“Six years, a complex about my freckles, a love for pastrami, and a fear of failure.
That’s what he gave me before slaughtering my heart and my faith in men.”
Suffering from the sting of betrayal, twenty-eight-year-old Avery Johannas quits her job and moves hundreds of miles away to Ocean City, the beach town of her dreams. With the help of her zany roommate, Jodie, Avery finds a new career, home, and freedom. Throughout her self-exploration, she makes only one rule: She won’t give her heart to a man again. She’s living for herself this time.
But then she meets Jesse.
A tattoo shop owner, the green-eyed Jesse Pearce is wild with a touch of mystery. As Jesse and Avery explore Ocean City and their friendship, they’ll have a hard time drawing a line in the sand between their hearts.
When summer nights get a little more heated than either expected, they’ll have to ask themselves: Can they let go of their notions of love, or will their hearts be permanently inked by past pain?
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
My name is Lindsay Detwiler, and I am a contemporary romance author with Hot Tree Publishing. I am from Pennsylvania, where I am also a high school English teacher.
My seven released novels fall on the sweeter side of the romance genre, including my latest novel Remember When. My next release, Inked Hearts, is coming out October 21, 2017, and is book one in a sexy seaside series.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
As a child, I went to Ocean City, Maryland, with my family every summer and fell in love with the atmosphere. I always wanted to write a book set there. I also wanted to write about a woman starting her life over. Avery Johannas, the main character in Inked Hearts, decides to do what so many of us are afraid to do—chase her own version of happiness. When her marriage fails, she quits her job and moves hundreds of miles away to Ocean City, a place she’s always wanted to live. Through her summer there, she discovers who she is—and that sometimes lines in the sand are meant to be crossed.
How do you create your characters?
My characters really just come to me. I think about what would be an interesting motive and an interesting flaw. I seek to create characters that are realistic. My favorite comments from reviewers and readers is that my characters feel like they are real—that’s my main goal.
What inspires and what got your started in writing?
I’ve always enjoyed writing, but I didn’t get serious about publishing a book until college. I was taking a class called The Literature of Health & Healing. We talked a lot about time, bucket lists, and dreams in that class. At the time, I was also really intrigued by wrongful conviction because it had been in the news. I went home and started to think about my main goal in life. Writing a book was what came to mind. I sat down that night and started writing what would become Voice of Innocence, my first book about a high school love story ripped apart by a wrongful conviction.
I am inspired by real life, especially tragedy. I try to think about what stories stir the most emotions and base my love stories there.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
Usually, I write on my sofa with my favorite cat. Coffee is my go-to drink for writing. I like silence to write, which can be difficult when my chatty husband is home J
How do you get your ideas for writing?
My ideas usually come from asking a what-if question. My latest novel, Remember When, came to be because of a trip on a snowy road. My husband and I were traveling to visit my best friend in the middle of an ice storm. I am a terrible driver and was sliding all over the place. We were on a back road in the middle of nowhere, and the what-if question surfaced: What if we wrecked here? How long would it take for someone to find us? How long until our family realized we were missing?
This is where Remember When came from. I went home and outlined the harrowing story of Jessica and Todd, a couple much like my husband and me, who wreck their car in the middle of a snowstorm on a back road and find themselves in a life-or-death situation.
What do you like to read?
I read a little bit of everything. My favorite genre is romance, but I also enjoy historical fiction, science fiction, a touch of fantasy, and some nonfiction memoirs. Nicholas Sparks, Liane Moriarty, Jojo Moyes, and Jane Green are my favorite writers.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Write the story you most want to share. Don’t worry about marketing and sales. Worry about the story that speaks to you. When I started this journey, I didn’t think I’d ever get published. It felt like this wild, crazy dream that was too big for a girl like me. Thus, when I wrote Voice of Innocence, I wasn’t writing a story I thought would be popular or easy to sell. I wrote the story I wanted to write—I think that passion comes through.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Inked Hearts is available for pre-order at 50% off. If you pre-order, you can also get an invite to our VIP Pre-order party. Details are available at: http://www.lindsaydetwiler.com/vipparty.html