Heart Over Mind | Paranormal Romance | September 14, 2011
Nala gets life-altering news. She has a family, and more than one secret power. Even worse is that she also has a mad man seeking to kill her. Gabriel arrives and promises to protect her. With him around, she may be safe from Broncestan, but her heart is in danger of breaking.
Gabriel makes it clear from day one that he's not interested in a relationship. Despite the fact that sparks fly whenever he and Nala touch, he wants to focus on the one thing that matters to him. His job. It's too bad that Nala's determined not to let that happen. And when multiple signs point to their being together as Fate deems right, Gabriel wonders if he's fighting a losing battle.
What main genre do you write in?
Please tell us your latest news!
I've just published my very first novel, "Heart Over Mind", and I'm finishing up the final revisions on my second novel "A Woman's Revenge". I hope to have it ready for publishing soon. In November, I will partipating in my third year of National Novel Writing Month. I'm considering branching out of the romance genre for something different.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I don't recall how my interest started but I do remember that I've always wanted to be a writer, even when I was six years old. I've always been known as the girl with the big imagination.
Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing?
I have a playlist that I created with music that inspires my Muse. It consists of multiple music genres, and really seems to get my fingers to moving. Some of the artists on my list are Jack Johnson, Widespread Panic, Phish, Sublime, Dave Matthews Band, Jamey Johnson and Colt Ford.
Please describe your writing environment.
I refuse to send a picture because people would scream in terror at the condition of my desk. However, I'm quite happy to give a description, or rather the description of how I'd like it to look. My desk consists of a pencil holder with a ton of highlighters and mechanical pencils, my printer, and papers of my current work in progress strewn about. I keep a container next to me with all of my works-in-progress, as well as the books' I've finished. In a basket below that, I keep all the books I do reviews with, as well as a few technical books to help me with my writing process.
What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?
To me, the most challenging part is deciding that my work is good enough to try publishing. I'm a perfectionist and every time I think I'm ready to try submitting my work, I find a million things to change. I've learned a lot over the last few years so I feel confident that now I can submit a book after just two revisions, rather than the six that was my normal.
Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?
I think I would say I have multiple supporters. My grandmother has always believed in me and she has collected every bit of my work, from the time I was six. Even when I first started writing novels and had a bunch of errors, she would keep my work and show it to everyone who came by.
My other supporters have been my fiance Justyn who refused to let me quit when my first rejection letter got me down. And my children. Once I became a mom, I decided to try my dream at becoming published. I wanted my children to see that if you have a dream you should work as hard as you could at making it come true.
Do you like to mix genres?
I like to write romance, usually with paranormal mixed in. I am considering branching out into a thriller/suspense type of story with my next novel. It's still in the very beginning phases so who knows what I'll decide. When I write short stories, I combine just about any genre.
What inspires your writing?
My children really inspire me to write. I want them to see me succeed and I do my best to keep up a good front. I get inspiration for each story from just about anywhere. Usually from a movie, another story, even posts on Facebook. There's a short story I've been working on that I got from a country song about a company that creates mail order robotic mates. The problem becomes deadly when the robots begin giving their owners, whatever they wish. Suddenly, murder and crime is up and there's no way to stop them.