Marshall T.J. Langlois

Pronounced Lan-(g)waah At least in my dad's small south Louisiana town, a Marshall is an elected political position, similar to a police chief or sheriff, in towns that aren’t big enough to have a police force but still need more than the parish sheriff. I based Marshall T.J. Langlois off of Marshall Russell in my dad’s hometown. He is friends with everyone and, like Marshall Langlois, he's a big dude, but that's about where the similarities end. He’s got a deep rolling southern ...

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Why did Tori refuse to take Nate’s money?

“That’ll be $1.93.” He digs in his wallet and slaps three bills on the counter. Three one hundred dollar bills. What the fuck? He’s got this smug look on his face like he’s so damned smart, and he confirms my worst suspicion when he gives me a shit-eating grin and says, “Keep the change.” Oh. Hell. No. I calmly take his money, walk over to the cash register, and count out the change for three hundred dollars minus a dollar ninety-three. And then slap it all back ...

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Nate’s Tesla

The Tesla I don’t know why, but I think Teslas and Elon Musk are cool. In books, especially these kinds of books, it seems like everyone has these super-exotic awesome cars. And it’s a fantasy, so it makes sense. I don’t know why, but in my head – and as I’m the one writing it, it’s the only head that matters at this point – Nate, for all that he’s filthy rich and likes nice things, has a strong practical streak in him. He knows what it’s like to be broke af. He knows ...

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How did the picnic on the pier get set up? Answer: Meet Jack.

The picnic on the pier… How did it get set up and taken down? In my head canon, Nate has a minion. That minion’s name is Jack and in polite company, Jack is called Nate’s personal assistant. Jack is a (no pun intended) jack-of-all-trades who grew up in the California foster system and got into UCLA's film school on talent and scholarship. Once he graduated, he needed a job, and applied to an anonymous ad on a Hollywood job search website for a personal assistant. Come to find ...

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Drunk Brunch

I got an editor note back for Chapter 16 suggesting that I change “drunk brunch” to “hangover brunch”. And even though I’ve been friends with my editor for nearly 10 years, I guess I never mentioned drunk brunch to her. . . Oopsie. I don’t know if it’s a Louisiana thing or a my-friends-from-college-in-Louisiana thing, but every Sunday (and some Saturdays) during college when we all lived in dorms, we would meet around 11 AM in the LSU Student Union for drunk brunch. Somet...

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What Does Brady Look Like?

I was doing one of my last sets of rewrites and I realized… I never described Brady! *gasp!* How could this happen?!?! I describe what brand of chapstick Tori wears but I don’t describe her ex??? What is wrong with me? So I went man-shopping again. (What a burden, amirite?) I went with Charlie Hunnam. I know, I know. He’s too cute to be a douche like Brady. But we only know he’s a douche because of what Tori went through. He has to be cute and charming enough to have ...

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What does Tori look like?

Tori, Tori, Tori… I actually have a friend who’s named Tori… she actually gets mentioned a few times in these posts. She’s an impressive lady and has achieved a lot in a pretty short time in her life, which is awesome. She’s beautiful, talented, charismatic and successful? How is that fair??   Anyway, finding a model to live up to the real-life Tori AND who looks like the Tori-in-my-head was…challenging…a struggle… a real bitch-and-a-half. Tori-in-my-head is ...

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Actors and Directors and Producers, Oh MY!

A Tiny Insight into the Film (and Television) Industry Producing/Directing/Acting This is something I didn’t know until I actually was in the industry. In simple terms: Actors are the “talent” (they’re literally called that *eye roll*). They’re the faces that make the story real. I guess that’s why they make bank (sometimes, depending, not the bit parts). Directors direct the movie. It’s their vision how the script comes alive. Their job is to make sure that there’s ...

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What it takes to become a Hollywood A-list star…

So you want to be an actor or actress... Becoming an actor I’ve met…many… young girls who were determined that they were going to be an actress, going to be a star one day. Is it possible? Sure. There are about 40 A list actresses out there, they were all just a girl with a dream at some point. We’ll just ignore for a moment that most of them have impressive film pedigrees with parents, and grandparents, already well established in the industry and able to blast the door open for ...

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The Brothers Stone

I’m giving you a lot of information about the brothers, I know. There’s a method to my madness. I may or may not have plans for more than one or two or five or ten books based on all the Stone brothers. So I’m laying tracks now. Patience, my darling readers. If you love me and buy my books so that I can pay my rent, there will be more. Because I already love these boys and I really, truly hope y’all learn to fall in love with them as well. But I’m getting ahead of myself. I ...

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