Tell me a bit about your new book Side by Side. Is it the last book?
Side by Side brings Bonnie and Clyde’s infamous twenty-seven-month crime spree to life–through the eyes of Bonnie Parker herself. It was an emotional challenge to write, but I’m excited for readers to see the ups, downs, shootouts, car chases, et al. through her lens. For those who’ve seen the 1967 film, my story is quite a bit different. The film is very loosely based on real life.
Yes, Side by Side is the last book. I also wrote Becoming Bonnie, which is a prequel to Side by Side. That one tells the origin story of Bonnie before Clyde and how she becomes part of the infamous duo, bringing their backgrounds to life during the Roaring Twenties. Really, the books are standalones and can be read in either order.
How has your life changed since the publication of Becoming Bonnie?
I’d written and set aside a couple of books before Becoming Bonne hit shelves. It was a wonderful feeling to have years and years (and years) of hard work pay-off. My family has made a lot of sacrifices for me to go after my dreams, so I’m very thankful and feel very fortunate. Every time I hear from a reader, my day is made.
What are you working on at the moment?
I can’t say too much, but I’m working on a novel that’s set during the California gold rush, featuring another real-life lady. I’m loving this story and hope to bring it to readers.
What are your hobbies?
With a two-year-old and a four-year-old, I don’t have a ton of time for myself. I know other mamas are nodding along, haha. When I do have downtime, I’m usually reading. Before kids, I was a bit of a workout junkie and spent chunks of time training for marathons, triathlons, etc. Maybe I’ll do that again someday, but for now, I try to hop on my spin bike for thirty minutes or so. A good workout can be so recharging.
What are some of your favorite recent reads? And an all-time favorite?
I’ve always been fascinated with the Romanovs, so I jumped at the chance to read the latest from Ariel Lawhon (I Was Anastasia) and C.W. Gorner (The Romanov Empress). My Romanov itch has been wonderfully scratched for the time being!