Welcome to the Stars & Stripes virtual book tour! Thank you for helping me celebrate the release of the 6th book in the Cut & Run series. I’ll be giving away tons of prizes. For every stop I have a digital copy of the first book, Cut & Run, a personalized autograph, and either a Team Ty/Team Zane T-shirts or an autographed trinket! To enter to win one of the prizes, just leave a comment here at the lovely Amara’s Place, and make sure you include your e-mail address! To win the grand prize, one complete electronic set of the first 5 books, you’ll need to finish a treasure hunt, which you’ll find on my blog on the last day of the tour! Many thanks to Amara for hosting my very first Riptide Publishing virtual book tour!
Hi Abigail! Welcome to my Place. Come in, come in, please, make yourself comfortable. I’m so excited that you’re here. *smiles* Thanks for coming to sit and chat with me.
Thank you for having me! I look forward to being grilled.
Please tell me a little bit about yourself.
My name’s Abigail. People call me Abi, amongst less savory nicknames, I’m sure. I’m a newly minted single mother who just turned 30. I have horrible luck and have probably experienced every oddball injury there is. Growing up, the love of my life wasn’t writing or reading, but volleyball. I played in the Junior Olympics for 6 years, traveled to Europe to play one summer, and was forced to quit when I was too injured to continue. For about 7 years I coached volleyball and softball, and finally had to retire from that this past season as well. I started writing when my body wouldn’t allow me to do anything else, and never stopped.
Tell me about your current book.
Stars & Stripes is the 6th book in the Cut & Run series. The main characters, Ty and Zane have become the center of a sort of huge following. It’s actually turned into quite a wild ride for me. In this one readers finally meet Zane’s family, which is something they’ve been demanding for a few years now. It’s also probably the funniest book I’ve ever written.
How has it been working with Riptide?
It’s been awesome. I can’t even begin to explain the experience. I’ve had so much fun with the people I’m working with, and I feel like this is the most stellar, polished product I’ve ever released. I love it here.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Because it’s Ty and Zane!
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Oh yes. I have a ghost story coming out in October, just in time for Halloween, and there were some really creepy things going on when I was writing that one. I firmly believe it’s cursed and I’m almost hesitant to put it out there! I’ve also got 3 more of the Cut & Run series, and then a whole folder full of ideas and half-written novels that I can’t wait to get started on.
Do you have any special writing rituals, or special writing place?
I do. Sort of. When I feel like I’m getting in kind of a rut, I’ll drive a few hours from home and lock myself in a hotel room for a couple days. I order room service, put on a blueberry face mask, and write until I have to check out. I don’t even know why the mask works, but sometimes it helps just to have a change of scenery. I’ve finished entire novels like that.
What is something that not a lot of people know about you but you wish more people could know?
I wish more people knew that it hurts me to get out of bed. And I mean that in the very literal sense of the word. Every time I move, it hurts. My shoulders are both wrecked, my knee is falling apart and the doctors don’t seem to know why, my back occasionally will seize up and render me immobile for days on end. And on and on. Most of the injuries stem from being over-dedicated when I played volleyball, but the end result is the same. Most people get the impression that I’m lively and fun and friendly, and that’s good! But every day I have to convince myself that today won’t hurt when I roll out of bed. And I’m not alone in that. Everyone is fighting a battle, whether it’s a visible one or not. People are stronger than they give themselves credit for, and I wish that was something each of us knew about each other and about ourselves.
Do you have any hobbies?
I collect guns and knives. I shoot them too, when my shoulders will tolerate the recoil, but this is something I share with my dad. Every birthday and Christmas he gives me an antique gun, a modern gun, and a knife. I have an armory, it’s kind of ridiculous. My favorite is an engraved Darling Pepperbox, because it’s so pretty and useless. They were the forerunners of the revolver, so not many were made. Mainly because they didn’t work very well! I also have a knife made out of a railroad spike that’s quite beautiful.
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? Why?
I think I would go back to the past. I’m the type of person who likes to know what’s going on, or at least to think I do, so going into the future and not knowing the progression of how we got there or how to work new technology, ect, would really stress me out. I was also a History major, and I’ve had a lifelong love of history, so going back to see and experience pieces of it would be something I’d very much love to do. And I would totally try to witness things I know are about to happen and break every time-traveling moral there is.
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
I actually create playlists for every book, so I have tons of songs! I usually listen to music that reminds me of the book or the characters or the feel of the story, and a few months before the release, I put the playlist on my website. I think a lot of writers and readers experience books along with music, so it’s something extra I try to include. If I had to pick one song for Stars & Stripes, it would be Wild West Show by Big & Rich. And the song that screams Ty and Zane to me is Adele’s One And Only. So beautiful.
*smiles* That was fun. Thanks so much for chatting with me. I hope we get to do this again.
I look forward to many more chats!
Stars & Stripes
When an emergency call from home upsets the balance of their carefully arranged world, Ty and Zane must juggle family drama with a perplexing crime to save a helpless victim before time runs out.
From the mountains of West Virginia to a remote Texas horse ranch harboring more than just livestock and childhood memories, Ty and Zane must face their fears—and their families—to overcome an unlikely enemy and bring peace back into their newly shared world.
You can read the first chapter and purchase Stars & Stripes here.
Abigail Roux was born and raised in North Carolina. A past volleyball star who specializes in sarcasm and painful historical accuracy, she currently spends her time coaching high school volleyball and investigating the mysteries of single motherhood. Any spare time is spent living and dying with every Atlanta Braves and Carolina Panthers game of the year. Abigail has a daughter, Little Roux, who is the light of her life, a boxer, four rescued cats who play an ongoing live-action variation of Call of Duty throughout the house, a certifiable extended family down the road, and a cast of thousands in her head. You can stalk Abi in various places, including her website, Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook.