When I began writing this story, I knew I wanted my main character to have a career in science. I played with the idea of her being an engineer or an astrophysicist. Those didn't coincide with my preference for her to live in Arizona. I was raised on the East Coast, and for some reason, that side of the country thinks Arizona is a barren desert with nothing but cacti and rattlesnakes. I don’t know where they get that idea because Phoenix is ranked the sixth largest city in America. I wanted to showcase what Arizona has to offer.
'What derogatory nicknames would other scientists give you?'
One day while watching Gold Rush the idea struck me to make her a geologist. That was when I dragged my children down to a mine tour outside of Tucson and my character Billie was born. In the end, I made her a mineralogist who is a career path that can be similar to a geologist. I messaged geologist's working in mines down south and asked questions like 'How do you get fired?' Also, 'What derogatory nicknames would other scientists give you?'. I don't think they expected my questions, HA. I am thankful to all of them for helping give me insight. I wanted my main character, Billie, to be likable and fun. My experience with these anonymous geologists reassured me that it wouldn't be out of the realm of reality.
In the end, I chose to make Billie a mineralogist. I'd tell you why I chose to make that small change, but I don't want to spoil anything for the future. That's right; it might not be... THE END. This story was purposely written to warm the heart and make people laugh out loud. I'm very proud of what I've achieved for my first release.
YOU WILL LAUGH.
I take successful, smart, and driven women and throw them in this absurd scenario that challenges them in ways they didn't expect. Whether they entered to further their career, find love or fame these women will be tested and YOU WILL LAUGH. I can't wait for you to read my debut Marrying Mars on April 4th. Enjoy!