Q: Where do your heroes come from?
A: A very vivid and needy imagination. The satisfaction I get from creating the most masculine alpha males who are intelligent, caring—when the moment calls for it—and strong, is every girl’s dream, isn’t it? I also do a fair share of creating because of my profession. I’ve worked with the same men for almost thirty years. Unfortunately, we could walk past each other on the street and never know one another. This is because we only communicate on VHF radio. Some of them, many of them actually, have very sexy voices, and the mind tends to wander.
Q: What’s the first erotic romance novel you read and why did you keep reading them?
A: I hit a good one my first time out. It’s called “Heated Rush” by Leslie Kelly. The hero made my blood curdle. What a man—whoa. I realized that these books had fantastic, imaginative stories along with the intimacy that traveled behind the bedroom door. Most of the books were shorter reads, which is perfect for my lifestyle. And the happily-ever-after endings, well I love that, too.
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
A: I love to play the Nancy Drew Mystery video games. I get a kick out of solving mysteries even when I’m tearing my hair out to find the answer. They have great graphics, and it’s easy to use. It probably comes from being an avid reader of mysteries when I was younger. I just loved Monsieur Poirot, Sherlock, and so many others who became classics.
Q: What inspires you?
A: When the sun sets against the mountains where I live—it’s amazing. Music gets my imagination blazing, and people, their personalities and characteristics are so complex I just can’t let them be a passing experience. Whether they make me grit my teeth or make me laugh, they have to go down on paper.
Q: What is your favorite genre to read?
A: I’m a book slut. I have to admit it. I’ll read just about anything if it grabs my attention, and that means every genre out there. I think the better question is what don’t I read? The answer: political thrillers. I get enough brain-busting, jaw dropping politics at work.
Q: What was the hardest part of your journey to publishing your first book?
A: Editing, oh editing. I thought I was hard on myself, but my editor is brutal, and I expected nothing less. She is an editorial junkyard dog. If anyone dares to think that Siren-BookStrand is anything but a top rate publisher—think again. She sunk her teeth into my story and tore it to pieces. She found some nasty habits that I have/had. Her suggestions are many times brilliant and other times, blunt as hell. But make no mistake, I’m thankful for the work she put into reviewing my novel. My learning scale shot upwards, and there’s still more room at the top.
Q: Why did you decide to try to publish your work instead of staying in the closet?
A: After taking a twenty-year break from writing fiction someone gave me a good shake, and said, “What are you doing? Write.” She was a friend of my best bud, and both of them urged me to get a move on. For some reason the timing was perfect, and now I can’t stop.
Q: Besides the heat of romance, what else do you want to impart on your readers?
A: Love can heal, faith in ourselves and in our maker keeps us true, and hope gets us up every day to strive to be better than we are.
Q: Do you have any pet projects on the go?
A: I’ve been developing a six book series. I think, or would like to think, that it will be well received when it is released. It slides down the slope of paranormal, but puddles in what I like to call believable magic. Five heroines, five heroes, and two brushes with the apocalypse; one for every soul on earth, the second on the battlefield of earth. Stay tuned!
Q: Is there a particular quote that inspires you?
A: Yes, many actually, but being a writer of romance you have to appreciate this one: “There is no remedy for love, but to love more.” Thoreau. This quote works for readers of romance. Romance novels are like potato chips, you just can’t have one. Natasza.
Q: What is your writing day like?
A: Writing day—pheww. Being a twelve-hour shift worker, you could say it’s a-symmetrical at best. When my four days off roll around I rise with my husband at five-thirty. My eyes refuse to open without an initial injection of coffee, double cream please. Then it’s up to my office. I break for the bathroom and get more coffee. I tell myself I should stop and use the treadmill. “Maybe tomorrow,” I say and head back to my office. I start to panic around three when I’m still in my robe, and I have to start thinking about making dinner. Many times it’s pizza, sushi, or Chinese. Then I’m back on my computer till three in the morning, and none too happy my husband is waking me at five thirty. I only have four days off; sometimes less, so it’s gotta get out of my head and into the computer.
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