When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to spend time with my husband and four-legged children of which we have two. Haley and Tucker, they are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels one Blenheim and one Tri-color. I also have three small grandchildren that stay over on the weekend from time to time.
What is your writing process?
The stories are basically in my head but I do start with an outline. The outline changes constantly throughout as the characters show me different things. I re-do the outline because I like to have what is coming next in my head worked out so I know where I am going but much of the time the characters bring me a different way. The first book was never supposed to end the way it did it wasn't supposed to be a series to begin with either. The characters just started evolving and changing giving me more story than what I could get in one book.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Wow that is a tough one I've read so many and at so many different times in my life. In recent years the ones that had an impact on me are the ones that showed me who and what I really am. And I am not Suzie homemaker with vanilla tastes and needs. Since learning all this many things have changed for me, I have more confidence and I have started on this writing journey.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to find something that corresponds to things in the book. I have been doing it myself and it takes hours to find what I really want to use. I want it to really match my characters description and the story so it's difficult until I can have pictures done I guess.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I would have to say series not books and one would be the driven trilogy. This book just hit me close to home, someone dealing with childhood abuse as an adult and getting past it. That brings us to fifty shades is the same type of thing. So you could say that my favs are ones that deal with overcoming the past. There is one that really hit home but I can not remember the name she was a domme working in a peep show type place eventually running her own all the while teaching a man all about bdsm. She Endured some hefty abuse in the past that he helped her work through.
What do you read for pleasure?
Adult paranormal, adult erotic
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
None as of yet. Just starting out.
Describe your desk
just a board on my closet organizer in my walk-in closet so I can drown out all the noise from the rest of the extra people we have living with us. The only thing on it is my laptop and some paper.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in inner city Minneapolis, Minnesota. Where there was a lot of crime and racism. I was a shy white girl in an area where many white kids were being targeted by gangs. It has a large influence on what I write because I actually experienced a great deal of abuse and assault living there by family and neighbors, and I instill little bits of my life story in each of my stories.
When did you first start writing?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Building a whole other life in another space somewhere else. Picturing it like a movie in my head.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean much to me, I love that they are enjoying my writing and waiting on pins and needles for the next. It gives me more motivation and confidence knowing my fans really like my stories and can't wait to read more.
What are you working on next?
Working on more for this series and I think there will be branches that come off of this series involving the support characters in this series. although those may be one for each character. After that I have many more stories floating around my head of all different kinds. As of right now I am counting around 30. I will be busy for quite some time.
Who are your favorite authors?
I really don't have a favorite I don't discriminate. Just enjoy good books no matter the writer.
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