Interview with J.H. Croix, author of All I Want
28 Nov 2017
What can you tell us about your new release, All I Want?
All I Want started with nothing more than the idea of a snowy night and two hearts colliding. It turned into a little more than that when the hero, Dallas, strolled into my thoughts. It’s a second chance, friends to lovers romance, and those are my favorite to write. I love it when life gives us the chance to try again.
There a fun side note with this story. I usually have many stories waiting to be written and wasn’t sure when I’d fit this one in since it wasn’t part of a series I was currently writing. I had a poll with my readers on who would get their story for Christmas, and they voted for Dallas to get his holiday happily-ever-after.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
I don’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t reading, and I’ve loved books since I was a little girl. L.M. Montgomery who wrote the Anne of Green Gables series was my childhood inspiration for writing. Since then, there have been countless authors who inspired me, but she holds the honors as my early inspiration.
Which books would we be surprised to find on your shelves?
I love to read—just about anything and everything. You might be surprised to find a few Salman Rushdie titles on my shelves, along with the entire Harry Potter series, along with social work and psychology theory books. They share space with plenty of romance and lots of other books!
You’re hosting a literary dinner party. Which three writers are invited?
J.K. Rowling, L.M. Montgomery, Susan Elizabeth Phillips
P.S. I forced myself to choose the first three who popped into my thoughts because this was a difficult choice!
What is a typical day like for you?
I run every single day with my dogs—rain, sleet, snow, and sun. I don’t listen to music when I run. I love how peaceful it is to be outside early in the morning and often plot stories while I’m running. That’s how my day starts. In the winter, I run under the stars because I’m definitely a morning girl and up early. After that, I have coffee, respond to reader emails and check in on social media. Writing usually takes up time in the morning and evening with marketing sprinkled throughout the week on different days.
BAM. You’re a superhero. What’s your superpower?
Flying and the power to heal broken hearts.
What scene in All I Want was your favorite to write?
There’s a scene toward the end where Dallas—who’s been running from his feelings—comes back to tell Audrey how he feels. Dallas’ character is strong, and he’s had to be removed from his feelings. He’s all kinds of alpha—FBI Agent, used to taking care of others, but not at all accustomed to being emotionally vulnerable. This scene was fun to write because I was trying to balance who he was as a person with the reality that to be in love, he had to be vulnerable.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
This quote from Winnie the Pooh is on the wall above my desk: A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference. (A.A. Milne) Genuine kindness is underrated, so I try to keep that in mind no matter what I’m doing.
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