What was your inspiration to start (and keep) writing?
I’ve been writing creative nonfiction for a very long time – travelogues and memoirs, mainly. Fanfiction was absolutely my gateway drug into fiction. Reading fanfiction (and eventually writing it) really opened my eyes to the fact that I was capable of writing fiction that people might want to read.
Tell us a bit about the genre you write in and how it found you?
I’ve always been a fan of women’s fiction and romantic suspense – so it wasn’t surprising that that’s where I gravitated when I sat down to write my first novel. Women’s fiction and chick-lit, when it’s done well, is funny and fascinating. With Clean Break, I wanted to write a story where Bridget Jones meets Beauty and the Beast – something darkly funny and satisfying.
Is there any author whom you’d admire and read every book they publish? Who and why?
I love Susan Isaacs – she has such a great voice and her characters really come to life. I think Shining Through is my all-time favorite novel – it’s women’s fiction, spy thriller, and historical romance all in one fantastic story.
If you watch TV what are your shows right now?
Game of Thrones is definitely appointment television for me. I’m also watching Deadwood, and once that’s done I’m girding my loins to start Outlander.
Do you have any talents other than writing that your fans maybe don’t know about?
I write an occasional webcomic called Awkward Celebrity Encounters. Readers send me stories of that time they met a celebrity and made a fool of themselves, and I cartoon it. My fascination with celebrity-worship is a common thread in a lot of what I write.
If you could go on vacation anywhere where would you choose and why?
It depends on my mood. My husband and I, as well as our kids, all love Maui. It’s like paradise on Earth. But a rainy, foggy, soggy tour of the English countryside is also incredibly tempting.
Do you have any writing rituals we should all start doing?
Procrastinate until self-loathing reaches unsafe levels, then commence writing.
What is your favorite movie? & then book to movie?
When Harry Met Sally stands the test of time. That movie just hits all the right notes. Book-to-movie: The Joy Luck Club. It’s just so good and the ending always makes me cry.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Soulless, mass-produced books. I don’t care if a book is silly or serious or some combination of the two, but I truly dislike cookie-cutter plots, characters, and dialogue. Maybe that’s why I tend to follow authors rather than genres. If an author has talent and I enjoy their work, I’ll read anything they write even if it’s outside my usual genre preferences.
What are three foods you can’t live without?
Smoked trout. (My husband recently acquired a smoker.)
About the Author:
Visit Abby on the web at AbbyVegasAuthor.com.
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Lane Haviland can’t seem to catch a break. She’s dead broke, barely functioning as an adult, and completely alone in New York City. Her so-called “apartment” is a six-by-nine cell in a Brooklyn basement. And her new boss hasn’t ever met a personal or professional boundary she can’t bulldoze through.
Still, Lane’s determined to at least attempt to claw her way back to respectability. But she can’t seem to get her mysterious handyman, Viktor, out of her apartment – or her headspace. Maybe that’s a good thing: Viktor’s easy on the eyes, and that deep-voiced Russian accent is beyond sexy. But as he and Lane grow closer, he can no longer hide his connections with a dangerous criminal underworld – where secrets can be deadly.
Abby is giving away an eBook copy of Clean Break