Q: What inspired your pen name?
A: It’s a very naughty secret between my husband and me. If I told you, I’d have to kill you.
Q: What do you hope your readers get out of your books?
A: I want them to be able to lose themselves for a while as they read. I want them to enjoy the story, root for the good guys and hope the bad guys get what’s coming to them. I hope that they can see the setting in their imagination and want to visit. It wouldn’t be terrible if they got all hot and bothered, and had to go spend some time with their significant other, either.
Q: Why erotic romance?
A: I have to confess, when I read “non-erotic” books and the characters head to the bedroom, I always wanted to know what went on. Was he good in bed? Did she enjoy it? Did he? Did they go more than once? Was it the plain old missionary position or were they more creative? It would certainly give more insight into the characters and their lives.
When I started reading erotic romance a couple of years ago, I was delighted to find that there were stories that didn’t stop at the bedroom door. Stories that had compelling characters, interesting plots and were fun to read. (I know, I know, I was living in a box.) I was even more delighted to find that I was capable of telling those stories. My husband’s pretty delighted, too.
Q: What is the most rewarding thing about writing?
A: It placates my inner control freak. Seriously, it does. The characters get to do what I want them to do, the weather is what I want it to be, and the ending is up to me. And if a character sneaks in something surprising, I still get to decide if it stays on the page. That sounds like a terrible ego trip, but I think many people want control of something in their lives. I console myself with the knowledge that I know I can only control characters on paper, not the rest of the world.
Q: What’s a typical writing day for you?
A: There is no typical day. I have a “day job” schedule, but otherwise I fit writing in between it, looking after the family and pets and all the other obligations that come with having a life. The only thing I never do is write first thing in the morning. I am most definitely not one of those people who can get up a 5 am to write for a few hours. I’m pretty sure if I did that, no one would want to read the crap I cooked up!
Q: How do you go about writing? What inspires you?
A: I almost always start with a brief scene in my head. Then I start asking questions about it. Why would that person do that? How did he/she get there? The story then evolves from that.
I generally have a bare bones outline for the books I write. I know how they start, most of the plot and a general idea of the ending. There are always things I come up with along the way, though, and occasionally they necessitate plot changes. Sometimes that really annoys me, because I may have to do a ton of rewriting.
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