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I didn’t set out to become a writer. I just got tired of waiting for life to write a good story and decided to do it myself. That’s probably the best part of being an author. When life hands you a lemon, you not only make the lemonade, you drink it over and over again every time you re-read the book.

My first inspiration was definitely middle school because let’s face it, middle school sucks! Once I realized I could rewrite my own life, I was hooked. I was the hero of my very own story, a celebrity who always had the perfect comeback and never experienced a bad hair day. Most of my early books read like crazy soap operas and I love to go back and look at them when I hit a rough patch of writers block.

People ask me all the time why I write romance. I usually give a flippant answer, but the truth is that I love the romance genre. It’s life. I want to write books that explore all of the social rules, expectations, and obligations that we experience in real life. I want to create characters that live in the real world with real problems and real hang-ups. That’s what I want to read, and it is most definitely what I want to write.

My other passion in life is horses. If I’m not plotting on my laptop, I’m training with my horse Mercy. Nothing beats a day spent on the farm with a good jumper course and a group of friends that share the same crazy obsession. I’ve been riding longer than I’ve been writing after all, and even now I’m working on a few titles that will star some of my equine friends.

So whether you’re an avid reader, a fellow author, or just someone passing through, I’d love to hear from you. You never know, you might just end up cast in one of my works of fiction…

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Kaitlin’s Beverage of Choice

If you were just a little bit curious about Jessa’s Irish Car Bomb in Phoenix Rising, here’s the recipe that will keep you coming back for more…

3/4 pint Guinness® stout
1/2 shot Bailey's® Irish cream
1/2 shot Jameson® Irish whiskey

Add the Bailey's and Jameson to a shot glass, layering the Bailey's on the bottom. Pour the Guinness into a pint glass or beer mug 3/4 of the way full and let settle. Drop the shot glass into the Guinness and chug. If you don't drink it fast enough it will curdle and increasingly taste worse.