Thursday, March 15, 2018

Q & A with Kimberley O'Malley

Today, I’m happy to have Kimberly O’Malley visiting. Kimberly is the author of the Windsor Falls series which includes Coming Home, Taking Chances, and Second Chances. The fourth book in the series is on its way. She was gracious enough to answer a few questions for us.

What is your favorite genre to read?
I ask readers this all the time, and I love the ones who yell ‘I read everything.’ I’d love to say I’m the same, but that would be a lie. I read mostly contemporary. My second love is Romantic Suspense, which I’d love to write sometime.

Do you have any favorite quotes?
From the late, great Bob Marley, “Don’t worry about a thing. ‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.” I am surrounded by anxious people in my life, and I am just not hard-wired that way. Life is way too short to waste it worrying about things that will probably never happen.

Do you listen to music when you're writing?
Sadly, I’m too old to listen to music and write. I have to write in silence, although I write in my dining room, with a husband who works from home. You can imagine how that works. Right now, I can hear the washer and dryer, my dog Molly is staring at me because she is convinced I still have some banana left, and my husband is on a conference call. Neither of us have doors to our office. The silence thing is a bit of a stretch.

Do you have any phobias?
Doesn’t everyone? When I say I hate snakes, I don’t just mean a little. I. Hate. Snakes. I am terrified of them. I cannot look at pictures of them without nightmares. And now I live in the South, where apparently, they are everywhere. Snakes and I avoid each other at all costs. It works for both of us.

What traits make a good character for a romance novel?
My favorite romance novels mirror real life, just with a guaranteed HEA. Same for characters. I like flawed characters: commitment phobic, carrying a few extra pounds, a bit battered from their upbringing, etc. Perfect characters who prance through novels without a singe issue and seem like they have a wind machine that follows them blowing out their hair frankly bore me. Give me a character who grows, evolves throughout the book anytime.

What is the hardest thing about being an author?
Only one? My top would have to be time management.  I work full time night shifts in an ER. I’m married with two teenagers. I am a soccer Mom. Then, I get to be a writer. Finding the time to have uninterrupted writing is the bane of my existence. Plus, I can’t be sleep-deprived. Did I mention I work nights?

What are you reading right now?
One of my favorite things in the whole world is to find a new-to-me author. My latest is Noelle Adams. In the past two days, I have read the first two of her three Brother’s Best Friend novels. They are fast-paced and sassy with great sex scenes and a secondary cast that leaves you wanting more.

Kimberley O’Malley is a recent transplant to Charlotte, North Carolina from the frozen North. She is learning to say y’all but draws the line at sweet tea. Sarcasm is an art form in her world. When not writing, she is a full-time nurse and part-time soccer Mom, but not necessarily in that order. She shares her life with an amazing husband of more than twenty years, two teenagers, and one very sweet Shetland Sheepdog, Molly.

Here’s a little about her books. Check them out! Available on Amazon

Coming Home
Dr. Elizabeth Abbott Fitzgerald has spent the last ten years of her life running; from tragedy, from family, from love. But now her mother’s failing health calls her home to Windsor Falls, North Carolina; to the place where her past awaits. Sam Bishop can’t believe his eyes when the love of his life returns after ten long years. All he wants is to clear his conscience and get back the family he lost when Connor, his best friend and Elizabeth’s husband died tragically. Could it really be true that time heals all wounds?

Taking Chances
Katie Fitzgerald learned the hard way about love. She vowed to never get involved with a doctor at work, and when she did, he broke her heart. Older and wiser, Katie is serious about not getting hurt again. Dr. Flynn Reynolds, staff cardiologist at Windsor Falls Memorial, just might be the man to change her mind. Attraction explodes between the two from their very first meeting. But Katie is determined to protect her heart. Will Flynn convince her to take another chance?

Second Chances
Dr. Charlotte Avery is the newest resident of Windsor Falls, North Carolina. Just back from the war-ravaged plains of Africa, Charlie only wants to settle into her new life and reconnect with Elizabeth Fitzgerald, her best friend from residency. What she doesn't expect, or need, is the instant attraction she feels for Elizabeth's brother-in-law, Brendan Fitzgerald. A single Dad, Brendan isn't interested in anything that will complicate his life. Will either be open to a second chance?

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