WERE SHE BELONGS | SIREN BOOKSTRAND | EROTIC ROMANCE | SHAPESHIFTER | August 2010
Please tell us your latest news!
Siren Publishing has just offered a contract on publishing another one of my books, FOR THE LOVE OF ANNA.
It is an erotic suspense and romance novel. Release date is January 2011.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I originally had no intention of turning WERE SHE BELONGS into a series. It was my first attempt at an erotic romance. Now that my readers have contacted me, asking to expand the story into a series I decided to work on the next book and a continuation of the pack.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I really don't have a favorite author. I tend to read books by the "unknowns" who are trying to get discovered and gain a following. There are some really talented writers out there and I am striving to become one of them.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I'm a 'shoot from the hip' type a gal. I enjoy writing a suspense and with all the action, intensity and life or death situations there's no need to sensor or lessen the love in the story. I like keeping it real.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. I love writing and creating characters for stories. This is my first erotic romance and the response has been so wonderful that I am inspired to follow my dream of writing as a career.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I used to write short stories as a hobby and a way to release stress. It would calm me down and make me forget about work. The creative mind is such a wonderful and mysterious thing. I have gotten many of my ideas by observing people and places around me. I could take one little action like someone tripping and a stranger grabbing them before they fell and turn it into a whole story behind the two individuals. I used to think that everyone noticed these types of things and behaviors around them. But after whispering comments to my husband and friends about what I noticed or thought they would look at me strangely. Most of the time they hadn't even seen what I had or they thought nothing of it. It's pretty crazy because sometimes I don't have enough time to write things down or complete my ideas.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Do not give up. Write what comes natural to you and what you are inspired to write. I have met a few writers who thought that they would instantly be able to make a living on writing a certain type of popular genre. But they didn't really like that genre so they weren't inspired or even enthusiastic about writing. They have yet to get published.
Don't make that mistake.
Write what you love and what your mind creates.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
My family is absolutely thrilled about the publication of WERE SHE BELONGS.
They have been supportive to me and my dreams since day one. I come from a very large family and we are all very close. At first I thought that they would be a little weary about my choice of genre, but they know me so well. I amd a straight forward, take no nosense kind of woman. I tell it the way it is and they love me for it.
What did you do before you became a writer? Do you write full time?
I was a social worker but began to get burned out after working many years in the field. I took some time off a year ago to regroup and get re-energized and began writing WERE SHE BELONGS. Now I am writing full time and working part time at a shelter for women and children in my town.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
I fly by the seat of my pants when I am writing. I usually have so many thoughts and ideas going through my head that I just type away making numerous gramatical errors but at least get the ideas down.
Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with thoughts of the next chapter or even the ending of the book even though I just began the story. I keep a tape recorder by my bed just for this reason. It is very handy.
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)
I do not have a favorite object but find it necessary to have things to much on while I am writing. I love M&M's, little mini chocolate chips or lime tostidos.
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place
I usually line up my laptop, my notebook and favorite black pen side by side before I begin to write.
What main genre do you write in?
Erotica / Spicy Romance
I am certain that your readers will enjoy WERE SHE BELONGS. I truly enjoyed writing it and creating three mouth watering Alpha males to try and conquer one petite, defiant, independent female.