They help inspire me to write. Their words encourage me to work harder and take risks.
What are you working on next?
Part two of Grading him. It's fun to see how Pierce struggles with romance and Josephine works hard to not give in to his charms.
Who are your favorite authors?
I am always open to new authors and stories of any style and genre. If the characters are interesting, story well written, and I do prefer a happy ending. I like Jane Austen, Ray Bradbury, J. R. R. Tolkien, Danielle Steel, and Frederick Douglass. The erotic romance authors I like are M. Pierce, Cara McKenna, Charlotte Stein, CD Reiss, Samantha Young, and Scarlett Edwards.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My two little boys. And my husband telling me he needs help changing the diapers.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Taking care of my boys. Most days are a blur, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually, I'm looking for something special, but if I see a good recommendation that a website has suggested for that day and it has a good book cover, I'll get it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. When I was in Middle School, my best friend and I decided to write a soap opera involving everyone we knew, friends, parents, etc. It was wacky and, the plot was surprisingly well written. I stumbled upon it about 10 years ago and was surprised that it held up so well.
What is your writing process?
An idea pops into my head. Then instantly a story starts to form with a character or two. I sit at my dining room table and outline the basic story, after that develop the characters, then try to think of plot points, etc. Then I start writing. Usually, the story I end up writing turns out very different then the outline I started with. Then I rewrite and edit, then rewrite again. Once I have shown the story to a few people and I am happy with it, I am set to publish.
How do you approach cover design?
I design the covers myself. I worked for a long time in the printing world. I worked in Photoshop and Illustrator everyday for almost a decade, so I am quite familiar with basic design ideas. I know the design programs like the back of my hands. If I use a cover I don't love, it's usually because I don't have the time to put into it. But, when I first think of an idea for a book, before I even start writing, I pick out cover art and work on the cover as I write.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fashion and Home Design magazines. I know there isn't much reading involved in these magazines, but I love the style of them.
Describe your desk
A dining room table, full of child wipes, tissues, coffee mugs, a water bottle, and a laptop.
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