The fictional world in my head becomes somewhat tangible. Life is given to the beautiful characters that want to exist in a place other than my mind and who are never far from my thoughts. It's nice when I finally get them on paper and they have a home.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything. They motivate and drive more stories. It was because of the strong positive responses I received writing on fan fiction that I was inspired to move foreword and write series books and have them published.
What are you working on next?
Since I live in the gulf region and have had the luxury of riding out three hurricanes in the past eight years, I was inspired to write a little series I'm calling the Emergency Responders. There will be a sexy fireman, a hunky sheriff, and a sweet talking paramedic. The fireman is the eldest St. Martin brother and let me just say that, Clara, the only female St. Martin sibling, may have a strong lead in the paramedic's book.
Who are your favorite authors?
Elizabeth Rolls Gaelen Foley Jodi Ellen Malpas Charlaine Harris
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My toy Schnauzer, Bear, because he needs to go outside and he wants to be fed. At first he used to creep me out because he will sit just to the right of my shoulder and stare at me in somewhat of a guardian's pose willing me to wake and tend to his needs.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I lead a double life. During the day I'm training young women (and occasionally young men) to become speech therapists. I have spent the past several years working as a university instructor. My students are young adult females so I'm constantly running plot lines and book covers by them. They make a great beta team!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I love series romance, contemporary and historical. I usually read the reviews of books I think I will like in order to make my decision. I make use of a lot of the "other people who bought this book also bought" features as well.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! Actually it was a book rewrite (kind of like fan fiction). I rewrote the end of Charlotte's Webb by E. B. White because I hated the ending. I was so distraught my mother sat me down in front of her Commodore 64 and told me to re-write the ending. That was all it took.
What is your writing process?
This is going to sound extremely crazy so get ready. I have periods where I write en masse. What does that mean? Basically, I sit down for let's say two weeks and write the entire series. I'm writing upwards of 4000 words per day when I do that. Average is around 5000 but I have been known to crank out 8000. It's crazy I know but that process doesn't take me long. I sit and focus to just get it on paper. The real work comes with the editing process. It's long and tedious. I couldn't do what I do without an awesome editor.
How do you approach cover design?
I don't get too bogged down with details because I am just not detail oriented. I used a referral from a successful author that writes within the same genre as me. I also loved her ebook covers. I would suggest to know what you are promoting. I write contemporary, erotic romance. Not erotica! Romance drives the sex in the books I write so I knew I wanted a hot guy dripping sex on the cover. Hello! Then I add one additional element that will let the reader know, there is something more than just sex simmering under the surface.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I go through phases but right now they are as follows:
1. His lady mistress - my goodness when I read this book she pulled my heart out of my chest and stomped all over it before putting it back in place.
2. This man trilogy - well who doesn't love a Lord. Jessie Ward is hot as frack and is just yummy and his arrogance and intensity made me want to eat him with a spoon!
3. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte was a master at using everything at her disposal in her writing. I read this book every winter and the first pages that detail the landscape and the blizzard chill me to the bone. The way she uses the landscape to provide insight into the characters is genius.
4. Twilight - I know, I know, but to say I was obsessed would be the understatement of the decade. No, it wasn't scholarly prose, but the intensity evoked between the characters made up for it in spades!
5. Sweet Valley High: Alone in the Crowd - this is my favorite of the Sweet Valley gang. Probably because in high school I wore glasses and never wore my hair in a popular style. As a preadolescent teen I swooned over Guy Chesney.
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