Today I welcome author Reese Ryan! She's agreed to answer my silly questions and tell us about her book, Making the First Move.
Reese Ryan writes sexy, contemporary fiction filled with colorful characters and sinfully-sweet romance. She secretly enjoys torturing her heroines with family and career drama, reformed bad boys, revealed secrets, and the occasional identity crisis, but always rewards them with a happily ever after.
Born and raised in the Midwest, she now resides in Central North Carolina with her husband and young adult son who tolerate her propensity to sing and dance badly. A self-proclaimed Bohemian Southern Belle, she treads the line carefully between being a Northerner and a damned Yankee–despite her insistence on calling soda pop. Reese gauges her progress by the number of “bless your lil’ hearts” she gets each week. She is currently down to two.
About Making the First Move:
Melanie Gordon has spent the past five years obsessing over her career to dull the pain of a devastating breakup and the loss of her father. Her effort pays off when she receives the promotion that could be her big break. Only it means returning to her hometown to face her past while leaving behind the man who could be her future.
Selfless (and insanely sexy) philanthropist, Raine Mason, is committed to his cause. But his passion for rescuing high-risk young males from the road to disaster is fueled by his own dark and tragic past.
When Raine is ready to take his casual friendship with Melanie to sizzling new heights, her one-way ticket to Cleveland is already booked. But a steamy night of passion leaves them both wanting more, even if Melanie is afraid to admit it. She reluctantly agrees to a long-distance relationship with no promises and no commitments.
Melanie may finally be ready to give Raine her heart…but then she discovers startling news that causes her to question everything she knows about him. Worse, he’s harboring a dark secret from his past that threatens to shatter any hope of a future for them unless he can convince her that their love is worth the risk.
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And now the questions!
In what part of the country do you live? From what part do you originate?
I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Four years ago we moved to Central North Carolina. Cleveland is still home and there are certain things I miss about it, but we love living in North Carolina.
How did you meet your best friend?
She was a friend-of-a-frenemy. A boy we both loved and hated when I was around twelve or thirteen. We lived a good distance apart, so most of our relationship was via telephone. That’s probably why we’ve been able to maintain the relationship over more than twenty years of us living in different states.
When did you begin writing?
The first steamy fiction I wrote was when I was in middle school. I remember writing on lined notebook pages during the school bus ride home and the girl sitting next to me—still a dear friend—would read the pages as fast as I wrote them, then slip them to the next person in the chain. I stopped writing fiction after high school and started again in 2005 when another writer told me about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
What has surprised you most about the process of being published?
The business side of it. Writing the best story you can is only the beginning. There is so much more to be done in terms of platform-building and promotions—whether you’re self-published or working with a publisher.
What Jelly Belly flavor is your favorite?
I’m not much of a jelly bean girl. I’d prefer rich, smooth chocolate any day of the week.
If you sat down at a bar at this moment, what would you order to drink?
The mojito is my hands-down favorite drink since I had my first one ten years ago at Tao in New York City. The restaurant was the last stop on a Sex and the City tour my best friend and I took. I love trying different flavors and often make them at home or during girls’ nights with friends.
What was the last book you finished?
In my current release—Making the First Move—Jamie Charles, the best friend character, was such an intriguing character. I knew I had to tell her story. I just completed final revisions of her story, Love Me Not. It will be released on December 30th.
What has been your favorite writing project to work on?
So far the project I’m working on right now is always my new favorite. Is that a symptom of Newbie-itis?
Are there any characters – yours or another author’s – that have stayed in your head after you’ve finished their book?
Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet, Louisa May Alcott’s Jo March, and Jamie Charles—the heroine in my December 30th release, Love Me Not. Jamie stayed with me after I’d finished writing Making the First Move and I knew I had to tell her story. Now that I’ve finished her story ideas keep churning in my head for another book about her.
What performance would you drop everything to see if it came to your town?
I love music and the arts so my list is pretty long. But I’ll share a partial list and keep it strictly to people/shows I haven’t already seen. Music: Sade, Coldplay, Mint Condition, Justin Timberlake, Adele, Yo-Yo Ma. Broadway shows: Wicked and Motown the Musical. Cirque du Soleil: O and Ka.
Give us a couple of your favorite lines from your WIP…
#1: This may be the relationship equivalent of a mirage, but it looks, tastes and feels damned good, and I’m going for it. And I’m going to enjoy every goddamned second of it. Starting now.
#2: “You cuddle. You spend the night. You make breakfast.” I shake my head. “Are you for real? ‘Cause I’ve seen this in Lifetime movies. It doesn’t end well.”