The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview
We would love to get to know you
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
Hello everyone!! I'm a native Memphian currently living in Northern California with my husband and four kids. By trade, I'm a health educator consultant and an active volunteer with several social and community organizations. I started writing in the summer of '03 and my debut novel, When I'm With You released in November '07.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
When I'm With You is a story that shows the damage caused by an abusive relationship, how the person who's abused suffers, how to trust again, and why one has to FFF: forgive, forget, and move forward.
Please tell us what you have planned next?
When a Man Loves A Woman hits store shelves April 1st and is the sequel to When I'm With You. The premise of this story is betrayal-not just any kind of betrayal, but the ultimate unfaithfulness no woman should ever have to go through. Readers will see how a woman's life that was once shattered is made whole again. My readers have totally embraced the Baptiste Clan and I want them to hold on to their seats. I recently sold the third saga entitled, If I Were Your Woman, which hopefully will make the '08 production schedule. Also, there are two other Works in Progress as well. With all of this, I plan to stay pretty busy in 2008.
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? In general and in you're writing career.
In general, I'll be seeing a couple of kids off to college. As for writing, I plan to be on the NYT Bestsellers list with at least twenty books to my credit.
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
Yes, romantic suspense. I love them!!! When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
I started writing When I'm With You in August 2003 and finally completed it in May 2005. Four months later, I began working on When A Man Loves A Woman and finished it by the end of the year. However, I didn't sell to Genesis Press until October 2006. So, all-in-all, it was a little over three and a half years from first word to sale. The journey to publication was long and let me tell you, the road was B-U-M-P-Y!! It was a tedious voyage, but I never gave up on it!! After completing When I'm With You, I submitted the manuscript to sixty-eight agents. Eleven requested a partial, but afterwards, declined further interest. Finally in November 2005, I gathered the courage to submit the manuscript directly to six publishing houses, followed two months later by When a Man Loves A Woman. By the spring 2006, three of them had requested the complete for When I'm With You and the rest is history. Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I'm definitely a writer who needs an outline!! However, I must confess, once I get into a story, my characters have a tendency to lead me down a different road than I'd plan to take them on. This doesn't mean that I toss my outline in the trash. Far to the contrary!! What I will do is pause to listen to what my characters are saying and adjust the outline accordingly. Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
Critique groups can be extremely beneficial to an author. However, authors must be willing to accept the feedback that's given - good, bad, or indifferent. All too often, an author only wants to hear the positive feedback relative to their stories and they sometimes become testy when the group offers suggestions or recommendations for improvement. Conversely, critique groups should provided unbiased feedback, regardless to how well they know the author.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
Readers can contact me at:
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
Readers can find their copy in all the major bookstores and on-line at Amazon.com, Barnes and Nobles.com, Books-A-Million.com, to name a few.
Thank you for this opportunity!