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Empathy is a story about a caregiver who becomes too emotionally involved with her client’s family.

Tell us more.
Bryan Wright has trust issues. He is consumed with anger and bitterness for the man who abandoned his family ten years ago. Bryan’s siblings, Josh and Amanda, have questions about their missing father. When their loving mother, Annie, suffers a stroke, Bryan reluctantly hires caregiver, Delilah Walker, for one week on a trial basis.

Delilah Walker is determined to prove to the skeptical, intimidating, and heart-stoppingly sexy Bryan Wright she is the caregiver for his mother. When Delilah is assigned to a second client, she meets a man named Gary Wright. Suddenly Delilah has all the answers, but should she break caregiver/client confidentiality to bring this broken family back together, again? Should she risk her job? Should she risk…her heart?

Complete this sentence for us: if you like _________________, you’ll love my book.

an easy read with lots of dialogue, a sensual romance mixed in with a little humor, and lots of heart-warming and heart-tugging emotions that might have you reaching for the tissue box

Tell us about Bryan.
He loves his family, and as the eldest son, he is fiercely protective of them. He is reluctant to hire Delilah or any other caregiver because he honestly feels no one can take care of his mother as well as he can. Bryan has a manipulative self-absorbed girlfriend who clings to him like a barnacle on a boat and refuses to let anything or anyone come between them.

And that’s where Delilah comes in. Tell us about her.
Delilah Walker is empathetic to a fault. She gives unconditionally and never expects anything in return. She lives with her dominating OCD boyfriend, and she believes the necessities of change and compromise are her responsibility…not his. Delilah will care deeply for the Wright family and experience a steadily-growing attraction toward Bryan.

Empathy is a fictional contemporary romance novel based on some of my own personal experiences as a family caregiver.

Your experiences? So Delilah is based on you?
I can’t help but laugh at this question, because in many ways I am both Bryan and Delilah. I have been a caregiver for other families, and I have been a family caregiver on and off for the past twenty-five years. I have taken care of family members who were diagnosed with emphysema, cancer, and multiple sclerosis. When I was six-months pregnant with my first child, my mom suffered a massive stroke. Needless to say, changing diapers took on a whole new meaning for me.

Tell us more about yourself.
Well, I know this confession pretty much reveals my age, but when I was fresh out of high school back in the early Eighties, I wanted to be the next Pat Benatar or Joan Jett. I sang in a couple of bands, but neither Pat nor Joan had anything to worry about. Now, despite my desire to become a famous rock singer, my heart had always held an even deeper passion for writing. When something touched me emotionally whether it was directly or indirectly, I had to write about it.

Fast forward to the present, I am married to my high school sweetheart, I am a family caregiver, and I am currently working on my third book.

I am very blessed with a life I didn’t plan.

Did you say your third book? Tell us about your other one.
My very first novel, Dark Secrets, is a romantic-suspense. Two sisters from the East Coast move down to West Texas and one of them becomes the unsuspecting target of a stalker. Angela Donavon will meet a guy named Rick Anderson. Rick is a local garage band singer, and he’s hotter than the triple-digits of Texas! The reader is well rewarded for their patience when the sexual tension that builds between Rick and Angela is finally released. This book is strongly recommended for the mature reader eighteen years or older. It isn’t necessary to read Dark Secrets first, but there is a connection between one of the minor characters in Empathy and one of the minor characters in Dark Secrets. These two characters will eventually have their own story; a sequel to Dark Secrets.

Do you have a website where we can keep up with your work?
I have a Facebook author page where I often post dialogue from my stories. I would love for you to like my page and leave a comment. I crave feedback and book reviews! Thank you! https://www.facebook.com/darksecretsebook

What’s next?
I plan to take two of the Christian plays I wrote for our drama ministry back in ’99 and rewrite them in book format. The play I am currently working on I plan to release around the holidays at the end of the year.

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