Would you please introduce yourself and tell us what made you decide to write erotic romance?
I love romance. I fell in love with the genre in middle school, the unspicy. The older I got, the hotter I liked it. Plus, believe it or not, the flowery prose of sweet romances or traditional romances actually embarrasses me.
I started writing recently, Waking Annabel is my second book. My husband and mother had nagged me for years to write. Finally, they bought me a laptop and told me to write something. I did. It was accepted, and now I hear a lot of I told you so's from both of them.
Have you always wanted to write?
Yes, I have. When I was in high school I told my mom I was going to be the next Stephen King. That was 20 years ago, and if what I write bares any resemblance to Stephen King I'd be shocked.
What is your favorite thing about writing? Do you have any fears about your writing?
I like putting what I see and hear in my head on paper. To me making up my own stories is just as entertaining as reading them. My fear is that others won't find my efforts entertaining. So I always want to know how to be better, especially since I'm so new to the field.
How do you come up with the ideas for your books?
Honestly? I have no clue. One day I was thinking about women shaving their legs, and my thought process being what it is, I wondered how often a werewolf would have to shave her legs. From there, The Other Half was born. Another time I was watching reruns of Designing Women. Julia was being her most frosty and the thought drifted across my mind she really needed someone to melt her ice. Waking Annabel was born.
Has any of your books been easier to write than another? Why?
Not really, if anything I have discovered the difficulty of writing a sequel. Now that is hard. With a stand alone, the story can go anywhere you want it. But a sequel has parameters. To a certain extent I feel boxed in, or trapped.
Do you usually outline your stories before you write them, or do you ?go with the flow??
I "go with the flow." I have know idea what I'm going to write. I just sit down, think of the situation, and let the characters react.
Of the stories you've written, do you have a favorite?
NO, I've written three and all are so different. I don't have a favorite yet. I do have a favorite hero. That would be Jason in Waking Annabel, he doesn't have the rough edges that Roman does in The Other Half.
What are you working on next?
Right now I'm finishing the sequel to The Other Half. It is the story of Roman's brother Remy.
What books do you enjoy reading? Do you have a favorite?
In romance, I love Linda Howard, Rachel Gibson, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Lora Leigh and Lisa Marie Rice. Other genres, I love Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, all of the Harry Potters, To Kill a Mockingbird, Road to Memphis, and The Giver. Since I teach middle school, I read a lot of YA lit.
When away from writing, What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love to read, an activity that can be done in a hot bath or on a hot beach. I also take Tae Kwon Do.
Any tips about writing and getting published?
Write what you like. If you try to write what you think other people will like, you'll never have the sincerity of voice each story needs. If you like it, someone else will too. You just need to find the market. That doesn't mean there's no room for improvement. I hope I improve and grow with each story I write.
Thanks for the opportunity to give an Interview!
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