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Today we welcome Trish Milburn to the blog. She is the author of the novel Dangerous Kisses. I’ve invited her to answer a few questions so that we can learn more about her and her book.
Barb – Tell us about your new release?
Trish – Dangerous Kisses is a romantic suspense novel which won Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart award.
Trish – Wow, that’s a hard question. I like both Sydney and Jake. They both have strong beliefs and good reasons for those beliefs, so it creates a good bit of conflict when those beliefs at at odds with each other.
Barb - Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
Trish – I think writers put a bit of themselves, either consciously or unconsciously, in a lot of their characters. I have the reporter thing in common with Sydney, though I was a general assignment reporter and not on the crime beat. On the other hand, I can understand Jake’s frustration with reporters because I’ve experienced it myself with other reporters who I think are either too lazy to do good work or who are callous when dealing with delicate situations. I have a strong sense of right and wrong, which is something I share with both characters.
Barb - What were the challenges in bringing this book to life?
Trish – I wanted to make sure the police aspects rang true, so I did a ride-along with a homicide detective and talked to him about his job. We drove through some places I wouldn’t drive through on my own.
Barb - What was your favorite scene? Why?
Trish – I’m always a sucker for the scene where a hero and heroine kiss for the first time, and this book is no different.
Barb - Tell us a little about yourself.
Trish – I grew up in Kentucky but have lived in Tennessee since my husband got out of graduate school and got a job here. I worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist for several years before leaving that to write and edit on a freelance basis and devote more time to my books. I’m a big sci-fi fan and have been known to do cosplay at Dragon*Con. I love road trips, whether it’s to the beach, the mountains or just on long stretches of the open road.
Barb - Who is you mentor? Who do you look up to?
Trish – I don’t have a particular mentor, but I admire writers who give back to other writers and who are huge advocates for books. I really admire J.K. Rowling, not just because I love the Harry Potter books but also because she rejuvenated the children’s and young adult fiction markets and got kids to think reading was cool again. Since I also write YA, I and so many other YA authors have benefited from this renewed interest in reading. I also really admire writers who go through a lot of adversity and rejection but persevere to finally find success. One of the best examples of this is Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Barb - Who are your cheerleaders?
Trish – My husband and my friends, especially my bestie M.J. Fredrick.
Barb - What do you love about writing?
Trish – Creating new worlds and new characters out of thin air. I love helping these people find happily ever afters so they can give the readers of the books hope that they can find their own if they haven’t already.
Barb - What’s the hardest part of writing a book?
Trish – The middle. They don’t call it the muddling or sagging middle for nothing. Beginnings and endings are way easier to write than middles. Consequently, most revisions are done to the middle of the books.
Barb - Do you have an all time favorite book(s)?
Trish – That’s impossible to answer. I love so many different books for different reasons. Everything from Gone with the Wind to The Hunger Games to J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood books.
Barb - How can readers stay in touch?
Trish – I’m on Twitter @TrishMilburn and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Trish-MilburnTricia-Mills-Fan-Page/441289945240. My website is www.trishmilburn.com
Barb - Where is your work available? Where is the best place to find your work?
Trish – Dangerous Kisses as well as my women’s fiction novel, Living in Color, are available for download from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble’s site and Smashwords.com. My books from Harlequin American, and my two young adult novels as Tricia Mills are available through Amazon and B&N as well as some other booksellers.
Barb - If you could ask your readers one question what would it be?
Trish – What’s your number one way of finding out about books you end up reading?
Barb - Anything else you would like to add?
Trish – Thanks for having me here today. I appreciate the opportunity to tell your readers about my books.
I’d like to thank Trish for dropping by today to share about her book!