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Thanks to Erica Abbott for tagging me for “The Next Big Thing!”

As part of the “Next Big Thing” blog hop, I respond to reader questions.

What is the title of your newest book?

Crash Stop was released by Bella Books in October 2012.

What genre does your book fall under?

Romance

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Two women struggle to make peace and find love amidst the corporate intrigue and life-changing challenges of the beautiful San Francisco Bay.

What is the longer synopsis of your book?

She didn’t want a workplace feud, but Gail Joiner isn’t going to let Lily Rush walk all over her. When pushed, she pushes back.

Their hostilities evaporate, however, when a shipping accident traps Gail’s daughter and Lily in a wrecked warehouse. Incredibly, Sierra escapes unscathed, but Lily’s injuries are severe.

Recuperation allows Gail and Lily to uncover common ground, but what-might-be is interrupted by a threat on Lily’s job as distribution director for the large tea importer. Gail, as human resources director, finds herself caught between Lily, their CEO and the new vice president who seems determined to oust Lily for reasons of his own.

How long did it take you write the book?

I wrote the majority of the book during National Novel Writing Month (http://www.nanowrimo.org) in November, 2007. That is when you try to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. I succeeded in reaching the number by the deadline but the story wasn’t completed until the next year. During editing, we also fleshed out a story line.

What inspired you to write the book?

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of people who initially don’t get along who then fall in love. Most of the books on that theme didn’t seem particularly realistic to me and, while crashing a large ship into a San Francisco pier took a bit of author license, I do think that it gave my characters the needed opportunity for a second chance.

What else are you reading/recommending?

The Rainbow Awards just came out and there are plenty of great lesbian authors on the list that I will be checking out.

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