Growing up, I was always the quiet girl who knew everyone but never quite fit in. I kept busy with dance, cheerleading and numerous other activities. I was an overachiever, a hard worker and very dedicated to anything I pursued.
When I decided that I loved writing enough to follow along the writer’s career path, nothing deterred me from reaching my goals. I didn’t go to college straight out of high school, but rather focused all my free time and energy into my stories. Negativity could not steer me off the path of my dreams. It only made me more determined to succeed as a writer.
Now, with a loving husband and a son who is sweetly proud of his mommy, I continue to do what I love most: Write from my heart and share my stories with the world.
Q: At what age did you start writing and decide this was the career for you?
A: I started writing when I was in my pre-teens. My desire to create my own versions of stories evolved when I wasn't satisfied with a book I had read and wanted it to end a different way, lol. So, I would imagine that different ending until one day, I wanted to write a story of my own. It wasn't until my freshman year in high school that one particular student teacher in my English class read a piece I had written. She was so passionate about how incredible my story was that she provided me with loads of information and books on how to get published. Her belief in me is what truly finalized my decision to pursue a career as a writer.
Q: Did you always write romance?
A: Uh no *laughing*. Absolutely not. Romance was taboo at my tender age. Don't get me wrong. I wrote little pieces separate from my story that would have romantic elements, just to quell the need to write about my characters kissing. Yes, kissing was a big deal. When people asked what I wrote, I always answered them with dark horror/dark fantasy. It wasn't until my earlier twenties that I completely embraced the romance genre, and I'm glad I did so. Writing romance is what makes me happy.
Q: What romance genre do you enjoy writing most?
A: Paranormal. Fantasy. Anything that has to do with creating worlds, creating creatures, or just creating. I love allowing my imagination the freedom to roam about ideas and come up with some interesting characters and worlds. Although I love paranormal, I do plan on writing some contemporary pieces soon. We'll see what characters make it to the paper first, lol.
Q: Do you see yourself writing outside the romance genre?
A: At this point in my life, I see nothing but flourishing love affairs and happily-ever-afters in my writing career. There's something satisfying about bringing two, three, or more people together and watching them form tight bonds through love. *smiles*
Q: What time of day do you find you do your best work?
A: This used to be an easy answer. Late night, early morning hours, when the house is quiet and it's still dark outside, seems to be my ideal time to write. If I could stay up all night and write, I'd be a happy person. Unfortunately, I'm kept busy during most of my days. Now, anytime I can get a few hours of uninterrupted writing done, I take it and run, whatever time of day it is!
Q: What is your favorite television show?
A: My new favorite show is Justified. Oh yum. Vampire Diaries is at the top of my list too. I also enjoy browsing through the Discovery Channel, History Channel, A&E and Turner Classic Movies (yeah, I know. Movies, not shows, lol!)
Q: What do you enjoy doing most when you're not writing?
A: I love playing with my son. He and my husband are my world. We're a tight family unit and do everything together. Disney World is a frequent weekend trip for us. Hopefully, we'll get more beach time in this year. I love the ocean.
Q: If you can live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A: I haven't been there yet, but I'd love to live in Ireland for a while. Otherwise, I want to try out country life, maybe Tennessee or Kentucky. A place with mountains and seasons.
Q: What is in store for your readers?
A: More deliciously sexy, wild stories with shape shifters. Maybe a hot contemporary. Who knows. We'll just have to see what comes out on paper.
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