Growing up, I loved to learn and especially read as much as I could get my little hands on. Since we didn’t have an abundance of money, I didn’t have a lot of items to read at home so I read the dictionary to learn more. It wasn’t until much later in life I found a passion and love for writing. After college, I found myself not enjoying life, I was just living it. I married a wonderful man and I have two beautiful daughters, but I felt that I was missing something, something for just me. It was at that time I promised myself to work toward what made me happy, not anyone else, and I’m happiest when I’m writing.
I reside in southwestern Missouri but I call Oklahoma home; it’s where my family and I are from. I’m blessed to have two older brothers, an older sister and a younger brother. Each is as different as day and night and all have unique personalities that are easy to love. My mother has been my inspiration and the first to set me straight when I wanted to give up. She always would say, “Can’t never could do anything.” I believed her and I have tried on many different hats trying to find my niche in life, and there have been many. Thank goodness I finally found a personal passion and it only took thirty-seven years—not too shabby.
Outside of writing, working, being a mom and wife. I love genealogy and have researched extensively over the years. History is fascinating to me as well as mythology and ancient religions. I’m a firm believer in karma and that everyone has a special talent. Sometimes they ignore it while others embrace it. As for me, well, I’m embracing mine and learning something new every step of the way.
Q: When did you start writing?
A: I started writing a few years back because of a desire I always had. I told my mother that I wanted to write one book in my lifetime and immediately set out to do just that. My first novel wrapped up around 90,000 words. It’s a paranormal romance with a unique spin, and it’sfull of mythology, my favorite. It’s still sitting in limbo waiting for its time, maybe soon.
Q: Why erotic romance?
A: Why in the heck not?! I’ve read so many mainstream romances that I quickly became bored. I’m a grown woman and don’t particularly need flowery words to fill the place of really powerful and accurate words. I honestly doubt any man has ever told his lover, “I’d like to place my member between your satiny folds.” Ack! Give it to me, I can take it! I have a depraved mind but don’t hold that against me. I also found it impossible to build erotic scenes using only euphemisms, to me they sound cartoony and rather corny at times. I enjoy in-your-face, no-holds-barred writing and erotic romance allows me to write that way.
Q: When is your favorite time to write?
A: I’m eternally a creature of the night and I’m most creative after 9 p.m. On the weekends I may stay up until three in the morning writing, it just comes out then. Mornings are not my thing, just ask my husband, but don’t ask me until I’ve had half a pot of coffee first because I’m also very cranky. Just call me Hoot Owl Hennessee!
Q: What comes first, character or plot?
A: Most of the time a plot comes first then I rack my brain trying to find the perfect victim. I call my characters victims because I put them in tough situations and test them to see what they’re made of.
Q: What would surprise people to know about you?
A: Ha, ha. Well, I think most would be surprised to know that I’m a complete geek, seriously. I was pursuing a degree in history when the writing bug bit me in the butt. I contemplated the repercussions and finally decided that I needed to do what made me happy. I’m also a cartoon junkie which makes my kids very happy. And, my husband and I farm, at any given time I may be on a tractor, helping build fences or assisting while we work cattle. I get the crummy job of holding bull calves tails so my husband can castrate them. Sounds fun, huh?
Q: What is a quote you deem worthy to remember?
A: My absolute favorite quote that pushes me forward is this: “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” Since I’m anything but well-behaved then I must be on my way!
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