I live in Maumelle, Arkansas with my husband of twenty-one years. Our blended family of three daughters have grown and left the nest, leaving me with the extra time that has eluded me for years. For years, I have lived with characters and stories dancing in my head, but never really had the time to develop them. Now, with this precious, wonderful time that I have vowed not to take for granted, I have at last been able to let those characters live and breathe. I only pray that readers get to know them and love them as much as I have.
Q: When did you begin writing?
A: I’ve always written. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t at least write in a journal. I encourage everyone to keep a journal. It’s a good reminder of who you were: the good, the bad, and the ugly. It wasn’t until recently that I’ve started actually writing books though, piecing together the scenes in my head to make a full-length story.
Q: Where do your ideas come from?
A: I amconstantly thinking up scenes. I’m a habitual “what if” person. A daydreamer. Like, for instance: I was riding the elevator, and this extremely good-looking guy stepped on. I was thinking, what if he just broke up with his girlfriend and just needs a friend right now? Then I thought what if I invited him to the family Christmas party just as a way to cheer him up? Then I thought what if we became really good friends because of that, and it turned into the best relationship of my life? I’m always dreaming up entire life stories out of one little experience. I’m making that “what if” into a book as well. It gets pretty steamy after the Christmas party. Of course, I haven’t written down a single word yet, either.
Q: Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you overcome it?
A: I do get writer’s block.Don’t all writers? Sometimes a scene goes cold. It’s just a fact of life for me. When it happens, I move onto another book that I’m writing. I have so many that are in the works that I switch gears and write on another book. Sometimes, I just move to the next scene, then come back later.
Q: Do you really like writing the sex scenes?
A: Yes, I do.
Q: What kind of research do you do for your books?
A: Any kind that I need to do. The internet is great for almost any type of research. Talking to people is a wealth of information. I can always find someone who’s willing to brag about what they do for a living.
Q: Where do you get your inspiration for the characters in your books?
A: They are pieces of everyone I know, and everyone I wish I knew. There are pieces of sisters, friends, and ex-boyfriends in every book.
Q: Who is your favorite author and why?
A: It changes constantly, but right now I love Janet Evanovich. I love her voice, the way she echoes what’s going on in her main character’s head all the time. Silly and quirky, just like I think.
Q: If you could be any character in any book, who would it be and why?
A: I think I’d be Jasmine Jenkins in the latest book I’ve started. She’s a country music star who can also kick ass and love her man like there’s no tomorrow. I would love to be able to sing. My family laughs when I sing with the radio.
Q: Which of your characters do you most relate to?
A: I relate to all of the female characters. There are pieces of me in all of them.
Q: Which was the most fun to write?
A: I think the bratty kids in my next book were a hoot to write. They’re bratty at times, but they’re good kids underneath it all, and they love their parents even though they don’t show it all the time. Real kids, in other words.
Q: What other books can we expect from you?
A: I’m working on several books at the moment. It’s a race to see which one I’ll finish first. I have a few action adventures and mysteries that are in the works.
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