This week's Author Spotlight is on author R. C. Matthews and her DATE NIGHT.
I'm a hopeless romantic who gets really upset if a love story doesn't end with happily ever after. I'm also wife to an amazing husband who is so wonderful his mother decided to give him three names (first, middle and middle) - which I stole for my pen name. I'll let you guess what the R.C. stand for and I added an "s" onto Matthew. It's my personal dedication to him on every single book because he is so patient with my writing. Finally, I'm mother to two children, stepmother to one child and sister to four siblings.
Who is your favourite author?
This one is tough because I have a wide range of books that I enjoy reading and there are different aspects to each author's writing that I love. However, if I am forced to pick one, then I have to go with Jane Austen. I never, never, never tire of reading her books. Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Sense and Sensibility are my go to books. And I love the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice.
Do you listen to music while you write?
Never. I like absolute quite while I am writing so the thoughts can flow freely in my head. I don't plot my books out, I don't use story boards, I don't even have a detailed outline by chapter. My notes and outline for Date Night consisted of one page and the titles for each chapter to give me an idea of where I wanted to go. Other than that, I had no clue what I was going to write until I put the words on paper. I even wrote the book out of sequence.
What do you do to relax?
Actually, writing is one of the thing I do to relax. I love writing. My husband thinks I'm nuts. But writing is how I release creative energy. Much like others chose to scrapbook or make jewelry or bake. I write. Or read. Or watch movies. They're all relaxing.
Tell us about your book.....
Date Night is a lovely story about a young woman and her grandmother who share a bond forged over years of living together and working closely together on a scrapbook. When Grannie's health takes a turn for the worst, the two women set off on a new adventure together to find Jordan a husband in time for Grannie to take part in the wedding. Poor unsuspecting JT, who is Jordan's older brother's best friend, was just coming along for the ride to make sure Jordan didn't run into any serious problems on her dates. He definitely got more than he bargained for! I will always cherish and remember Date Night because I wrote it during National Novel Writing Month in November 2013 as a gift to my niece and god daughter, Jordan, who is 21. I thought it would be fun for her to read a story of a heroine near her age, with her physical features, her clothes, etc. I let my niece pick from a list of dates and I grilled her about her favorite foods, colors and perfume. I even used her mother's and brother's real names. But that is where the similarities end - still it was fun none-the-less for her and for me.