The story of An Illegal Affair is about two people who have personal conflicts in their lives and they're not sure how to go about it other than follow the direction of others. Sometimes, in real life, we subject ourselves to other people's advice because we trust them, but what happens when the very people we trust, isn't the best advice to follow?
As humans are we ever really satisfied in our current relationships and if we want more, how can we find that with our current partner without the means of going outside of the relationship.
Jack and Nancy both struggle with the familiarity factor. A dangerous character flaw when we get afraid to go outside of that comfort zone and explore, despite the exterior factors outside of their lives. We've heard the saying, "familiarity breeds content" but what if that familiarity breeds resentment. Then what?
Jack and Nancy are your average couple, exploring and loving each other as they understand the meaning of love.
I loved writing book one as it begin's Nancy's journey into love and the mistakes she makes along the way.
For anyone to say love came easy for them, it never does.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always loved writing. It was one of the characteristics I developed from early childhood. It was the place where I can dream through my words. When I started my magazine, it wasn't about me but exploring a lifestyle through the eyes of others.
Once the magazine became established, I found something was still missing. Through my own personal experiences, i wanted to incorporate a story using myself as the basis of the character, "Nancy", where every woman can identify with someone who works, aspires to dream big, and has been hurt and how she gets through that pain.
My writing style has been more of me talking to a friend, sharing my personal thoughts and secrets. That friend you laugh with over coffee or drinks after work. I wanted my book to reflect that and feel they know the people I incorporated in my book An Illegal Affair.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is the freedom to express. I can't put it any simpler than that.
What do your fans mean to you?
Anyone who I've worked with in the past or present through my magazine and people who follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, etc, have all felt like family. It means the world to me when they support me or laugh with me. I don't like to feel apart from my supporters. I don't regard them as fans because we are all in this together.
What are you working on next?
My next book is book two from A Trilogy of Affairs called "The Railroad Inquires" as Nancy continues her journey, she meets someone new and that new person also has troubles in his relationship.
I initially started with Book Three but I felt as I was writing, people wouldn't understand how Nancy arrived to the point in her life from that book and I decided it was better to start from the beginning. I'm glad I did. It was journey of pain and love. I'm looking forward to completing the series.
Who are your favorite authors?
That's easy! Jackie Collins of course, Dean Koontz and Stephen King. I also have favorite indie authors Ray Sostre, Michael Laney who also goes by Master Vyle and you can find them both on Twitter! :-)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Goodness, I do watch television but my mind is always thinking of new stories! :-)
What is your writing process?
At times I feel I don't discipline myself enough to write. I can't force myself words, when I write, I have to feel what I'm writing because it's important for me to convey those feelings to the reader.
When I read really good books, I allow my imagination to flow. I envision what the characters look like, what they smell like, what they would wear, how they would feel.
When I write, I try to create those similarities to give my characters validity. It's also important for my readers to feel like they are reading about someone who's similar to they are, or understand their situations or maybe have been in those situations.
Also I have to be in the mindset to make a commitment to my writing. If I am not in that mindset, I cannot write.
How do you approach cover design?
My cover design for An Illegal Affair is actually a picture of me. I wanted the cover to show a sadness and an innocence. A woman who is hurt, yet beautiful. Something other woman can relate to.
I think with every book cover, it should reflect the story, what the reader anticipate on reading.
Describe your desk
My desk is sometimes my bed. I don't have a traditional desk anymore because it felt stifling. Since leaving NYC and moving to Arizona, I spend my writing outside and enjoying nature.
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