Broken Pieces

Kirsten Mortensen on Facing Her Fears, Writing & Reading @Kirstenwriter #Suspense #GoodReads

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
I’m a strong believer in facing your fears. In fact, I’ll go even further and say that facing our fears is one of the most important, and fulfilling, things we need to do during our lives. Fear can be an asset if we make friends with it, but if we habitually respond to fear by shrinking away from experiences, it can be enormously limiting. And what’s the point of being alive if you’re living inside a cage?

What scares you the most?
Reaching the end of my life and realizing that I’d failed to make the most of every opportunity that came my way. I’m not so worried about failing, but I’d consider my life wasted if I felt I hadn’t given my best effort to the things that mean them most to me: my writing and my connections with the people I love.

What makes you happiest?
Wringing the most out of any given moment, whatever it is I’m doing. It’s so important, in my opinion, to be fully present, whether you’re boiling water, making love, jumping out of an airplane, or holding the hand of a family member in a hospital. When I’m fully present, I’m happy in the deepest sense of the word.

What’s your greatest character strength?
My independence. I pride myself on being able to think for myself. And although I am part of a web of relationships—and rely very much on my family and loved ones for support in many ways—I am also comfortable with being on my own and taking care of myself and people dependent on me, if I need to. I believe this independence leads to personal happiness, for me, because if something in my life is bothering me, I automatically ask myself what I need to do to make changes for the better. I know that it’s up to me to fix my own problems, or if they can’t be fixed, find healthy ways to cope with them.

What’s your weakest character trait?
Lack of trust. It’s the “shadow side” of my independence. Sometimes it manifests in a hesitancy about trusting others, but most troubling, I suspect that I have a “go it alone” streak that cuts me off from support that would help me achieve the things I want to achieve in my life.

Why do you write?
This may come out as clichéd, but I write because I have to. There’s a part of my mind that is constantly assembling experiences—whether real or imagined—into words. I can’t imagine not giving that impulse room in my life to fulfill itself.

What motivates you to write?
There are three primary motivations. It starts with the pleasure I derive from writing—I simply enjoy it. Second is the desire to say certain things or explore certain scenarios. In my most recent novel, Dark Chemistry, for example, I wanted to explore some ideas I have about what love really is, and how people distinguish between physical attraction and “true love,” which is a spiritual and karmic bond. A third, and equally important motivation is my desire to share my creations with other people—and hopefully bring them pleasure in the process.


A woman's worst nightmare

Drugged by something...that makes her think she's fallen in love.

All Haley Dubose has ever known is beaches and malls, clubs and cocktail dresses.

But now her father is dead.

And if she wants to inherit her father's fortune, she has to leave sunny Southern California
for a backwater little town near Syracuse, New York. She has to run RMB, the multimillion dollar
chemical company her father founded. And she has to run it well.

Keep RMB on track, and she'll be rich. Grow it, and she'll be even richer. But mess it up, and her inheritance will shrink away before she gets a chance to spend a dime.

Donavon Todde is her true love. But is it too late?

He's RMB's head of sales – and the more Donavon sees of Haley, the more he's smitten.
Sure, she comes across at first as naïve and superficial. But Donavon knew Haley's father. He can see the man's better qualities stirring to life in her eyes. And Donavon senses something else: Haley's father left her a legacy more important than money. He left her the chance to discover her true self.

Donavon has demons of his own.
He's reeling from a heartbreak that's taking far too long to heal. But he's captivated by this blond Californian, and not only because of her beauty. It's chemistry. They're right for each other. But has Donavon waited too long to woo this woman of his dreams? Because to his horror, his beautiful Haley falls under another spell. Gerad's spell.

A web of evil.

Gerad Picket was second-in-command at RMB when Haley's father was alive. And with Haley on the scene, he's in charge of her training. But there are things about RMB that Gerad doesn't want Haley to know.

And he must control her. Any way he can.

Romantic suspense for your Kindle

Will Haley realize that her feelings are not her TRUE feelings?
Does Donavon have the strength left to fight for the woman he loves?
Will the two of them uncover Gerad's plot to use RMB pheromones to enslave the world?
And even if they do – can they stop it?

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Genre – Romantic suspense
Rating – PG-13
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