Q. What led you to write about characters who are reincarnated?
A. I love paranormal stories mainly because the characters always seem to be so experienced. They usually have lived so much longer lives than mere mortals (think vampires) but are virile and sensual. That experience is something I find very sexy, so I wanted my characters to have some of that but wanted them to be something other than vampires. That's how Aeveren came about. Reincarnation fits the bill perfectly since they get to have many experiences throughout their lives, but they can be any age I choose in the life they're currently in.
Q. When did you know you wanted to be an author?
A. I remember writing television scripts with friends in middle school. And I always had a desire to write stories, but my parents always cautioned me to "have a backup career." So I put my dreams of writing on the back burner and went to college for English and then graduate school for history. It was finally when my "backup career" was established that I returned to what I'd wanted years ago.
Q. What's your writing routine like?
A. Since I work at my day job Monday through Friday, my writing week begins on Saturday. Each Saturday, I wake up and devote the entire day to writing-usually about 15 hours. Then because I have to get prepared to lecture on Monday (and I'm pretty exhausted from Saturday!), I don't write on Sunday. It's usually around Wednesday when I get back to writing, but then I write every night until Saturday, when the week begins all over again.
Q. Who are some of your favorite authors?
A. I adore Charlotte Featherstone! And I'm a huge fan of Robin Schone and Marie Treanor. I love authors who make me feel like I'm wrapped up in their stories like these authors do.
Q. If you could be a paranormal creature, what would you like to be?
A. Other than Aeveren, I think being a vampire would be my choice. They're always so deliciously sensual.
Q. What is something unique about you as an author?
A. I hand write everything first and then type my stories on a computer. Yes, I really hand write everything. I'm old fashioned, I guess. I love the feel of pen and paper, and tablets are a whole lot less bulky than even a laptop.
Q. Do you use outlines?
A. I do and I don't. I begin writing a book with an idea and just let it flow from there, but usually somewhere around the 8th or 9th chapter, I begin to plot out where the rest of the story will go. But before that, I just go where the muse takes me.
Q. What's your ideal hero?
A. Mad, bad, and dangerous to know. He's definitely the bad boy. And he's tall and sexy as all hell with sex appeal just oozing from him without him even trying.
Q. How did you react when you read the offer to publish email from Siren-BookStrand?
A. I was at work in my office hours and just as I logged in to check my email, there it was. I was thrilled! I grabbed my phone and texted all my friends, who then began calling me, just as thrilled as I was. Needless to say, I got no work done that day.
Q. Do you like silence when you write or some background noise?
A. I always have music on when I write. Complete silence has never worked for me, whether it be for studying or writing.
Q. What can readers look forward to from you in the future?
A. More heroes who make a woman swoon, more heroines who are strong yet feminine, and more stories of love and eroticism.
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