Monica has agreed to allow me to interview her today before she shares information about her debut release, Where There Is Will. First, dear, have a piece of coffee cake and a cup of java. Calvin grinds the beans himself--his special blend just for company.
You know I was surprised to see you live near DC. We lived in Columbia before moving to southern Virginia.
Really? You know I heard there used to be a crazy woman who lived there. On Fall River Row Court, I believe.
You don't say! (Hand flutters) I'm sure I know nothing about that. You know (sniggers) when my gaze skimmed your bio, my eyes read you had a collection of hats and vibrators. Isn't that the silliest thing?
Let me guess. You lived on Fall River Row Court?
(Coughs and sputters) Pastries? Tell us the story behind the title to your book.
The original title was MUSIC SHOWDOWN. Not only was it based on the first chapter where Michelle and Will compare music, but music was going to be an underlying theme throughout the book. When music’s role was lessened (both because beta readers didn’t think it added much to the story and I’d have to go through the hassle and cost of getting permission to use actual lyrics in the book), I switched the title to A SHOWDOWN OF WILLS—a play on the word “will.” But I thought the word ”showdown” implies opposing sides of a battle, which I felt was too strong for the book. One day it hit me (probably in the shower, where all great ideas are created): WHERE THERE IS WILL. It still plays on “will” being both the hero’s name and a trait Michelle needs, but it’s a takeoff of the saying “Where there’s a will there’s a way,” as well.
I walked into my office
cubicle, hung up my jacket, and logged onto my computer like I did every
morning. I stood, picked up my empty coffee mug, turned, and slammed into
Olivia. “Come with me,” she whispered. I sighed heavily and followed my
co-worker into the conference room where I found Paige already sitting at the
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