ONE LAST CHANCE
Deirdre Murphy has had her life planned for her since she was born: Work in her parents’ noisy pub in rural Ireland. Live with her family until she marries. Marry her childhood sweetheart ASAP, since he’s decided sexy fun time should wait for marriage. None of it excites her. But before her fate closes in, Deirdre’s got one last visit to her Chicago cousins—where she can spend her mornings in a peaceful bakery, keep to herself, and savor the space she needs…. Until she meets Tommy O’Malley.
Tommy is as tough as his city and twice as ready to welcome her in. He’s covered in tattoos, stays up half the night inking them on other people, and has a reputation for being good with his hands. And he’s heart-pounding, forgot-her-words, can’t-stop-staring exciting.
Tommy knows he’s the opposite of everything Deirdre has prepared for. But to watch her set herself free, he’s willing to risk almost anything…
- What inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve always been a writer in one way or another. As a kid, I walked around with a clipboard and a stack of looseleaf as I wrote my “novel.” Throughout high school and college, I wrote poetry. However, as I got older, I never really considered a career in writing. I wanted a steady paycheck, so I became a teacher. It wasn’t until I was at home raising my children that I discovered romance. I devoured books in between changing diapers and playing with Legos. One day, I had an idea for my own story, so I began writing. I haven’t looked back since.
- How do you find inspiration for book ideas?
Inspiration is everywhere. My stories always start with characters. Sometimes I hear a line in a song and I think, “Who’s story is that?” or I see someone walking down the street and they spark an idea. Other times, I read something or watch a TV show and people develop in my head. The more I think about the imaginary people, their stories come to life.
- What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
I watch a ton of TV. Like it’s not normal how much TV I watch. My DVR records well over 20 different shows each week. Of course, I don’t watch everything each week, and shows pile up, but then when things are in reruns, I catch up. TV is as much about relaxing as it is about refilling my creativity because I’m surrounded by story. I also read (of course). I read every night before bed.
- What’s up next for you?
I just turned in the final book of the For Your Love series – From Your Heart. This is Kevin O’Malley’s story. It was a good way to end the series because we get to revisit a lot of people and places we’ve been in touch with for many books. For example, when we first meet the O’Malleys it’s at a summer block party. We revisit that block party in this book. Plus, Jimmy O’Malley and Moira O’Leary get married (They actually had their story in my first series – The O’Learys). The book doesn’t release until the spring of 2018, though, so it’ll be a while.
romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends finding love. Her new series (For Your Love) will release this summer with the first title Under Your Skin. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.