Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
I love the freedom that writing erotica brings. There's a no holds barred attitude that suits me when my imagination and characters take over and run wild on the pages. And like my characters, I believe romance and sex go hand in hand. I currently live a quiet life with my husband nestled deep among the pyramids of Rock Lake.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
It's always my current hero and/or heroine at the time. They are foremost in my life when I'm looking in on them, that it's hard to not want to be either one.
What's your favorite genre to read?
You know, I use to read anything Danielle Steele wrote.but that was a long time ago. Heather Graham's Civil War novels were great; I couldn't get enough of them. Rosemary Rogers was another one I enjoyed reading. It might be simpler to say I like to read time-travels, paranormals, historical.
Who or what influences you when you write?
Deadlines mostly. If I've sold on proposal, which each time I do I swear to never to do it again, it makes me settle down and get to it. Most of the time though it's the amount of passion I have for a particular story and how quickly the characters allow me into their world. And that's not as easy as it sounds.if they're putzing so am I.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
I'm a muse writer and write by the seat of my pants and when I'm "in the mood." I do *try* to write at least 3-4 hours a day three/four days a week when my husband isn't home, but that doesn't always happens. Some times reality and life just get in the way and I've got things to attend to.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
I generally do something to separate myself from what I'm working on by either taking a shower, going for a walk or just doing the dishes by hand. It distracts my main focus and usually my characters tap into my brain with another segment of their lives.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
BY THE BLUE MOON came out September 5 from Loose Id. I got the idea for a werewolf book based loosely on "The Beast of Bray Road," which is a legend here in Jefferson County that a wolfdog/wolfboy/wolfman type of creature lives in the Kettle Moraine Forest. This legend has been going on since at least the `30s so I thought "what if" there really were werewolves that lived amongst us humans and we didn't know it? So I came up with an idea of three sisters, brought in two other writers and away we went with it. Little did I know that there was a brother waiting out there to be discovered by Lynn Crain.
Please tell us what you have planned next?
Boy, where do you want me to start? I've got a spreadsheet with a number of story ideas, some of which are started. I guess I won't know until my current piece, NOT IN THIS LIFETIME, is done. It's at that time when one of my characters waiting in the wings will pull at me and say "tell my story, pleeeeease." Here's a peek into NOT IN THIS LIFETIME: Now that CJ's recovered, Paige Matteson has some promises to fulfill to her best friend.and herself. The mysterious Russell Canterbury may just be the one to take her into a world of sex she'd thought impossible. But Russell has other ideas. He's travelled hundreds of years to seek revenge of CJ for the death of his dear friend, Garrett. Or is it jealousy that spurs him now that Garrett has found peace instead of walking in the shadows of the undead for centuries?
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? -In general and in you're writing career
Retired from my day job to write more, living in Oklahoma near my son and youngest grand-daughter, writing, writing, writing.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
My husband of course! Randy's very understanding and supportive of my writing when it comes to deadlines, book signings, conferences, etc.
What do you do for inspiration?
I like to play the "what if" game a lot. It can be a magazine headline, a tv show or even a place I'm visting . it's a great game and some wonderful ideas have spawned from it.
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
Although some like to think I live what I write, it's far from the truth. I have shelves filled with research books such as Sex Toy Tales, Lip Service and The Academy, which I get from one of my sister-in-law from time to time. Thankfully my husband doesn't think we have to try everything at least once!
Do deadlines hinder your muse?
Not at all. It's more of a kick in the butt to get moving and get it done for me.
What would you like to tell your readers?
Wow! Don't give up on your favorite author just because he/she has travelled down a new path. Change is great and an open mind is what'll bring you to worlds you never thought possible. It's like trying a new food, you won't know if you like it not until you taste it. There are so many things in this world to experience and explore . why limit yourself to your safety net. After all, reading only takes your imagination on a trip not your entire being.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
To write what moves me and/or what I'm passionate about.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
LOL . I'm a muse writer and write by the seat of my pants and when I'm "in the mood." I do *try* to write at least 3-4 hours a day three/four days a week, but that doesn't always happens. Some times reality and life just gets in the way and I've got things to attend to.
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
Thank you for this opportunity!
Interviewed by Tammie King