1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I live in a teeny-tiny town in the southeastern United States, surrounded by rolling hills and lots of cows. My house is brimming with my rowdy sons, hot husband, and more pets than I can shake a stick at, and I’m very fortunate to have lots of friends and family closeby.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I have two teenage sons and one preschool son, and they are loads of fun. We play in the backyard, go on walks, cook, and watch movies together. My husband and I love to go on motorcycle trips as our couple getaways when the weather permits. Because I live in a very rural location, we tend to socialize with our friends at their homes and ours instead of driving to the city to a restaurant or bar.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
I get my preschooler to his daycare and settle in with my miniature dachshund, Scarlett, in my office. I am a contract writer for an educational company and a copywriter for an online entertainment magazine, so I have lots of writing goals. I take breaks to do housework and play with Scarlett.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
I tend to get a vivid fantasy or visual image and then build up the characters and story around that.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
That’s tough. I love “A Ghost on Two Wheels” because it has a lot of emotional depth, and I love “Bubbles and Troubles” because of the humor in there. I’m also really excited about the Clandestine Classic I have coming out – it was really fun to write erotica and humor in the style of that particular author.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I married right out of college – at age 21 – and had my first child a little over a year later. After eighteen years, I still think it was the best move I could have made. Marrying young doesn’t always work out, but it definitely did for me.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
“A Ghost on Two Wheels” involves a couple who love to motorcycle together and who are into tattoos, like my husband and me. I spent one year of college in Scotland, so that setting was fun to write about in “Carved into her Heart.” I live in a small, quirky town in the Southeast, so the fictional village of Charade, Kentucky isn’t too much of a stretch, either.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
No, I wouldn’t say I have a muse, but I definitely have to be in the mood to write erotica.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I love sci-fi and fantasy, and might explore writing in those genres in the future. I currently write fun articles about culture in the 1980s, and it’s a blast to relive my high school years when I do the research.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
I’ve been rereading books that I’ve loved a long time lately, such as Douglas Adams’s “Hitchhiker” books, Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” series, and Terry Pratchett’s fun fantasy books, including the Discworld novels. Janet Evanovich’s Numbers books are a hoot, and I’m a big fan of Jacqueline Carey’s “Kushiel” books.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
I love how Carmen and Brock made me giggle as I wrote “Bubbles and Troubles.” Nothing like a bit of humor mixed in with your erotic romance.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Locate publishers who publish books similar to those you want to write. Do some online research first to make sure that a particular publisher has a good reputation among writers and (ideally) is known for giving feedback other than a simple rejection. Write to fit your chosen publisher’s submission guidelines. And grow a very thick skin. ;)
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
In high school I dreamed of being a writer and of designing amazing couture gowns. Being an interior decorator was in the mix as well.
15. What do you like on a man…..briefs, boxer briefs or boxer shorts or nothing at all?
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?
“Bubbles and Troubles” – released on February 4
Book one in the Prescott Woods Series
Prescott Woods is in trouble! A belly dancing lawyer, a stray cat of highly questionable origin, and a particularly malodorous gnome come to the rescue.
Carmen loves living in Charade, Kentucky. The quirky Appalachian village is everything that Chicago wasn't. Populated by modern day New Agers, Charade is like Mayberry with tie-dyed shirts, organic food, and incense thrown in for flavour.
When Calvin Prescott makes plans to sell his land to a high-end property developer, Carmen fears that the town she calls home will be changed forever. A new neighbourhood of multi-million dollar mansions would spell disaster for Charade's simple, small town charm.
Brock and his family moved to Prescott Woods over two hundred years ago. Like the other magical beings of the woods, they are immortal and imbued with special powers. Destruction of Prescott Woods would mean more than a change of pace for Brock and his kind—it would mean death. Brock can take on the appearance of anything—including animals of all sizes and shapes—in order to get closer to Carmen and save his home.
As Carmen learns more of the secrets of Prescott Woods, she finds that Brock is irresistibly strokeable, regardless of his appearance. She also uncovers danger, family drama, and the most luxuriant subterranean spa she can imagine.
Carmen exhaled and pulled her slickened fingers from between her legs. Cool grey light flooded the room.
Once more, that huge stray cat was sitting outside her window on the ledge, staring in.
"Like what you see, kitty-cat?" Carmen asked.
The fluffy grey cat meowed, brilliant blue eyes flashing, and leapt away. Carmen made a mental note to buy some cat food at the store and try to convince the big tom to stick around. Recently, she’d noticed signs of mice in the chicken coop—she could use a good mouser.
Life on Carmen’s little farm meant rising at the crack of dawn, but she loved every day of her life in the eastern Kentucky country. She stretched with a satisfied groan and then used a tissue to wipe off her sticky fingers.
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"Come on, girls! Breakfast time!" Carmen opened the door to the henhouse and scattered scratch feed over the ground. Agatha, the dove-grey Silkie, and Bella, the black-and-white speckled Andalusian, trotted over and began pecking away. Scarlett and Melanie, the fluffy, fancy Faverolles, stuck close together and approached cautiously. The other birds sometimes bullied them. Carmen thought they must be jealous since Scarlett and Melanie were by far the prettiest chickens in the flock.
Gretel, the robust black Jersey Giant, sidled up next to Carmen. Gretel was as friendly as she was hefty. Suellen, the orange New Hampshire Red, worked her way in between Agatha and Bella. Spare Tire, the Bantam rooster, hopped down from his favourite black rubber perch and strutted around his girls. Carmen’s mellow golden Labrador, Dax, exited his doghouse and sat by Carmen’s feet with a proprietary air. He and Spare Tire had an uneasy truce. Both felt it was their job to protect the girls—the chickens and Carmen—and Carmen had made it clear that peace between her boys was the only option. Dax locked eyes with Spare Tire and huffed, then trotted back to his doghouse to observe the scene from the comfort of his cedar chip bed.
Rewind it all five years and Carmen would never have imagined that she’d be living here in this old cabin next to the woods, with six chickens, a rooster, and a big yellow dog as her foster children. Not to mention working at an organic vegetable co-op. Oh, and belly dancing. I’m a regular hippie, she chuckled to herself. City-boy Ian would be totally appalled.
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