I've been writing since I could put crayon to paper. I always created stories when I was a young child -- about myself, imaginary friends and family members. When I learned how to print, my mom encouraged me to write them down. She even bought me a child's typewriter for my sixth Christmas!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Fantasy is always fun, and when you're a fiction writer, you have the opportunity to create new worlds and characters that can make readers laugh, cry, shout out in anger or squeal for joy. It's about creating and stirring emotion. And when you can transport readers into another world, it's really quite magical.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I've been writing my stories down since I was about six. Initially, I wanted to be a reporter. And I remember that I wrote up a news account, which was quite gossipy for a kid, about one of my grandmother's best friends. She was this rather daffy hypochondriac, and I made sure I got all the details. It didn't sit well with my grandmother, but my mom thought it was hilarious.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the WORLD to me. I love hearing their thoughts on my stories, and it means so much to not just hear from them -- and to really get to know them personally. Some of my readers will even message me as they're reading along, telling me that they laughed out loud or reached for the tissue box. To me, that's the greatest reward as an author -- to know that you've stirred emotions.
What are you working on next?
I'm already pounding out the first draft to the fourth and final book (for now) in my Manhattan Bound Series. I'm having so much fun writing this book. I'm doing something different with BOUND. While the first three books -- WEAKENED, WRAPPED and KNOTTED -- could stand as a trilogy, I wanted to give my readers a glimpse of how my characters' lives will unfold in five and ten years from the end of KNOTTED. The series is really a saga, an there are tons of minor characters that I've discovered readers love just as much as my hero an heroine, Drew and Maxine. I want everyone to have the chance to see where life takes everyone else in the books, too!
How do you approach cover design?
First off, I have an amazing publicist who also happens to be a professional photographer. She understands the indie book industry from all angles, and she's truly my partner in this indie publishing world. We collaborate on the covers for the books. Usually, I give her an idea, and I give her creative license to make it happen. Somehow, she reads my mind!
I usually give her a general concept, an then she runs with it. We both choose the photos, but she's a gifted designer as well, so I let her take creative freedom.
Her name is Michelle Bowman at WLK promotions. If anyone would like to contact her, please drop me a note on my Facebook page, and I'm happy to put you in touch.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
This is silly, but it was a Raggedy Ann and Andy book. And I was four years old. My mom read to me every night, and I learned to read very young by word association. And it made such an impact on me that I bought some Raggedy Ann and Andy books and dolls for my goddaughter long before she could even string a whole sentence together. And she's now a huge book lover, too!
What do you read for pleasure?
I love well-written erotica -- whether it's humor or suspense. But I also love a great romantic suspense, too. But I'm also a slave to trashy celebrity biographies and true crime books. Throw in a bit of history. And anything about French culture, as I am one obsessed francophile. And I also have a nice little collection of coffee table books, too.
Yeah, my bookshelves have a bit of everything!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love good food, good wine and travel. Paris is my second favorite city to New York, and I'm quite a francophile -- but my French is terrible! There's also nothing quite like indulging in a Broadway show, and I'm lucky enough to live in New York to be able to explore my passion for the theater. I'm also a huge cat lover, and I spend a great deal of time playing servant to my beloved rescue kitty, Coopurr.
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