If you could work with any author, who would it be.
Jane Austin. She wrote such beautiful love stories. I would love to see what my humor and her love would be like together.
Who is your favorite author and is you writing style similar to theirs?
Kristin Higgins. I think so, she is funny, I’m funny and we both love, love.
What is your favorite part of a book?
I love the interaction between the couples. I always hate when they are apart. I really do like sex too, so those are also a favorite.
When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning?
Maybe not their meaning, but what they mean to me, yes. Like, I named one of my heroines Elli because of Eleanor Rigby by the Beatles. And my hero, Shea, cause he is my hockey crush.
What is your inspiration or who is?
The whole Nashville Predators inspire the hockey side of my writing, but my husband and kids inspire the love in me. I write such beautiful love because I am love the right way.
Do you use real-life facts based on true stories?
Yes. All the time. People that know me and read my stuff are always like, ‘OMG Toni! That happened last week!”
Do you use your OWN experiences?
Yes. A lot of Taking Shots is true.
Did you ever think you would ever become an author?
No. I dibble dabbled in it a little when I was younger but never thought I would be where I am today. One day, Shea and Elli popped in my head and they needed to be written. Here I am , three stories in and three more that need to be written.
How do you conceive your plot ideas?
I think a lot. I am also very observant. I watch people and see what they do, and use it. Sometimes I am trying to sleep and my characters are going nuts in my head. Its like they are real up there, does that make me weird?
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to publish?
I have only finished two books and they are both published. The other ones I never could finish, they just weren’t clicking for me. Writing about hockey and love works for me, so I’ll stick to what works.
How long did it take you to publish your first book, after you started trying?
About 2 months.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Taking Shots is about a very insecure girl that starts dating her hockey crush. He falls for her hard, while she is scared to love him because she is afraid he’ll hurt her. You will follow their whole relationship, the ups, the downs, the break ups. They are honestly so beautiful together and you will find yourself laughing one second and crying the next.
I came up with Taking Shots after meeting my hockey crush.
Trying to Score is about a woman that has held a secret from the man that cheated on her when she was in college. She loved with such fierceness that she was devastated when they broke up. The guy is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, and finds her again after seven years. The sparks fly but she wants nothing to do with him, while he wants everything to do with her. Again, you’ll follow their whole relationship and pray that she stops fighting what is right and just love him.
I came up with Trying to Score while driving to Wal-mart.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (hockey.)?
My husband has played since we were 14, and I love it. Its my favorite sport and it is honestly the best game ever played.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Lots of hockey terms and plays. For Trying to Score, I basically knew how to run a wine company. And For the next book, I had to learn about Sweden and abortions.
What is a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I got to my nursing job at midnight, I get off at 8, I come home get my kiddos to school, then I come home for a nap. I wake up about 4 hours later and I write before I gotta get the kids. Then I write while we all do homework. I cook dinner, take kids to sports and dance, and then I go to sleep until midnight when I gotta go back to work.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Second guessing myself. I am horrible about it. I’ll write a whole chapter, read it and think its crap. But then I leave it be for an hour or so, and come back and love it. I am probably bi polar, and don’t know it.
What is the best thing about being an author?
The fans. I LOVE THEM! They are so much fun to interact with and I enjoy our emails, and messages. Plus, I love writing these amazing stories about love. I love giving my characters life.
What are you working on now?
I am working on the third in the series called Empty Net.
What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Just write. Don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I love Kristin Higgins and Julie James. My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Hm, this is a hard one. I really don’t know. I’ve been asked so many things that I really don’t think I have a question I would want to be asked.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?