Q. What is a typical day like for you?
A. I usually wake up around 5:00 a.m. to walk my dogs, have a cup of coffee, put on a load of wash and catch the news either online or on television. Then I begin writing. Depending on where I am in a story I either edit, do some research online to add authenticity to the story or I simply type away, creating the story. I do this until the kids wake up and my regular day begins. By 10:00 p.m., the kids are asleep, kitchen cleaned, laundry put away and I have another hour or two of writing in me.
Q. What would you say was the defining thing/person that encouraged you to pursue writing as a career?
A. I would have to say my husband. It was his idea for me to submit my first erotic romance, WERE SHE BELONGS, for possible publication. After seeing me dedicate so much time in research and writing my stories he said I should try to get them published. Of course I was a bit timid about the process and trying to submit, but he was insistent. My husband is kind of like Saber in the story. He is stubborn, demanding, a big, muscular guy but always compassionate when it comes to loving me and our children. Six kids later, I wouldn’t change a thing about him.
Q. Why do you like to write erotic romance?
A. I am a passionate person. I give a hundred percent in everything I do. A good erotic romance tells a story about finding love, surviving barriers while falling in love and shows that love conquers all. That’s pretty intense, so why limit or censor the acts of making love. If a story teller can show the emotion, the bond and depth of characters’ then they shouldn’t skimp on the consummation of the love. It makes the story stronger and is the icing on the cake.
Q. Where do you get your ideas from?
A. The creative mind is such a wonderful and mysterious thing. I have gotten many of my ideas by observing people and places around me. I could take one little action like someone tripping and a stranger grabbing them before they fell and turn it into a whole story behind the two individuals. I used to think that everyone noticed these types of things and behaviors around them. But after whispering comments to my husband and friends about what I noticed or thought they would look at me strangely. Most of the time they hadn’t even seen what I had or they thought nothing of it. It’s pretty crazy because sometimes I don’t have enough time to write things down or complete my ideas.
Q. Do you carry a tape recorder or notebook with you?
A. I do carry a notebook in my pocketbook, and I have a recorder by my bed. Many times I have awoken in the middle of the night to record my thoughts. I have gotten many ideas at night. The recorder is accessible and easy to use when I’m tired and don’t want to open my eyes but I need to get my thoughts down. Other times I have been so inspired to write that I would get up and tip toe downstairs to write on the computer. Those are the days that are the most tiring but also the most productive.
Q. Are you working on other stories now?
A. Yes. I have been working on another romance story and hoping to get published by Siren-BookStrand again.
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