Q: What's the hardest thing about writing?
A: Keeping my office stocked with legal pads. I write a lot of scenes in a legal pad in longhand before I type it into the story and I go through a lot of them.
Q: How often do you write?
A: Every day. I try to write or edit for several hours every day.
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: Everywhere. Lyrics to a song, my fantasies, snippets of ideas from something I read or saw.
Q: Do you work on more than one book at a time?
A: With this series I have found myself working on more than one book at a time. All the books are connected in a way since I'm dealing with a family in the same town. I've needed to know some of what was going to happen in a subsequent story while I was working on another one. I wrote parts of the next story to get that information.
Q: Why do you write?
A: Because I have to. It just needs to come out in some form or another. I chose writing.
Q: What do you consider necessary to the writing process?
A: Legal pads and pens, music playing in the background and the kids being in school.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: I am finishing edits to the second novel in The Chisholms of Texas, I Got A Feelin’, and have started the third novel, Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right.
Q: Why cowboys?
A: You're kidding, right?
Q: What do you consider to be the most important element of a successful novel?
Q: What do you like to read?
A: Erotic romance and suspense or mystery erotica. Lately I've been reading some paranormal erotic romances.
Q: What did you do when you found out Siren wanted to publish your first book?
A: I screamed then printed a copy of the e-mail and took it to my husband in the shower. Let me tell you, when I whipped open that shower curtain, he was nearly surprised as I had been.
Q: What is the easiest/hardest part of writing?
A: The easiest part of writing is when I have a clear idea of how the story line should go and I am putting it down to paper. The hardest part of writing is when a character does not want to be written yet. I have had that happen in this series. Jessie and Rio's story was originally slated to be the second book in the series but they weren't ready to be written so I moved on to another couple.
Q: What is your favorite part about being an author?
A: Writing my synopsis, where I write in my legal pads all of the ideas I have for the story line and flesh out the characters.
Q: When did you know you first wanted to write?
A: I fantasized about it when I first started reading romances when I was a young teen. I seriously thought about it after college, but was starting my career and didn't think I had enough time. After I got sick and went into remission, I decided to do some of those things I had only dreamed of and so I wrote a book that had been in my head for some time. It ended up being the basis for Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?
Q: Do you have any hobbies or interests besides writing?
A: I volunteer a lot at my kids' school. Their school is big on using parental volunteers. I love to read and I scrapbook/craft a lot when I am not writing.
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