Please tell us your latest news!
That would be my newly released book, The Unnecessary Bodyguard. Although I've been writing for several years under a different pen name, this is a debut book with Cobblestone Press so it's the start of something new and exciting. I thoroughly enjoyed writing this story, mainly because of its hero, Jovan Markovic, a rugged dhampir. I love his solemn moods and slightly tortured soul. Oh, and he's downright alpha and irresistible.
Here's a blurb:
Nina Bradley doesn't pay attention to her friend's premonition that she'll be attacked by a vampire. She discovers Daphne's assigned a dhampir bodyguard to her and clearly objects. Worse, she finds him terribly attractive, but he's half vampire. They don't suit. A good reason to stop fantasizing about him.
Jovan Markovic wants to keep things professional between him and his beautiful client, but his desire for her is spiralling out of control. He ought to assign someone else to the case, but he won't. He ought to use his lover to erase Nina from his mind, but he can't.
There's more! The Unnecessary Bodyguard is book one of the Dhampir Desire series. I'm currently writing the second book, telling the story of Jovan's brother, Milan.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I change and tweak things quite often during the writing and editing process until I'm satisfied with the outcome, so honestly, I can't say there's anything I'd like to change. I'm very happy with it.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have several favorites who keep me snuggled in bed with their latest book until way past midnight. At the top of the list: Monica McCarty for her Highlander series (love the headstrong heroines), Sandra Hill for her vikings (a rare blend of humor and steamy sex), Marian Keyes and Sophie Kinsella for their first-rate chick lit (they make me cry and laugh out loud), and John Le Carr‚ and Dan Brown for their brilliant tales of intrigue and suspense.
Do you have a specific writing style?
For me, my writing style is my voice really, which I believe is the case with most writers. So, yes, it is specific to a certain degree, but not rigid. I allow the characters to shape my style and keep it fresh. Overall, I like infusing humor, witty dialogue and lots of sexual tension into my stories.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I do. Once I had deadlines to meet, it officially became a career, lol. Writing is something I devote a lot of time and energy to, both personally and professionally.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
That would have to be when I picked up my first romance book in my teens. I instantly fell in love with the gorgeous, determined men who eventually swept the heroines off their feet. The more I read, the more I wanted to write. At twenty, I wrote my first romance story, by hand-eighty pages or so. But it ended up in the garbage bin because I felt it wasn't good enough.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Well, I've been writing for only five years, but I know my determination to get published paid off. I'd say to any aspiring writers to stick with it and not be defeated by rejection letters. If an editor has offered advice, listen! Read just about everything, particularly the genre(s) you're interested in writing. And make as many connections with publishers, editors and writers as possible.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
My family is proud of me and I'm lucky to have their support. However, because of the explicit nature of my books, I'm not comfortable with the idea of my parents reading them, mainly out of respect for their old school values (ones I'm thankful for!). My friends seem to enjoy them and entertain speculations as to which sex scenes I've actually experienced, lol.
What did you do before you became a writer? Do you write full time?
I've been a teacher, proofreader, supervisor, and office assistant. Writing accounts for about eighty percent of my career and the rest is proofreading all kinds of commercial copy, and the occasional manuscript.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
I usually draw a loose outline once I have a good idea of how the story's going to unfold. Kind of like points on a map. Then I let the characters take over to fill in the space between those points.
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 wish I could name a bunch of unusual things, but it's just my laptop, a notepad, and a couple of dictionaries.
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place
I try to get up early. I find I'm most productive in the morning with some coffee or cocoa. I usually write in my office, but I move around when I need a change of scenery. I may begin with soft classical music in the background, but as I get into the thick of it, I switch that off for maximum concentration. I'm very big on the smell of my surroundings, so a scented candle or an oil burner with lavender and vanilla essential oils is a must.
What main genre do you write in?
Romance, Erotica / Spicy Romance, Paranormal / Urban Fantasy