I grew up in Upstate NY, but my heart belongs in Arizona. If given the chance, I’d gladly trade in frost burn, for sun burn! I speak in movie quotes ALL the time. Seriously, it might be considered a sickness by now 😉 I absolutely love the sound of others laughing. So I’ll try to get you to do just that!
I am married with three beautiful daughters and two fur babies. It’s a zoo here!
I love coffee, peanut butter cups, and OF COURSE reading!
I grew up causing all kinds of trouble with my twin sister/partner in crime.
My wild over-exaggerated story telling grew, along with my love for reading. With the support of my hubby and the encouragement of my womb mate, I put pen to paper, and let my imagination take over.
I am the author of the recently released, Forever Marked series. It is a romantic suspense, and the first book in a series. I enjoy reading all genres. Paranormal, thriller, romantic suspense, dystopian…. You name it!
What inspired you to write your first book? Forever Marked came to me as a very intense dream. The very first paragraph in Forever Marked was actually in my dream. My whole family has very bizarre and detailed dreams that we love to compare to one another. But this dream was reoccurring. I wrote chunks of the details down when I woke. My twin sister, quite literally, kicked my butt in gear when I had her read what I had. She inspired me to finish it. To keep it up.
How much real life do you put into or influences your books? The setting is a real place(Portree Harbor, Isle of Skye Scotland) and the folklore told is actual stories. My characters have their own personalities, but I do stick a piece of myself in each one. There is a certain event in the story with Ellora and her father at the Dr.’s office… That has happened in real life. I love you daddy.
What is the hardest part of writing for you? Making time to write. Which is usually late at night. With three kids two dogs and a hubby in a pear tree, it’s a hectic zoo around here during the day.
How do you go about choosing the title for your book(s)? I practically wrote the whole book before it came to me in a scene I was writing and fell in love. “… I stumbled into Grady’s, forever marked and hiding in Skye.”
What is your favorite genre to write? I love writing romantic suspense, anything that can get my heart racing is my bag of chips!
Generally, how long does it take you to complete a book from idea to handing it over to your publisher? I’m still new to the game so my time varies depending on the book. Forever Marked took a year because I didn’t know what I was doing. The short story in the Anthology took about two months max and book two’s first draft is done and in the hands of my Betas.
Do you ever use someone in your life as a sounding board for ideas or do you prefer to work alone? I run everything by my womb-mate (twin sister)
Do your travel to research for your book(s)? Nope not yet. But someday I plan to walk in Portree Harbor myself. 😍
Did you learn anything while writing your book(s)? Always back up your work! Half way writing, my laptop shorted out and I lost everything! I had to start from scratch.
Have you ever had an idea for a book but never written it and what is it?
I always get ideas for a dystopian/apocalyptic novel, maybe someday I’ll tackle it.
When writing, do you have a process? I write at night when everyone is asleep so I won’t be interrupted. I pick out music that will go along with the scenes I plan on writing and get down to business. I hand write my work first. I don’t know why, but I’m more creative wielding a pen.
Do you have any advice for new authors looking to make their own literary statement? Get in with a writing group. They will uplift you and support you when you need it.
How many books have you written? Do you have a particular favorite? So far I have written three. Book 2 in the Marked series is my favorite so far. It is darker.
Why did you choose to use a publisher instead of self-publishing? I am self published, but I am in talks with a publishing house. We will see what happens.
Where do your ideas come from? The first book came to me as a dream. Once I sat down to write it out, a clan of chars oppress out of me, each with their own story to tell.
How many books do you currently have published? One book, Forever Marked and one Anthology Short titled Tales Of The Night. My story is a Forever Marked prequel titled Beauty Beneath The Mask.
Are you working on anything right now? hmmmm, I don’t want to give anything away. But book two is darker. It dips into the mind of a twisted person, with a painful past. The hate most feel toward this character in Forever Marked, will sympathize with him in Beyond Redemption. Do you have a favorite Hero or Heroine from any of your books and why? I love Adelle, she is Ellora’s feisty, upbeat and supportive best friend. She will be a MC in book three.
Do you have anything you would like to say to your current readers or to those that haven’t yet read your work(s)? To My readers, Thank you so much for loving my Characters as much as I do. Love you guys! To new readers, if you love books that have a mix of romance and suspense to get your heart racing and love big burly Scottish men than this is the book for you. 😉
More About You ~ The Fun and the Naughty
Share one thing about yourself that would surprise people who know you.? I want to live off the grid in the woods lol.
Doggy style, cow girl or missionary? OMG I hope my mother doesn’t see this! Cough cough… Woof woof baby. 😉
What secret sinful pleasure do you keep hidden in your cupboards? My hubby is in law enforcement. He wears all the fun toys on his belt.
Are you a wine or beer kinda gal? Both. Depends on my mood. I’m obsessed with Angry Orchards
If you could go anywhere at all on your next vacation where would you go. Portree Harbor, Isle of Skye Scotland.
If you could choose any hot famous guy to take with you who would it be and why? Gerard Butler. Who wouldn’t!!!!
Thong, Bikinis, Granny Panties, or Boy shorts? None of the above. I like cheeckies
Are you a dress up in heels or a jeans and flats woman? Total tomboy over here. Jeans and flats
Homebody or Party all the time girl? Homebody/hiker
Tall, Dark and Deadly or Smart and Sexy or Athletic and Funny? Tall, dark and deadly all day long.
Significant other or Tearing up the town free and clear? Significant other
Favorite social network and why? I’m really digging Instagram. But I’m on FB more often.
What was your “dream” job as a child? “Beating a lion with a rope.” <— actual quote. Lol I wanted to be a lion tamer.
What was the worst job you ever had while working towards being a published author? Retail!!!!!!! Never Again.
What would be your next best choice if not writing as a career? I’d go back to being a Veterinary assistant.
About Your Latest Release
Introduce us to the main characters:
Behr Buchanan and Ellora Belle Sutherland
How do these two meet? They meet inside of Grady’s Pub when Ellora stumbles in desperate to escape a twisted man.
How would you characterize their relationship in one word answers, start, middle and end? Careful, drawn, fallen.
What three words would you use to describe this story?
Suspenseful, romantic, intense.
If you were a marked woman, how far would you run?