Interview with J.H. Croix, author of Out of Bounds
24 Jul 2017
What can you tell us about your new release, Out of Bounds?
I fell in love with the hero, Ethan, while I was writing this one. It’s a story about two unlikely people falling in love – the head over heels kind of love. Ethan is a player, in more ways than one. Zoe is a brilliant attorney and totally focused on her career. Trust me, sparks fly when their worlds collide!
Who is your favorite fictional character from literature?
This is a tough one. I love to read – anything and everything. Talking literature, I’m a fan of Jane Austen, and I adore Elizabeth from Pride & Prejudice.
Who are your literary heroes working today? Why do you admire them?
JK Rowling. She’s an incredible writer, and I admire her willingness to raise awareness about so many important social issues.
What books do you find yourself returning to again and again?
When I was younger, I probably read the entire Anne of Green Gables series a few hundred times. Now it depends on what mood I’m in. My husband thinks I’m amusing because I read multiple books at a time – from romance to literature to non-fiction. I do love romance and anything by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jill Shalvis, Sierra Simone and more. Love, love, love historical romances by Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn. Gah! I can’t do justice to this. I have too many favorites!
What TV show have you binge watched?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
You gain nothing if you don’t try.
What scene in Out of Bounds was your favorite to write?
I have two favorites. The opening scene was a lot of fun because the chemistry is humming right away, and Ethan & Zoe are such different characters. My other favorite is later in the book, close to the end, where both of them are emotionally vulnerable in recognizing the depth of their feelings for each other. It leads to a steamy scene in the car, which was intense and fun to write.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
I’ll quote Winnie the Pooh here: A little consideration, all 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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