Tamed was published by Breathless Press on November 26, 2010. It is a present day western erotic romance.
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My debut, Tamed, was published by Breathless Press on November 26th! It's a contemporary western romance with a sexy cowboy and a feisty city girl.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
That's a dangerous question! I think there are always things that I would change if I had the chance, but then the book would never be done. If I could, I think I would go back and dig deeper into my hero's past. There is definitely more there that he just didn't tell me in time for this book.
Do you see writing as a career?
I definitely see writing as a career. Even though I have another full-time job, I spend a lot of time focusing not just on my writing, but on developing my career. I think of it as a long term investment. I have both short term and long term goals that I hope to reach and I know what I need to do to get there.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I always like writing, but the first time I thought about it as a real career opportunity was in eighth grade. Everyone in my class had to write a twenty page story. I don't remember what mine was about, but I do remember spending hours working on it and making each and every one of my friends read it. Since then, I have always been working on some project.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
I always heard that the one thing all published writers have in common is that they finished their book.The best advice I have for writers is to finish whatever their working on. Editing is where you can deal with all the pesky problems that you know are in your manuscript. None of those issues can be dealt with until you finish writing. Every piece has flaws in the first draft. That's why every author also has second and third (and fourth and fifth) drafts.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
My husband is especially supportive and always reads my stories. The rest of my family is supportive, but I would have a hard time imaging my little brother (who is an adult) read any of my work. The same goes for my mom. I think they would be embarrassed if they read some of my stuff. My mom is quite proud though and will tell anyone who asks about my books.
Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer? Or Still do?
Maybe someday I will be writing full time, but right now it is my second job. In my other life, I'm a PhD student in epidemiology. Basically, I investigate the causes of disease. I have another two years before I'm done with my degree, but then I will hopefully be able to find a "real" job.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
It depends on the book. I used to be a pantser and never outline anything, but the editing process from that was horrendous. Now I try to have some sort of outline when I start so that I at least have an idea of where I'm going. Most of the time, this outline changes as I write, but I still like the comfort of knowing it is there. Sometimes I still have books that come to me one scene at a time, and they get written that way with no 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)
My cat helps me with a lot of my writing. She usually sits either on top of me or right next to me when I am working. I think she just likes the heat from my laptop, but sometimes it looks like she is reading over my shoulder. She is also a major distraction, since she often demands that I take breaks in order to scratch her stomach.
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place
I almost always make a cup of coffee before I start writing, or really before I do anything. I would really love to be one of those people that sits at their desk, but I'm almost always lying on the couch with my laptop. Other than that, I usually open whatever I'm working on, find where I left off and get started. I take a lot of breaks to check Twitter and the various blogs I read on a daily basis.
What main genre do you write in?
Erotica / Spicy Romance
It's been great talking to you! Tamed is available now from Breathless Press. I have a second novella, Two is Twice as Nice, being released from Breathless Press on December 17th.