There are those who write and those who can WRITE...this is what I strive for. So come and lose yourself in worlds filled with lust, love, passion, violence, and treachery. A place where the only limitations are the ones that you set for yourself. There is no place to far when you travel on the wings of creativity.
Why did you start writing? As an author have you ever lost motivation to write and if so how did you get it back?
To be honest I don't have an exact answer as to why I began writing. It just feels like something I should be doing. What I was meant to be doing. You know what I mean? Creating worlds and characters comes as natural to me as breathing. From one word or idea I can create an entire world. Writing allows me to express myself in ways that I can't in real life.
I've lost motivation, like seriously lost it, only once. That was back when I was in Jr High School. That transition between Jr H.S and H.S. For years I didn't write or care to write. It took me going to college to get my spark back. I'm not going to lie, for a moment I became lost. But when I had my first professor in college and he made the class write short stories my love for writing came back to life. With that motivation restored and with a lil help from the big man up stairs (God) I was able to pick back up the pen and start writing.
How did you choose the genre you wanted to write in? What do you look for when picking up a book?
I've always liked fantasy stories and imaginative movies and tv shows. When I was young I read a lot of African American novels or also known as "hood books" and they were never really to my liking but at the time that was all I had at my disposal. But soon they lost my interest. Most of those type of books revolved around gangs, drugs, sex and violence and story lines that became too predicable. Needless to say I grew bored. When I entered college and was introduced to different genres and authors from different cultures I started to branch out on my own and see what types of books I truly like. First and foremost I love reading about ancient times and about Greek/Roman or any other type of ancient mythology. so when I found authors that combined mythology and romance I couldn't help but fall in love with the genre. The first paranormal romance book that I read was Dark Side of the Moon by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I devoured that book and ever since I have been hooked. But see the problem with me is that once I like something I tend to want to read everything like it until I get bored. So as you can imagine I became bored with reading about vampires, witches, ...etc. So I figured why not write something different, And that's what I did. Because I figured there are way more interesting creatures to write about and toy with than just what is being mainstreamed.
The type of books that draw me are the ones with good plots and great and well developed characters. But before you even get to the plot is the cover. And as ashamed as I am to admit it I am one of those women who are drawn to a hot body on a cover. Besides that I also look for books that my favorite authors or authors I liked have read and recommended. Though I write paranormal romance I actually enjoy all genres of books. From The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junito Diaz to Perfume Diary of a Murder by Patrick Suskind to Masks by Fumiko Enchi to The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker to Dark Lover by J.R Ward or Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon.