To get started can you tell us what you have coming out?
A Prior Engagement is a star-crossed love story between college students, Manhattan socialite Everleigh Wright and the handsome blue-collar raised William Ryder. It is released on April 16th, 2013.
Which genre(s) do you write and is one of them your favorite?
I write Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels because those are the genres I most like to read. I’m a romantic at heart and enjoy a good love story.
How did you start your writing career?
It all started with some wide lined paper and red construction paper. I illustrated my story and then the spine was stapled to hold my book together. I’ve been writing ever since, pursuing my passion ever since. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and wrote some poetry over the years. Eventually I penned my first novel that to this day is unpublished and most likely needs to stay that way. Then I wrote another and another. Within six months, I had four novels under my belt. It was an amazing time that I didn’t hinder or edit myself. I just wrote uninhibited until the stories were told. A Prior Engagement was the fourth novel I wrote during that time period.
Many years later, here I am.
Does travel play in the writing of your books?
Absolutely. I write about the cities I’ve visited and savored like Manhattan, Hawaii, Los Angeles, and Austin where I live. I would love to take an extended vacation one day and spend my days writing and absorbing the atmosphere.
Tell us about your current release.
A Prior Engagement – I’m so excited about this book. I wrote it four years ago. It has changed and evolved every time I worked on it between my other projects. Most recently, I’ve been in rewrites and edits for over nine months and I’ve loved every minute I’ve gotten to spend with these characters. These characters have lived in my heart and I’m so happy to see them published now.
Here’s an excerpt:
She kissed him, not caring about how she looked or propriety. She did what she felt and she felt like kissing him twice, so she did.
After lunch, they did a little sightseeing, stopped for frozen custard then headed for the train station. As the train barreled back to Manhattan, Evie turned to William. She felt shy, but wanted a photo of him. “May I take a picture of you?” She knew once again she was crossing a line, but she felt selfish and wanted something just for her.
He chuckled at her formality. “Yes, if you want.”
She took a picture of him looking at her the way she most liked to see him, in like of her. His darkened eyes said more and everything that they both knew it was too early to say and she hoped to hold onto that look forever with the photo.
When the photo loaded onto the screen, she stared at it. She was soft spoken, but he heard her. “You look sexy like this.”
The right side of his mouth lifted into a smile, a bit confident, a tad cocky. He pulled his phone out and flipped through the options. William stopped and smiled at his display. “I think you look really sexy like this.” He turned the phone around for her to see and her mouth dropped open.
“When did you take that?” She tried to act mad, but she thought the picture was funny.
“I like the way you’re about to lick the ice cream, tongue out all greedy-like.” He laughed again when her fist hit his arm. “Okay, okay. I shouldn’t have taken it without you knowing, but I really do think you’re pretty damn sexy eating ice cream. That right there is what fantasies are made of,” he said, pointing at the picture.
“Ewww! Stop it right now. No doing anything dirty while looking at that picture,” she demanded, trying to grab the phone.
He held it out of her reach and continued the joke. “I don’t need this picture. It’s burned into my brain.” He felt her playfully hit his arm again. Grabbing her hand, he eyed her. “No worries. I only have chaste thoughts about you.” He tried to sound convincing by saying that with a straight face.
But her expression changed. “Well, that’s disappointing.”
Putting his arm around her, he squeezed her into his side and laughed. His grin got even bigger when she relaxed into him for the remainder of the ride back to New York.
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S. L. Scott
In a world built on pretenses, Everleigh Wright finds out just how carefully planned and plotted her Upper East Side life has been. Trapped in an engagement that was arranged for financial gain, she realizes things aren’t how she once thought.
William Ryder leads a life rich in family support and has endless determination. Over college courses and coffee, he becomes enamored with a classic beauty with a lot of secrets. Intrigued by her quiet propriety and quirk for ink, William falls for her, and she falls for him and his unfaltering optimism.
She was trapped in his world, wanting and hoping to stay there, to live inside their bubble forever.
Breaking free from the confines of her privileged life will cost her everything, and the star-crossed couple will discover if they are destined to be together or fated to be apart.
“Right here, right now is all that matters.”
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