Q: How did you come up with the idea for Enthralled?
A: I wanted to do a sexy twist on the Beauty & the Beast tale. I wondered what would happen to a woman who turns into a sexually needy beast once a month—only to find no relief, no matter what she does.
Q: What made you decide to write?
A: I am a born storyteller. My mom used to say I’d walk around the barn just to get in the door when telling a story. From the time I was little I’ve always made up stories. One year for my birthday, my brother signed me up for a writing workshop and the rest is history!
Q: What is your favorite subject/time period to write about?
A: I love the medieval and Regency periods because of their flavor and rituals, mostly because it gives me rules to break. Or create. Alchemy has always fascinated me.
Q: If you did not write, what would be your next idea of the perfect job?
A: If talent were not a prerequisite, I would be a singer.
Q: It’s rumored you own a tiara. True or false? And if true...tell us about it.
A: It’s 100 percent true. My family spoils me rotten and one year for my birthday (35, I think) my dad made me the most awesome chocolate Ganache cake and my mom bought a vintage, gorgeous crystal-filled tiara to sit on top of it. The cake was delicious and the tiara sits atop my desk, glinting down at me when I work. It has also been loaned out for special occasions!
Q: You buy a t-shirt that sums up your life outlook. What does it say?
A: Choice 1: Believe; Choice 2: Bite me
Q: What’s on your writing desk?
A: Keyboard, monitor, post-it notes, pencil cup filled with pens, mini-speakers that pump out enormous sound, a painted jar that says Believe, a jeweled cross, a squeezable cow with popping eyeballs (for stress relief, you know) and a coaster that says “The Write Stuff.”
Q: Why erotica?
A: I love sex. I think it’s one of the most fun, imaginative and saucy things available to us. It’s a combination of self-expression, emotional satisfaction, full-out fun and daring experimentation. Throw in the lesser-known, more exotic aspects of sexual life such as those found in the fetish world and it’s all the more delicious. I’m fascinated by the endless possibilities of characters with deep-seated sexual needs/desires/questions. Then I torture them by granting their desires, but not in the way they (or the reader) imagined and gleefully watching what happens. It’s like being Mr. Roarke on Fantasy Island.
Q: If you could be a book character for a day, who would it be and why?
A: I would be Polgara from the Belgariad Series. She’s a sorceress who commands many types of magic, respect and nature. Plus, she turns into a wolf.
Q: What’s the most important part of a good story?
A: Characters you can relate to, which in turn brings out their emotional turmoil. Not every story is full of anguish and tragedy, but every good story I’ve ever read has knocked on some sort of emotional door for me. I love it when a writer makes me laugh or cry or gasp or squirm.
Q: Do you have any pets?
A: Two dogs—Ranger (my baby! He’s a rescue dog, part beagle and part springer spaniel) and new addition—Lily. She is the sweetest golden retriever ever. So quiet until she gallops through the halls and skids on the hardwood floors.
Q: What’s your favorite part of writing?
A: When a twist occurs that I had no idea was coming. Many a time I’ve gasped and said “I didn’t know you were going to do that!”
Q. Do the men in your life read your books? If so, what kind of reaction do you get?
A. Yes and no. My brother and son are NOT allowed to read them. My boyfriend does though. And he gives me critique on them.
Q. When I get to the end of a really engaging book, I am very sad to be finished. I miss thecharacters immediately. Do you feel that way when you are finally finished writing a novel?
A. Absolutely. When I’m writing, the characters quickly become as well-known to me, like my friends. It is a bittersweet parting for us. That’s why I like writing books that sometimes tie-in, so I can re-visit those old friends. Just kind of pop-in and see what they are up to!
Q: Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
A: Your writing, your talent, your voice are all yours. Guard them, fan that spark of creativity and talent and don’t ever look back. Learn as much as you can, but realize it’s a suggestion, not an absolute. Most of all—WRITE.
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