Q: Did you know what type of romance you wanted to write about or did you experiment with different genres before you chose the one that you felt was for you?
A: When I first started writing I thought about writing a suspenseful romance, which I did. It had a lot of twists and turns, but the funny thing I realized about myself was that writing the erotic or sexy scenes came naturally to me. I've since found that it's actually harder for me to write scenes without all of the heat and passion.
Q: How do you come up with titles for your books?
A: It's a crazy method. I get a blank sheet of paper and starting writing down random words that come to mind when I think of the story. I might have thirty to forty words written down before I can't think of any more. Then I get another sheet of paper and start to write down the words together, to see if any of them fit, until eventually I come up with one that I feel not only describes the story perfectly but one that flows.
Q: What is the one writing tool you cannot live without?
A: I would die if I did not have an online thesaurus/dictionary! It’s a treasure when you’re trying to tell a story and need just the right word.
Q: What do you do to relax after having spent a long while writing? Do you have any hobbies?
A: What I absolutely love to do is have a long hot bubble bath. If I've been really good I treat myself to a manicure and pedicure as well.
Q: How do you handle your writing schedule and your personal life without going insane?
A: Who says I'm not going insane? I’m way past that point. Seriously though, it is actually very hard at times. It basically translates into a lot of missed sleep and a very understanding family.
Q: What's the hardest thing about writing a novel?
A: For me I would have to say the hardest thing is finding new and inventive ways to describe the raw emotions the characters are going through. No matter the subject matter of my books there is always some sort of underlying heartbreak or devastation that cuts deep to the character's soul. While I am a firm believer in Happily Ever After stories, I also like to give the characters some turmoil. While there are many adjectives out there to help a writer tell his/her story, they aren't worth much if the author can't find a way to make the reader connect with the character and feel the same sensations and emotions that the character is experiencing at that very moment.
Q: What do you love the most about writing?
A: Gosh, I think the easier question would be, "What don't I love about it?" When I have an idea for a story and sit down at my computer I start with something small. I never know what is going to happen next, until I'm typing it. The story unfolds to me the same way it would a reader. I get just as much enjoyment as the story unfolds while I'm typing as I would if I was curled up with a good book in a quiet room with a glass of wine. I guess to summarize I would say I love inventing characters and finding obstacles for them to overcome. Most of my stories have some sort of a villain in them, in one form or another. So, I like giving my characters the opportunity to hurdle all of the bad luck that gets thrown their way, so that they can have that Happily Ever After.
Q: When did you first have an interest in writing?
A: I have always loved to write, in one form or another. It was the one subject in school that I always not only excelled in but truly enjoyed. Just ask my children. I get a little too excited whenever they have a big language arts school project due. They get more than a bit irritated with me at my overzealous behavior.
Q: What's the one question no one ever asks that you wish they would?
A: What does it feel like to be doing what you truly love? And my answer would be, "Amazing! I can't believe I've been given the opportunities that I have."
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