Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
I'm so glad to join you and talk with you. I write romantic suspense while working full time and have two books available now with The Wild Rose Press. I live in a small town in Texas with my husband and my cat, Riley. I love to read as much as I love to read, even nonfiction.
If you could be one of your characters ? Who would you be? And why?
Caitlyn Daniels, because she married Wesley, and he's a hottie! LOL. Seriously, Caitlyn is a level-headed woman who has gone through a lot in life but became stronger through her experiences. And she's proof that happily-ever-after does exist but sometimes not in the way you imagined, and it's definitely not easy getting there!
What's your favorite genre to read?
The same that I write ? romantic suspense.
Who or what influences you when you write?
People that I know, talking with a friend, and lots of reading. Any art or craft type activity like coloring with my niece, watching movies, singing with the radio. Life in general influences me.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
A typical writing day is a full work day for me. I get up, have my coffee and check email or other things (myspace, etc). I may or may not write in the morning, I try to exercise at least 30 minutes a few times a week in the morning, go to work, come home, get dinner ready, and write some more.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
Ooh, that's a hard one, because it takes several things at several different types. Usually, I just try to trudge through it. I'll take a break, watch a lot of movies, read a lot, journal, and just write, no matter what it is. I also believe that writing is like anything else, you have to take a break so as not to get burned out.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
I'm working on a romantic suspense at the moment and I'm not even halfway done, so I have a lot to do to get finished. I don't talk about my works-in-progress when they are in progress, so you'll have to wait a while to find out.
Please tell us what you have planned next?
I plan on getting my next book published, hopefully before the end of the year (if it's done) and getting my next one started.
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? -In general and in you're writing career.
I see myself writing full time. The daily grind of work is but a memory.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
I like the alpha males, the ones that are just a bit too sure of themselves but not arrogant. Jason Statham in TRANSPORTER 2 is a perfect example. He's bad, but he's good. The villain pushes a pregnant woman, he catches her and keeps chasing the bad guy, even though it slows him down. It'd go against his nature to let that woman fall.
What do you do for inspiration?
The best form of inspiration is just getting away from the house for the weekend. Go somewhere different, a park, the outdoors, work hard outside, socialize. Something that is out of my ordinary routine. Yoga is also good inspiration, when I'm lying there meditating (which I'm not very good at, but great ideas pop into my mind when I can clear it).
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
A thriller, like Tami Hoag, and an inspirational.
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
A New York Times Bestseller.
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
I love the research process. The internet these days is a fantastic opportunity to writers who once had to rely on libraries or professionals to answer questions. I love to read and learn new things and I feel like I've gained a lot of knowledge just by researching material for my books.
Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
They help, because it makes me push myself.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
It was pretty much me who decided to take this big step, because I knew if I never did, I'd never succeed. My husband was a huge support and never let me give up.
What would you like to tell your readers?
You are the best! Thanks for taking the chance on a new author. I love to hear from readers, so feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
I haven't really received any bad advice but I've read the old clich‚ ?write what you know? and I think that's the worst advice. If I wrote what I knew, my writing would be boring. You have to learn new things and if you write only what you know, you won't have the inclination to learn anything new. The best advice? Don't give up.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
Just start writing.
Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
I have a critique partner, and it helps a lot, though we recognize there must be boundaries because we can't spend all our free time critiquing and not getting any writing done.
What was your first published work and when was it published?
HOLDING FAST, published September 2006 from The Wild Rose Press.
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
I keep my website updated and info about my books, reviews, excerpts, and other things (including the first 3 chapters of HOLDING FAST) are available online.
Thank you for this opportunity!