I think I've always been "a writer," but my first "serious" attempt was in junior high school when I wrote what I THOUGHT was a book of fiction. Looking back, it was really just an autobiographical story of me and my first boyfriend - a story that had WAY too many nonfiction details. I should have NEVER written those things down!
Who are your favorite authors?
This answer has been different at different times of my life. For example, in elementary school (yes!) I read Agatha Christie like I couldn't get enough of her. I also read a lot of true crime when I was in 4th and 5th grade, including Helter Skelter (about the Charles Manson murders) when I was only 9. In junior high, I tried to get my hands on as many trashy novels as I could. Judith Krantz and Scott Spencer (who wrote Endless Love) stand out from that era. In high school, I devoured Herman Wouk's historical fiction and John Cheever's short stories. Later, I became a fan of Margaret Atwood, and I've read almost everything that Michael Lewis has ever written.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read mostly nonfiction--from books on how to be a better writer to ebooks on making money in real estate, and I'm hopelessly in love with magazines because they require so little time commitment (but I subscribe to WAY more than I can read in a week or even a month!). I'm also a big fan of what I like to call "addictions and afflictions." Tweak and Beautiful Boy as well as Andrew Solomon's Far From the Tree are good examples of this. If it's dangerous, deviant, or different, I like to read about it. Real life is just SO much more interesting than fiction - unless it's my own sexy fiction, of course!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I was an early Kindle adopter - back when they cost $400 - and I'm on my 4th Kindle now. I wore out the first two, then bought a Kindle Fire but went back to the old-school black and white version. My current Kindle is a Paperwhite.
Describe your desk
I used to be quite a piler, and you don't have to look too hard to see a few of those still. I'm much better now and have a practice of corralling different projects into fancy, colorful folders. Pretty folders make everything better! I have all the essentials on my desk now: pens (only blue ink!) and pencils (only Ticonderogas!), an electric pencil sharpener, stapler, etc.. Also in the "essentials" group would be antacids, my trusty calculator, and my Sock Monkey mouse pad.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I read about the successes of Hugh Howie and Jasinda Wilder and thought, "I can do that!" I'm sure everyone with even a spark of talent thinks they can get rich doing this, but I wanted to try my hand at it. There are so many avenues open to authors today that weren't when I was an aspiring 12-year-old writer. It's exciting to see the playing field more level than it's ever been. If you put the time and effort into it, and you learn what works and doesn't work (and sells and doesn't sell), you have a chance at actually making money doing this. I had to try!
What's the story behind your latest book?
Cruisin': Five Decadent Days on the Ultimate Pleasure Trip is my first foray into erotica. I've always wanted to write it because I never could find any stories out there exactly like I wanted to read. Now, I've created them. Cruisin' takes place over five days on the fictional "Unconventional Cruises" line, and my main character, Eden Warner, basically gets all her carnal desires satisfied one by juicy one. I have taken several cruises myself and love the "unplugged" nature of being off the grid. No phone, no email. No one can reach me. I put Eden in this position and let her free her mind AND her body from the stresses and daily grind of work. What opens up for her is very sexy indeed!
What are you working on next?
I live in a kick-ass loft apartment in a historic downtown building, so my next erotic series is going to be called The Loft and will detail my main character's sexual exploits with a variety of men (and a few women). I also have a fantasy (no pun intended) of updating and fictionalizing Nancy Friday's books, My Secret Garden and Forbidden Flowers, which are collections of women's fantasies. They were originally published in 1968 and 1973, respectively, and were quite ground-breaking at the time. The language is a little strange now, 45+ years later, so I'd like to update them while preserving their unique perspective.
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