Q. Who has been your greatest inspiration in your writing style?
A. I don't think that anyone in particular has inspired my style of writing. I like to think that everyone has their own style and ways of painting their unique picture with words. I have just always felt the need to put down on paper what is going on in my head.
Q. Do you draw from life experiences to write?
A. Sometimes, yes. I mostly focus on emotions. When I get angry, I remember that certain feeling and hash it out and then when I have to use that emotion in a story, I remember the feelings that built up and write them down. Same with any other feeling: joy, pain, etc.
Q. How long have you had a desire to write?
A. For as long as I can remember I've always been a little 'artsy'. I loved to doodle, draw, paint and writing came naturally. In my mid-teens I started picking up romance novels and became instantly addicted. I think that really fueled my desire to write my own.
Q. Do you ever get writer's block and what do you do to get past it if you do?
A. All the time. My life is pretty busy with four children, husband and pets. Sometimes it's really hard for me to focus. So when I get stuck, I usually walk away for a while and work on something else.
Q. Are your stories based on people you know or experiences you've had?
A. No. My stories are purely fictional. Strange as it might seem to some, I have a very hard time writing about personal experiences. So I keep it simple.
Q. Where did you get the inspiration for this story?
A. Most of my ideas come in random thoughts. I could be sitting in the car pool lane waiting to pick up my kids and a song comes on the radio and poof! Idea. My mind is constantly running and I'm strongly attracted to scenarios that are plausible, however not your normal day-to-day situation. Anything emotionally laced with hot steamy sex is good to me.
Q. Could you give us some insight on your life in general?
A. My life in general is pretty simple and I like it that way. I keep to myself mostly, but am blessed with a beautiful family. I have four wonderful children who are brilliant and make me want to puff up with pride, and a great husband. I'm your everyday Mom who cooks, cleans, runs errands and slaves at the gym trying to get back into her high school jean size.
Q. How would you encourage some else to take the giant step to becoming an author?
A. I would say never give up on your dream. It's not easy putting yourself out there and sometimes rejection will sting. Learn from your mistakes and always find ways to improve your craft. But I think the key is if you don't try, you won't get anywhere. Keep at it if it's what you want.
Q. Are you planning to write any new books in the future?
A. Yes, I have several different projects in the works; I just have to choose one and run with it. Then I can fall back on the others.
Q. Are you and your main character in any ways similar?
A. All my characters will have a little of me in them. Sometimes it's in their character, mannerisms, etc. and sometimes it's just a physical attribute.
Q. What do you do with your spare time when not writing?
A. Taking care of my kids, cleaning the house, cooking, running errands. Your random everyday stuff. I do enjoy watching movies on weekends once in a great while, but I have to admit, I am completely addicted to my little purple netbook. Writing is just my thing.
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