I was given the
chance to chat with a very talented author this month, who
took time out of her busy schedule to spend some time with us
here at Joyfully Reviewed. So, without further delayÖletís
Did you know you would be a writer one
Hi, Gracie, itís good to
be here. Nope. I didnít have a clue I was going to be a writer. I
wish I could say I lived and breathed writing, but I didnít. I
lived and breathed reading romance books. The closest I came to
penning a love story was writing in my diary about a guy I had a
Tell us about what makes YvetteÖYvette.
Iím a wife, mother and
writer. I love romance and writing it is one of my greatest
pleasures in life, outside of my family. Iím a romantic at heart,
so writing romance and erotica with happily ever after endings
just gets me excited. As an erotic romance author, I try to show
that every woman no matter color, age, shape or size deserves a
high level of passion in her life. Last Christmas, I published my
first short story Santaís Helper, reviewers and readers loved it
and I was happy to move into another level of writing.
You belong to a writing group, what do
you feel the benefits are and would you recommend it to aspiring
Everything about being a
part of a writing organization is a benefit. First off, you get
live touchable people in the writing industry to give you sound
advice. You learn through their experiences what may or may not
work. Workshops are a plus and help hone the craft as well as a
critique group of active writers. Can I say active writers again?
Because many people dream of being a writer and think up stories,
however they never get them fully or completed on paper. An
aspiring writer needs to write and keep writing.
How do you promote your work?
I promote my work by word
of mouth first and foremost. When I initially became a romance
writer, as well as an erotica writer I wouldnít say anything to
anyone outside of my writing group. I brushed it off. When I
started to take it seriously and have confidence in myself, my
writing became a part of who I am, it spread like wild fire. Now,
I do online chats at several groups, I send out flyers and
postcards to local bookstores and adult toy stores. I offer
contests to at least get people to stop and take a look at my
work. When I go to restaurants and other places, I leave my card.
Tell us some of your favoritesÖhobbies,
foods, movies, authors, books, music, color, seasons, and any
Oh, goodness where would
I start? I love music and currently I am addicted to anything by
Robin Thicke. But, for the most part my music is like my writing,
eclectic, one day Iím listening to Chris Daughtery or Duran Duran
and the next Iím being soothed by Kenny G, then dancing to Will
Smith, Latin or Country in my house. I love to sing, dance and
enjoy good food. When I have time, Iím usually watching the Food
Network. My favorite authors are widely spread now that my
paperback and eBook collection are competing against each other. I
just finished Fascination Street by Bridget Midway but before that
I read Treasured Vows by Cathy Maxwell, I love romance across the
board. Easier answers, electric blue, spring and fall, and ice
cream is a major food group to me.
Do you have a favorite genre and what is
it? Is there a genre you would like to try?
Yes, Gracie, my favorite
genre is erotic historical or sensual historical books. BDSM
novels are also starting to rise in my collection, since I wrote
Speed Dating. Maybe for the same reason as historical, you know
that hero being a strong man and taking charge. I would love to
try my hand at a historical some day. I have two stories outlined
and as soon as I have time to sit and do the researchÖIím there.
Do you enjoy hearing from your readers
and what is the best way to contact you?
I love hearing from
readers both good and bad. Why, because it helps me in my writing.
Readers can see and feel things from your story you didnít know
you were giving off. My favorite thing to do is to have a book
talk party with readers who have read my book. I play games, give
out prizes and just give them a chance to ask questions and
How does the writing process work for
you? Do you plan your stories out or let them develop as you
When it comes to story
writing I generally jot down a short blurb of my story idea, give
it a title, then I make a sentence of each point or scene I want
to happen. Then I just sit and writeÖ I let the characters take
over the book. Itís their story and usually Iíll end up with
another layer to the book I wasnít expecting. I believe you have
to allow the characters to have a voice or there is no life to the
What is your greatest strength and what
would you consider your weakness to be?
My greatest strengths are
my dedication to something and my passion toward those things I
get involved in. On the flipside of that, sometimes I donít know
when I have too much on my plate. Like now with being a wife,
mother having a full time morning job and then come home and get
up early to write and promote myselfÖoh, did I say Iím also
working on my masters degree full time. See what I mean?
Do you have advice for aspiring writers?
Yes, I do. Write, write
and write. Donít just stop after youíve completed your first
manuscript and sit waiting to hear from an editor or agent, keep
writing. Aspiring writers should attend many conferences to get
their work in front of agents and editor. Also, attend online
chats to find out what readers like and promote themselves.
Is your family supportive of your writing
and do they need your work?
My family, especially my
husband and children are supportive. Since they get a first hand
dose of me sitting at the computer for hours. However, all of my
family reads my work and are usually the first or last ones in
line at my book signings to buy my book.
If you could travel to any place or time,
where would it be and why?
Did you guess before I
said it, 1800 England? I just want to be a fly on the wall and see
the people dancing at balls and the sensual clandestine meetings.
But, Iíd want to return because there are certain amenities of
this era Iím very fond ofÖ
Do you find it difficult to leave your
characters behind when their stories are finished?
Gracie, I find it
extremely difficult to let the characters go. Only because I fall
in love with them as I write and they become real to me. When my
books are released, Iím the first to buy a copy. Then when I get
my book, whether downloaded or print, I curl up on the couch and
read it, like a reader. Since the publishing process takes
sometime for a release itís a fresh story to me. There are things
I forgot were in it.
With the holidays coming, do you and your
family have traditions that you are looking forward to?
Yes, serving in the lines
at homeless shelters and giving gifts to children on Angel trees.
Is there anything else you would like to
share with us?
Nothing except that my
book The Marriage Clause, my first full length, just released and
Iíd love to hear the feedback from readers about it. Also, to tell
readers to keep checking my blog site and chats that Iím on, I
love to offer contests and give away prizes.
Thank you very much
for having me, Gracie, I always enjoy my time at Joyfully