Tell us a little bit about your book.
This is a novel for women who understand that love is messy and complicated. There are no perfect people in After Love Leaves. Just real human beings struggling to overcome their insecurities and find lasting love in the process. Some characters you’ll root for and others you'll want to shake your fist at.
Have you published before?
Yes, this is my 6th novel.
Are you currently working on anything else?
I’m currently working on a young adult supernatural horror novel that I hope to have done in time for Halloween.
What is your favorite writing snack?
I don’t eat while I write.
What gets you in the mood to write?
I’ll frequently watch a movie in the genre that I’m writing to help get me in the mood.
Who is your favorite character and why?
Ian, the angel in After I’m Gone, is my all-time favorite character because he’s a snarky guy that says what everyone else is thinking.
Favorite book of all time?
It’s a toss up between The Joy Luck Club and East of Eden.
I think breakfast says a lot about a person, what is your perfect breakfast?
Do you have a favorite period of time that you like to write about or would like to live?
I like to write about the 90’s because I’d want to go back to that decade and do everything differently.
Please tell us in one sentence why we should read your book!
If you’ve ever been in love with the wrong guy and wished with all your heart that he could be the right guy, this is the novel for you.
When Brad Sorenson crossed paths with Zoe O’Loughlin at a high school graduation party, the connection was undeniable. He noticed her when no one else did; she inspired him to want more out of life. But it would be years before they’d meet again…and in the most unlikely of places. Brad was looking for a good time online, not love. But Zoe was so sweet, so kind. Everything about her was perfect—until she fell in love with him. Zoe doesn’t know why Brad left her standing in an airport; he won’t return her calls or texts. With her self-esteem and dreams shattered, she can’t imagine ever loving anyone else. A single phone call changes Brad’s life forever. Now he wants just one thing: to make amends with the only woman that’s ever mattered.
Michelle Alstead is a single, divorced mom of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, who tries to promote autism awareness and advocate for gender equality while raising Sheldon Cooper and searching for some semblance of a love life. Michelle has experienced a wide-range of reasons for being dumped by the opposite sex (her favorite reason of all time – “she wasn’t crazy enough and crazy girls are so much fun”). She maintains that she is both Irish and Spanish and can bring the “crazy” just as good as the next woman. This author copes with the difficulties of raising her challenging child and failing at love, by eating copious amounts of chocolate, binge watching Netflix late at night, and writing novels about characters who find happy endings. Every great story has a grain of truth. Truth inspires freedom. Michelle has decided to free herself by acknowledging that life can be ugly, brutal, and wickedly unfair. Her stories aren’t the typical romances or the standard young adult fare. She seeks to be honest in her storytelling rather than playing it safe. Blending in wasn’t much fun anyway.