A Smile Before Crying FAQ

Sabrina is one of my favorite characters! How did you come up with her?

Thank you so much for the compliment! She’s one of my favorites, too! I love how tall she is (5’11), I love her looks and her skin tone and her sassy attitude. She reminds me of my little sister! I came up with her during the second draft of the story, back when it was still called The Girl I’m Going to Marry. Her name then was Sabrina Rose and she was written to be the bad guy! Back then, Derek and Victoria were totally, completely, head-over-heels in love and Sabrina was going to be the girl that came between them. Or tried her hardest to. 🙂 But then once the story evolved, Sabrina evolved with it. So now she’s the best friend but no longer the bad guy, just a complete bad ass!

I gasped out loud at the end of A Smile Before Crying! Another great ending! Did you always know it would happen that way?


It sounds like this might be it for Sabrina! Any plans to have her come back?

You’ll just have to wait and see!

Can this book be read by itself or do I have to read Unstoppable first?

A Smile Before Crying can ABSOLUTELY be read as a standalone! I was very careful to make it be able to uh, stand…alone. On it’s own. 🙂 You won’t be lost reading A Smile Before Crying without A Kiss Before Lying. At the core, the story is just about what happened between two best friends. What tore them apart? Can they mend that rift? Do they even want to try? Irreversible is part of the Truth and Love series and it definitely is the love part of that equation. 🙂

What inspired you to write this story?

When I was writing A Kiss Before Lying, I knew I was eventually going to have to answer the question that kept coming up again and again in the story, but I could never figure out where to put it or how to put it in without hacking it to like, two pages! A Kiss Before Lying is so fast-paced and I didn’t want to lose that momentum by taking such a detour. After many many attempts to integrate the story of A Smile Before Crying into Kiss – and realizing it just couldn’t happen – I finally gave up on it and decided to make it a short story. That way, I would really be able to go into detail, build a world and do justice to the story line.

A Smile Before Crying is a novella. Why did you decide to write a short story?

I wrote the story the way it needed written. I wanted to have the reader right there, in the thick of things and, much like with Unstoppable, I wanted Irreversible to hit the ground running and not stop. So with that in mind, I tried to really laser-focus the narrative and make it fly. Hopefully, I did that! (And in doing that, the word count is about 14,000.)

A Kiss Before Lying was pretty darn sexy! I thought you’d have more sex in A Smile Before Crying.

Smile is still a sexy thriller, but it’s more sensual than all-out sexy! But never fear. A Dance Before Dying, the next story coming out in just a few months about Jace Pearce, is probably the steamiest, most sex-filled story I’ve ever written. You’ll love it. 🙂

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