Tail Lights by Connie L. Smith – Author Interview

Tail LightsTail Lights by Connie L. Smith

Preston and Nick endured the breakup of all breakups when Nick accused her of cheating on him. He insisted, and she denied while the rain pounded against her driveway and thunder roared in the distance. Then they both ran – Preston to a life of Rock and Roll, and Nick to a career in the Army.

Over four years later, they’re damaged and broken almost beyond repair. He’s carrying baggage from his military days, and she bears the scars of living a lifestyle she’s grown to hate.

When Preston’s label forces her to take time away from music, their paths cross in a parking lot not twenty-four hours after her hometown return, anger and sparks flying in a confusing blend. But regardless of the feelings neither has been able to shake, too many lies and secrets stand in the way of the one thing they need in order to recover.



Author PhotoAuthor Connie L. Smith

Connie L. Smith spends far too much time with her mind wandering in fictional places. She reads too much, likes to bake, and might forever be sad that she doesn’t have fairy wings. And that she can’t swing dance. Her music of choice is severely outdated, and as an adult she’s kind of obsessed with Power Rangers. She has her BA from Northern Kentucky University in Speech Communication and History (she doesn’t totally get the connection either), and is currently working on her MA.


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Author Interview

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

— Do you remember those Mickey Mouse ice creams that looked like his head was on a spike? They were vanilla with chocolate faces drawn and chocolate-covered ears. And they were, if memory serves me right, AWESOME.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

— I have a YA Romance called Jivin’ Tango that’s scheduled to come out around May of next year, and I’m thinking of tackling a Sleeping Beauty retelling. Decisions, decisions…
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
— I distinctively remember a copy of Harold and the Purple Crayon. It was a fabulous read.


Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
— Definitely. The title is actually based off of Hinder’s “Red Tail Lights,” which Preston realizes is pretty much the written-out version of her breakup with Nick. Over the years, she’s taken to calling him Tail Lights, and the idea is kind of a theme in the story. That song was a big inspiration for this book!


What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
— One thing I’ve learned: Write the book I want to write, and go look for people who like that kind of book. Sounds simple, right? If only…


If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
— Artemis and Nemesis were pretty cool. Although as I get older, I kind of relate to the idea of Athena a little more.


Hidden talent?
— I’m pretty good at making floral arrangements. In another life, I might’ve been able to make a living at it.


Favorite Food?
— Chicken fajitas and donuts. As long as the donuts don’t have jelly. Don’t ruin a perfectly good donut with jelly.


Favorite Candy?
— As far as candy bars go…. Butterfingers!!!


What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
— I want to watch the next Hunger Games movie, but I sadly haven’t watched the one that came out last year. I guess I have a little catching up to do!


What’s your favorite season/weather?

— Fall. It’s even more fantastic when you’re around mountains, watching all the leaves change color. Or at least that’s my opinion!

Favorite music?
— I have a pretty eclectic collection of music, but my favorites tend toward 50s rock and roll, 80s metal, and country. Classy, right?


Favorite sport?
— Football!!! Denver Broncos!!! Omaha!!!


What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?
— Play in the rain. Read. Watch it rain. Truthfully, I love rain – as long as I’m not in a car that’s trying to drive through it 🙂


Favorite historical person?
— I don’t know about favorite, but I spent a semester of my undergraduate years doing a paper on Napoleon. We were pretty tight for those few months.


Favorite/most influential teacher
— The most influential for my writing was Mrs. Ball. She was one of my high school English teachers, and she also taught Humanities. I feel like my time in her class helped me be the writer I am, and it even sparked more interest in art and the ancient world. Since I studied History in college, I guess the influence extends there as well.


Fanfiction – Love it or Hate it? Have you ever written it?
— I do read Fanfiction! Some of it’s terrible, but I’ve found some good stories. I’ve never written any of it though. Maybe someday?


If you were not a writer, what would you like to do?
— I’m actually in graduate school, preparing myself for the possibility of teaching college courses. So I guess that would be my second career choice for the moment!


What drives you insane about the writing process?
— Editing. It’s evil. Books should come out right the first time. Formatting is also tedious, but nowhere near as time consuming or vile.


About how long does it take to write a book? 

— It doesn’t take me that long to write a book. Maybe a month, or a month and a half. Editing and proofreading can take longer. If books did come out right the first time, I could have about eight books a year. Stupid edits 🙂