No, I don't remember the *actual* story, but I remember writing it. I was sitting at my parents' kitchen counter on our very first computer typing it out. I did that a lot. I'm an only child and we lived out in the country, so when I couldn't get a ride to go play with my friends, I'd often sit down and make up stories. After a few years, I stopped typing the stories out but I'd keep playing them out in my head. It wasn't until 2002 or so that I started writing stories down again.
What is your writing process?
I tend to have three or four projects going at once. I get bored easily and I like bouncing between books. I tend to write late at night, usually between 9pm and midnight. I do write everyday, even if it's only for 5-10 minutes. There are days I get 2000 words down and days I can barely manage 200, but I write something every day.
I'm a firm believer that the right process is the one that works for you and while I don't always follow conventional wisdom, my process works for me.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Naked in Death by JD Robb - Because I just love the relationship between Eve and Roarke. The book is good, but it's far from the best book I've read. That said, the characters are so amazing and the amount of damage/heartache that both have been through in their lives makes for a lot of great emotion.
Emperor's Edge by Lindsay Buroker - This was the first independently published book I ever read (to my knowledge). It's free on all platforms, and it's the start of an epic steampunk adventure series. This was the first book that showed me that I could really make a go of it writing because if Ms. Buroker could be this good, I could be too.
A Table for Three by Lainey Reese - This was one of the first BDSM books I read and to this day it's still one of the best. I loved that it wasn't just about the relationship between Riley and Cade or Riley and Trevor but Cade and Trevor as well.
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews - I love this book because it explains magic in a very logical and rational way. It has the same sort of explanation for vampires, werewolves, and other shifters. There's a romance to the series, but it's not strong and so the whole series can be read by those who generally dislike romances but love paranormal.
Just about anything by Terry Pratchett. Don't make me choose.
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance, steampunk, adventure...you name it. Though at least these days, my most frequent pleasure reading is erotica. There's so much good erotica out there now. I don't actually consider 50 Shades good. I just don't like the writing or the characters, but I love the fact that the popularity of that book made erotica a lot more mainstream.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My soon-to-be-published book In His Silks is an erotic suspense tale. In all honesty, it started out as a way to make some money. I wanted to write a little novella/short story with some erotic sex and a BDSM slant to it. Erotica sells and though my other books are doing well, I'm still in the red with editing and cover design costs. But 20,000 words into the story, I realized that I couldn't just write a little erotic love story. I had to give the characters more purpose. Now, it's a full length novel and the start of a new series.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love discovering my characters. I tend to start out with a single scene in my head and usually that only gives me a glimpse into one or two characters' lives. As I write, I discover all of these other facets of their personalities. Most of the time the original scene that I started with doesn't even make it into the final book.
My books are all about the relationship. Sure, there's romance and sex, but what I find fascinating is how men and women (or men and men or women and women) relate to each other. How they fight. How they make up. How they deal with the everyday challenges of life, especially when mixed in with the paranormal or the mysterious happenings that surround them.
What do your fans mean to you?
Oh my. Everything. There are times that nothing works. You can't write a scene to save your life, you read some of your writing and hate every word, or you get a bad review and you just want to give up. You won't, of course, because being a writer is who you are, but you entertain the thought. At least three or four times in the past few months, those are the days that I get a message from a fan.
Fans (and good reviews) mean everything. They can make your whole day. Your whole week. Your whole month even.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently editing an erotic suspense novel, In His Silks. It's a light BDSM suspense story. I'm intending it to be an introduction to BDSM/erotica. It's not hardcore, but the characters are phenomenal and the sex is deliciously hot.
In His Silks should be available for sale by June 1st.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am NOT a morning person. I don't think there's much that "inspires" me to get up and go to work each day. I get up and go to work because I need my full time job to finance my writing. I hope that in 2014 or 2015, my writing will take over financing my life and I'll be inspired to get out of bed so I can write, write, write.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm always writing! Well, I'm almost always writing. But I love to run and I've discovered Barre which has really made a difference in my life. I have three cats who are completely adorable and terribly annoying at times as well as a wonderful husband who does dishes just so I can keep writing. I also read a lot. I try to read at least one book a week.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I review books for several different sites, so I discover a lot of books through reviewing them. I also subscribe to a lot of free and low cost book lists. But I also do searches on Smashwords for the keywords that I tend to prefer. I love the fact that Smashwords (as well as other sites) allow you to read the first chapter or so of books. I've bought a lot more books since I discovered that feature.
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