Q: What started you writing?
A: Two words: "what if." I love to read. Some books are better than others. Sometimes I would think what if the author did this.—and my imagination would take me there. Before I knew it, I was beginning my own stories by asking, "what if?"
Q: What made you start writing erotic romance?
A: A happy accident. I had the pleasure of meeting author JC Szot. As writers do we started talking about our work. I told her of a love scene I wrote that I thought was pretty steamy. She read it and told me that compared to what she writes it was pretty mainstream. After reading her manuscript Open Spaces which has since been published by Siren-BookStrand, I could see she was right. Soon afterward I was working on a paranormal time travel manuscript and was bogged down so I decided to do something totally different. I began work on Anonymous, my first erotic manuscript. It was fun to write and much to my surprise, using explicit language became easier with practice and really adds to a sexy scene. I finished the mainstream paranormal manuscript and now erotic romance just sort of happens.
Q: Do you write the same kind of stories you read?
A: Yes—sort of. I like to read fantasy and romance. I feel at home writing fantasy. For me romance is easier to read than it is to write. By combining fantasy and romance and adding some erotica I get the best of all worlds.
Q: Why do you write?
A: For the most part I don't even feel like I am the one writing because the characters take over. I begin with a general idea of what will happen. Sometimes when I start to write the characters refuse to do what I want them to. I've learned that letting them have their way is easier and much more fun than fighting them. They tend to write their stories better than me. So I guess I write so I can tell their stories and because it is fun.
Q: Do you have any advice for someone who wants to be an author?
A: Not exactly, but I can urge them to finish what they start. You may not be able to finish everything but you can give it your best shot. The first thing I wrote took years to finish but once it was done the others were easier. You can't publish something if you never finish it.
Q: Who are your favorite authors?
A: JRR Tolkien, Robert Jordan, Johanna Lindsey, Jude Deveraux, the list is much longer but you get the general idea.
Q: Now that you are a published author what are your plans?
A: I hope to develop a long and happy relationship with Siren-BookStrand. I will be sending them the paranormal time travel manuscript I mentioned earlier. I have some fantasy, both mainstream and erotica and I am working on a ménage I hope they will publish.
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