I write stories I'd want to read and create characters I'd like to know.
They're interesting people doing cool stuff. I hope you'll like them, too.
GOOD ON PAPER
Marin Beckett had almost been British. A boating accident cost her dad his parents and his childhood in Seasalter, Kent, but he’d returned with his American wife to give their small daughter the coastal English upbringing he had missed. Marin spent her earliest years chasing Tennyson’s sea fairies through rainbows in the sand, cloaked in the security of her parents’ steadfast love. It’s this love the rescues her dad when memories of his parents’ deaths stir up his panic disorder and force Marin’s family to leave England—a love that becomes famous when he publishes a bestselling memoir in tribute to his wife.
Twenty-five years later, her parents’ celebrated marriage is history, her dad's mental illness locks him inside his house, and Marin pays his bills and her own by writing romance novels. But she’s no hopeless romantic. Her college-professor fiancé always joked that Marin keeps love locked up in books, and this was before she caught him tutoring a student in their bed. Now, with an overdue novel and a serious distaste for romance, Marin begins to consider that he might have been right. Maybe growing up inside one of literature’s most beautiful love stories, only to watch it end in reality’s ugliest split, has permanently damaged her ability to commit. When her dad needs to sell the vacant house in England to keep the home he’s sequestered himself in since his bitter divorce, Marin takes herself to Seasalter. Part writing retreat, part real-estate deal, part quest to untangle her present from the past, Marin is determined to put her life right. But is she ready to open up to love?
BAD ON FILM
When I finished the first draft of Good on Paper, I took the advice of the great Stephen King in his memoir/manual On Writing and began a new book right away. That book is Bad on Film, and it’s the sequel to Good on Paper.
Sometimes people ask me why I’m writing a sequel to a book that I haven’t even published yet. The answer? I want to see what happens next! I’ve always known where Marin’s story is going, but even I don’t know how she gets there. I want the fun of writing her through to the end of her journey—at least, the end of the journey that is shared on paper.
Bad on Film picks up a couple of years after the conclusion of Good on Paper, and revisits many of the settings and characters in the first book. This time around, Marin is exploring the different shades that fame takes in modern culture, and the layers of fact and fiction that make up each individual's identity.
ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO-STEP BACK
I’m in the planning stages of my third novel, tentatively titled One Step Forward, Two-Step Back. My story is centered around Jalen Shaw, a soon-to-be divorced social worker whose startup eating disorder clinic is about to bite the dust. When a YouTube video of Jalen and her husband giving a tipsy yet gorgeous performance of his original song goes viral, they're catapulted to internet fame—together. Radio stations, concert festivals, and country music's biggest stars clamor for more from Jalen and Bishop. It's all a crazy joke to Jalen, until a legendary producer offers them a recording contract and a pile of cash.
Jalen wants to forget it all: the song, the husband, and any link to the music industry. She spent her youth on the road, dragged from one honkey-tonk bar to another as her mom strained toward stardom. Years of disappointment and drinking caused her mother's dreams to fizzle, along with her relationship with her daughter. As a result, Jalen has a pretty sour attitude toward country music, the entertainment business, and anything that reminds her of her unstable childhood.
Being a country music starlet could finance her struggling nonprofit, but it forces her into a new partnership with Bishop in a world she’s been trying to outrun for years. To move forward, she’ll have to face her prejudices—and the mother who helped shape them.