I write contemporary erotic romance novels. Contemporary because having sex without birth control is a scary thought. Erotic, because I love to read books with sex scenes in them, so I write them too. And romance because the drive to pair up is a most basic human need, but the ways it can happen are endlessly fascinating.
I write contemporary erotic romance novels about strong, independent women who are busy living their lives. When they meet equally strong, independent men, the sparks fly! Sooner or later one or both of them realize they are meant to be together for the long-term, and the "dance of love" moves to a whole new level of seriousness. I write happily-ever-after endings, because I really believe they are possible...not easy, but achievable. And I write hot scenes between the heroine and hero because that's the way they tell me their stories in my head!
(Please note one book, Prescription For Love, has an attempted rape scene during which the heroine who has been raped before, manages to disable her attackers.)
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I've been "writing" stories in my head since I was a kid. I thought everyone walked around with characters "talking" in their heads, showing them scenes from their lives. The first actual book that I wrote was "Never Too Old For The Game Of Love", and it's now listed on Smashwords, available through my publisher. It's the first book in the Reyes Family Romances series, about the various members of a close-knit, Hispanic family, and the people they all fall in love with.
When I finished this book, the work really began, trying to find a publisher. But before that, I was surprised that the characters from this book were now quiet in my head. Of course, some of the "side" characters in this book started demanding I write their stories also. That's how 1 book turned into a series of 6 books, 1 of which is a free download here at Smashwords. (Prescription For Love)
How do you approach cover design?
My publishers provide an artist who designs a cover based on the information I supply as to the plot and main characters. I've been happy with all of my covers. But since I decided to offer one of my novels as a free download, I let my daughter design the cover, so it's not a professionally-done cover. But don't let that put you off! I put the same time/effort and perfectionist tendencies into this book that I did for the others.
Enrique Reyes was named after his grandfather, and together they visited his hometown in Mexico, where Enrique is now happy being the doctor. The only thing he is missing is a wife. When Tanora Doyle, a bi-racial research biologist arrives in town, he is intrigued. But will the baggage she carries keep them apart? Or can Enrique cure whatever ails her and solve his problem as well?