Interview with Veronica Thatcher, Author of A Way Back Into Love

Today I’m happy to be talking with Veronica Thatcher, the author of A Way Back Into Love. Check out my interview.

  1. Does writing energize or exhaust you?
    Energizes me. When I finish writing a chapter of my story, I feel like I’m on top of the world.
  1. What are common traps for aspiring writers?
    Two common traps. One, you feel like everything you’ve written is going to be the next literary masterpiece. Two, you feel like everything you’ve written is pure crap. The first is a sense of overconfidence and the second is a lack of confidence. It’s important to be confident in your work, but also leave room for some heavy critique and rewriting.
  1. Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
    Hurts writers. I’ve always been a pessimist my entire life, and I think it’s better to have confidence in your work and see big dreams, but also face the harsh reality of an author’s life. Not all authors can make it.
  1. What is your writing Kryptonite?
    Dialogue writing is my kryptonite. I’m a very taciturn person in real life and I usually struggle to come up with conversation topics. That reflects in my writing as well. I struggle to keep the dialogue entertaining and engaging for readers.
  1. Have you ever gotten reader’s block?
    Yes, I have. In senior year of high school, I had the worst case of reader’s block.
  1. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
    I try to be original. I believe in writing what I want to write, not what I think readers want to read. As long as you write what you want to, readers will enjoy it.
  1. What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
    I’m friends with a lot of authors, budding and bestselling likewise. Melanie Moreland is my idol, my mentor and the person who introduced me to self-publishing. Deb Rotuno and Autumn Winchester are inspirations as well. They help me whenever I need it, and they are my constant guides who aid me in navigating the murky waters of quality writing and the publishing industry. I’m truly very grateful to them as they inspire me to toil harder every day.
  1. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
    Well, I’m lucky to have received a lot of useful critique on my first book pre-release, and all this critique has helped me rectify my mistakes. Looking back, I feel like I’m a very different, much stronger writer now than I was when I penned my first novel. That’s one step closer to mastering the beautiful art of writing.
  1. What was your hardest scene to write?
    The hardest scene for me to write was the big reveal in my book. All the secrets were disclosed to the readers, and the emotions had to be raw, real and just spot-on. I don’t know if I succeeded, but I did work exceptionally hard on polishing and perfecting it.
  1. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
    Self-publishing and marketing my first book. I spent quite a lot on it, but so far, I feel like it was worth every penny I spent. It has helped me to grow as a writer. Plus, holding your own book in your hands is a totally otherworldly feeling.
  Title: A Way Back Into Love
Series: Love Series #1
By: Veronica Thatcher
Publication Date: February 15, 2017
Publisher: Notion Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Notion Press
Derek let out a frustrated sigh and ran his fingers through his hair. “Em…I mean that…It’s just this person you have become. The Emily I used to know didn’t hit on random guys at the bar.”
Emily crossed her arms over her chest and gave Derek a glare. “Five years is a long time, Derek. Maybe I have changed,” she said, “And besides, why do you care so much?”
Derek glared back at her as he replied harshly, “Oh, so you have changed so much over the last five years that now you throw yourself at random men like a…” he trailed off, not finishing his sentence.
Emily’s mouth fell open and her eyes widened as she let Derek’s words set in. She couldn’t believe her own ears for a minute. Had Derek really accused her of being a slut? She couldn’t believe it – it all felt like a nightmare.
“What did you just say to me?” Emily whispered, her voice sounding foreign to her own ears. “What did you just say to me?” Emily asked in a louder voice this time.
Derek didn’t say a word as he continued to look at Emily coldly.
Emily took a step towards Derek and narrowed her eyes. Poking Derek’s chest with the index finger of her right hand, she said in a soft yet acerbic voice, “You don’t get to call me a whore. You’ve no right to judge me. Do you hear me? You’ve no fucking right to judge me.” The anger, the jealousy and the heartache combined with the alcohol she had consumed gave Emily a newly acquired courage. She felt more emboldened than she had felt in her entire life, and so, she didn’t hold back in letting out her pent-up exasperation. “You broke me,” Emily continued, her words slurring slightly, “You broke me, but I am all glued up together now. And I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don’t get to call me a whore.” Emily finished her diatribe, her breaths coming in short pants as a result of her outburst.
Derek looked into her eyes, the anger and bitterness in his eyes now replaced by confusion. “I broke you? What do you mean?” he asked in a bewildered voice, his eyebrows shooting up.
Emily stepped back from him and shook her head. “Oh, you know damn well what I mean. You know what, Derek? I’m done having this conversation with you. I’m so done with this conversation and I’m so done with you,” Emily spat out angrily before brushing past him.
“Emily, wait,” Derek said, catching her by her arm. “Where are you going?”
Emily spun around and gave him a bitter look before looking down at his hand gripping her arm. “Leave my arm,” she said in a low yet threatening voice, “And why do you care where I’m going? It’s none of your business.”
Derek didn’t leave her arm in spite of her warning and said, “Em, you’ve had too many drinks. You can’t drive in this condition. I’ll drop you home.”
Emily jerked her arm free from his grasp and replied in a bitter voice, “Thank you, but no. I’m perfectly capable of getting myself home on my own. I don’t need you to drop me home. Do you get it, Derek Thorpe? I DON’T NEED YOU!” Emily yelled the last words, causing a few people to look their way.

Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain. People, irrational. But love…well, that makes everything complicated. And when you are caught in a tangled web of secrets, lies, and complex affairs, someone is bound to get burned.

Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college girl whose life gets turned upside-down when she realizes she’s in love with her best friend of fifteen years, Derek Thorpe. As Emily prepares to confess her feelings to Derek, something happens one night which changes her life forever. Five years later, Emily finds herself in Boston, alone and heartbroken. Will she ever be able to forget the past? And what will she find when she returns home…to the man she left behind?

Veronica Thatcher is an exciting new contemporary romance author. Ever since she was very young, she’s dreamed of becoming a doctor when she grew up. While still forging ahead with that, majoring in pre-med in college, she unwittingly stumbled upon a new dream—becoming a published author. Some may call her an introvert or a wallflower, but she has always found she could express herself better in written, rather than spoken, words. However, never in her wildest dreams had she envisioned she would pursue writing as a prospective career, not just a hobby. Her love for writing goes hand-in-hand with her love for a good romance novel—whether it be a feel-good, sweet romance or a dark, suspenseful one. When she’s not studying, reading, or writing, she is usually found blasting her favourite songs, sometimes singing and dancing along to them. She dabbles in a number of activities, including painting, karate, singing and dancing. She is a huge chocoholic – probably the biggest – and she is an ice-cream junkie too. She considers herself technologically handicapped forever and has no shame in admitting that. She also deems chocolates her boyfriend, Patrick Dempsey the love of her life, and Friends her life!

Her first book, A Way Back Into Love, is slated for release in February 2017, and she hopes readers will enjoy it as much as she enjoyed writing it. You can reach Veronica through Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad and Gmail.