Current Release: The Hierarchy of Needs
What's your book about?
It’s a friends-to-lovers twice over story. Jamie Matthews has hit a wall with her dream career, and has fallen back on coaching swim—the only talent she thinks she has. A visit from her perfect brothers adds to the pressure cooker she’s in, as does time spent with Dean Trescott, the playboy friend she had one hot-as-hell night with back in high school. Dean is stuck in a rut as well, helping run a family business that’s barely staying afloat. He’s loved Jamie’s beauty, talent, and smile for years, but she has a bright future ahead of her, and he refuses to chain her to his. That is until a “what-happens-in-Vegas” weekend draws them together in even hotter ways, dangling the possibility they might both be able to get exactly what they need.
What should readers expect from you titles?
Readers should expect strong characters with hopes and desires, working through obstacles to try to accomplish their dreams. They should also expect an abundance of kinky scenes, as well as a happily ever after.
What books have you analyzed to help grow yourself as an author?
Two books that have helped me immensely as a writer are Rivet Your Readers With Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson, and The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Attributes by Angela Ackerman. The former really helped me understand how to dig deeper into a character’s way of expressing themselves. There were lots of helpful exercises in it. The latter is a guide I find myself going to frequently, figuring out ways to show how a characters is behaving in a certain way instead of telling it.
What's next for you as an author?
Book one in my Legally Bound series, His Contract, will be out on November 10, 2015.
“Smells Like Teen Spirit”, my short story in the 90’s Playlist: a Romance Rewind Anthology, is due out in November 2015.
Book three in the Portland Rebels, The Theory of Deviance, will be out in summer 2016!
What is your favorite way to procrastinate?
My favorite form of procrastination is Pinterest. I can get stuck on that site for hours. With everything from home decor ideas to recipes to new workouts to crafts, it really is a fabulous way for me to be very involved in something, and yet be doing nothing at the same time!
What's your day job like?
My everyday life differs depending on the day. I am currently writing full-time, but I also have a part time job at a family recreation and fitness center. After having maintained a weight loss of over eighty pounds, I’m passionate about health and exercise, and interacting with the clients there is a great balance to the hours I spend in the writing cave!
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
It really depends on the scenario! I’m much more of an extrovert when at author functions (conferences, workshops, etc) than I am at most things in my regular day to day life. I’m not the typical hermit-type-writer—I really do enjoy being around other people, but I wouldn’t say I’m the life of the party. I think I fall somewhere in between!
Thanks so much for having me! I hope you enjoy The Hierarchy of Needs! Don’t forget to check out the first book in the Portland Rebels series, The Duality Principle!