Q: Why do you love to write?
A: Writing is a passion. When I write, I escape the hassles of life. I find that I can express my feelings, thoughts, and dreams through my writing. Writing is very therapeutic.
Q: Do you have a system for writing?
A: I don’t know that I have a system. I’m quirky by nature so I do have my OCD moments. There are certain things I like to do before getting down to business. Typically, I like to write early in the morning or when inspiration hits me. It’s like this: my morning writing time is when I outline a story, do the research, map out the scenes—all the prep work. Then there are the times when my muse takes over and I get into the zone. That is when I free write. I let go and let it rip and can be at the keyboard for hours at a stretch.
Q: Where do you get your ideas for stories?
A: I can come up with ideas from the simplest sources. A billboard on my way to work, a song I hear, friends and family, and my imagination, all supply me with endless possibilities. Not every idea is a good one, but I can be inspired from just about anything.
Q: Why do you write erotic romance?
A: Why not? I love a good steamy read. Romance is what everyone should be blessed to have in their lives. If I can write a book that makes a reader sigh then I’ve done a pretty good thing.
Q: Why do you write about people of color?
A: I love to identify with the characters of a story. As an African-American I enjoy characters of all ethnicities but love it when I find a strong black couple that I can fall in love with. So I pledged to myself to make sure I write solid couples of color, that anyone can identify with. I was surprised to find that there wasn’t much erotica written featuring African Americans as prominent characters. There were secondary characters or interracial pairings, but there were very few books that featured a cast of black characters. Two of my favorite authors, the late L. A. Banks and Ms. Francis Ray, both wrote strong people of color within their prospective genres. I aspire to do the same.
Q: Is contemporary romance the only genre you write?
A: Currently yes, however, I would love to write stories with people of color that include fantasy and paranormal elements. I enjoy reading those genres and would like to put a bit of my own urban spin to it! Who knows?
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