Author Interview: Dangerous Love by Kara Leigh Miller and Jody HolfordDangerous Love by Jody Holford, Kara Leigh Miller
Published by Anaiah Press on March 3, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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He’s fighting to forget his past while she struggles to remember hers...

Doctor Josh Parker lives with guilt about his wife’s death every day. He believes himself incapable of ever loving again, but when a mysterious woman arrives in the Emergency Room, brutally beaten and left for dead, he starts to feel something he hasn’t felt in far too long:

Alessandra Matthews has no memory of the events that led to her being hospitalized. Worse, she has no idea who hurt her or why. Although she’s uncertain of who she is, she is fully aware of one thing -- she’s falling for her doctor.

Sometimes, what you don’t know can kill you...

As Josh and Alessa work to solve the mystery surrounding her past, she soon realizes just how much danger she’s really in, but Josh refuses to let her face the darkness of her memories alone. With each of them struggling to put their pasts behind them, theirs is a DANGEROUS LOVE.

It’s always a pleasure here at Will Read for Feels to get to know up-and-coming authors and help them find their readers. In this post, we shine the spotlight on Kara Leigh Miller and Jody Holford, the wonderful ladies behind the novel about the flawed character of Dr. Joshua Parker and his romance with the equally beautiful and mysterious Alessa Matthews.

Learn more about how Kara and Jody worked together to come up with a compelling romantic mystery—plus there’s a book trailer at the end of this post for your viewing pleasure.

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1. What was the process for you and Kara when you wrote the novel? How did you collaborate in writing the story?

Kara: I honestly thought it was going to be a bumpy road finding a process that worked for both of us, but our styles and personalities mesh so well, it was effortless. Even though I’d already had the story started, Jody jumped right in and from there, we were able to discuss the plot, characters, and twists / turns we wanted the story to take. Google docs was/is a lifesaver. LOL. Not to mention FB messaging. Needless to say, Jody and I talk a lot on a daily basis.

Jody: We used Google docs, which is a great tool for co-authoring. Kara had the outline and beginning chapters of the book and we discussed the characters, the setting, the plot, goals, and everything else along the way. There have been thousands of emails, instant messages, and back and forths. Writing a book together demands strong communication. We would go back and forth, picking up where the other left off and if one of us felt strongly about a scene we wanted to write, or didn’t want to, we were up front about that.

2. What are the pros and cons of having a co-author?

Kara: Accountability! I’m the type of person who can’t say no, and as a result, I always seem to be slacking on things. Having Jody as my writing partner helps to keep me on task and remember what is most important to me. Plus, having that second person who is just as invested in the story and characters is invaluable. At any point in time, day or night, we can message the other and say, “So, I was thinking…what do you think if we do this?” It’s great!

Jody: It’s really nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of and share your concerns with. There’s someone else invested in the book and that makes it feel less lonely. Writing is time consuming though and you have to adjust your life to fit it in the same way you do for other priorities—with a co-author, it’s not just okay, I have a few minutes to write. You have to juggle and accommodate more than just your schedule and time. So it takes some flexibility and planning.

3. One of the things we appreciated in the story was the detail that went into Josh Parker’s professional and personal background. How much research went into creating his character?

Kara: Josh’s back story really spoke to me. I had it so clear in my mind before his “present day” story ever began. I have friends who live with bi-polar disorder, so I was able to call on them for reference, and one of my CPs wives is a doctor, so she helped with a lot as well.

Jody: Kara had developed the overview for Josh’s character: a widowed physician that wears his grief like a cloak. We did a lot of the research as we went and as we approached the medical situations. We wanted it to be realistic and Google makes it so convenient to research. Using the medical terminology and routines was important for the authenticity of the book. Of course, it’s fiction, but you want it to feel real.

4. We noticed there’s also a moral lesson in the story on how to deal with losing a loved one and how family plays an important role in being a support group. Is this a subject that’s close to both of you? How did you go about including this subplot in terms of providing more depth to Josh’s character?Josh not alone anymore-op

Kara: I personally have never lost anyone close to me, but I’ve watched my mom lose her mother, her brother, and her aunt (all of whom I really didn’t know). I remembered how she’d clung to her remaining family, how they’d all come together to support each other. It was always so moving to witness, and so when we decided that Josh would have lost his wife in a tragic way, we wanted him to have those people in his life who wouldn’t give up on him—which is where Amanda and Ethan (his sister and brother-in-law) came into the story. They really weren’t planned (in my mind) ahead of time.

Jody: For me, personally, losing a family member is something I have experienced. Regardless of the emotional loss someone is facing, having a support group, people that understand you and accept you, is vital to moving forward and piecing your life back together. When writing from Josh’s perspective, I was able to understand the guilt and the sense of helplessness that he felt. When you immerse yourself in a scene, you hope that comes through clearly.

5. What scene did you enjoy writing the most and why?

Kara: The scene that took place outside of the hospital. Alessa had just been released. She had nowhere to go, no memory of who to call to help her. It’s pouring rain outside, and Josh rushes to find her. For me, it was a pivotal moment for him because for the first time since his wife’s death, he was willing to take a chance, to let someone in.

Jody: I enjoyed writing the scene when Josh tells Alessa he loves her. I think in books and in life, we are often our own worst enemies. We see all of the reasons we shouldn’t be accepted and loved because we look so deeply at our flaws. But the people who love us, and our characters, are looking past those flaws—they aren’t invisible…they just love us anyway. The scene where Josh tells Alessa he loves her reflects that.

6. Are you planning a sequel for Dangerous Love? What can readers expect from Kara and Jody?

Kara & Jody: We actually have a sequel in the works. It’s due at the end of this month and is titled Jaded Love. It tells the story of Kristy, who readers meet in Dangerous Love. It has similar themes in that it explores faith and coming to rely on it and trust in it. The two main characters have strong chemistry and are each fighting their own internal battles. We think that readers will be very fond of Jackson Reed and Kristy Andrews. Plus, they’ll get to see where Josh and Alessa are at now.

About Kara Leigh Miller

Kara lives in Upstate New York with her husband, three kids, three dogs, and three cats. When she’s not busy writing romance novels that leave readers swooning, she’s spending time with her family or attending one of her many writers groups. An active member of The Romance Writers of America and the CNY Writers Haven, Kara is also Managing Editor for Anaiah Press’ Surge and Romance Imprints.

About Jody Holford

Jody lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters. She is a fan of Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis, Rachel Gibson, and Rainbow Rowell. In reading and writing, she likes characters who are flawed, but driven toward the pursuit of love and happiness. In November 2013, she published A Not So Lonely Christmas with Foreward Literary. In December 2014, she published Forever Christmas through Kindle Direct.