Q: What books most influenced your life?
A: Strangely enough, they were both romances, though one with a capital R. I can think of two literary experiences that changed my life. The first was reading John Keats' “If I Have Fears.” It’s a brilliant poem, and for some reason, it spoke to me. I realized for the first time how connected we could be. The second was reading Beatrice Small’s Skye O’Malley at the age of thirteen. I just realized I wanted to be Skye O’Malley. She was brazen and adventurous and well-loved--by lots of men. I probably shouldn’t have read that at thirteen.
Q: Why do you write?
A: Because I have to. If I don’t, I get very difficult to live with. Ask my husband and kids. It’s a little like breathing to me.
Q: How long does it take you to write a complete novel?
A: It depends. I wrote my first three novels over a nine-year period. Then I gave birth to baby number three and wrote six books in a single year. So far this year, I’ve completed three. It often takes me more time to edit a book than it does to write. I don’t think that says anything good about my grammatical skills.
Q: What do you consider necessary to the writing process?
A: I need music and a good lap top. I certainly need a good friend to bounce ideas off of. I’ve found a couple of martinis doesn’t hurt.
Q: Have you written in other genres besides erotica?
A: I love urban fantasy, though even my urban fantasy has erotic elements to it. I’ve written everything from plays to western comic books.
Q: What do you consider to be the most important element of a successful novel?
A: Characters are the cornerstone of any book, but certainly in a romance. If you can’t see yourself as the heroine, why bother reading? As a writer, I have to spend a lot of time in the heads of my characters. I want that to be a fun place to be.
Q: Why cowboys?
A: I’m from Texas. I grew up around them. Also, they are iconic American heroes. I write romance with some fringe elements. I love the idea of this paragon of masculinity truly exploring his sexuality to the fullest. I love the cowboy ideal of complete independence. What’s more independent than not caring about what society thinks when it comes to the people we love? That’s the sexiest trait I can think of.
Q: What books do you like to read?
A: I read just about everything, though I tend to like extremes. I read a lot of erotic romance, but I also love Jayne Ann Krentz and Linda Howard. I adore Charlaine Harris and Rachel Caine. I love horror and adventure fiction, too. I read Preston and Child, James Rollins and Matt Reilly. However, I read enough erotic romance that I always wonder where the sex is. I keep waiting for Dan Brown’s characters to get it on and they never do.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: I finished a book called Faery Story, and that’s probably self-explanatory. I’m working on a series called Nights in Bliss about a bohemian Colorado town, and I’m almost finished with Siren in the City, the sequel to Small Town Siren. In addition, I want to get my urban fantasy series up and running. It’s a lot of work, but I’ve never had so much fun.
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