“All In” – FAQ, Part II

Another rainy spring day, another blog post.  These posts seem to come about as often as a nice day around here (which, for Western New York, has been seldom of late). Such is life.  Anyway, here are some more Frequently Asked Questions about my book, All In.

Are you writing another book?

Why, yes. Yes I am. Well, I’m writing something. It’s long-ish. So I think it’s a book.

Are you writing a sequel?

I don’t know if I’d call it a sequel; at this time, follow-up seems to be a more appropriate term. Here’s what I can tell you: the main characters from the first book (Katie and Nick) appear in limited, supporting roles in the upcoming story. The second tale follows a new couple, involves a quirky mother and a fixer-upper house. It’s different than the first! And hard to write!

Are you really Katie? Is your hubby really Nick?

One of the highlights of this past Christmas was opening the present box from my brother and sister-in-law from Missouri and seeing a card addressed to “Mr. and Mrs. Nick Sears” within it. Ha ha! That was the best!

But, no. I’m not Katie. My husband, Mike, is not Nick.


All In is a work of fiction, as are the characters within.  But . . . I’d be lying if I said there was none of me in her, or him in him. (Huh?) They say write what you know, so I did that – to an extent. I do know what it’s like to be far from home. I do know what it’s like to have a waiver in faith. I do know what it’s like to fall in love. Do I know anything about being a waitress? Nope – except that I’m thankful there are people who want to do that on those rare nights I don’t want to cook or order in. Did I ever want to move to New York City? Maybe once, in middle school.  In short, I wrote about some stuff I kinda know about, and made up the rest as I went along.

How long did it take you to write the book?

Off and on, over a year. I started in November 2011 (NaNoWriMo!), and finished the draft I turned in to Ellechor on December 31, 2012.

Do you have any formal training?

So back in February, the family and I had a chance to travel to Missouri and help celebrate my big brother’s fiftieth birthday. Over the course of the party, I had some theme and variation on this question no less than three times. No, no classes. No workshops. No training. Those who know me know I am and always have been an avid reader; I consider that the closest thing to training I’ve had. I can’t imagine not liking to read, and can’t imagine what it would be like to try to write without that love of reading.

Do you do anything else?

Again, another question I received many times over during the course of the birthday bash. Here’s what I do: I work part-time at a physical  therapy office here in Western New York (though ask a select few of my co-workers there, and they’d tell you “work” is a strong word for what I do). I wrangle my kids. And, occasionally, I sit down at the keyboard, studiously ignoring the mess that is my house, and I write.

Can I get a signed copy of your book?

Okay, maybe I added this question in again; I’m pretty sure it was on my first FAQ post. Here’s the reason: I’ll be signing books and having a book launch thing on Sunday, April 19, at New Covenant Tabernacle from 3 – 6 PM. Come get your copy, get it signed, and have some cake while you’re at it!


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