What is your
perfect writing atmosphere?
I love writing in my office when itís quiet in the house. I
enjoy days that are either very sunny or thereís a gentle
rain. I like knowing I have plenty of time in front of me
and have the perfect music for the scene Iím working on.
That saidÖthose days donít happen too often, so Iíve learned
to write in a variety of environments.
Would you call
yourself a "pantser" or a "plotter"?
Definitely a plotter. I NEVER write anything before I have
the book completely plotted. In fact, I have a methodology
Iíve used for years: storyboarding. Iím so sold on it that I
teach a storyboarding class online once or twice a year. The
system has been invaluable to me, and Iíve had other writers
tell me that Iíve changed the way they write for the better,
which makes me smile.
What leads you
to the characters write about and all the different
Characters appear in my head and start talking frequently.
They tell me who they are, what their problem is, what they
want, where they come from. The often come with a name as
well. If not, as I start writing the character, they
frequently cooperate and tell me what I want to know.
Because Iím into people-watching, I tend to focus in on
characters. I find characterization one of the easiest, most
fun parts of writing. In fact, I often say that writing is
one of the few occupations you can have and admit to hearing
the voices in your head and not have the nice folks in white
coats take you away.
Where were you
when you got your first contract? Who did you tell first?
I got ďthe callĒ when I was at my day job. Iíd just broken
from a meeting and got a call on my cell phone. I was very
excited, naturally. I was torn between calling my husband
and calling the members of the critique group I had at that
time. My husband took the decision from me as he happened to
call just then.
or couple would you love to bring to life, if you could &
That Iíve written? Iíd love to meet a few of the couples
Iíve created: Rafe and Kerry from BOUND AND DETERMINED, Jack
and Morgan from WICKED TIES, and Ice and Sabelle from my
upcoming Doomsday Brethren novel, POSSESS ME AT MIDNIGHT.
Iíd love to meet them all because these are characters I
could have kept writing about and been happy. I also want to
see their interaction at work. If itís anything like whatís
in my head, it would be fascinating. Iíd also love to meet
Mark from STRIP SEARCH because heís just hot to me. And Luc
from DECADENT and the upcoming book DELICIOUS. I wanna
understand whatís in that manís mindÖ
What are some
of your favorite things in life?
Mexican food, time with my family, a good book, Guitar
Hero, traveling, warm days, wireless Internet, music,
hearing my cat purr. Iím sure there are more, but those are
definitely some of the best.
If I followed
you for a day, what would I see or experience?
Chaos! Every day, thereís something going in at my house.
Iím juggling a lot between wife, mom, laundress, writer (of
course). Iím often trying to sneak in computer time in front
of TV (like now), answer emails while cooking. Iím reading
my Blackberry at stop lights (I know, I knowÖdonít honk). I
wash my face on speaker phone. Itís not uncommon that I turn
on my computer as soon as I roll out of bed. There are books
stacked all around the houseÖand I pick them up when I try
to grab a free minute here or there. Very little set
schedule other than, when family leaves in the morning, I
get to work and see where the day leads me. I may stop
writing at 3pm or midnight. Just depends.
influence your writing? If so, do you do sound tracks for
Absolutely! Iím very audio driven. The right music will put
me in the perfect mood to write and open my mind to
possibilities for a given scene that I might not have
otherwise thought of. I love nearly all kinds of music, and
my husband has called me musically schizophrenic. For
historical and some paranormal pieces, Iíve written to
classical and new age. For contemporaries and erotics, I
write to contemporary music, especially alternative rock.
Lots of Hinder, Seether, Goo Goo Dolls, Lifehouse, Three
Days Grace, etc. in my playlist.
say they are open to bribes to drop hints Ė if you would be,
what type of bribe would it be? (not saying that you are or
Honesty, I think. If someone asks my opinion, I assume they
want honesty. I want the same in return. Though homemade
chocolate chip cookies run a close second.
What does the
word "Romance" mean to you?
RomanceÖitís easy to talk about the long walks on the beach,
candlelit dinners and flowers. And those are romantic. But
there are a lot of ways to be romantic. Last year, my
husband went to New York on business, and I accompanied him.
One day, I had lunch with my agent. While we were eating, he
went to Macyís to get me a coat because it was colder than
expected. He was waiting for me in the park across the
street from the restaurant when I emergedÖbut I didnít see
him. My agent put me in a taxi and sent me back to my hotel,
where I thought my hubby would be. Instead, he wanted to
wait for me and talk to me. And I left him standing in the
park in the cold, carrying my new coat. When I called him
halfway back to the hotel and realized he was still in the
park, I felt terrible. Thankfully, he just laughed. But his
support meant the world to me, and for me thatís the best
sort of romance of all.
What do you
currently have in the wings and what is just around the
I have been SUPER busy lately. In March, I have the release
of BOUND AND DETERMINED as Shayla Black and A PERFECT MATCH
as Shelley Bradley. On September 29, Doomsday Brethren 2,
SEDUCE ME IN SHADOW, will be released. Book 3, POSSESS ME AT
MIDNIGHT, releases October 27. Look for a summer surprise
about the Doomsday Brethren in eBook. I will also begin
working in a few short weeks on the follow up to DECADENT.
Itís all about Luc, and DELICIOUS will release March
2010. Thereís more beyond that. Stay tunedÖ
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reader contact you and/or find out what you are doing?
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you would like to tell the readers?
I think readers are incredibly special people and Iím so
thrilled to share an instant passion with people everywhere.
Iím not much of a TV watcher (though I confess a weakness
for HGTV), but I know that when I meet a stranger, once they
tell me theyíre a reader, we have something in common
For my readers, thank you so much for your encouragement and