Q: What is a typical day for you?
I wake around 8:00 a.m. and put on a pot of coffee. Then I check email and Facebook. I spend a few minutes, okay maybe more than a few, on Farmville, my #1 guilty addiction and then one of my sprinting buddies usually sends out an invite and off I go. We do timed writing and suddenly I'll look at the clock and it's 2:00 p.m. Then it's a mad dash to throw in some laundry or go to the supermarket. The rest of the day is for revising, blogging, reading, writing book reviews and maybe an online class. I love TV way too much, especially reality shows. It's my #2 guilty addiction. I tell myself it's research and I read during the commercials. Thank goodness, my husband likes to cook.
Q: Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
My characters whisper in my ear, and I bring them to life. Hey, people who hear voices in their heads don't always need psychiatric help. Sometimes we just need a pen and paper.
Q: What's the difference between erotica and erotic romance?
There are so many definitions. To me a romance is a love story that focuses on a developing relationship between the hero and heroine. It has a good plot and the characters go through hell but it all ends happily for them. Now, open the bedroom door, the car, or the airplane bathroom, and let the reader in so they can experience the culmination of all that sexual tension. That's erotic romance. My definition of erotica is a story with graphic sex scenes that are not necessarily based on a relationship and they don't always end happily. Think "Story of O."
Q: How difficult is it to write a sex scene?
I think the challenge with sex scenes is to keep them unique and fresh. Something has to differentiate them or the story will start to sound like a how to book. What makes each encounter different comes from the characters themselves. Their emotional response and sexual chemistry add a whole new dimension each time they come together. I love my characters; they're very real to me. They live inside my head and if I can get inside their heads and convey what they're feeling then I think that makes the scene work.
Q: What are you working on now?
I'm finishing the first draft of a ménage story. It takes place in the same world as "Call of the Wilds" and a few familiar characters will be back. Check my blog for updates.
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