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I have just released my best-selling contemporary interracial BDSM erotic romance series, the Corporate Series through Phaze Books. I've always enjoyed writing sexy books in unusual settings that would not necessarily seem sexy, with sexy characters who may name on the outset seem sexy. For example, in my first Corporate book, Corporate Seduction, the story is about an administrative assistant who decides to take up a part-time job as a Dominatrix when her seemingly uptight boss refuses to give her a raise or promotion. Her boss, needing some release, decides to take advantage of the services of a BDSM club, the same one his plain Jane assistant is now working.
In Corporate Desires, the former owner of the club from Corproate Seduction named Edna Zulma, is fresh from her prison sentence to start a normal life. Only when she starts her job, her boss turns out to be one of her former clients from the club, and the office manager wants this former Domininatrix, but he doesn't want to be her slave. He wants to be her Dom.
And in Corporate Needs, the boss and administrative assistant from Corporate Seduction, now own a BDSM bed and breakfast. One of their employees is the same friend who got the administrative assistant to work at the club in the beginning. The owners decides to promote a Dom or Domme into the role of Dungeon Master. Instead of promoting their friend, they bring in a new Dom to compete for the spot. The new Dom and existing Dominatrix butt heads, but there's a sexual tension stirring between them that they can't deny.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Absolutely not. Corporate Needs is a great conclusion and wrap up to the Corporate Series. For readers and fans of the books from the beginning can now see how each character that they both love and hate have progressed and will move on with their lives. I hated to see this series end, but I'm proud of how I ended it.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Oh wow. I have several favorite authors. The author who got me to start writing sexy books is Jackie Collins. Beyond what anyone thinks, she's truly the Queen of Steam. She wrote very explicit and sexy books that I could never put down once I started them. And she always wrote with different types of characters: young with much older, gay couplings, bisexual couplings, interracial couplings. That's what really attacted me to her. She wasn't afraid to have interracial romance in her stories. And just like with my works, she never made race an issue in the storyline, which I love.
My other favorite author is Jennifer Crusie. She has a way with dialogue and comedic timing in her writing. I learn a lot from her.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I'd like to think that my writing style is very light with punchy dialogue and explicit sex scenes. I like writing with characters that are approachable. The characters could be your neighbor or co-worker or friend.
Do you see writing as a career?
I would love for writing to be my career. I envision that for myself all of the time. Until then, I do have a demanding day job that encompasses much of my time. Finding time to write has become difficult. However, that hasn't stopped me from writing.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I remember at a very young age before I could read being attracted to books. I loved the heft of them and how they smelled and loving how the words looked on paper. Once I could read and write, I started writing stories. I remember that when I was a teenager, for Christmas I received a typewriter. It was my favorite gift ever. I would spend summers in my house just writing stories. I continued my love of writing throughout my school career.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
The one thing I always tell writers is to keep writing. If writers have written one manuscript and they shop it around to agents and publishers, when they get published, the next question they'll ask is, "What else do you have?" So it's important that they keep up their catalogue of work to keep their work out there. I always tell authors that their best advertising is their next released work. Readers will be willing to follow you as long as the trail is still fresh.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
My family and friends are all proud of me. When my mother was alive, I would give her a copy of everything I wrote, didn't matter how sexy the stories were. My mother was a writer herself, so she understood the craft. My other family members have purchased my books. I'm not sure if they've read them.
What did you do before you became a writer? Do you write full time?
Right now I work at a local electric utility company. It's a demanding industry, especially when there is inclement weather. Because of that, I'm not able to write full time. I have to write whenever I can, after work, on the weekends, during vacations, etc.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
I find that I do most of my writing at night, even on the weekends. I'll do promotions during the day on the weekend. Then write at night even as late (or early) as 3 a.m.
For my novellas, I don't outline. I plot out the story in my mind and I can write by the seat of my pants. For novels, I do a character profile for the hero and heroine, then I outline the entire novel. I'll do a chapter by chapter summary to keep myself on track. Sometimes I stray a bit if a character leads me down a different path. For the most part, I stay on the same path as what I outline.
Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it. (Pen, Coffee Cup, Pet, Blanket, Chair)
Although I outline on paper in a notebook, I always write on a laptop. I need my laptop. And I always write in bed. Even if I travel, I never take my laptop with me. I only write at home.
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place
I always check my e-mails first. I have 9 different e-mail addresses to check, and, yes, there is an order on how I check each e-mail address. After I read my e-mails, I'll do some promotions. Then I'll get in bed on my laptop, re-read what I've written to get back into the story's rhythm, and start writing again.
What main genre do you write in?
Erotica / Spicy Romance
Current Release Details:
Corporate Seduction | Publisher: Phaze Books | Genre: Contemporary interracial BDSM erotic romance | Release date: 12/2009
Corporate Desires | Publisher: Phaze Books | Genre: Contemporary interracial BDSM erotic romance | Release date: 01/2010
Corporate Needs | Publisher: Phaze Books | Genre: Contemporary interracial BDSM erotic romance | Release date: 06/2010
Thank you so much for interviewing me! As I always say, stay sexy!