Friday, August 26, 2022

Q&A with E.F. Dodd




E.F. Dodd is the author of the new novel Earning It. She also has written the novel Risky Restoration.


Q: What inspired you to write Earning It?


A: I wanted to continue the story of the characters I created in my first novel, Risky Restoration. I wasn’t finished with Kez and Jackson yet and I wanted to delve deeper into the character of Rae. She is so fun to voice because she is such a firecracker and anything goes. She needed her own story, which became Earning It.


Q: How would you describe the dynamic between your characters Rae and Van?


A: Their dynamic resembles two magnets tumbling over and over, coming together then moving apart. It’s such a push-pull, because they can’t deny their attraction to one another while being simultaneously kept apart by their shared history.


Q: What do you think the novel says about second chances in romance?


A: Communication is key in any relationship. Whether it’s ending, or beginning, you have to be willing to not just listen to the other person but actually hear them.


In a second chance romance like Earning It, the characters finally drop that last bit of resistance and anger to hear the other out. That frees them up to pursue a future together, instead of holding on to past heartaches.


Q: Your characters Kez and Jackson, from your first novel, also appear in this book. Will you continue to write about this universe of characters moving forward?


A: Yes, that’s the plan! The third book will be V and Dave’s story. I’ve started it and hope to release it in the fall of 2023. After that book, there may be one more because Kez, Jackson, and the rest of their crew mean so much to me as my first characters. I just can’t let them go!


Q: And what are you working on now?


A: V’s book, as well as a completely new small-town romance between an out-of-town developer and the owner of an equine rescue. It’s in editing now, so hopefully it will release early next year!


Q: Anything else we should know?


A: As a fledgling author, I’m not really qualified to give advice . . . but when has that ever stopped anyone else?


I’d just like to say to all the other writers out there who, after the query rejections start rolling in, start to question whether it’s even worth it to keep plugging along . . . don’t let the administrative side of this business make you forget the joy you find in writing.


If you’re anything like me, writing is a safe haven and a welcome escape from the harsh realities most folks have had to face in the last few years. Hold onto that feeling you have when you write. That’s what’s most important.


--Interview with Deborah Kalb

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