Current Release: Pride and Prejudice
Describe your current release in two sentences?
Pride and Prejudice just got a whole lot steamier. Can Elizabeth Bennet overlook social convention and give in to her desires for Mr. Darcy or will their Pride and Prejudice tear them apart?
Please describe your writing environment.
My writing environment changes daily to suit my mood. One of the many advantages of being a writer is that you can work anywhere. If I'm at home, I write from an upstairs room that has a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains, but often I'll go out for the day and take my laptop with me. My one stipulation is that my writing environment be reasonably quiet, otherwise pretty much anything goes. I write in coffee shops, libraries and restaurants overlooking the sea. I like to change it up and the different vistas and atmospheres inspire me in different ways.
What are you working on?
I tend to work on several manuscripts simultaneously. I have over fifty wips at various stages of completion, but I always choose one or two to concentrate on at any given time. When I'm about two thirds of the way through a particular book, I'll focus on it exclusively until it's finished. I've tried working on just one at a time, but I often reach a point in a story where I need to let the plot percolate and I hate having periods of inactivity. At the moment I'm busy on an urban fantasy/erotic romance and an historical erotic romance. The urban fantasy has characters ranging from vampires to angels and demons and the historical is filled with lords and members of the ton. Two very different genres and sets of characters, but I find the variation stimulating.
What do you feel blessed with?
Wow, I fell blessed on so many different levels. My family are incredibly important to me, as are my friends and I definitely feel blessed to have them all in my life. I feel blessed to be in good health. And of course to have a 'job' that I adore. Travelling is one of my passions and I've been fortunate to visit so many different countries and experience different cultures. My trusty laptop goes everywhere with me now so writing for a living allows me to combine two of my dearest passions.
What was your childhood ambition?
When I was very young my ambition changed daily. I wanted to be a nurse, a teacher, a ballerina, which is hysterical considering I'm how clumsy I am. I'm one of those people that will trip over my own shadow. But from the age of eleven I only ever wanted to be a writer. My parents bought me a typewriter for Christmas and I'd spend hours locked away in my room, making up stories. Real life got in the way, I took a job so that I could save up to go backpacking and my dream got put on the back burner for a time. But the aspiration never went away and I couple of years ago I decided to seriously pursue my ambition and I've never looked back.
What is your favorite TV show?
I don't actually watch much TV any more. I spend more time reading and writing, but I am a huge fan of anything paranormal or supernatural. I loved Dark Angel and Lost when they were on. Now I'll often tune in to episodes of Warehouse 13, Heroes, Supernatural and Eureka.
What are your plans for the summer? Any books you are looking forward to?
I'm planning another vacation to Bulgaria soon, can't wait! But aside from that I'll be at home writing. I'm fortunate to live near the coast, so I often spend days at the beach. In September I'm going to a writers and readers meet in Brighton for GLBT fiction, which is another genre I write in under the pen name Lavinia lewis. It will be wonderful to catch up with friends I made at the meet last year.
How was your road to publication?
It was surprisingly easy. Although I'd been writing most of my life, it was only a couple of years ago that I decided to take the dream seriously. I began writing a series about three werewolf brothers and when I completed the first book, I sent a synopsis and three sample chapters to Total-E-Bound as I'd heard good things about the company. A week later I had an email asking to see the completed manuscript and a week after that I was offered a contract. I was thrilled naturally as part of me had expected the hundred rejection letters that are commonplace for aspiring authors.
If you could time travel, where would you travel to and why?
Although it would be wonderful to go back to the Regency period to experience the old-fashioned culture and customs, I'd most like to go forward a few hundred years. It's amazing how rapidly humans progress. I'm one of those people who utterly embrace change. I'd imagine people in the Regency period couldn't imagine things like space travel would be a reality and I'd love to know what is in store for human beings in the near future.
If you could live in a world created by an author, which book / world would you jump into?
Wow, that's a difficult question as there are so many books and series that I adore. One of my current favourites is the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J .R .Ward, so I guess if I had to pick one, it would be her world of Brothers, Lessers, Doggens and Civilians even though I'm sure it would be an incredibly dangerous place to be.
Thanks so much for having me here today. I'd also like to say a huge thank you to all my readers who constantly email me with kind words when I have a new release. Thank you also to Total-E-Bound for taking a chance on my first book and to all the authors and readers I chat to on Facebook who help keep me sane.