Writing has been a part of my life basically since I was old enough to write. It serves as an outlet of self expression, stress relief, and creativity. What I enjoy the most about writing is going back and reading what I've written, and thinking to myself, that's pretty good!
What is your writing process?
The first thing I do is think of an idea for a story line that interests me. Then I write a bunch of backstory and info on my characters, including things like their goals, likes, wants, dislikes, defining characteristics, and things like that. Yes, even my antagonists get a character profile. Once I have that, I start writing an outline of my plot. Once I have my outline all worked out and know the major stuff that is going to happen and why, I start filling in the details, scene by scene, until finally I have a book.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In my full-time job, I supervise a team of social workers. At home, I take care of my 4 year old nephew, who I have custody of, and who happens to be mildly autistic and nonverbal. I also have my babies, Logan (pit bull mix), Zoe (mini schnauzer mix), and Rogue (pit bull mix in Heaven). I enjoy Pilates - I'm a huge Blogilates fan - and the feeling I get after I run, not so much during. I also read lots and lots of books, and I review Indie books on my blog.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly romance, and bonus of it's a paranormal romance. I will read some YA (who doesn't love Harry Potter, Twilight, and the Hunger Games?).
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
There are a few places I find my ebooks, but the majority are found on Amazon. I read a lot of books that Indie Authors submit for review on my blog, and I run a GoodReads group called Indie Books where Indie Authors can add their books to the book shelf, so that is another place I find books I want to read.
Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite authors include Dannika Dark, Shannon Mayer, K.F. Breene, and Sylvia Day.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Mageri Series by Dannika Dark That's five books right there, but they are awesome. They are a fantasy series with unique characters and a very detailed and believable world. I have re-read this series multiple times, and listen to the audio books on long car trips. You just can't read these books and not fall in love with every single one of the characters.
2. The Rylee Adamson Series by Shannon Mayer This series has at least ten books, and really more when you add the ".5" serials. Also a fantasy series, this book has a kick-ass heroine for a main character. The world that Mayer created is phenomenal, and I was hooked from the get-go. Lots of twists and turns and lots of action.
3. The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare. This paranormal romance trilogy was much better to me than the more popular series that Clare wrote, which was adapted to film and now a television series, but it is the origin story of the concept of Shadowhunters. Another kick-ass heroine for a main character, and this series makes you understand how one person can be in love with two different people at the same time. I love magic.
4. The Darkness Series by K.F. Breene This series has a total of 8 books. Another fantasy series, this was very steamy and sultry and original. Hmm, I'm seeing a pattern here... another fantasy series with a kick-ass heroine for a main character. I liked the different stance on magic in this book, and how it was differentiated by colors as being different levels, with Sasha being the highest level, black, except inverted because she's human.
5. The Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day This is a five book series, and it's the only one on my top five list that is NOT in the fantasy genre. No, this one, if you haven't already read it before, is an erotic romance series, and the characters are very complex and complicated and damaged. Very steamy, lots and lots of adult only material in these books. I really enjoyed the main characters in this series and their back stories. I liked watching how they evolved over time. I was a little surprised at the last book and how it wrapped things up, but still, a great read.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Fire HD
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Mostly the fact that I really like to eat. I'm a morning person, so I enjoy getting out of bed every day. You never know what the day will hold!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up just outside of Fort Worth, Texas. Let's just say I have to make a concerted effort not to write "y'all" when referring to a group of two or more people.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm currently in the process of writing a romantic suspense novel set in Dallas, Texas. My main character, Perla Fae, is a 24 year old who is starting a new job as a legal assistant after leaving her last job where she worked with her ex-boyfriend she had caught in bed with another woman. She runs into the rich and gorgeous Jax Maddox, walking out after a terrible first day, and so begins the internal conflict of being attracted to him while desperately needing to protect her heart. Jax represents everything she fears and despises, being a billionaire business mogul with a penchant for casual love affairs. After her parents were murdered years earlier in a home invasion, she and her sister, Jada, blamed their family's wealth, and so denounced their inheritance and committed to living a modest life as far away from the upper class as possible. Jax is a force to be reckoned with, but just when things start heating up between them, a monster from Perla's past resurfaces and puts her very life in question.
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