Interview with Riverdale Avenue Books

What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are the back bone of an author. Without them our stories would sit. For me, I love to entertain my audience. Of course I'd still write, since the voices will never stop. But it's great to get feed back and to know I can take my reader away from their lives for at least a little while.
What are you working on next?
Currently I'm working on two different stories. Another stepbrothers story and a take off series called, Club Fear.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many authors I love, Laurann Dohner, Kenyon, Feehen, Sinclair, Hamilton are just a few I read.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children and the fact I can't get what I want if I'm laying down doing nothing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Syfy movies, reading, doing things with the kids.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth, scanning the links I see coming across my screen.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yep, sure do and I'll be writing more on it soon. The Fantasy is Alive Series.
What is your writing process?
I wake up and laptop goes on. It only gets turned off when I go to bed. I write on and off all day.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Stephan King's, The Stand. Read it in two days. Still one of my favorite books.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is hard. Usually, I'll spend a few hours just scanning pictures till something catches my eye and then I turn to my artist to help me flesh out the cover.
What are your favorite books, and why?
1984, because it showed me a future of the past that scared me to my core, and now is frighteningly relevant.
Dracula, a wonderful, atmospheric horror story that still grips us.
Aiice in Wonderland. I read this when i was 7 and really identified with smart ass Alice, one of the few smart ass girl child I ever read then. I've reread it at least 20 times, and there is always something new.
Gone with the Wind. The book was actually richer than the movie.
What do you read for pleasure?
Memoir by awesome women (currently reading Katherine Graham's autobio). Stephen King because he always takes me on that ride.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My ipad
Describe your desk
A mess. Einstein would be proud. I have a paperweight from Margaret Mitchell's house in Atlanta, and another of an Alexander McQueen spiked heel from the Met.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Washington Heights in New York City. I grew up in a diverse neighborhood, but one with more German Jewish Holocaust survivors than anywhere else (including Israel), so I have always been very aware of man's inhumanity to man on a day to day basis. It was also a neighborhood of many different stories. I became the publisher of the local newspaper when I was 22 because the local paper went of business and I couldn't imagine our neighborhood without a place to tell our stories. New York is in my blood and I take it with me wherever I go and I always tell the small stories that make New York City the big city it is.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first story when I was in first grade. I wrote really bad erotica to pass around to my classmates in 6th grade. I've been writing for almost as long as I can remember.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Two Dukes are Better Than One (written with Jamie Schmidt under the Lorna James pseudonym) was inspired by Loretta Chase who said at a romance conference that she was afraid she was "duked out, " to which I replied, "dukes are like vampires. You can always reinvent the mythos." She asked me how. And I answered, "Duke menage." And Two Dukes are better Than One was born.
Published 2018-07-21.
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