Writing to me is cathartic. If I'm having a bad day, or perhaps a down-in-the-dumps day, killing of a character always puts me in a good mood. I'm not at all sure what a therapist would say, but I do have a tendency to kill off a lead character in the first few chapters. Thank goodness I write paranormal or that would be catastrophic to my writing career.
What do your fans mean to you?
When I get an email, or a Facebook/Twitter message that someone has read what I wrote and enjoyed it, I simply don't know how to respond. This inner child erupts from the core of my being, runs around yelling at the top of her lungs, and effectively shuts down my adult thinking abilities. I don't write for myself, the stories and characters are already rolling around in my brain. I write because I want to illicit a response from someone else. The best compliment that someone can give me is my stories made them cry, or laugh, or some other emotional response to the plight of my characters.
What are you working on next?
I am currently writing the 4th book in my Divine Ones series, as well as a stand-alone book about a girl turned into a zombie.
Who are your favorite authors?
Sherrilyn Kenyon, JR Ward, Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon. These are my go to authors. I do have a bunch of authors that I really enjoy reading... Molly Harper, Brooklyn Ann, Laurel K Hamilton just to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My alarm clock, and the fact that I am far too neurotic to be late for anything.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Managing managers. I have a full time job :)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I read what a book is about. I have a fairly specific genre that appeals to me. I am a big big fan of series books. On a side note, I hate cliff hangers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was "With This Ring, I Thee Trust" a short story that was picked up as part of an anthology.
What is your writing process?
I stare at the blinking cursor until words appear, that I vaguely remember writing. Then I go back and forth for a while before continuing. I repeatedly ask myself what the worst thing I could do to this poor defenseless character, then write that.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Hmm. I've been reading for as long as I can remember. The first story was a Grimm Fairy tale. (The original blood thirsty ones) It was Bluebeard. So yes, my first story was a murderous blood bath. That really does explain so much.
How do you approach cover design?
I can't design a cover to save my life. I cultivate friendships with talented people, and ply them with compliments and money.
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