Author Friends: Lindsay Detwiler

This week, I have author Lindsay Detwiler, another lovely Hot Tree Publishing author, in the hot seat.  Hope you enjoy.  And be sure to follow her on social media.


Are you a panster or a plotter?

A little of both. I usually outline my chapters very vaguely first, and then just see where the story takes me. When I get halfway through the book, I usually write the ending.

Do you believe in Writer’s Block? If so, how do you kick its arse?

I sometimes get writer’s block, and, when it happens, I usually know I just need a creative break. If I’m on a deadline, I’ll push through and just make myself keep writing. Sometimes I get it between projects. When that happens, I’ll take some time off and catch up on reading, which tends to help me creatively. I like to write when I’m feeling passionate because I think that translates into better writing.

What book is your comfort read on a bad day? The one you go back to reread over and over. 

I actually hate rereading books just because I always have so many different books I want to read. I love reading anything in the romance genre, though, and anything by Liane Moriarty, Jojo Moyes, or Nicholas Sparks. They’re my favorites.

 Describe your perfect writing space: 

My writing space isn’t so perfect… which is what I like. I write on my couch with my favorite blanket, some coffee, chocolate, and usually at least one cat.

 Do you write your title first or story first?

My title first! I always get it before I start writing page one.

 And lastly, write a one or two paragraph flash fiction inspired by the last photo or text you got on your phone:

Snow swirled, blurring and whirring about, as the dog stood on the weathered deck. His huge paws plodded across, his black nose dotted with the fluffy white symbol of winter. Cold oozed through the cracks of the deck, past his panting mouth, into every crevice untouched. The first signs of winter were emerging, and the brindle mastiff couldn’t be happier. Tongue attempting to scrape up every last snowflake in what he obviously deemed a possible task, he leapt gleefully off the frozen deck into the blanketed snow, turning back to see if his trustworthy human was following him.

I beckoned from inside the door, the bitter wind whipping my hair back and reminding me that the true, utter coldness was here, underscored by the darkness of the December night. Still, in the midst of what I deemed a frozen hell, Henry dashed through the yard, seeing no darkness or coldness—but only the potential for sheer elation.

Lindsay Detwiler is a contemporary romance author with Hot Tree Publishing, a high school English teacher, and a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post. She has eight sweet romances released. Her ninth work, All of You, releases January 27, 2018, and is currently available for preorder.

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Blog Tour: Remember When

Title: Remember When
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 29, 2017
Cover Designer: Claire Smith
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This wasn’t how it was supposed to be….
 
They met at a wedding, Todd the only man wearing jeans, Jessica the beauty with a troubled background. Settled into married life after falling in love, they have so many things left to do in life. They think they have so much time… until Jessica and Todd’s average married life comes to a halt on a snowy back road. When their truck careens down an embankment, they find themselves in a life-or-death situation. With rescue seeming impossible, they cling to the only hope they have left: their love for each other.
As they fight for survival, their connection carries them through the biggest challenge of their lives. Memories and regrets swirl around the couple as they finally take a moment to reflect on what they’re doing in life.
There’s one big, icy question that haunts them, though: Is this where their story will end?
 
 
The Inspiration Behind Remember When
by Lindsay Detwiler
As a writer, the most popular question I get is: How do you come up with all of your ideas?
Many times, the answer is that they simply come to me. Usually they start with a “what if” question, an idea for a character, or even a title coming into my head in the shower—that shampoo apparently works wonders.
For Remember When, though, the story came about during a real-life trip with my husband on a night we shouldn’t have been on the road.
We were heading to a comedy night about an hour away to meet one of my best friends from college. The roads were icy, and there was another storm on the way. In short, we should’ve stayed home instead of being on the roads during a snowstorm.
However, just like so many people, we felt invincible. Nothing bad would happen because…well, it just wouldn’t.
Driving down backroads after taking a wrong turn, my husband and I started talking as my car treacherously skidded on patchy ice. Relieved we didn’t crash, the questions started to roll.
What if we would wreck, right here? How long would it be until someone realized we weren’t where we were supposed to be? How long until someone could find us since we took a different route and no one knew where we were? What would we do? What would happen to us? What would happen to our mastiff Henry?
So many questions swirled in the frosty air. The idea that life could change with one turn of the wheel, on one icy night, was a gripping idea. The idea that our love story we’d carefully constructed and lived could end with one decision, one turn of the wheel, and one icy moment was something terrifying.
And thus, Remember When was born.
We didn’t wreck that night. We made it home safe and sound, and I ran into the house to jot down an outline for what would become Jessica and Todd’s love story. That night, tucked away in the warmth of our home with Henry at our side, my husband and I realized how lucky we were that our love story got to continue.
However, in Remember When, Jessica and Todd come to realize the answers to some of our questions that night. They come to learn that life can really change in a second. They come to realize that no one is invincible. Most of all, they come to realize that their connection, their love story is the most important thing in life.
Writing Remember When let me explore an unimaginable nightmare that thankfully didn’t come true on that icy February night. Most of all, it helped me realize that the memories and moments that make us who we are as a couple shouldn’t be taken for granted.
I hope that Jessica and Todd’s love story connects with you and speaks to you. Most of all, I hope their story reminds you not to take a single breath of life for granted.
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A high school English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery, Lindsay’s the English teacher cliché; she love cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe.
She currently lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad (her junior high sweetheart); their cats, Arya, Amelia, Alice, and Bob; and their Mastiff, Henry.
Lindsay’s goal with her writing is to show the power of love and the beauty of life while also instilling a true sense of realism in her work. Some reviewers have noted that her books are not the “typical romance.” With her novels coming from a place of honesty, Lindsay examines the difficult questions, looks at the tough emotions, and paints the pictures that are sometimes difficult to look at. She wants her fiction to resonate with readers as realistic, poetic, and powerful. Lindsay wants women readers to be able to say, “I see myself in that novel.” She wants to speak to the modern woman’s experience while also bringing a twist of something new and exciting. Her aim is for readers to say, “That could happen,” or “I feel like the characters are real.” That’s how she knows she’s done her job.
Lindsay’s hope is that by becoming a published author, she can inspire some of her students and other aspiring writers to pursue their own passions. She wants them to see that any dream can be attained and publishing a novel isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

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Guest Post: My Favorite Scene in Who We Were



Author: Lindsay Detwiler

Title: Who We Were
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: February 25, 2017
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: Claire Smith
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“I guess that’s the thing about high school reunions, though. They make you snap a little.”

In the ten years since high school graduation, Maylee’s career, living arrangements, family, and especially her love life are at a standstill. When her twin brother, Mitch, falls for her high school enemy at their ten-year reunion, Maylee’s life is catapulted into chaos.

Maylee’s hatred for the blonde-haired Josephine isn’t the only thing she discovers at her reunion. Benson Drake, the introvert from high school, has matured into a sexy intellect. Now a writer and bartender, Benson’s grown into a man with a perfect balance of quirky wit and sex appeal. After a wardrobe malfunction, a spy mission gone wrong, and a dangerous cup of coffee, Maylee and Benson explore something they never even thought about during senior year. Along the way, they find out that reconnecting with the past can change you… or maybe just help you find your true self.

My Favorite Scene in Who We Were
by Lindsay Detwiler
 
“Are you okay?” a husky voice asks as a blond, spiky-haired guy leans over me. He must be an inch from kissing me. My heart flutters a bit. I look up at him, his almost royal blue eyes peering into mine, framed by brown glasses matching mine—when I’m not torturing myself with contacts. The smell of his aftershave wafts toward me. I like it.
Usually, my favorite scene to write in a novel is the first kiss scene. There’s just something beautiful and magic about the first time two characters’ lips meet, the first time realization sets in that things are getting serious.
For Who We Were, though, my favorite scene is when Maylee and Benson rediscover each other at their high school reunion. Maylee finds herself in an embarrassing predicament at their ten-year reunion, and Benson just happens to come to her rescue. It’s a scene brimming with humor but also with possibility.
For me, Benson and Maylee’s first scene together is symbolic of who they are together and as individuals. It’s a quirky, socially awkward encounter marked by both mortification and laughter. Even though Maylee and Benson have been away from their nerdy high school days for a decade, they both come to realize they’ll never quite escape their penchant for being the outliers.
While she’s trying to pick herself up from the situation, Maylee finds something else, too. She finds that Benson Drake, who was introverted to the point of practical silence in high school, has grown into a sexy intellect. From his hair to his eyes to his smooth voice, Benson’s encounter with Maylee helps her see something she completely overlooked in high school—how great Benson is for her. From their first interaction in the book, Benson helps Maylee realize that she can reconcile who she was with the woman she wants to be. He helps her see the best in herself and in her future. Most of all, he helps her see that sometimes love comes along in our lowest moments, quite literally.
I love that Maylee and Benson’s first moment together isn’t the picture-perfect moment of most love stories. As Benson says to Maylee, “I think getting away from high school is good for some of us, huh? The outliers?” From their first encounter to their last in the book, Maylee and Benson learn to own their outlier status and build a relationship that is truly envy-worthy.

 

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A high school English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery, Lindsay’s the English teacher cliché; she love cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe.

She currently lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad (her junior high sweetheart); their cats, Arya, Amelia, Alice, and Bob; and their Mastiff, Henry.
Lindsay’s goal with her writing is to show the power of love and the beauty of life while also instilling a true sense of realism in her work. Some reviewers have noted that her books are not the “typical romance.” With her novels coming from a place of honesty, Lindsay examines the difficult questions, looks at the tough emotions, and paints the pictures that are sometimes difficult to look at. She wants her fiction to resonate with readers as realistic, poetic, and powerful. Lindsay wants women readers to be able to say, “I see myself in that novel.” She wants to speak to the modern woman’s experience while also bringing a twist of something new and exciting. Her aim is for readers to say, “That could happen,” or “I feel like the characters are real.” That’s how she knows she’s done her job.
Lindsay’s hope is that by becoming a published author, she can inspire some of her students and other aspiring writers to pursue their own passions. She wants them to see that any dream can be attained and publishing a novel isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

 

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Release Blitz: Who We Were



Author: Lindsay Detwiler

Title: Who We Were
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: February 25, 2017
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: Claire Smith
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“I guess that’s the thing about high school reunions, though. They make you snap a little.”
In the ten years since high school graduation, Maylee’s career, living arrangements, family, and especially her love life are at a standstill. When her twin brother, Mitch, falls for her high school enemy at their ten-year reunion, Maylee’s life is catapulted into chaos.
Maylee’s hatred for the blonde-haired Josephine isn’t the only thing she discovers at her reunion. Benson Drake, the introvert from high school, has matured into a sexy intellect. Now a writer and bartender, Benson’s grown into a man with a perfect balance of quirky wit and sex appeal. After a wardrobe malfunction, a spy mission gone wrong, and a dangerous cup of coffee, Maylee and Benson explore something they never even thought about during senior year. Along the way, they find out that reconnecting with the past can change you… or maybe just help you find your true self.

 

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A high school English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery, Lindsay’s the English teacher cliché; she love cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe.
She currently lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad (her junior high sweetheart); their cats, Arya, Amelia, Alice, and Bob; and their Mastiff, Henry.
Lindsay’s goal with her writing is to show the power of love and the beauty of life while also instilling a true sense of realism in her work. Some reviewers have noted that her books are not the “typical romance.” With her novels coming from a place of honesty, Lindsay examines the difficult questions, looks at the tough emotions, and paints the pictures that are sometimes difficult to look at. She wants her fiction to resonate with readers as realistic, poetic, and powerful. Lindsay wants women readers to be able to say, “I see myself in that novel.” She wants to speak to the modern woman’s experience while also bringing a twist of something new and exciting. Her aim is for readers to say, “That could happen,” or “I feel like the characters are real.” That’s how she knows she’s done her job.
Lindsay’s hope is that by becoming a published author, she can inspire some of her students and other aspiring writers to pursue their own passions. She wants them to see that any dream can be attained and publishing a novel isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

 

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Blog Tour: To Say Goodbye

SECOND-CHANCE ROMANCE

Title: To Say Goodbye
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 24, 2016
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: Claire Smith
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Feisty Sophia never shies away from life. Playful, romantic, connected—her marriage was the thing of fairy tales. But when tragedy strikes, Sophia is left to pick up the pieces of her life.After leaving the army, Jackson is ready to start afresh. But when he returns home, his life spirals out of control.

As Sophia and Jackson find themselves in each other, they start to see redemption is possible. Trying to piece together a new life, they must answer the question:  Should they forge a life together and say goodbye to their pasts completely, or should they loyally go their separate ways to avoid heartache?

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Blog Tour: Where Love Went

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Title: Where Love Went
Series: Sequel to Then Comes Love
Genre: ChickLit
Release Date: August 13, 2016
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Editor: Hot Tree Editing
Designer: Claire Smith
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Sometimes unexpected miracles can shift your life off course.A year ago, Amelia, Annie, and Charlotte found second loves in unexpected places. Now, everyone’s life seems to have fallen into place… until a late night knock on Charlotte’s door shakes up everything.

Love rarely goes as planned…

Unexpected news leaves Amelia confused and worried. She loves Owen but is not sure what her future holds, especially with them living the tour life. As the months pass by and Amelia begins to question everything, she wonders if her relationship with Owen can truly last forever.

Sometimes a first love creeps back in…

While helping Amelia sort out her life, Annie finds new problems of her own. A visitor from her past threatens to overturn her relationship with Joe. Annie must make some difficult choices.

As the three women face new complexities in the sequel to Then Comes Love, they learn the fairy tale can fade, leaving you to question everything you thought you knew. However, family and friendship can sometimes be the link you need to find what you want.

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“Don’t be ridiculous, Leonard. Of course I’m getting the door. What? You think a robber’s going to waste his time at the old people’s home?”
“Of course not, Charlotte. Get back in bed. Who would possibly be at the door at this hour other than a robber?” Leonard hissed at her, trying to yank her arm. He didn’t have his glasses on, so he didn’t even make contact with her.
Charlotte shook her head at the silly man.
“I’ll take my chances,” she whispered as he groaned and got out of bed.
“If we end up tied up it’s because of you,” he grumbled, rubbing sleep from his eyes. The pounding continued as Charlotte grabbed her glasses from the nightstand on her way from the room.
“Coming,” she yelled.
“Great, now the robber knows we’re here.” Leonard sighed, following closely behind.
“You’ve been watching too much Dateline.” As she crossed the kitchen and put her hand on the doorknob, she begrudgingly paused. She couldn’t admit Leonard was right. Peering at the clock on the stove, she realized it was 11:06 p.m. Probably not the smartest time to open your door. But she was committed now and couldn’t admit she had the creeps, not with Leonard right there ready to say told you so. So Charlotte flung the door to the right, and waited to face her attacker.
The sight in front of her eyes in the darkened hallway was both glorious and terrifying.
Amelia stood in sweatpants and a hoodie, tears streaming down her face. Her hair was a frizzy mess and her eyes were bloodshot.
“Grandma, I’m so sorry. My flight just got in and I was going to wait to see you until tomorrow but I just needed to talk. Oh my gosh, you were sleeping. I’m an idiot.”
Charlotte was horrified by the potential reason behind Amelia’s sudden visit. She was supposed to be in Amsterdam right now. She wasn’t due home until Thanksgiving.

 

Then Comes Love

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An high school English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery, Lindsay’s the English teacher cliché; she love cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe.
She currently lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad (her junior high sweetheart); their cats, Arya, Amelia, Alice, and Bob; and their Mastiff, Henry.
Lindsay’s goal with her writing is to show the power of love and the beauty of life while also instilling a true sense of realism in her work. Some reviewers have noted that her books are not the “typical romance.” With her novels coming from a place of honesty, Lindsay examines the difficult questions, looks at the tough emotions, and paints the pictures that are sometimes difficult to look at. She wants her fiction to resonate with readers as realistic, poetic, and powerful. Lindsay wants women readers to be able to say, “I see myself in that novel.” She wants to speak to the modern woman’s experience while also bringing a twist of something new and exciting. Her aim is for readers to say, “That could happen,” or “I feel like the characters are real.” That’s how she knows she’s done her job.
Lindsay’s hope is that by becoming a published author, she can inspire some of her students and other aspiring writers to pursue their own passions. She wants them to see that any dream can be attained and publishing a novel isn’t out of the realm of possibility.