on January 10, 2023
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
From USA Today bestselling author Zoe Forward comes a new enemies-to-lovers veterinary RomCom.
I would say Dr. Ian Todd is my archenemy. But that would require us acknowledging each other, which we haven’t done since we graduated veterinary school.
He’s famous. As in, he’s the world’s “Sexiest Veterinarian Alive” with his own wildlife TV show and a string of glamorous girlfriends.
I’m infamous as a reality TV emergency veterinarian with a snark mouth, take-no-crap attitude, and zero dating life.
When asked to fake a romance with him on TV to boost my ER show’s ratings, I want to say no-way, but the extra money will pay off my brother’s loan shark debt. Even though Ian broke my heart, playing his love interest shouldn’t be hard, especially if it means getting to watch him squirm.
Lines get blurred when the TV setups stop feeling fake. Can I chance this might be real love?
1. What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start? Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)? If you plan it out, how do you do that? Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?
The kernel of an idea for a story with a starting point and a finish is in my head. Sometimes, I will plot specific time points in the story, but generally I start with those small pieces and…go! I’m not usually an outliner. Although, if I’m on deadline I will plot it out to make the process faster. I discover the characters in the first few chapters which sometimes changes the flow of the entire story. Things simply happen. There’s an “aaha” moment at the midpoint and then the rest of the story is a done deal.
2. Do you edit as you go, or wait till you’re finished before you edit? How many times would you say you go over it yourself before having another set of eyes look it over?
I edit as I go, which means by the time I reach the end there’s not a lot of huge editing to be done. That is until my editor gets the story. Then, revisions may be necessary. Before it goes to my editor, I review the entire story many times. Then, after my editor’s direction I go over it another few intense times through several rounds of editing (context, line editing, and proofreading).
3. Are you part of a writers group that gets together and helps each other with their writing?
Yes, I am a part of an online group that primarily helps with marketing support and sometimes with staying on track with getting to a certain word count. I am no longer a part of a local in-person group, but I miss it. I loved the professional talks, but it met all day on Saturday once a month. With kid activities, it wasn’t possible to give up an entire weekend day every month.
4. What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
The best first advice is sit down and put the words on a page. Get the first draft done, whether it takes a few months or years. Second, learn to handle criticism with grace. The best critiques are harsh. Editors are far more brutal, but they usually have the best interest of your story in mind. It hurts to have someone tear apart the story that you poured your heart into, but so long as your editor understands your vision, (s)he will make your story better. Third, find a good critique partner. This often takes time. You need someone not afraid to tell you the truth yet also be supportive.
5. What are your favorite:
Books/authors/genres: Contemporary romance. Fav authors is a tough one, but I do tend to read Marianna Zapata and Meghan Quinn as auto purchases.
Movies/TV Shows: Anything LOR, HP, or Star Wars. Just finished the newest season of Jack Ryan.
Music: I like all types of music except jazz (I blame that daggone elective class in college I was forced to take for the aversion.)
Food/Writing snack: I try not to eat when I write. If I have a “snack” I eat the whole thing and then write.
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author, parent, wife, veterinarian, chocolate lover. Author of spicy paranormal and contemporary romances. Zoe Forward brings readers the perfect combination of action adventure, romance, humor and a bit of magic.
Her novels have won numerous awards including the Prism, Readers’ Choice Heart of Excellence, Golden Quill, Carolyn Readers Choice Award, and the Booksellers’ Best Award.
You can find her residing in the South with a menagerie of four-legged beasts and two wild kids