I read all romance (all genres except: demon/angel, horror, YA, NA), thrillers, and suspense. The only real requirement is a happy ending or at the least a happy for now. There is enough negative in the world, I don't want what I read to end on a negative note.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have always been a Kindle girl and right now I have the HD which is a couple of years old. I'll read on it until it surrenders out of pure exhaustion and buy another one.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the south. My father was SE manager for American Greetings when I was little so before the age of six I had lived in OK, GA, and TX, before we finally settled in MS(which is where he is from). I grew up in Biloxi, MS and spent a lot of time in New Orleans. All of my stories will center around the south or someone from the south, mostly from the areas where I grew up. The south has so much to offer a writer, from the food to the manners. It's rich with history and heritage. Southerners have such a strong sense of community and family. It makes for great stories and colorful writing. Some of the best tales start with "Hey y'all watch this." Southerners are the only people I know who can tell you to go straight to hell and sound so nice and mannerly about it, you will thank them for it.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have several favorite authors that I read and will not miss the opportunity to read over again. Heather Rainier, Morgan Ashbury, Tymber Dalton, Jayne Rylon, Elaine Levine, Maya Banks, JM Madden, Cheyenne McCray, Cate Beauman, Stomy Glenn, and Katie Reus are just a few of them, but there are too many to name them all.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am not in any way a morning person, so it certainly isn't the thought of getting out of my warm comfy bed to talk to another living person.
What do you do about writer's block?
If I get stuck, which like most writers I do, I walk away, literally. I put on my tennis shoes, pull up the "Disturbed Station" on Amazon Prime, and hit the road. Most of the time I find the answer to my issue. However, if I don't, I don't force it. If I need to I stay away from my laptop for a while and go find something else to do, then that's exactly what I do. I will read a book, start a craft, or even watch a t.v. I find the cure for writer's block only comes when your mind is at peace, so whatever gets you there, is what you should do.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don’t know if any of the reader’s will remember “The Littles”. They were these tiny dolls in the early 80’s. I had all the Littles, the doll house, and all the furniture. I wrote a story about my Littles family. I’m not sure why it has stuck with me all these years. I can only guess it’s because they were real to me as child. I’d play with them for hours. I really wanted them to come to life and act out my story, instead of pretending and making them act it out. I’ve always had a vivid imagination.
What's your advice for aspiring writers?
1. Write every day, even if it's only a hundred words. 2. Stop caring about the opinion of others. Writing is personal. The stories you tell are yours. I am 44 and have been writing since I was a child. I didn't share my work with anyone until last year, because I feared what other people would think. Which is stupid. In the grand scheme of things, what does it matter if someone hates it. I have adapted an old motto as my own: Some will, some won't, so what. 3. Do the math and decide whether you should self-pub or try to go traditional. Do not base your choices on the opinions of others, but do listen to those who have been in the industry and have the experience. Read and research all your options. You cannot make an educated decision based solely on emotion, advice, or opinions.
What inspired your most recent book?
My most recent book is Healing Cathy (releasing 04/26/16). I wanted to write a story dedicated to a very special woman, my friend (Cathy). She is one of my biggest supporters and I have always admired her. She's strong, dedicated, doesn't have a filter, cusses like a sailor, is a great mom and grandma, most importantly, a great friend. She is the original strong sassy self-rescuing princess. My heroine Cathy (Healing Cathy) is based on her, and since my friend loves an alpha woobie in uniform, only Paul would do as the hero.
What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Readers can help by recommending the author, lending out their copy of the author's work (if possible), and leave a review. Word of mouth and reviews are especially helpful for indie authors, such as myself, because we don’t have publishers with big advertising budgets behind us. Reviews don’t have to be long. They can be just a line or two. “Woot woot! I loved this book”, works just fine.
What's the best thing about being a writer?
Is just that.... being a writer. Writing brings me peace. Living your dream and creating worlds out of "what if" and sharing that, is the best feeling in the world.
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