you came up with your character’s names in HOW FOREVER FEELS.
I agree – choosing names is always fun!
Maya McKay – The first time we met Maya was in PLAIN JAYNE, Book 1 of my Friends First series, when she was just coming through a painful divorce. She needed a name that I thought encapsulated who she was: gentle but strong, kind but not a pushover, and someone who might seem quieter than most, but who was fierce when it came to the people she loved and for me, that name was Maya.
Jack Rhodes – Jack is many things but an alpha male he’s not. An everyday guy without superstar status or a reputation with the ladies, he needed an everyday name to match that. At the same time, it needed to be strong, like him, and still sound good slipping of Maya’s tongue.
Describe your book tweet style…that’s right, you have 140 characters!
Jack has always loved Maya, but he’s also her ex-husband’s best friend so it’s hands off. How far can loyalty be stretched before it snaps?
Nicely done! Where do you write?
I changed our dining room (which we never used) into my office where I have my big desk, bookshelves, turtle tank, my Jeter corner, and the china cabinet (which I’d love to get rid of, but there’s so much stuff in it! LOL)
Dining room conversions are all the rage right now. I know 2 others that turned theirs into an office and a library 🙂 Is there something you have to have when you are writing? Maybe you wear a lucky pair of socks, light a candle, eat something sweet…
Coffee and music. The coffee has to be in my favourite mug which I just realized is 21 years old (yikes) and the music changes depending on what I’m writing.
What’s the one scene from HOW FOREVER FEELS that stands out in your mind as being your favorite to write?
The scene in Jack’s hotel room when he and Maya are playing his Apollo game was a lot of fun to write. They’d just gone through an emotional scene where she learned more about Jack’s childhood and they were both feeling a little drained, so they needed to lighten it up a little. It was a side of her he’d never seen and it was fun to watch and write how he reacted to her.
When did you know that writing was your passion and was what you wanted to pursue?
I’ve always wanted to write, but it took me a long time to figure out *what* I wanted to write. It wasn’t until a friend sent me a box of Linda Lael Miller and Johanna Lindsey books that it suddenly became clear. I needed to write books with happy endings.
Why should we read HOW FOREVER FEELS?
HOW FOREVER FEELS, like the other books in the Friends First series, is a story about regular people facing some of the same problems we all face. I don’t want to give too much away for those who haven’t read it, but I think readers will relate to the decisions Jack and Maya have to make and why they make the decisions they do.
I hope HOW FOREVER FEELS takes the reader on an emotional ride that ends with a smile and a sigh of contentment, because couldn’t we all use a little more of that? 🙂
Out of all your books, which one character is most like you?
I think there’s a little bit of me in all of them, but I don’t think there’s one that is most like me. If one is, it’s completely unintentional. One of the joys of being an author is writing characters who can be smarter, funnier and stronger than me. 🙂
Would you like to tell us what you’re working on now?
I’m starting a new series called Fishing for Trouble so I’ve just finished writing the first book, OFF THE HOOK, which is scheduled for release in April, and I’m starting on book 2. The series is set in a family run fishing lodge on the coast of BC and each book focuses on one of the O’Donnell brothers.
That is such a cute series title and book title. Nicely done!
RANDOM FUN: FINISH THIS SENTENCE…
I wish I could: swim.
There is no way I’d ever: go white water rafting.
If I could go anywhere in the world I’d go: on safari in Africa
I prefer: Daryl to Rick.
lol…okay, that’s my favorite answer! I’m a Daryl fan, too!
Growing up: I took tap dancing lessons from Sister LaRose – a nun at a nearby convent.
The last thing I ate that had bacon in it was: last night’s bacon/sausage cannelloni. Heaven! 🙂
Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog today – it was great fun!
Thank you for coming by. I enjoyed our interview and wish you much success with your book. Awesome cover!
From USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry comes a warm and witty new Friends First novel—perfect for readers of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery. How Forever Feels is a sweet tale about the one that got away . . . and the one that came back.
Maya McKay’s heart is as big as Jack Rhodes’s shoulders are broad. Their chemistry is out of control, but it could never work between them because Jack is more than just best friends with her cheating ex-husband—they’re like brothers. Maya, the sensitive, practical florist, has given up on love and is ready to settle for like. But now that Jack’s around again, he’s stirring up old feelings—and turning Maya’s fantasies into irresistible reality.
Jack blew his chance with Maya years ago when he stepped aside for his best friend, Will, and he’s still kicking himself about it. Maya was promised forever once before, and she got burned. But when Jack realizes that second chances aren’t going to fall out of the sky, he seizes the moment—and the woman he’s always loved—to show her how forever truly feels.
“So what brings you to town?” Ellie asked. “And if you mention Dickhead’s name in your next sentence, you’re buying a round for the whole room.”
“Thanks for the heads-up,” Jack muttered, giving the packed house a quick glance. “The company I work with is moving one of our offices up here, so I’m keeping an eye on things to make sure it all stays on track and we get going on time. I talked to the contractor the other day and it sounds like we’re on course, so hopefully—”
“Duh!” Groaning, Jayne thumped the heel of her hand against her forehead. “You’re Gamer-guy-Jack from TMJ! That’s why I know your name—Nick told me someone was coming to take over for Keith but I didn’t make the connection between you and him. “
“You know Nick Scott?”
“Sorry.” Maya laughed. “Let me try the introductions again. Jack, this is Jayne Scott, Nick’s wife, and if he’s doing the work, you’ll have no worries about staying on track.”
“Good, because the lease we have right now is up in mid-November, so we’re already pushing our luck.”
“Nick said you work out of Seattle,” Jayne said. “So are you going to stay when the new place is finished or are you just here on loan?”
“Just a loaner,” he said. “Until Keith’s back.”
“And are you staying with”—Jayne stopped and winked at Ellie—“He Who Must Not Be Named?”
“No.” Jack blinked past Jayne and shrugged. “That hotel by the golf course gave us a good deal, so—”
“Us?” Ellie asked. It was only one word, but it covered a lot of territory.
He turned his grin to Maya. “Me and Pete.”
“Pete’s with you?” Maya cried. She’d never considered herself much of a dog person until she’d met Pete. “How is he?”
“Still the same; big, brown, and a little bit pathetic.” Jack pulled out his phone and flashed a couple pictures of his chocolate Lab, starting with the one of Pete as a chubby nine-week-old puppy and ending with a recent one of him with two tennis balls stuffed in his mouth and his right ear flopped back.
“How old is he now?” Maya asked. “Eight?”
“Coming up next month, yeah.”
They were all still gushing over him as Ellie continued to pepper Jack with questions.
“Ever been married?”
“Sorry, Jack,” Maya muttered. “Ellie, the Queen of Tact, doesn’t believe in beating around the bush.”
“It’s fine.” He chuckled but Maya knew it was forced. “And no, never been married.”
“Got any kids?”
“Nope. It’s just Pete and me,” Jack said, tucking his phone away again. “I told you, boring.”
“I don’t believe that,” Ellie said, watching him through narrowed eyes. “You don’t look like the boring type.”
There was never a day that went by when Maya didn’t know how lucky she was to have these three women as her best friends, but nights like this made her appreciate them even more. Following Ellie’s lead, they spent the next hour or so dragging all kinds of stories from him; everything from him being the tall, skinny awkward kid at school, to the craziest date he’d ever been on—the girl showed up in a leopard-print catsuit complete with tail and ears—to the time he literally ran into Thor at Comic-Con.
“He’s a big sonuvabitch, that one.”
“Looked in a mirror lately, Jack?” Regan laughed.
“Yeah, easy for you guys to laugh about it,” he said. “But I wound up flat on my ass surrounded by security.”
“Way to make an impression,” Maya snickered. “There goes any chance you might have had to get him to voice one of your games.”
A slow smirk spread across Regan’s face as she sat up straighter. “If it’s voices you need, why don’t you get Maya to hit up her new boyfriend, Griffin Carr?”
“Griffin Carr?” Jack’s eyes bulged. “You mean . . . no . . . Griffin Carr? Like just-started-filming-the-next-Bond-movie Griffin Carr?”
“One and the same.f” Ellie nodded, but Maya was already shaking her head.
“He’s not my boyfriend. We’ve been out a few times, that’s it.” Okay, it was a little more than that now, but she couldn’t exactly tell the girls about it with Jack sitting there staring at her.
“Sorry, Snip, you’re going to have to give me more than that. Griffin Carr?”
It took her a few seconds to say anything else, partly because she was in mid-sip of her wine and partly because she was dragging that sip out as long as she could.
“He’s been filming up here a lot in the last few years and likes to use Regan as his stylist.”
“And a few months back, he and Regan made a deal where she’d be his stylist for an indie film he was doing if he’d agree to play on our slo-pitch team in a charity game, which is where he and Maya met.”
Jack nodded. “Right, I remember Will saying something about the game.”
Ellie nodded pointedly. “I’m guessing Dickhead neglected to mention that Griffin was all over Maya like white on rice.”
“But she was playing hard to get,” Regan added. “Because she thought he was a sleazeball.”
“And I already admitted I was wrong,” Maya said, forcing a dry laugh. “And that I shouldn’t believe everything I hear or read about him, so can we get over that, please?”
Regan popped a couple peanuts in her mouth and grinned. “I’m telling you, Jack, that game was one of the best things I’ve ever witnessed; we had Griffin putting the moves on Maya for all the world to see, and we had Dickhead and his skank with front row seats to the show. It was beautiful.”
Maya was sure Will’s scowl that day had little to do with the fact that Griffin was hitting on her and more to do with the fact that Stella spent the entire game the same way every other woman—and a few of the men—did: drooling over Griffin and doing whatever she could to get his attention.
A better person might not have found any satisfaction in Will’s misery, but Maya never claimed to be that good of a person.