Boston Avant-Garde 6: Chiaroscuro

Phoenix Flying
Phoenix Flying
Etopia Press


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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…


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.