It’s my pleasure to interview Melinda Dozier today about her contemporary romance from Entranced Publishing, TIME CHANGES EVERYTHING 🙂
Melinda, using 120 characters or less (a la Twitter), tell us about TIME CHANGES EVERYTHING
Jake doesn’t believe in commitment, until he sees Amanda again – this time in NYC. Can he convince his childhood friend that he’s ready to give her his heart?
What inspired you to write this second chance love story?
I’m a sucker for friends to lovers stories. This book actually started as a YA (Young Adult) sweet romance, which is now my prequel, The Boy Next Door, available on Smashwords. After writing it, I thought, “Wait, what if they met up again as adults?” and it raced off from there.
Did you struggle to write a particular scene?
Yes! I wrote the “black moment” or the climax of the story about seven times. I changed points of views, took out a character, added a character, changed a whole realm of emotions. I wanted it to be just right.
I also rewrote chapter one plenty of times… again the perfectionist in me took over.
Here’s an excerpt from when Jake and Amanda meet up again:
In high school, Amanda was someone special. Hell, even before then. Their parents were best friends, which had forced Jake and Amanda together. At first, he’d thought it was a hindrance. Later, when she developed longer legs and a bigger bust, he found himself around her more. After discovering her quirkiness, her love of art and her sense of humor, he actually enjoyed being around her. But he never touched her.
He contemplated running his fingers through her hair like he did his first year of college –– the last time they were alone –– the night he left town and never saw her again.
Did she remember the night he left? Of course she did. Seven years ago, he’d ruined their friendship. He knew Amanda almost as well as he knew himself. Well, he’d known her. Now she was a different woman.
Jake leaned in closer, running his hand down her arm. “Know what I’m thinking?”
Amanda fiddled with her coaster and smiled at him. “I’m not sure I want to know.”
“I’m thinking we should spend a lot more time together.” He reached over and held her chin. “It’s been way too long.”
Amanda licked her lips, and damn it, it actually turned him on. Sweet little Mandy Larson wasn’t so sweet anymore. She was driving him crazy.
She moved closer bridging distance. “Why wait? There’s no time like the present.”
“Exactly.” He drank the last of his beer as the waiter returned with her martini sans olive.
Jake leaned on the table with his elbows, folded his hands together and studied her. “Look at you, drinking a martini, living the life in New York City.” He examined her from head to toe. “A sexy skirt. Tall boots.” He ran a finger down her cheek. “A beautiful face.”
Amanda hiccupped and put down her glass. “Now, wait a minute. I know it’s been a while, but some things never change, including you.” She wagged her finger at him. “No smooth talking with me. Don’t forget I used to know you better than anybody.”
Because his fingers actually ached with the need to touch her again, he reached over and held her hand. “Yeah, but things have changed, Mandy. We’re two different people now, and I can’t wait to get to know who you are now.”
What’s your favourite or most memorable reader response to TCE?
My favorite response was my hubby asking if I needed any more ideas for the sex scenes.
If you were offered a TV or movie deal for this or any of your other books, which would you choose? Who would play your characters?
What a fun question! It would have to be a movie deal. I already have actors cast in my mind.
Jake would be played by Colin Egglesfield…
while Amanda would be Alexis Bledel…
In bed or in my garden.
Paperbacks or eBooks?
Pantser or plotter?
If you could meet anyone from history, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I know this may seem shallow, but I’d love to meet my adult crushes: David Beckham, Ryan Gosling and Adam Levine. As a writer, I’d love to meet Jill Shalvis. She’s my role model. 😀
Blog Tour GIVEAWAY:
Melinda will be giving away a $25 Amazon gift certificate and an eBook of Time Changes Everything.
The winner will be announced on Melinda’s blog May 26. Good luck!
Amanda Larson is dedicated to her job and doesn’t want to make time for anything else. Until she runs into Jake Edwards. He used to be the cute boy next door; now he’s a sexy, big shot lawyer.
Jake Edwards isn’t interested in commitment. He’s successful, sexy, and single–and that’s how he likes it. When he reconnects with Amanda, Jake realizes he might have to rethink his philosophy on the carefree, bachelor lifestyle.
But, is it too late for them? Or can he convince her that he’s ready to give her his heart?
Reading romance has always been at the top of Melinda’s favorite past times. After hectic days of teaching English to middle school students, Melinda finds time to write and read in the evenings.
She lives in Guatemala, Central America with her husband, three boys and German Sheppard. She enjoys being the queen of her household and dreams of being pampered fully by her boys once they are grown.
Melinda loves reality TV, traveling, blogging and playing Words With Friends.
The Boy Next Door, a free novella by Melinda Dozier is available now at Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/310848