Today she will talk about her latest book Deja Vu!
And I must say I am loving the cover to this....AMAZING!
1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I’m a wife and mom and work full time in HR. I currently live in the Dallas / Fort Worth area, but consider New Orleans as my hometown. Even though I was born in Mississippi, I think of New Orleans as the place where I became who I am. The history, the culture, the music and my experiences there shaped me as a person.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love to read. My favorite genres are romance, mystery and adult contemporary. And thanks to my daughter, I’m finding a lot of young adult works that I’m enjoying. I’m also a family history buff. I spend a lot of time online researching my family history.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
I like to do a short character analysis of my two mains. Find out about their family history, their friends and the experiences that made them who they are. I then do an outline , chapter by chapter, and then I write.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
I’m a terrible eavesdropper! Sometimes, I’ll hear a snippet of a conversation and imagine where it leads. Sometimes, I’ll see a photograph and do the same thing. It’s just a spark that I explore.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
Wow! That’s a hard question. I love them all for so many different reasons. But the first thing that popped in my mind was In the Moment. This was one of the first pieces that I self-published. There are three editions floating around out there. Besides, from the characters that I love, it’s the fact that I got a do over and didn’t have to ask permission! This was also the first piece in which someone sent me an email saying that they liked it. So yes, this is very special to me.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I’m afraid of birds! The actual phobia is called Ornithophobia. I have a very mild form – heart palpitations and the occasional yelp when they get close to me.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
So far everything is from my imagination, but there is a story in my To-Be-Written stack based the experience of an acquaintance of a friend of a friend…of a friend of mine. We’ll see if it ever sees the light of day.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
Calliope, pronounced like the street in New Orleans – cali-OPE
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I started a cozy mystery last year and I really have to finish it!
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
I always name the last few that I’ve read because there are so many , so Anya Wylde (Regency Romance), Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar (Multicultural Romance) and Tavis Smiley
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Darcey St. Claire and Vincent Guidry are two of my favorites. So much separates them – age, race, upbringing, etc…Yet they find the things that tie all humans together and make it work.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
For me it’s balance. I have a family to take care of, laundry to do, homework to check, events to attend and general loving to give. I also work 40 – 50 hours a week outside of the home. Writing always comes in third and there have been many sleepless nights.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Read within your genre! Take classes and get feedback! And don’t take negativity personally, keep writing!
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I’d still be working and enjoying my family and thinking that there was something else I was supposed to do.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
Hawai’i! The beautiful beaches, horseback riding, exploring the islands! Wow!
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?
Déjà Vu Summary
Darcey St. Claire is never surprised when a man is attracted to her. In fact, her style revolves around that assumption. From her short skirts to her thigh-high boots to her flirty laugh, Darcey flits along the edge of provocation to sell the overpriced services of the Hayden Court Hotel and afford her the spot as top Sales Manager.
So the lustful looks Vincent Guidry cast in her direction didn’t faze her. It was the feeling of déjà vu creeping up her spine that made her run at breakneck speed away from the handsome former quarterback.
And she wouldn’t have ever sought him out again. Not for herself. But there was someone else to consider…
“Shouldn’t you get back to Morgan? She’s probably frantic by now.”
“Since when do you care about Morgan?” He leaned closer filling the space with the scent she’d missed. She allowed herself one deep breath before swinging off the couch. This wasn’t going to end well if she stayed with his hands on her bare skin.
Walking quickly to the bar, she deposited the glass and turned around. He had swiveled in the chair, reclining back with his legs spread wide. “Does it bother you thinking about what Morgan and I may have been doing while you’ve been away?” Even in the low light, she could see his condescending grin.
“No, Vincent. I told you. This was fun but that’s all it was.” She skated past him. The door was so close.
She grasped the handle and pulled. Nothing.
“We can have fun again, Darcey.”
Sandwiched between his hard length and the cool glass of the door’s window, her elbow jutted into the dense muscles of his stomach. “Oh, oh,” she moaned quietly in time with the scrape of his nails up and down her arm.
Not going to end well.
She jerked the handle back again, this time with both hands. Nothing. Her head dropped back onto her shoulders and she could see his forearm resting against the glass.
“I told you I wanted to talk to you.” He spoke in a low breathy whisper while the hand that wasn’t barring her exit lifted the hair from her neck. She made another feeble attempt to open the door and then her hands dropped heavily to her sides.
“Did you wear this for me? You know, I love this color on you.”
Had the choice of the dark rose babydoll style dress been an unconscious cry for attention from him? Gentle kisses peppering over the back of her neck sent an electric jolt down her spine and the self-analysis came to an abrupt stop. She stilled her body so he could continue.
“This is what you were hoping for?” He smoothed his hands down her hips to the hem of the dress and his nimble fingers scrunched it up to her waist.
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