1. Almost Anything by Jackie Collins is number one. She was my absolute inspiration from an early age writing adult contemporary fiction. I have always been an avid reading, The Color Purple, while I was in the 5th grade will give you a clue to my advanced reading needs. 2. World War Z by Max Brooks. This book was given to me as a gift and for the last 6 years I have re-read this book more than any other book I have ever owned. Max Brooks' awesome command of the English language and the human experience compiled with zombie mayhem just makes for great reading. 3. Patricia Cornwell books are worth their literary weight in gold. I will say she lost me with a few of her last Scarpetta novels but her latest Dust reminds me of the Patricia Cornwell writing I fell in love with. 4. Mark Tufo has become one of my favorite and most reliable writers. His Zombie Fallout series has been my saving grace whether trying to get through nursing school or needed a mental reprieve. His wit and humor along with of course zombie mayhem leaves me feeling inspired. 5. Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen round out my top five. What can I say except that I am in love with love. I am in love with romance and I am more in love with asserting female independence when it comes to love. The romantic writer in me is renewed when I read either of these books.
What do you read for pleasure?
Zombie Mayhem and Erotic novels (Thanks to my good friend Khalia)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle and Nook on my Iphone
Describe your desk
It's either a long wooden birch table that doubles as my dining room table. It seats 10 and because of it's location in my dining room with the beautiful chandler it serves to inspire me to do my best work. My other "desk" would be a pink laptop portable desk that I use when I am cozy in my bed. I love having my husband snoozing next to me as I write. He provides me with plenty of inspiration.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Detroit, MI. When I was in the 7th grade a girl in my class brought two Jackie Collins novels to school Hollywood Husbands and Hollywood Wives. She was reading the sex scenes from each book. I asked her if I could actually read the entire book and she let me take them home. After reading both books I was thirsty for more. It turned out my mother was a fan and had several books written by Jackie Collins in our makeshift bookcase. I couldn't get enough of her writing.
Some years later I had a very vivid dream that continued for three days straight each night. When I relayed the dream to my friends she encouraged me to write it down. The feel of the keys beneath my fingers as I brought characters to life that could be molded and explored was beyond cathartic. My imagination has now finally found a playground.
When did you first start writing?
Over ten years ago, on my very first laptop.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Dark Closet Volume 1 is about a journalist who is fed up with the dating scene. Pretty typical right? Nope when she attends a party that is hijacked by gang members, she and Mr. Mysterious are forced to hide in a dark closet. The time in the dark closet goes from fearful to passion in the course of a few hours. Once outside the closet they struggle to create a relationship out of the passion they found in the Dark Closet.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to put my book out there my way. There is no motivation to be rejected by literary agents or have my work not taken seriously.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is when someone I have asked to read my stories calls me at 3am to tell me they either like a character or hate a character because of the behavior that I wrote. I love when my friends get so enthralled in the story that they behave like drug addicts waiting for the next chapter. Having my husband support my writing, he is a very smart man, his endorsement means the world to me!
What do your fans mean to you?
What are you working on next?
The next book will be apart of the The Wife for... Series. A Wife For Karam is about a wealthy businessman looking for love after discovering that his arranged marriage is a sham. He discovers that his wife is a lesbian. Rather than subject her to the harsh laws of his country they concoct a plan to find him a new wife.
I am also polishing and editing several short stories and three more full novels (Gemini, A Wife For Dominic, and A Wife for Aleksi).
Who are your favorite authors?
Jackie Collins, Patricia Cornwell, Jane Austen, Mark Tufo, Rhiannan Frater, Lexi Blake, Shayla Black, Alisha Rai, Joseph Conrad, Zora Neal Hurston etc.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
4 daughters and a husband!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Movies, reading, and random dancing in the kitchen with my four teenage daughters
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes it was based on a dream I had about a woman starting over after an abusive relationship. She became a private investigator and worked for a wealthy family before falling in love with the son. The father objected and they had to run away together. Wow I only have one copy of that story as it was lost on a computer forever.
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