Current Release: The Bacchi
Describe your current release in two sentences?
A beautiful prostitute and a brilliant Inspector unite to expose a dangerous crime. Lefi’s sordid past endangers Afton’s life, and in order to save them both the Bacchi must listen to his heart.
Please describe your writing environment.
I actually do most of my writing in my living room! While I have a nice, comfy chair in a spare room that I use for an office, my day job is caregiving for a disabled relative. Her condition requires that I stay close to her at all times, so the TV is going, the phone rings and there are constant distractions. I do most of my productive writing in the early mornings and late evenings, when I have time to be alone.
What are you working on?
I tend to work on multiple projects in various stages of completion. Right now, I'm revising 'Leather,' a previously released m/f BDSM contemporary. I'm midway through a paranormal m/m from my Arcada series, its called "Dream Hunter." And I'm just beginning to plot the prequel to the m/m western 'Gift of the Maggie.' This one has the working title, 'Concrete Cowboy.'
What do you feel blessed with?
As a writer, I have a non-stop imagination. There's never a shortage of ideas, and thankfully, I have always been in the habit of making notes when ideas hit me, so I have a writer's garden to go back to when I need inspiration. Also, since I work from my home, I have ample time to write. That's a huge blessing!
Personally, I have a lovely family and some really wonderful friends. My Siberian Huskies keep me endlessly entertained and while my life is rather restrictive, I've got the freedom to get away now and then. I love to travel!
What was your childhood ambition?
First and foremost, to be a writer. When I was little, I read endlessly and spun some pretty imaginative stories. I remember my grandmother saying that I should be a writer and that stuck throughout my life.
I also had some rather grand ambitions...to be a jockey was a big one. Sadly, I was too tall by the time I hit seventh grade. I also wanted to be a vet, but even then, realized that it took math and science skills I lacked. When I hit high school, I wanted to be a musician. Again, it was another dream I simply lacked the skills for.
What is your favorite TV show?
I'm really not much for television, I either miss the weekly scheduling or lose attention. I do sign up for HBO in the summer to watch True Blood and lately, I really like The Newsroom. My guilty pleasure is TV shopping networks. I love the gem and jewelry networks...the shows with really high end stuff that I can't possibly afford. That prevents me from impulse shopping!
What career fields have you worked in?
I've had a few short-lived forays into several career fields. I worked briefly as a travel agent, a theatrical stage manager and I've done retail. Lots and lots of retail. I still occasionally do free lance historical and genealogical research. For five years, I worked in Public Health, where my duties ranged from clerical to being a technical writer and graphic artist. (not a very good one, I'm afraid! LOL!) At Public Health, I worked in several departments, including the HIV unit, Tobacco, Senior Health, Children's Nutrition and Family Services. (CPS)
What are your plans for the summer? Any books you are looking forward to?
I was hoping to attend RWA this year, but between my budget and my mother's bad health, I probably won't be able to attend. If things are looking up in August, I'll be heading to Washington State for the Geek Girl convention. Other than that, I'm trying to get ahead on my writing.
I'm looking forward to my own book releasing! LOL! I plan to catch up on the latest from Patricia Briggs, Gena Showalter and Laurell K Hamilton. I've fallen behind!
How was your road to publication?
It was harder than some, easier than many. Early on, I was a theatre arts major in college and focused on becoming a playwright and poet. Unfortunately, I was in a violent auto accident. Among my other injuries, I had a minor head injury. It took a year to recover my ability to read and write, and when I did, my creativity was just gone. I switched majors and graduated with a degree in history and a minor in cultural anthropology.
Fast forward many years...I got a laptop and suddenly it was easy to dump all that frustrated creativity on the page. At some point, I discovered erotic romance and realized there was a vast world opening up in e-publishing. I also recognized that my own writing was pretty good. After a few false starts (missing deadlines, not including a synopsis with a submission) I subbed three manuscripts. That was the summer of 2007. In May of 2008, I received two contracts and an offer to revise/resubmit. This all came over the course of one weekend. It was a very busy, very exciting time in my career! I'll never forget it; I'd be coming down from one e-mail, then another would land in my box, setting me off again! I had to do all this paperwork, choose a new name, (no, I hadn't thought about it beforehand) and make some tough decisions about publishers. It was one of the most memorable months of my life!
If you could time travel, where would you travel to and why?
Since I'm a historian by training, that would be a really tough decision. There are so many places and times I'd love to visit! However, I'd like to visit the Roman Empire under the Flavian Dynasty. There was an awful lot happening during that period of time. I'd also like to have been a fly on Hannibal of Carthage's wall. The man was a genius and one of my favorite historical people ever. He came sooo close to defeating the Romans.
And...Georgian England. Why not?
Thanks so much for letting me visit! And please be sure to watch for my next book, 'The Bacchi.' Its a m/m science fiction romance set in the Coalition Universe. (An Uncommon Whore/Belle Starr) A beautiful Somian prostitute and a rigid Valoran hermaphrodite join forces to stop a slave ring, and nearly lose their lives in the process. It releases July 31 at Loose Id.