I started writing my first book when I found myself at 19, a mom, and married to a man that I did not love. He was in the military, and very much older than I was, but the life of being a stay at home military spouse proved to be very lonely for me. During the course of my short-term marriage, I started having fantasies about making love to strangers, and then began to write them down. In my mind, I took on the persona of a woman who was desperate for the type of passion, that her husband just could not give, and that is when Nena Simone Skye, was born; the very first character I created in my Savory Deceits series.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Absolutely! I was in the 8th grade, and sitting at my desk in class one day, staring at a boy that I had a major crush on. Of course he didn't notice me however, because I was sort of the nerdy girl in the class, who always had her nose in a book. Then, one day I went home, thinking about that cute boy who wore the coolest pair of Nikes, and decided to write a love story about us. Using my shimmery, rainbow colored "Lisa Frank" mini notepad as my writing tool, I began developing a story-line that included about half of my classmates - and I used their real names! Despite the fact that I was still a virgin, my short story surprisingly centered around sex, lies, and deception among my peers. I became so engrossed into my fictional story, that I took the notepad to school with me one day, to continue writing, during my free time.
Then, by the Grace of God, I got partnered up with that cute boy I could never seem to look at in the eyes, without blushing. My notepad was sitting on my desk when he asked me to see it. When I handed it to him, his hand brushed against mine, and I just about died! Nevertheless, he started reading my little story, and every time he turned the page, my heart nearly jumped out of my chest. He read what I had written so far, straight through, and then asked me if he could share it with some of his friends. Next thing I knew, my little notepad was circling around the room, and they all loved it! Even the students, I did not include in the story, asked me to add them! That is when I discovered that I had a knack for story-telling.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes! The first story I have ever read was, "Nothing's Fair In Fifth Grade," by Barthe DeClements. The story captivated me, because I was reading about a bunch of girls, who were friends, that ended up having a sleepover. Growing up with very strict parents, my sisters and I weren't allowed to have friends, or socialize with anyone outside of our family. So, reading this book provided me with an escape, to a world that I wished were my reality. Even to this day, I often find myself daydreaming or fantasizing about a world, other than my own, where things are slightly different, and oh so interesting. I find that having a stimulating imagination sets me free, and releases certain inhibitions that I never thought I had.