I recently had
the chance to chat with a talented author. So, without
further delay letís hear from the talented
always know you wanted to be a writer?
Iíve always written stories for myself, but I really thought
Iíd grow up to be a business woman. I was for awhile, but
found the burn to write grew as I aged, until finally I left
my job at a big credit card company to write full time.
Tell us what makes
thatís a tough one. I guess possibly the single most important thing
which led me to start writing was the constant moving when I was a
child. Every two to three years we moved for my dadís job (and
because heís generally a rolling stone). This meant I had a lot of
free time on my hands to ďplayĒ by myself. I spent that time making
up stories. I believe Iíll never be lonely because I have so many
people living in my head.
You write in
several genres. Do you have a favorite? Is there one you want to
love writing Fantasy and SF Romance. It comes easily to me and I
enjoy reading it. As for what Iíd like to try Ė Iíd love to write an
historical romance. I grew up reading them and plan to some day try
my hand at it. My college degree was in history, so that should
help, but itís still a ton of research and readers can be tough on
historical accuracy. Iíve always thought thatís the hardest kind of
romance to write.
Tell us some of
your favoritesÖfoods, movies, music, authors, books, colors, and any
others you want to share?
Ė Dave Matthews Band, soundtracks to movies
Authors Ė Zora Neale Hurston, Nora Roberts, Linnea Sinclair, etc etc
Ė I just read Poison Study (from Luna Books) and loved it!
Colors Ė Red
Ė Cats, not dogs
How do your stories
beginÖwith a scene, a character, or a location?
start with a scene. Usually it comes to me when Iím half asleep or
day dreaming. Itís very vivid and I tend to see the same scene over
and over again until I write it down. Then itís gone. Poof! Just
like that. When I hurt my back really badly two years ago, all the
day dreaming and scenes in my head stopped completely for the first
time in my life. It was a lonely, scary time. Chronic pain and
medications donít mix well with the creative process.
Do you have a
writing schedule you follow and how long does it take you to finish
Lately Iíve been slow as molasses on a winterís morning. I used to
write huge amounts of pages, but now I just try to write a steady 4
pages a day. Thatís a long time to finish a book, but it gets me to
ďthe endĒ eventually.
Do you enjoy
hearing from your readers and what is the best way to contact you?
Please visit my website at
or send me an email at
firstname.lastname@example.org. I love reader mail!!!!
Do you believe in
happily ever after? Have you found yours?
married to a wonderful and funny guy who happened to have a cube
three down from mine at my first job out of grad school. It was
What is your guilty
health reasons, Iím on this crazy diet, and have to avoid all sorts
of proteins my body canít process correctly, so flour of any kind is
out. Iím a dessert-o-holic, so this was a really horrible thing to
have happen to me. Since my diagnosis, my secret pleasure is
straight dark chocolate Ė I eat a lot of it. In mass quantities. And
I love every second of it!!
How do you promote
donít promote like I probably should. <insert guilt here> But I try
to get the word out via my newsletter loop when I have a new
release. Once people read one of my books, they tend to go back and
buy my other stories. I just have to find new readers! But thatís
the tough part for every author.
Do you have any
advice for aspiring writers? What was the most useful piece of
advice that you received when you were starting out?
with it. Even when it looks like things arenít going to happen in
your lifetime, dig in and write another book.
How would you spend
a perfect day?
would spend it sleeping Ė LOL! Iím a night owl and love writing all
night and sleeping during the day. But sadly, my life doesnít let
that happen. Work, kids and husband all need me during those evil
early morning hours.
Are your friends
and family your biggest supporters and do they read your work?
Someone once said they write for themselves and strangers. I try to
be like that, mainly because I feel shy about sharing my work (this
is the ONLY time I feel shy, as anyone who knows me will tell you).
My husband and family are huge supporters of my writing, however. I
canít thank my husband enough for all the support he gives to me.
If you could bring
one of your characters or any character to life, who would it be and
Probably the hero in my June 6th release. Ever since I
first read Zorro, Iím a sucker for masked men!
Is there anything
else you would like to share with us? Any current or upcoming
just had a book release Ė IN HEAT Ė which is on the best seller list
for Samhain Publishing and is getting fantastic reviews. In June,
the next book in The Heat Chronicles comes out Ė ICY HEAT. Visit my
site to find out more!