Today I’m conducting a session with…CJ Matthew!

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Me: Tell me about an experience that had a profound impact on your life.
CJ:  I grew up in an AF family and we moved at lot. During 4th Grade I attended four different schools: Ohio, Alabama, Seattle, and Tokyo. On the ship to Japan, I was deeply impressed by the other families. My decision to embrace flexibility, and the nomad life-style has had a lasting impact on my life.

My decision to embrace flexibility, and the nomad life-style has had a lasting impact on my life. @CJMatthew #AmWriting Click To Tweet

Me: From someone who never changed schools and has lived in the same community her entire life… Wow! What an adventure!
What personality trait of yours helps you most as an author?
CJ: I’ve always been a self-starter which I’d say is essential for a self-publishing author.

I’ve always been a self-starter which I’d say is essential for a self-publishing author. @CJMatthew #AmWriting Click To Tweet

Me: Definitely. 
What personality trait of yours hinders you most as an author?
CJI love research but I can get distracted or carry the data gathering too far.


Me: It’s easy to go down that research rabbit hole and before you know it hours have passed!
What was your high point as a writer?
CJ: The weekend I signed with a literary agent for Blood Tide. It was during a writing retreat with author Elaine Calloway, my critique partner and the one person who knew what the offer of representation meant to me.


Me: That’s awesome. A lot of times signing with an agent is the first validation we get as authors.
What was your low point as a writer—a time when you questioned your path?
CJ:  The first time I received a critical review, I let it get to me. It took lots of positive inner-talk to work my way through the self-doubt.

The first time I received a critical review, I let it get to me. @CJMatthew #AmWriting Click To Tweet

Me: Self doubt gets to us all sometimes. 
What’s the most painful part of the writing process for you?
CJ: I’ve completed and self-published seven books since 2015. I research, outline, plot, do character name spreadsheets and interviews, a book board, etc. for 2 weeks or more. Once I start writing, it usually takes me just over 2 months to finish.


Me: Who is your book boyfriend? Why?
CJ: Roarke. JD Robb’s In Death series hero. Why? He’s Irish, a billionaire, a gorgeous hunk, and the perfect lover/husband for Eve Dallas.


Me: You wouldn’t believe how many people answer that question the same way you did! Tell me about your romanic suspense, Deadly Reboot.

Still risking their lives…The Paladin Group.

Ginger Odom has sworn to become self-reliant…

Until she is arrested in a small town and framed for the murder of a police officer. Seems everyone in the community wants her behind bars, regardless of the truth, so her aunt enlists the help of the Paladin Group. A team of wounded former military men and woman, now civilian lawyers and investigators, they rescue people in serious trouble.

Hale Peters is determined to ignore his knee injury…

The former Air Force Pararescueman, wounded during a rocket attack on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, accepts his first reboot for Paladin. His mission—keep Ginger safe until he can prove her innocence—becomes a bigger challenge than expected when he and Ginger clash over who’s in charge.

The Devil Dogs just want to help…

The group of older veterans steps up to assist, but when Ginger’s life is threatened by the real killer, Hale and Ginger need to work together if they hope to stay alive.


Me: Share with us a favorite paragraph or two from your newest release, Deadly Reboot.

Halfway to the house, Hale braked to a stop and turned off the car. Pointing a finger at Grunt, he commanded, “Stay. Sit. And stay.”

He swung from the car. Grunt scrambled out right behind him. Hale was able to grab the plastic box, the end of the leash, as it clattered by, dragged along behind the speeding beagle. The cast didn’t slow Grunt down one bit.

Hey, he couldn’t let the wounded dog outpace the wounded vet to rescue the woman they both loved. Hale lengthened his stride.

I love this part. I wanted to show Hale’s progress accepting his disability. So I used the idea of my hero jokingly comparing himself to the dog.


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Abbie Roads writes dark emotional novels featuring damaged characters, but always gives her hero and heroine a happy ending… after torturing them for three hundred pages. RACE THE DARKNESS and HUNT THE DAWN are available now! SAVING MERCY Book 1 in the Fatal Truth Series is now available for pre-order.

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