BM: So far, I have five contemporary romances available in ebook format, and my first children’s book is available in print. I’m working on romantic suspense, though, and hope to find success this summer when I submit it. I love contemporary romances because I can connect with the characters, and am a big believer that your everyday average Jane and Joe actually have compelling stories. Children’s literature appeals to the nurturer in me. My son’s 14 now, but when he was born I started building a really great library for him … luckily, he’s a big reader. And romantic suspense has action and adventure, a little danger; it satisfies my wanderlust with exciting destinations. The heroines are capable and brave, the heroes confident and sexy. Sigh … I suppose, though, that the connection between all three is what appeals to me the most: hopeful endings and the sheer possibility of happiness. Who doesn’t need that?
What titles do you have published?
BM: My very first romance was published with a small Canadian digital publisher, XOXO Publishing, called The Right Words. When the contract was up, I updated it and self-published it as Closer to My Heart. It’s a gentle contemporary romance about Jane Porter, a travel journalist who returns home after a family tragedy, and Lucas Moore, an undercover agent who retires after a harrowing case. My next two books are part of the Carolina Oak Leaves series, a fictional hockey team in North Carolina.
The Penalty Box follows Justin Mangum, an Oak Leaves power forward who retires and begins practice as a physical therapist, and Olivia Casey, an architect who falls for the media- and relationship-shy athlete.
Icing on the Cake focuses on bad boy Quinn Dawson, who’s brandished a Lothario in the media for sleeping with the wife of the Carolina Oak Leaves’ owner, and Hellon Masters, a reporter unprepared for the media frenzy surrounding Quinn’s trade to a Canadian hockey team.
Guardian Angel is a contemporary novella about Sasha Mitchell, a manga author turned videogame magnate who finds love unexpectedly with Dr. David Ellington, who helped rescue her the day she was mugged.
And my latest, and possibly most fun book to write, is part of Decadent Publishing’s 1Night Stand Series: The Great Outdoors. My family is really active outdoors—hiking, cycling, kayaking—so I knew that I wanted Tallulah Murphy, a busy arts educator with the Atlanta Art Museum, to bask in her shared love of the outdoors with Mitchell Weaver, a detective with the Charleston Police Department.
Do you have any recent or upcoming releases?
What are you working on now?
BM: I’m waiting on the final contract details for my second children’s story (A Star for Sam), and I’ll submit the second Peggy Noodle book in the series in June. I’m also working on two romantic suspense novels that I hope to submit next month. Cross your fingers!
*fingers crossed* Are you a plotter or a pantser?
BM: Both. I like to plot in the initial stages of a book, but inevitably wind up navigating by the seat of my pants.
What genres do you enjoy reading?
BM: Oh, lots of things, actually. My go-to genre is romance, but I also like to read biographies for insight into different lives and experiences; travel books and periodicals; thrillers from James Patterson (my favorite is The Blue Nowhere) and Harlen Coben (Tell No One); and capers, like Peter Mayle’s Anything Considered (actually, that’s one of my all-time faves in any genre).
What author(s) have influenced your writing style?
BM: Hands down in romance it’s Julie Garwood and Linda Howard … but I also look to former ad-man (like myself) Peter Mayle, and social commentator Harper Lee for my greater world view. For children’s books, I find that Shel Silverstein, Barbara Park, and Kate DiCamillo speak to me.
What writing/writer’s organizations are you involved with? Can you explain how they help your writing and/or your writing career?
BM: I belong to the Romance Writers of America, and my local chapter Heart of Carolina Romance Writers. Additionally, I belong to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. On the one hand, these organizations can seem like one more place to spend money; on the other, the resources are wonderful. I don’t belong to a critique group, but through HCRW I’ve had the opportunity to pitch to an agent in a closed setting (there were 10 of us who had the opportunity following one of our monthly meetings), and enjoy networking with some of the seasoned authors in the industry. Like everything else, I get out of it what I put into it.
Where can my readers find you?
BM: Thanks for asking! You can find me:
Or, you can read more about my children’s books at www.DollyDozier.com.
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Thank you so much for being here today, Becky!
Tallulah Murphy is a busy woman. As the newly appointed Director of Education for the Atlanta Art Museum, she has a thousand and one things to do on any given day. Dating is not high on that list; in fact, it’s not even on the radar. Three hundred miles away in Charleston, South Carolina, Lieutenant Mitchell Weaver is gearing up for his promotion to be the youngest police chief in the city’s history. And unfortunately, as a prominent city official with all eyes watching his every move, a quality date seems untenable. But when good friends and good fortune set Tallulah and Mitch on a fateful adventure with Madame Evangeline’s high-end dating service, 1 Night Stand, they may just find that a little matchmaking magic can reset their spirits of adventure, and open their hearts and minds to the possibility of love.
The Great Outdoors excerpt:
Lou stared at the screen, a little stunned.
After a silent moment, Allison elbowed her in the ribs. “So, a cop, huh? That sounds pretty sexy. Maybe he’ll bring his gun with him.”
Lou laughed and read the message from the top again. “I love surprises but this makes me a little uneasy. What if he’s really aggressive? I’ve only dated artists and guys like Donald. And check out that description—likes to play board games. Good grief, what if he’s a total goober?” She groaned.
“Then you’re also a goober because you’re charitable and you like board games. I sort of like her approach. She’s matching y’all up because you fit, like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. She’s not focusing on any kind of physical beauty. Come on—you had that, and Donald was a dick.”
“You’re right. I know. It just worries me when a date’s described as he’s a nice guy.” She sighed and closed her eyes for a second. “Okay, this’ll be fun. There’s no pressure to do anything except enjoy our adventure. If he’s a cop, he’s bound to be in good enough shape to hike, right?”
“Atta girl. It’s nice that your adventure’s over the weekend, so you don’t have to take any time off.”
“Especially since Madame’s only giving us a week. Geesh.”
“Actually, that’s not such a bad idea for you. Maybe she felt you’d chicken out or find some silly excuse for changing plans if you had lots of lead-time. You don’t have enough time to be nervous. Speaking of which, do you have everything you’ll need?”
“Yep. I bought a new pair of boots last fall, and I’m mostly set for clothes.”
Allison nodded. “I can’t wait until you get the picture. Will you forward it to me before you leave?”
“I’ll probably have to send it from my phone, but I’ll forward it as soon as she sends it.”
“I’m dying of curiosity, but I also want a picture in case he’s a psycho. You know, in case I have to share something with the FBI. I’m just saying.” She reached into her lunchbox and pulled out two chocolate pudding cups, and handed one over to share.
Holy shit! Lou felt faint. Black spots danced in her periphery and panic swelled in her throat.
“Louie, I’m kidding,” Allison said, laughing. “I’m just messing with you. He’s a policeman. He’s safe. Really.”
She blinked for a moment, then shook her head and opened the pudding. He’s not a psycho killer…no way would this 1Night Stand place stay in business if they killed their customers. Right? Taking a bite, she thought how good an adventure would be. And who cared if she found Mr. Right. Mr. Right Now sounded pretty good, too.
Becky Moore is tall and buxom, highly educated and culturally savvy…well, three outta four ain’t bad.
She’s a world traveler, problem solver, and crusader. Thankful for the love of reading she inherited from her mom, mother to a superbly cool kid, wife to the world’s most handsome man. A mental-marathon runner, freelance photographer, faithful companion to Magnolia May the beagle, and a prolific reader and writer.
She’s an active member of her local Romance Writers of America chapter, the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers.
In her down time, and in the real world, Becky loves to spend time with her husband and son. They live in the urban wilds of central North Carolina. Becky is an avid gardener, biker, kayaker, bicyclist, knitter, and community volunteer. She spent over a dozen years working as a writer, graphic artist, photographer and PR whiz in the pharmaceutical advertising, hi-tech, performing arts, and HIV/AIDS (grantwriting) fields before venturing into her current status of full-time author. And like her favorite characters, when you close her books, Becky will be just be a fond memory.