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?
Sure. I am a lifelong student of the arts. I am a former model and I have been writing since I was 7 years old. I also have a musical background and am a member of ASCAP as a singer & songwriter. I was raised in Southfield, Michigan, a suburb outside of Detroit. I currently hold an undergraduate degree in Business, as well as a MBA in Strategic Management. I am currently enrolled in a PhD program in addition to being an author.
What's your favorite genre to read?
I'm really thrilled to read a good book of any genre.
Who or what influences you when you write?
I would have to say personal events or newsworthy stories can be of some influence when I write.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
I have to totally remove myself from what I'm working on and regroup by going to a day spa or having a glass of wine. I made a decision to always finish where I left off without going back to the beginning of the story once I break free from the block.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
"One Foot Outside The Door" is the first part of a trilogy. I can assure you this: the second part will have readers feeling a range of emotions that won't be a spillover effect from the first book. The follow-up novel will rip at your guts, and heartstrings.
What do you do for inspiration?
I meditate a lot and pray to be inspired. Music also is good inspiration for me as well. Tina Turner is totally empowering and when I need to rock-out before, during or after I've worked on a manuscript. Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite is one of the sexiest CD's that I own when I need that extra sensual energy to add a little zest. Of course, a glass of Merlot or Cabernet helps out as well. Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
I would love to write a mystery book. What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
The Internet has been a great source of information for me, literally right at your fingertips. I also have conducted personal interviews with individuals within an area of specialty for clarification. I enjoy the research process because I grow as an author, which allows me in being a stronger storyteller. Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
I don't use an outline as it provides too much structure for me. I sit down and start writing as this approach works best for me.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
The readers are welcome to go to www.zampublishing.com for more information about upcoming novels and me.
Thank you for this opportunity!