Having characters live through me. Even though I outline before I begin writing so I know the direction of the story, the characters never cease to amaze me. They know what is best for the story, and if I am directing them to act in a way they don't feel is appropriate, they take charge and put the story onto a new path. I am grateful for this, though, because I know if the characters surprise me, they will surprise the reader.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans would be the lifeblood of my career. Although I write because it is what I love to do, knowing that there are people who enjoy my work keeps me dedicated when I am having a sluggish day. There is no better feeling than putting words down on a page and knowing that they are being eagerly awaited, and so I thank you all for that. <3
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on an erotic fantasy series called "Traveling with Gypsies." It involved a girl who was ripped from her farm by gypsies so that they could pay off the mountain troll in order to pass to the other side of the kingdom. It switches between different points of view, with more personalities explored the more episodes are put out. Sweet Niara is going to change into something she wouldn't have if the gypsies had left her alone, and when her sexual adventures eventual evolve her into a person no one would recognize, I have a new series planned that will be a spin off.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't know if it is inspiration so much as habit, but I wake every morning for a jog because I want to train for a marathon. Then I have my day job. If no day job, then I write. The place where inspiration comes in is my hope of making enough money from my writing that I can start doing it full time.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My commute, day job, and running take up most of my week days. I spend 25-60 minutes running every day depending on distance, I have a three-hour round-trip commute, and then a 9 hour work day because of the lunch hour. That lunch hour is my savior though, because I usually try to squeeze in some writing while stuffing my face. Weekends are only taken up by my long runs and reading for pleasure, and are the time that I try to catch up on the writing I wish I could have gotten done during the week.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly through the search features. My tastes are...different than I guess most women, since I'm not into the BDSM craze and have fetishes I would never tell anyone about (other than my husband). I am picky with what I want to read most of the time, so most of my reading is just plain sci-fi or fantasy, and I get the majority of my erotica fix through writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember it very well. It was over fifteen years ago, and I am pretty sure it involved a rainbow, a leprechaun, a waterfall, and a pot of gold. And I don't think it ended well for the curious protagonist.
What is your writing process?
First I have a general idea. For "Traveling with Gypsies" it was the idea of a girl that has sexual encounters with various beasts and monsters. From there I start to plot. I typically just have a general direction and only plot an episode at a time since things may change each time I sit down to write. I know I want Niara to build relationships and alliances with the monsters as the story goes along, but for each episode, I decide only on who will be present and how that will add to the story's end goal. Things that happen in the early episodes will be important to things that happen later on, so I keep note of what I want to happen after the seeds have been planted.
How do you approach cover design?
Although my covers aren't amazing, I feel like there are at least some worse photo-shopped ones out there, so I try not to be overly embarrassed. Most of the places where you can get stock photos do not allow you to use the model's faces on erotica (although there are many people who still use them anyway) and so I have chosen to only use bodies, if I use them at all. For "Traveling with Gypsies" I decided to not even have a female model, because even though I found pictures where their angle or hair hid their face, the models were all different. They would be great for stand-alones, but since I am currently writing a series involving only one person having encounters with various monsters, it wouldn't have made sense to have all these different models. Because of this, I am sticking to only putting the creature or beast involved in the episode on the covers. It's difficult to find pre-made monsters, so they don't always look super official, but I try to clean them up on photoshop and give them an appropriate background. For "Gypsies" I am just throwing on a see-through colored band for the title and author name so that they look like they all go together.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I got a kindle for Christmas a few years ago, but I prefer paper books, so didn't even try using it until last year. It didn't work, and the warranty had already expired. I tried customer support but they were not helpful at all, so on the times where I use a device it is usually through the kindle on the computer.
Describe your desk
For now, it is usually a table at my work where I write while eating during my lunch hour. At home, I either take my laptop outside if the weather is nice, or treat myself to a latte at one of the nearby cafes. I guess you could say I enjoy writing in public.
When did you first start writing?
Probably middle school. I was a good girl until after high school, so I didn't start writing dirty things until recently. Even still, when I write erotica, a good story is very important to me.
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