When her professor, Simon Anderson enters her life, Emma must deal with feelings she has never experienced before. Though both she and Simon know their relationship is bordering on inappropriate, neither of them is able to ignore the intense chemistry that is quickly developing between them.
What was supposed to keep her mind off the attack has left her more confused than ever. When there are so many reasons why you shouldn’t be together, is simply being in love really enough?
Genre: Romance, Fiction
Rating: 4 stars ****
This was a very sad story at first, the way innocence can be shattered by such evil as abuse. Then it blossomed into a daring love story as Emma, a girl struggling with life and her own self image, finds safety a something akin to love with an unsuspecting man. Professor Simon Anderson, I am sure, never expected to fall for his student let alone a broken girl. Was it her past that drew him or her shattered view of the world that sucked him in? And how were they to deal with a love that was so new yet perceived as wrong in the public eye should it be exposed?
I loved the daunting yet sweet tease of this romance as the story progressed. I loved the sense of danger and desperation by Emma as her past intertwined with a present that seemed unbalanced yet so very new as she finally came out of her shell to experience life.
This was a very endearing and entertaining read from start to finish. I enjoyed it immensely.
DWED: What inspired you to write So Many Reasons Why?
I've always enjoyed writing, and over recent years I have found writing everyday really helpful in dealing with my depression. I wanted to write a story that was not only enjoyable to read, but also dealt with some real issues.
DWED: What was the best thing about creating the character of Emma?
I loved creating Emma. I wanted a character that although had her issues, was strong and could still laugh at life. The best thing for me was exploring her feelings for Simon.
DWED: Did you do any research before beginning to write?
Many of my books incorporate some aspect of crime or justice, so there is research involved in that.
DWED: How much of your inspiration comes from life and people around you?
My mother pointed out after reading So Many Reasons Why that she can see parts of me in Emma, so I guess I do use people and experiences from my life in my stories.
DWED: There are several issues raised in this book. Was this deliberate or did the story evolve this way?
From the beginning, I wanted to explore falling in love and dealing with life from an agoraphobic’s point of view, so it was always deliberate that Emma would suffer from it. As the story developed, so did some of the other issues (I won’t mention what they are so as not to ruin the story).
Book two, which will be released in May will further explore these issues, and Emma's struggle with overcoming agoraphobia.
DWED: How can Australians get a copy of your book?
The book is available from Amazon, kobo and will also be available through my Facebook page in print form from early April
DWED: What advice do you have for aspiring writers or artists?
My biggest piece of advice would be; don’t give up. Keep writing, and write the type of story you would want to read.
There are plenty of wonderful writing groups out there too which can be a great way to improve your writing.
DWED: What is your favorite book?
The girl In Times Square has long been a favorite book of mine, and one I always come back to when I need a good read. Some of my recent favorites include Ten Tiny Breaths, by K.A Tucker, Easy, by Tammara Webber, and Slammed, by Colleen Hoover.