Feature Friday

CM_Foss

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  1. Why did you decide to become a writer?  I have no idea. I’ve always read and I’ve always been good at English. I had a mom-blog for a while just to keep family and friends up to date, and my dad always said I should write. I’m not sure he was prepared for me actually doing it. lol. I still don’t really think of myself as a writer. Maybe that’ll come later!
  2. If you weren’t a writer, what would you do?  Yeah I still think I’m only a writer in my own head. So I raise my kids, homeschool them, keep up on our farm, and train horses/people to ride horses.
  3. Is there a character that has the most “You” in them? Oh dear. Lissa and I… we are… so weird together.
  4. If you could collaborate with any other author(living, dead, or undead) who would that be and why? Oh I can’t pick just one. I banter very well with K. Langston, BN Toler, Kim Holden, Lori Otto, and Kelly Stevenson. And I have a pretty hefty girl crush on Renee Carlino… so if we could all have a pajama party, I’d be pretty excited. Great things would be written, even if it wasn’t very coherent.
  5. If we lived in a Fahrenheit 451 culture, which book would you want to memorize? Honestly? The bible. Unless we still had e-readers. In which case it’s all good.
  6. Who/what are your writing inspirations? I’m so hesitant to say real life. Because it creeps people out when they meet my husband. But we had a pretty funny story of how we ended up together, and in this crazy horse world we’re a part of, we see all sorts. If something funny or weird happens to you, you can bet I remember it and I’ll probably work it into a story.
  7. What’s one thing people should know and/or don’t know about you? Hmmm, I’m not very secretive. I do have Type 1 diabetes, and I guess a lot of people don’t realize that because I wear an insulin pump and no one usually sees it.
  8. Has anyone written a fan fiction based on your work? No. But I’d love to be stalked that way.
  9. Favorite writing food / snack? Wine. Is that bad? Sometimes it’s coffee.
  10. If someone wanted to become a writer, what tips would you give to them? Never give up. Even when you think your story is crap, keep going. Because you get to know your characters as you develop the story, and then you can go back and fix those parts that you weren’t feeling before. I’m well into my third book and I’ve always had to go back to the beginning and change things based on who the characters turned out to be.
  11. What are your favorite genres to read? Contemporary and Historical Romance. I tend to swap back and forth.
  12. What is your writing style? Outliner/Planner or Seat of the Pantser? A little of both. I tend to loosely outline and then tweak it as I go. The outline does help me with my overall idea of how things are going to go. Otherwise I get lost.
  13. How did you pick your pen name? It’s a mix of my real name. My real name is way too long. 🙂
  14. Have you ever purchased something from a late-night infomercial? If so, what? No! But at one point, when my son was ill and I travelled with him each month to several states away, and my husband was left alone, he bought an amazing amount of pocket knives from an informercial. I’m talking five years ago. We still give them as gifts.
  15. Coke, Pepsi, or? I’m too natural. I never drink soda. But I do drink wine. And champagne. The good cheap stuff.
  16. What do you hope readers take away most from your writing? The feeling of love and romance. And that a couple in love can work through anything. It’s breathtaking.
  17. Who’s the favorite character of yours that you’ve written and why? They’re all so near and dear to me. It’s very hard to choose. And they all have their reasons. If I HAD to pick… Lawrence from Swoon. He’s a riot and says dreamy things. But he’s strong. I like strong characters, even if they make mistakes.

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About CM Foss

I live in beautiful Northern Virginia with my incredible husband, two awesome kids, three dogs, and two budgies. My husband and I both grew up riding and competing horses and have our own equestrian operation that we run together. In my spare time, I read through the hundreds of stories awaiting me on my e-reader.
My love of books started early, and my mom used to ration my reading time so I didn’t go through them too quickly. I love all things romantic, whether it’s dark or light or silly or dirty, but I really love a happy ending!
In my small moments of quiet time, you’ll find me sipping on wine and reading while any movie where people randomly burst into song or dance plays in the background.