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Monday, March 6, 2017


In 2009, I signed my first contract for a full length novel. The Wild Rose Press took a chance on me, and it's been a great partnership with them ever since. Although Sleeping with the Lights On was the first book I published, it was the second book I wrote. Six books and years later, The Wild Rose Press did publish my first book written, Post-War Dreams. I'll tell that story on another day.

Me and my inspiration, my sister
Sleeping with the Lights On started as a short story and a whim. My sister was in between marriages and moaning about the dating game. We got to talking about her experiences. I sat down at the computer and started a chronological chart on the many men she'd met. I say many. It seemed many to me. I was married at the ripe old age of eighteen and managed to stay married to the same man. She'd not been so lucky.

My working title was Of Men and Bullshit. After she went home, I started my story which morphed into the book that became Sleeping with the Lights On. A disclaimer here: there are some
The real-life Carson
imaginary characters in the book and certainly a few made up events. But the three main characters are based on real life people, personalities, and locations. I had a lot of fun writing this romantic contemporary lighthearted suspense.
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  1. My sister has had the same kind of miserable luck with men. Over the years, I've been tempted to weave them into a story, and I'm finally going to do it! The villain in my next book is going to be named after her first ex.

    1. It will work, Alison. My hero, pictured above was one of her ex-husbands. The secondary love interest in the book was one of her boyfriends. I drop in some back story on some of her dates which ran the gamut from Iranian millionaire to too young DJ. Have fun with it!