We would love to get to know you Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
Sure thing. I am 38 years old.for the second time. I'm a Pisces. I'm also Single and NOT looking. I am foster mother and legal guardian to a beautiful little seven-year-old girl. I own four cats. Though I currently live in NY and have lived here for the majority of my life, I have just bought a house in NC and will be moving there right after this year's Romantic Times Convention, which I will be attending.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
Noah, the Demon King. In a heartbeat. He is powerful and wise, incredibly patient (I don't think I am very patient) and loves his family devotedly, and emotion they very much deserve. But it boils down to having NO ONE to answer to. He is the top of the food chain. Anything that tries to challenge him gets burned to a crisp. Of course there are down sides to this, but I don't want to think about that until we get to his story J
What's your favorite genre to read?
Paranormal romance. The more erotic the better actually. There's just something about it. It can be contemporary or historical too. I am a huge fan of regency romances. Throw in a man in a kilt and I am a happy girl.
Who or what influences you when you write?
Dreams. I've said it often because it's the straight truth. I have weird and freaky dreams and they just happen to make awesome paranormal books. I had the super-strange post-apocalyptic one that turned out to be one of the best stories I think I have ever written. I don't know when you all will see it, but I love it. One day. Soon I hope!
What do you do on a typical writing day?
Umm.write until my ass is numb? Seriously, I write in jags. When I start into one I don't want to sleep, eat, or do anything that makes me stop writing. Breaking my train of thought in moments like that can get you killed. Really. I am quite vicious. Grr.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
Ugh. I hate this question as much as I HATE writer's block. Don't tell my editor or my agent, but when I get blocked I can get blocked for YEARS. It's awful. Coincidentally there are usually terribly stressful things going on in my life at the time. In the past I didn't have the best coping skills, but now is very different. I am very different. But it still holds true, I know. For instance, I haven't written much at all since my little girl came to live with me in July of '06. I haven't been a mother before and it has been a very stressful learning curve. I needed to devote all of my attention and creative energy into her and her needs. Now that she is much more stable and very happy, I am writing like a.well, like a Demon! Ha ha!
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
Hmm. Well, I can tell you this much, I finished Elijah and it is hot! I mean scorching hot. There's just something about a stubborn, manly warrior like that. Confirmed bachelor that he is, he went down kicking and screaming and biting and.eventually moaning. Heh.
Please tell us what you have planned next?
Sorry. No can do. Can't tell you that just yet. It is verboten. Forbidden. Not allowed. State secret. Eyes only. Get the picture?
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? -In general and in you're writing career
I see myself covered in fat and happy cats writing anything that comes into my strange little brain while my kid is on the cusp of adolescence and giving me hell. I want to write straight erotica in the future.or rather sell it. I am writing it. I also want to stretch myself by doing something historical. Paranormal, of course. J Fantasy. Sci-fi, kinda. I love to make up worlds.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
My perfect hero is always the ones I make up in my head. The ones I share with you guys. They are all different and yet in essentials the same. Honesty. Honor. Integrity. Strength. Bravery. Tenderness. Devotion. Isn't anything wrong with that. Oh, being hot enough to fry an egg helps, too!
What do you do for inspiration?
It varies. I read my compatriots' works. It's only been the short pieces lately. Since I sold I've had little time or focus for reading. I spend much of it networking with other authors and fans. Also, I confess when I read other people who are so incredibly talented I get a complex.
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
Science fiction! Fantasy! Historical! Umm.Erotica! Anything but so-called 'serious' fiction and nonfiction. I don't read it so I can't see myself writing it. I also don't write first person because I can't really read it. It grates on me. Just a preference I guess. I'm a busybody and I want to see what is on everyone's mind.
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
An epic. A really truly epic story. But it has to be something really exciting. Something that makes you turn through it so fast you completely forget it has a thousand pages. Like The Stand or Outlander.
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
I do research. Thank goodness for the web. I dislike dry research and adore hands on stuff. I had a blast researching swords for recent works. I'm thinking of starting a collection.
Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
Well, I'd say help. I work well under pressure. I'll bitch about it, but I love the results.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
See now, that's the big Cinderella story thing for me. My girlfriends Tanya and Laura heard me talking about a Brava contest. They beat me into submission.(wink wink). Kate Duffy from Kensington took note of me through the contest and asked me for what I had. I sent Jacob and several heart attacks later.tada! Published! Now doesn't that sound easy? But it wasn't. It was and it wasn't. It's half fairytale and half a lot of stress and hard work, and half crossed fingers and toes. That literally makes this a job and a half.
What would you like to tell your readers?
Hi guys! I love you! You've been totally awesome and you are all super cool. Write me any time, I answer everything! If I don't answer within a month, assume it went astray and resend. Come visit my website and join the forums. I am there often and love to chatter away. I hold contests and stuff for early releases, too. C'mon.you know you want to! I have a big box of Gideon ARCs to tempt you with, my pretties.muhahaha!
What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
Best: SUBMIT YOUR WORK!
Worst: Be careful what you say. I guess I feel if I can't be me and be liked for being me.blunders and blurts and outbursts and all that human foible stuff, then that's fine. Whatever. I'm not politically correct and not always right but I always try my best to be a good person and never to hurt anyone.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
Just start writing. Straight through. Beginning to end. Do not pass Go, do not collect 200 dollars.
Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
I don't think so. My only critique group is my best friends who see my stuff before the agent and then the editor. They are good though. Especially Laura. She'll be like "Sweetie, you just turned everyone into the Power Rangers. What's up with that?" Then I scurry away meekly and do it over even better. If it doesn't pass the Laura gauntlet, forget it.
What was your first published work and when was it published?
The Nightwalkers: Jacob November 28, 2006.
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
I make NO secrets of what is coming up next and what is now available. I have excerpts up for Jacob on my site. I blurt out announcements on Amazon, MySpace and my blog. All over my forums. I promo on my Yahoo groups. It's all out there. I only tease when I have to due to contractual agreements. Well.okay I admit I get a kick out of too. :) Thank you for this opportunity!