I live in Florida with my husband and three daughters. For years I’ve been building characters in my head while I was supposed to be doing other things. When the characters started to talk to each other I began to get alarmed.
The only people I know who have conversations in their heads with someone other than themselves suffer from schizophrenia or split personality disorder. I wondered if I was slightly off kilter, truly crazy or creative as hell. Since I didn’t want to be locked away somewhere, I decided to go with the creative as hell option and give these people voices on paper. It seemed like the less devastating response to my crazy hidden within.
Since I spend the majority of my free time reading romance novels and tend to love a happy ending, I decided that my characters would also find love and happiness, thus my first romance novel was born.
Strangers at Sunset my first novella is available on 7/29/16 and Finn’s Shot my first full novel will be released on 8/5/16. Both are available for preorder. I was lucky enough to join a talented group of authors in an anthology of short stories we are offering for free is called Doctrine of Indecency: 18 Coveted Tales of Lust. My short story Delayed in Ecstasy introduces you to Lizzie and Beckett who will have their own novella for Valentine’s Day 2017. I expect to release at least two more novels this year.
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Business before Pleasure:
What inspired you to write your first book? I read a book sooooo good that the characters felt real and the longer I sat there afterwards the more I wanted to try to create the same kind of magic. I wrote in secret when no one was home for a full month before my family caught me in the middle of a scene I couldn’t stop writing. They are the ones who encouraged me to share my work.
How much real life do you put into or influences your books? Depends on the book. There is something real (a scene, a conversation, an emotion, a reaction) in each book I’ve written that happened to me or someone I love. I’ve started to wonder if the people who were with me during the real life occurrences will recognize that moment in the story.
What is the hardest part of writing for you? Punctuation is a serious issue but plugging in sex scenes after the fact is my latest nemesis. I recently went on a school trip with my kid four states away and thought I’d write while we were trapped on the bus. Every time the story called for a sex scene I had to type (insert S.S. here) Now I’m going back and filling those in and its hell. Much easier for me when I’m in the moment with my characters.
What are your current projects? I’m working on the sequel to Finn’s Shot. The working title is Tangled with Tyler (Eden’s Odyssey #2). I’ve also started edits with the Wild Rose Press for the sequel to Strangers at Sunset called From Stranger to Lover (Betrayal to Bliss #2). However, the project closest to my heart at the moment is called Finding Purpose. It’s a second chance romance and my hero is a hot hunk of brooding male Navy SEAL veteran that the ladies will love! I guess it’s a good thing I can multi-task with this many going at once.
How do you go about choosing the title for your book(s)? That’s difficult for me. Sometimes it happens over lunch with a friend, sometimes it happens after a few beers, sometimes they just come to me. More often than not though it’s a wicked process that I battle with.
What is your favorite genre to write? Contemporary erotic romance
Generally, how long does it take you to complete a book from idea to handing it over to your publisher? Three to six months depending on the distractions in my life at the time and how fast my Beta Babes read.
Do you ever use someone in your life as a sounding board for ideas or do you prefer to work alone? I use several people as sounding boards. There is no one set person, but several I seek out depending on the story.
Do your travel to research for your book(s)? I do travel a little. I would like to do more to get the research I need but mostly my stories are based around places I’ve been before. One day that will change and I’ll be able to get more exotic about my story settings.
Did you learn anything while writing your book(s)? Oh! That’s a question with a two-part answer, one of which is rated X. While writing my first story A Whisper Away (haven’t released it yet) I learned I could cry for my characters like they were real people. Two of the scenes from that book left me a sobbing mess. While researching for Finn’s Shot I learned some naughty things that make my husband happy. That’s all I’ll say about that. ☺
Have you ever had an idea for a book but never written it and what is it? Not so far. Everything idea that’s popped into my head has been started. Its part of the reason I have some many projects going on at one time.
When writing, do you have a process? Yes! I “dump” my thoughts on to the paper the first time around with no concern for grammar, punctuation, or flow. I let the characters tell their story through me. Then I go back through and revise and clean it up. After that, I send it to my Beta Babes. Then I make corrections based on their thoughts. Then I have the next round of Beta’s read it and make corrections based on their thoughts. Then I send to my editor. Next I make corrections based on her input and have one final round of Beta’s go through it for me. Finally, I read it again on my Kindle and then submit to either a publisher or I format it to self publish.
Do you have any advice for new authors looking to make their own literary statement? Let your characters lead the way when you’re writing and don’t let anyone alter your “author voice.” Don’t forget to be bold in your story lines.
How many books have you written? Do you have a particular favorite? I’ve written nine but have only published two with a contract on the third so far. My favorite so far is Strangers at Sunset. I love the resilience of the heroine and the heart of the hero.
Why did you choose to use a publisher instead of self-publishing? I decided to use a traditional publisher because I wanted to get an idea of how the industry worked from the inside. I wasn’t sure I could self publish and come out of the experience sane without more knowledge. My second book, Finn’s Shot, is self published. I plan to continue as a hybrid author.
Where do your ideas come from? Everywhere. For example, my cousin made friends with a woman (while her husband was stationed in Norfolk ) who was a former member of the Ohio State University Varsity Pistol team. She mentioned it in passing to me while we were on the phone one night and it stuck with me. I didn’t know there was such a thing or that women did this sort of thing. The more I thought about it the more I liked the idea of a badass heroine with this background so I contacted her and asked her a bunch of questions. I found out during the conversation that she met her husband while competing at a varsity competition. He was on the Naval Academy team. The idea for my veteran story was born right there. The hero and heroine meet while on the Varsity Pistol team in college.
How many books do you currently have published? One Strangers at Sunset (Betrayal to Bliss #1) and Finn’s Shot (Eden’s Odyssey #1) comes out on August 5, 2016
Are you working on anything right now? (I answered this the same as number 4) I’m working on the sequel to Finn’s Shot. The working title is Tangled with Tyler (Eden’s Odyssey #2). I’ve also started edits with the the Wild Rose Press for the sequel to Strangers at Sunset called From Stranger to Lover (Betrayal to Bliss #2). However, the project closest to my heart at the moment is called Finding Purpose. It’s a second chance romance and my hero is a hot hunk of brooding male Navy SEAL veteran that the ladies will love! I guess it’s a good thing I can multi-task with this many going at once.
Do you have a favorite Hero or Heroine from any of your books and why? Of any book I’ve written Cami, the heroine from A Whisper Away because there is a lot of me in her and I loved her happy ending. It was therapeutic to write her. It made me feel complete.
The hero from Stranger to Lover (Betrayal to Bliss #2), Johnny, is my favorite male so far. I love them all but something about Johnny’s blue collar, soft heart, man of my word, loving, thoughtful, protector, hot tempered character just pulled me in. I swoon just thinking about him.
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 current readers, thank you a million times over for picking up my book and reading. It means so much to me!! To anyone who hasn’t read my book yet, please pick it up, give it a chance to sweep you away to the Florida coast for a day! You won’t be sorry!
More About You ~ The Fun and the Naughty
Share one thing about yourself that would surprise people who know you. I love to skinny dip and do it often. Either when the kids aren’t home or after they’re in bed.
Doggy style, cow girl or missionary? Doggie style for sure!
What secret sinful pleasure do you keep hidden in your cupboards? Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies are my absolute favs. I stash them like an alcoholic stashes vodka bottles, in every nook and cranny I think my family won’t look in because they are thin mint thieves!
Are you a wine or beer kinda gal? Beer – Miller Lite in an ice cold bottle (I’m a snob about the bottle and cold part)
If you could go anywhere at all on your next vacation where would you go? Either to one of those little huts in the Maldives that sits over the clear blue water or Ireland.
If you could choose any hot famous guy to take with you who would it be and why?
This is tough! I have a continuous rotating top five because I can’t decide who my favorite celebrity crush is from day to day. Could be John Krasinski (the Office, Aloha, 13 Hours) because he’s tall, broad shouldered, beautiful smile and funny as hell. My friends probably thought I’d say Channing Tatum or Chris Hemsworth because I have a serious drool problem when they are visible but I think this week it would be Mr. Krasinski. Watching him preform Proud Mary on Lip Sync Battle sealed the deal for me.
Thong, Bikinis, Granny Panties, or Boy shorts? Bikinis
Are you a dress up in heels or a jeans and flats woman? Jeans and flats for sure
Homebody or Party all the time girl? More homebody but I like to get loose on occasion
Tall, Dark and Deadly or Smart and Sexy or Athletic and Funny? All of the above!
Significant other or Tearing up the town free and clear? Significant Other. My husband is way more fun than I am so nights out with him are always a riot!
Favorite social network and why? Facebook. I feel like more can be said and read there. I can also see and share pictures easier.
What was your “dream” job as a child? Astronaut which is hilarious because I’m terrified of heights.
What was the worst job you ever had while working towards being a published author? Substitute teacher – patience with children with non-mannered kids is not my forte.
What would be your next best choice if not writing as a career? Book blogger. I love to read and I love to tell the world about the stories I read that I most enjoy. I was a hospice social worker and I never want to do something that heavy again.
About Your Latest Release
Introduce us to the main characters: Lisa Browning is a Cincinnati girl, born and bread who married her high school sweetheart. He died of a massive heart attack at the age of 32 and in the months following she found out he he was a big fat cheater and had fathered a child with one of the women. She’s broken in more ways than one.
Garrett Kline is a free lance photographer and the ultimate sexy, single playboy.
How do these two meet? On the beach in Florida at Sunset when she becomes his muse.
How would you characterize their relationship in one word answers, start, middle and end? Hot. Sad. Sweet.
What three words would you use to describe this story? Sexy, heartfelt, spontaneous
Blurb: A beautiful woman, a sexy photographer, a spicy tryst by the sea
When newly widowed Lisa Browning discovers her late-husband has fathered a child with another woman, she abandons that vat of ice cream with her name on it and flies off to Florida for a job interview with hopes of a new life. Lured by the sunset and lulled by the sound of the waves, she becomes the focus of a sexy photographer on and off camera. He’s the perfect substitute for her vat of ice cream…until her heart gets in the way.
Freelance photographer Garrett Kline is looking for the perfect subject for his latest job. When he spots the sensual siren on the beach, he’s found what he is looking for…and then some. His inner playboy is good with a short-term fling, but something about Lisa makes him want more than being just
strangers at sunset.