Tricia Mills is author of Heartbreak River which released on April 16th, 2009. For more info, check out Mrs. Mills’ website.
ME. What else do you love to do except for writing?

TM: I like to be outdoors when it’s warm and like hiking. I’m a big state and national park fan, and I try to visit all that I can. I’m also a big movie and TV fan, so I love my TiVo and Netflix. :) And of course, I’ve loved to read for as long as I can remember. I love YA novels, romance, paranormal, and urban fantasy. I also have some favorite mystery series, penned by Dana Stabenow and Nevada Barr.

ME. What are some of your favorite books/novels?

TM: The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, the Harry Potter series, the Morganville Vampires and Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine, J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series (these are definitely NOT YA), Colleen Gleason’s Gardella Vampire Chronicles. There are tons of others, including many books by friends who are also authors and more YA books/series than I have time to read.

ME. How about favorite authors?

TM: See above.

ME. What are you currently reading?

TM: Okay, right now I’m reading Whisper to the Blood, part of the Kate Shugak mystery series by Dana Stabenow; and Prom Dates from Hell, a young adult novel by Rosemary Clement-Moore.

ME. Are you working on any future books?

TM: This month, I’m thrilled to have my first YA, Heartbreak River, on store shelves. I just might do a happy dance in the middle of the bookstore. :) My editor and I have also been working on revisions on my second YA, Arctic Heart (title might change), which is set in rural Alaska. But don’t let the setting fool you — there’s high school drama, friend drama, parent drama and boy drama galore and, like Heartbreak River, a story to tug on your heartstrings.

ME. What inspired the cover, title, story of Heartbreak River?

TM: The story came about after I’d traveled through Colorado via Amtrak train. The train meanders along the Colorado River through red-rock canyons for about 200 miles. There are usually lots of rafters on the river in the warmer seasons. I wondered what a girl who lived in that part of Colorado whose family ran a rafting business might be like, what problems she might face. The title was something my editor came up with, and the publishing house creates the cover. I do love the cover though. It’s my leads, Sean and Alexandra (Alex), who have to overcome a lot of obstacles to find love.

ME. I love the titles of your books especially Heartbreak River and Arctic Heart! How do you come up with those lovely titles?

TM: Alas, I can’t take credit for them. The editorial team at Razorbill came up with them, though I have created a lot of titles for manuscripts over the years. I think Razorbill has done a good job with them, though Arctic Heart may change before it sees publication in the summer of 2010.

ME. And any other things you want to say?

TM: Thank you very much for having me here today. I really appreciate it. I’m looking forward to hearing what readers think of Heartbreak River, so be sure to e-mail me or comment on my blog at whenever you’re done. :)

ME. Thanks for stopping by, Mrs. Mills!