Q: How/when did you become a writer?
A: I started writing in my early teens. I wanted to be a horror writer like Stephen King, whom I adored at the time. Over the years, I wrote a lot of horror, but eventually I found the romance genre and started to write romance and erotica. I couldn’t let go of my roots, though, so I write paranormal stuff mostly. Despite writing for most of my life, I’ve only become published in the past couple of years. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.
Q: Do you listen to music when you write?
A: Yes! I love music to set the mood when I’m writing and I love to make playlists for my work. When I’m editing though, I need quiet.
Q: If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
A: Pay bills, get a nice car, give some friends/family a little money, and then travel around the world. I probably wouldn’t move because I like where I live, but I might get a second house somewhere on the beach.
Q: What piece of writing (by another author) has moved you the most?
A: A short story by Tanith Lee called Nunc Dimittis. It’s a beautiful story about an aging man who serves a vampire woman and is trying to find a replacement for himself before he dies. I also fell madly in love with The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice when I first read it.
Q: Do you have any pets?
A: Yes, I have a tortoiseshell cat named Francis. She’s very helpful when I write, as she lends me her ‘moral support.’ By that, I mean she drapes herself over me or my laptop and covers everything with fur.
Q: Why do you write erotica?
A: I find it thrilling and challenging, and I’m just good at writing about sex. It wasn’t always that way, but somewhere along the line I really started enjoying writing about passion and romance.
Q: Do your friends/family know what you write?
A: Yes, I’m very open about it and many of them read what I write. I have the most interesting conversations because of it.
Q: Boxers or briefs?
A: Boxer briefs! I love a man’s thighs and I love the way they cling to the upper thigh/butt area. You will often find my heroes wearing them.
Q: What’s your favorite quote from a book?
A: “Go then. There are other worlds than these.” from Stephen King’s The Gunslinger. I think it’s a great quote about life and fiction in general, how there are many outcomes and realities that emerge from every single decision we make or story we tell.
Q: What’s your favorite place in the world?
A: Chicago, Illinois. I want to live there someday.
Q: What’s your favorite kind of romantic hero?
A: The anti-hero. I’m a sucker for a bad boy with a heart of gold, the kind who may be rough around the edges but can be deeply truthful and loving.
Q: Do you believe in soul mates?
A: It Takes a Thief tackles the idea of having a ‘soul mate,’ but I don’t think they exist in the way I wrote them in that story. I think we can have many soul mates instead of just one, people who are a part of us and make us better people, and they’re not just lovers, but friends, family, and sometimes random acquaintances.
Q: What’s your favorite paranormal creature?
A: Given my answers above, you’d think vampires, but I actually love werewolves. There’s so much raw, feral sexiness in a werewolf. I love a hot werewolf story.
Q: What is your stance on the e-books vs. print books issue?
A: I think e-books are just as valid as print books and they’ve done amazing things for the publishing world. They make books more accessible and cheaper for readers, and you can take tons of them with you on a trip. Also, you no longer have to try to hide a racy cover when you’re reading in public!
Q: What’s the best piece of life advice you can give?
A: When you’re young, older people will try to give you life advice and tell you that when you get older, you’ll understand things better, you’ll have less room for drama in your life, and you’ll have more wisdom and patience. You won’t believe them because you’re young. But then, when you get older, guess what? They were right. There’s no way to change any of this because that’s just how it works.
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