Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
Like any feline, I love the things that make me purr-and want nothing more than to make others purr right along with me! Pleasure is my middle name, whether it's a short catnap stretched out in the sun or a long kitty bath. I make it a priority to explore all the delightful distractions I can find, and follow my vivid and often racy imagination wherever it wants to lead me.
I live with my family in the Midwest, including two dogs and two fellow felines, all of whom I think are the cat's meow. My writing embodies everything from the spicy to the scandalous, but watch out-this kitty also has sharp claws and my stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.
When I'm not pawing away at my keyboard, I love spending time belly dancing, attending drum circles, gathering in women's groups, and taking beautiful pictures of everything in my world.
What's your favorite genre to read?
Actually, horror. Stephen King is a big influence. I also have a love for erotic horror, which there doesn't seem to be a huge market for out there. Aside from that, your usual chick lit stuff.
Who or what influences you when you write?
Everything. I don't think a writer can write without influences. Everything I see or read or hear feeds my muse in some way. We aren't what happens to us, but what happens to us gives us perspective. I've used so much of my life in my writing, but I've never put myself into a story, if you see what I mean. They are just reflections, pieces, and parts.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
I write every weekday, at least 2-3 hours a day. Sometimes more. I write in the midst of chaos-kids, dogs, cats, dishwashers, television, X-Box, you name it. I don't have, as Virginia Woolf always lamented, 'A Room of One's Own,' but lucky for me, my Muse doesn't care. I write like I sleep-I can do it anywhere!
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
I write something else. I don't think there's ever been a time I couldn't write at all . Sometimes I get stuck on a certain piece, and I need to go away from it for a while and come back.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
I have a story in the Coming Together: an erotic cocktail anthology that was just released in February called The Flintstone Experiment. This is a wonderful collection of stories from various authors, and the proceeds all go to charity. (i.e. we all "came together" for a good cause! Aside from the, uh, obvious other meaning of the title! *grin*) It's a worthwhile investment, and the stories are hot and well written.
Also, Blind Date was released in Feb 2007, and it's a modern take on the ancient myth of the romance of Psyche and Eros (or Cupid.) It was a blast to write. I had a lot of fun with it! Annie's (Psyche) transformation throughout the story is amazing, and the connection between she and Eric (Eros) sizzles on the page, if I do say so myself. but one of my favorite characters is Eric's mother, Dita (Aphrodite-get it? *grin*) She's the kind of character you love to hate but you just can't quite make yourself-just as capricious as you'd imagine the goddess of love might be!
Here's a short blurb:
In her attempt to escape her sisters' matchmaking, Annie meets the enigmatic Eric, who she realizes could finally be the man of her dreams. In spite of, or maybe because of, Eric's cryptic words and puzzling behavior, she finds herself immediately intrigued and drawn to him like no other man she's ever met. One night in Annie's sister's kitchen seals their fate, as the two lovers discover and explore the instant spark of heat between them. Their evening comes to an abrupt end when the mysterious Eric disappears into the night, and Annie realizes she doesn't know his last name! How is she to find him? After months of fruitless searching, Annie finally gets a dubious break when she meets Eric's eccentric mother. Dita sends Annie on a journey deep into the unknown, through an ever-twisting labyrinth of frustrating dead-ends and seemingly strange, pointless missions. Annie's life is turned upside down as she searches for the one man who can make her life feel complete. In this modern day adaptation of the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche, Annie takes on each of Psyche's tasks in her quest for her lost love. Each task brings her closer to him and to realizations about herself. Will Annie find Eric and reveal to him the secret she's been keeping, even from her sisters?
I actually have another myth coming from StarDust Press in the next few months. Unlike Blind Date, though, The Surrender of Persephone is set in ancient Greece, and is a re-telling of the Persephone/Hades myth.
Here's a blurb:
Sheltered Persephone, Goddess of Spring, never gets to do anything- thanks to the suffocating love of her mother, Demeter. Sephie is being carefully groomed to follow in the footsteps of the two "virgin" goddesses, Athena and Artemis, and while they sure do have a lot of fun together, she longs for something deeper. When Aidon, the God of the Underworld-generally known as Hades-appears in his dark chariot to claim Persephone for his bride, the young goddess gets more than she wished for.
Held captive in the Underworld, she suddenly longs to return to the safety and security of her mother's protection, but the dark and commanding Aidon binds her to him, claiming her bit by glorious bit, as his own. Her coming of age is one of sexual awakening as she learns that being taken and consumed in the heat of passion by a man-a god-is what she was truly made for. Persephone can't deny her own nature, or her growing feelings for Aidon, as she prepares to surrender as his wife and rule as his Queen. As she finally admits her own feelings, Persephone faces the looming specter of her history, which threatens to shatter the newly formed bonds between the couple. She must now face not only her past, but her present, and her future-no longer only the Goddess of Spring, but wife of Aidon and Queen of the Underworld-and the choices she will be forced to make will change the world forever. Please tell us what you have planned next?
The following should be released shortly after Persephone:
The Song of Orpheus
Orpheus returns from war to discover Eurydice has been faithful to him, only to lose her again to tragedy. Determined to get her back, he ventures to the Underworld armed with nothing but his famous lyre.
The Heart of Hephaestus
Aphrodite and Hephaestus are the most mismatched couple in the Greek Pantheon. Ever fickle Aphrodite sets out to win the God of war right under her husband's nose. With the help of the young Grace, Aglaia, Hephaestus' eyes are finally opened, and his life is transformed...
The Real Mother Goose
All your favorite characters, Little Miss Muffet, Mary Quite Contrary, Little Boy Blue, The Queen of Hearts... and of course, "Mother Goose" herself. But you've never heard the nursery rhymes told like this before!
Also, my story, Rosie's Promise, should be released by Samhain Publishing in 2008. In 5 years, where do you see yourself? -In general and in you're writing career
Learning, growing, stretching my wings. maybe even flying, who knows? What do you do for inspiration?
Anything and everything pleasurable. I like to surround myself with beautiful things, to immerse myself in the sensual. I love dancing, embodying the feminine through movement. That almost always inspires me. The thing about inspiration is. I can't ever force a story. That never works out well. Inspiration comes when it comes. There's something to that idea of a "muse." Mine is a tattooed, pierced hunk with a shaved head who comes to visit and brings ideas with him! Ha, just kidding. I wish! To a great extent, writing is a mystery to me, and so is inspiration. I know I need to write something when it stays with me. I don't keep a "writer's notebook" by my bed to write down ideas. I know that if I need to write it, it will keep coming back until I do! Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
Erotic horror. One of these days. I've done short stories, but never a full-length novel. I have parts of one written, though. I want to get back to it!
Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
I hate writing on demand, but strangely, deadlines work very well for me. I'm a wonderful procrastinator, so deadlines help me decide just how long I can put something off. If I don't have a deadline, I just might put it off. well, forever!
What was your first published work and when was it published?
Christmas Stalking was published by StarDust Press in December of 2006.
Pursued by her abusive stepfather, Ginny holds convincing evidence that will expose the city's "Cop of the Year" as the corrupt and dangerous man he really is. Keeping this information close is the only thing that has kept Ginny safe from him. But now he is growing desperate and Ginny is tiring of life on the run.
In a twist of fate on Christmas Eve, she runs into Nick, whose kind, gentle hands and honest eyes seem to be everything that Ginny needs in this time of desperation. Unable to deny the magnetic pull towards him, she finds herself breaking down her barriers and losing herself in the power and passion of the moment. But just as Ginny begins to find faith in him and the world again, she is faced with the looming specter of the past and must make decisions that will affect her future forever. Is Nick really the straight and honest man who has come to save her? Or is he hiding an ulterior motive to lead her back to her stepfather?
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
I entered the StarDust Press Christmas contest and won a publishing contract. That's the first I'd ever entered the world of epublishing. Up until that point, I'd never even read an ebook! What would be the best way for readers contact you?