Welcome to my stop on the Broken at Love Blog Tour.
About the Book
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When a knee injury ends twenty-year-old Quinn Rowland’s pro tennis career, he’s not only dumped by his hot Russian girlfriend but ordered to attend college by his disinterested billionaire father. A rich kid who’s not used to being disappointed by life, Quinn and his sociopathic half-brother Sebastian create a frat house game intended to treat girls how they see them—as simple game pieces to be manipulated for their pleasure.
College sophomore Emilie Swanson knows Quinn’s reputation—after all, he did send one of her sorority sisters into therapy earlier in the semester—but the game and his charm bring them closer together and soon she starts to believe there’s more to Quinn than people think.
But what if the more is something darker than a game of toying with emotions and breaking hearts?
Quinn and Emilie might be falling for each other, but there are secrets he’s not ready to tell—and lifestyle changes he’s reluctant to make. She willingly stepped on the court, but if Emilie finds out she started out as nothing as a pawn in Quinn and Sebastian’s twisted game, she might never forgive him.
To his surprise, Quinn finds that he might finally care about someone more than he cares about himself…even if that means letting Emilie walk away for good.
1. As readers will see once they read Broken at Love, a lot of your characters like Sebastian and Hunter are pretty despicable guys. Even Quinn is more damaged and more of a jerk than most of the male protagonists out there today. Why did you decide to write characters like that? Did they come to your mind before the story or did the story call for them?
I’ve always found broken characters who deal with their issues by becoming assholes the most interesting – and I also enjoy the challenge of redeeming them. In addition, there are so many books out there (like you said), where the characters are damaged by things wholly outside their control. I wanted to write something different, about kids facing that time in their lives when it’s time to decide: do I continue down this path, and blame all of my failures on my parents or do I move forward believing I can be better, no matter where I came from?
2. What was your favorite scene to write in Broken at Love? What was the most difficult scene to write?
My favorite scene to write was probably the elevator scene. You know the one. *wink* The hardest one to write was either Quinn calling Emilie pathetic in front of his frat brothers, or the final scene at Quinn’s house, when Emilie walks away.
3. Are you a big fan of tennis? How much research did you have to do regarding the Opens, games in general, technique, etc?
I am a HUGE fan of tennis, so there wasn’t much research required. I live and breathe the pro-tour, especially during the majors, and I’ve watched and played enough to have passable knowledge of technique.
4. What are some of your favorite books? What are you reading now?
Some of my favorite books… all time, or recent? I’ll give you 3 of each. All time: A Wrinkle in Time, A Separate Peace, Wuthering Heights. Recent: Shadow and Bone, Dark Inside, Where She Went. Right now, I’m reading Unbreakable, the sequel to Liz Norris’ great sci fi thriller, Unraveling.
5. What’s next for the Whitman University series? Any hints for who Book Two will be about?
I have four more books roughed out for the Whitman series, and I am so very excited to write them all—it was hard to choose the next one! I haven’t officially announced the main character for Book 2, but a couple of hints: it’s someone we met, and it’s a girl.
This or That:
– Ice cream or Froyo: Ice cream (especially Coldstone – yum!)
– Print or Digital books: Print
– Facebook or Twitter: Twitter
– Dogs or Cats: Dogs
– Pepsi or Coke: Coke – are you kidding me with that?
I’ve long had a love of stories. A few years ago decided to put them down on the page, and even though I have a degree in film and television, novels were the creative outlet where I found a home. I’ve published Young Adult under a different name, but when I got the idea for Broken at Love (my first New Adult title), I couldn’t wait to try something new – and I’m hooked. In my spare time I watch a ton of tennis (no surprise, there), play a ton of tennis, and dedicate a good portion of brain power to dreaming up the next fictitious bad boy we’d all love to meet in real life.