1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I’ve been writing since I was twelve, however, I took a big break to spend fifteen years in the music biz. I sang and wrote songs in two indie rock bands, and then quit the music business in disgust. That’s a book in and of itself! Currently, I live on the coast of Oregon and dream up wild stories all day. *wink*
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I still love music, and occasionally friends drag me out to karaoke bars. My partner and I are big film buffs, and we also play a lot of video games together. In addition, there’s the constant reading. I love memoir, history, sci-fi, horror, and of course, romance!
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
Sometimes the ideas come in a big jumble, and I have to be careful to write down all the little things right away, before I forget them. Not so much an outline, but it can even be a little gesture or obsession that the character has. Those details are what can define a character, and make the difference between them being real to the reader, or a cardboard cutout.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Who knows! I sometimes wonder myself. Sometimes a prompt helps. I’ll peruse submissions calls at publishers, and may end up writing something that I never even submit for that call. That happened with my current new release, the MM romance “Set Ablaze”. I saw a call at my publisher for short stories to be in an MM emergency worker- themed anthology. I wanted to do a firefighter one, since I actually know a couple firefighters, and started coming up with a scenario. The scenario would have been fine on its own for the anthology, but then the characters grew beyond that. It turned into a novel length instead, and I submitted it six months later. Now it’s Book One in my Uniform Encounters series that will include other men in uniform.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
I think we all have a tendency to say the most recent one – I know I would always do that with my songs! But truthfully, Set Ablaze is my first full-length, and I was really able to have the room for my character’s romance to grow and struggle.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I’m obsessed with lip gloss. I love all the Bath & Body Works flavors, and I have a tube everywhere I might be at any given moment – just in case!
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
The stories themselves are primarily imagination, but a character’s trait or a phrase, or a specific situation I might take from real life. For example, in “A Spirit of Love”, the main female character is a psychic who also does tarot. I read tarot cards (not professionally), so I was able to use my knowledge of the cards to make the story more authentic.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
Morticia is my muse, always!
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I’m working on a mainstream sci-fi romance right now that I’m about 30K into – I hope to finish it this year. It has to come second to all of my other erotic romance obligations.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
Karen Marie Moning, Elizabeth Hoyt, Christine Feehan, Kresley Cole, Charlaine Harris, Augusten Burroughs – tons more!
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
My favorite female is Sophie, the psychic. She’s delicate in form, but feisty and brave in reality. She also has a love for everyone that is deep and true. Which is why the betrayal by her ex left her so angry and hurt.
My favorite male is in an upcoming release that I’m not allowed to discuss until March 25th! It is part of TEB’s Clandestine Classics line. The reason I pick him is that he is witty, intelligent, the caretaker of the ménage, and incredibly talented in the bedroom arts.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Remaining motivated and inspired when you are just not in the mood to care.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Read everything you can get your hands on in your chosen genre. Not to copy anyone’s voice or ideas, but to understand what that genre is all about. Then just start writing something, anything. Find objective and supportive people to read your initial efforts. I’m a big fan of writing groups – it really helped me to get outside of my own head.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
Checking myself into the mental ward.
15. What do you like on a man…..briefs, boxer briefs or boxer shorts or nothing at all?
Absolutely nothing – yowza!
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
Eric is a fire chief in Mesa, Arizona where he’s lived all of his life. A hunky Norse god like man, he has finally come out of the closet after twenty years of marriage. Now his wife hates him, his son won’t speak to him, a town crazy wants him fired, and there’s a rash of arson fires destroying some of the beautiful historic homes in the area. To let off steam, he’s been tempted to explore his long repressed sexuality with his son’s twenty year-old friend.
Tom, a twenty-eight year-old fire-fighter from Texas, is desperate to get away from his dad’s prejudice about his sexuality, and an unstable relationship that just recently ended. He takes a temporary position in Mesa where he sets eyes on the most gorgeous male specimen he’s ever seen in the form of the fire chief, Eric Anderson. Convinced the chief is straight, he accidentally catches him one night with a young guy, and is now determined to let the chief know he’s interested.
Eric is adamant that they can only be friends, even though he finds the sweet young Tom adorable. The pressures on Eric increase as his ex-wife becomes a suspect, and the town crazy tries to blame the arson fires on him. Will he allow himself to find real love with the sexy Tom, or will his world be destroyed by all of the city’s accusations and his family’s lack of acceptance?
Excerpt From Set Ablaze, published by Total E Bound
Almost an hour had gone by since he’d arrived, Keri had given him several forms to fill out, and he felt a little restless. He’d obviously picked the worst possible time to show up—the chief was meeting with some pretty intense-looking guys. He wanted to make sure he made a good initial impression, so he planned to be brief, polite, and get out of the man’s way as quickly as possible. If he was professional and respectful of the chief’s time, he had a better chance of being considered should a long-term position come up.
The chief’s door flew open, and the two guys who had been meeting with him were standing and shaking his hand, still talking about something. Tom couldn’t care less what they were saying—he couldn’t take his eyes off Chief Anderson.
The chief was a big slice of hunk heaven. Tom didn’t typically go for overly muscled men, but this was a man who wore it well. Tall, probably six-foot-four, he was bronzed with a golden halo of short, wavy hair and beautiful, pale blue eyes. He looked late thirties, early forties with a natural air of confidence about him, and he was all man. It was like seeing a Norse god standing before him.
Not good. Not good at all…
He could not be attracted to his new boss. This was not part of the accepted plan. Tom shook his head as if he could clear the picture of the glorious vision before him.
“You must be Tom Sherwood?”
Tom looked up and into the eyes of his new dream man. He was suddenly like some goofy little schoolboy, all jelly legs and awkwardness. He couldn’t even think what to say. What had he asked?
“Yes, yes, I’m Tom.” He went to stand up and dropped the forms he’d finished filling out thirty minutes before all over the floor.
“Here, let me help you.”
Tom stood almost transfixed as the chief leaned over and started gathering up the scattered papers. He wore a short-sleeved T-shirt that clung to every perfectly shaped muscle on the man’s torso, and Tom thought he might become hypnotised by biceps flexing as the chief picked up the forms. There was one paper that had flown almost to the other side of the room. The chief noticed it, walked to where it was, and bent over…
Oh my God…
“I hope you handle a hose better than you do papers.”
Set Ablaze is available at all the usual outlets March 18th, but you can download your copy now at the publisher’s site at a 10% discount: