Please tell us your latest news!
My breakout novel Beyond Eden has just released from Ellora's Cave!
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I honestly don't think so. I'm exceeding proud of the end result. Beyond Eden isn't only a passionate story, it's also a deeply emotional journey for all three of the main characters. Their love story is one I was happy to tell.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have several favorite authors. Like music and movies, picking a favorite book or author is almost impossible for me. I'm a long time fan of M/M author Lori Toland and I've enjoyed everything she puts out. I've also recently discovered Tibby Armstrong and her M/F erotic romance Sheet Music that I loved. But, I don't only read romance. Pat Conroy has been one of my writing idols since I was a teenager and later I became a fan of JK Rowling--essentially I'm all over the place. If an author writes a truly exceptional book, I'll fangirl it regardless of the genre.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I'm sure I do, I've had people tell me my writing is distinctive. I am most certainly a character writer. My characters always carry the story. I love deep, complex characters. I'm also a very strong dialogue writer, it's absolutely my strength as a writer. Perhaps because I'm talker in real life, writing dialogue comes very easily to me.
The stories themselves usually have a string of true love--the one person (or people that) that you can't live without. Outside that, the only other rule I follow is that in love--there are NO RULES!
Do you see writing as a career?
I absolutely see writing as a career. You always hear that you should do what you love--I love writing! I love it with all my heart and soul. I identify myself as a writer. I'm very proud of my skills as a writer. . . It's my dream career and I'm going for it!
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
8th grade--I was dating the son a VERY famous romance novelist. By dating I mean hanging out behind the fence deciding that kissing was a bad idea when we both had braces. To avoid the kissing issue, I asked him what his mother did since everyone always made a big deal when she showed up at school. He told me, "She writes about sex!"
Those were his exact words and I'll admit. . . I was curious. So I rode my bike to the grocery store (see reference to very famous) and bought one of her books. I devoured that book, the lights from the smutty angels shinning down on me when I realized what a treasure trove of naughty things were to be found at my local grocery store.
And that's when I decided--When I grow up, I'm gonna write about sex!
Now days I'm of the opinion that plot with a side of (very steamy!) sex is a better option, but I've essentially stayed the course.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write is a "no duh!" Write all the time. It's never a waste. It's always honing the craft!
I'm also one of those authors that believes in writing from the soul. Find something that really speaks to you, a story that you NEED to tell! One that eats at you until you get it down on paper. In my opinion, a soul story, one that begs you to tell it will always convey to the reader and will ring true.
And I do believe in connecting with other authors. Writers conferences always restarts my muse. Even you already know it, going and hearing what other authors and industry professionals have to say on a subject is inspiring and helpful. Reach out to your fellow authors. I've found that it's a wonderful community. We do support each other!
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
My family is very excited about having a writer in the family. . . Very few, however, read my books due to the subject matter. They're probably terrified it'd break their brain knowing it came from me and I'm totally fine with that ::grins::
What did you do before you became a writer? Do you write full time?
I'm a salesperson by trade and I do love it. I really enjoy meeting people and being on my feet. I still do it part time, but I'm also a mother with three kids (including one new baby) and they keep me pretty busy. . . I've had to become more creative with my time management in order to find time to write.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
I'm a total pantser. . . I come up with a subject matter, a very basic idea and just start writing. Sometimes it'll take me a while, perhaps 20,000 or more words before I'll feel that click and the story will start telling itself. It'll become real to me and it suddenly feels like the characters are whispering in my ear. I live for that click moment, when the story is suddenly theirs, the characters becomes very real and all I'm doing is transcribing it.
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)
Aside from my laptop?? LOL!
I have a plastic travel mug I got at RWA this year that's become my constant companion while I'm writing. I have a thing for hot tea and it's my crutch when I'm writing. My muse NEEDS his hot tea in order to function and not just any tea, but very expensive Teavana tea. I think Teavana is a borderline addiction. UGH!
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place
My tea, my laptop, my earphones and I'm all set. . . I will usually try to lock myself in my room and beg my husband to try and keep the kids busy and happy. It doesn't always work like that, sometimes I'm just sitting in the living room. But, when I'm setting up ideal writing time, that's usually what I'll do.
What main genre do you write in?
Erotica / Spicy Romance
Beyond Eden | Ellora's Cave | Menage (M/M/F), strong M/M elements, BDSM, Erotic romance Releases Sept 8th, 2010
Thanks for having me over. This was so much fun!