Broken Pieces

Author Interview – JD Combs

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tell us a bit about your family. Right now, I get to do what I love to do the most, and that is to tell you a little about my family.  I have a wild and crazy family life.  It’s full to the brim of all the things I hold most dear.  My husband and I have been married almost twenty years.  It seems crazy to think about how long we’ve been together.  I never thought I’d get to the point in life where I could say I’ve loved someone so much for so many years.  We have three kids who keep us forever hoping.  Zach is our oldest at 17.  He’s looking at colleges and it’s breaking my heart to think of him leaving so soon.  He’s into sports, cars and the outdoors…gotta say I love that he’s staying away from girls for now.  There’s plenty of time for that later.  Lucas is 14 and is by no stretch of the imagination a “middle child.”  He’s wild, zany and keeps us laughing with his sense of humor.  Claire is our 12-year-old baby girl.  She’s a true delight in every aspect of life.  I’m one blessed mama and I couldn’t be more proud of my family and my world with them.

What scares me the most is the thought of having no family.  When I was a little girl I found out that I was adopted.  I’ve always been proud of my adoption and my parents did a fabulous job of making me feel like my adoption was the most special thing ever.  But as I grew up and began to see other families from the inside I began to realize that, more than anything in the world, I wanted a family of my very own.  On the superficial level, I wanted someone to look like me.  On a much deeper level I wanted that inherent connection I saw in siblings and families around me. The thought of my family not being here is absolutely terrifying for me.

My weakest character trait is that I procrastinate so that I can procrastinate again.  It’s a hateful quality to have I hope someday someone will invent a pill to cure this character flaw of mine.

Why do I write?  That is one of the best questions ever.  I write because if I don’t my mind will become a muddled mess.  Writing allows me to vent safely and freely.  It allows any feelings I have, mostly negative, to come out and not fester inside.  And sometimes I can take all of those feelings and then turn all of what I’m feeling into a character’s problem or building a character.

When I was growing up my favorite books were Nancy Drew and C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Charley, a devoted wife and mother of five, has a life that looks picture perfect to those around her. But years of living life in a neglected marriage make her question her relationship with her husband. Charley spends sleepless nights writing in her journal and trying to find happiness in the life she has. She’s not sure she can continue living a dull, loveless life anymore.
When an old high school crush strikes up a conversation on the Internet, an innocent flirtation begins. Charley begins to, once again, feel alive and vibrant, but she quickly learns not everything is what it seems. Will her naiveté in the online world propel her toward the point of no return? Will the woman who seemed to have it all lose it in the blink of an eye? Or will Charley finally find the happiness she’s been craving?

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Genre –  Romantic Suspense

Rating – R (adult language / sexual scenes)

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