1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Thanks for talking with me today, Jamallah!
A little about me? Well, since I work a full-time day job, I consider myself a full-time paper pusher; part-time fantasy weaver. Being an obsessive reader, I’ve always wanted to tell stories but I never thought I had the time. It occurred to me that after being married for over 20 years, having two teenagers, and finishing college as an adult that I could probably find the time to throw a few words together. Turns out, I opened up a whole Pandora’s Box in my brain with plenty of words just oozing out, begging to be put on paper. I just published my second book in April and I’m working on number 3. I still have plenty of other books just begging to be written.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
READ, READ and READ some more! I also enjoy spending time with my family, and I have a love for photography.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
Since I don’t write full-time – YET - I don’t have a real daily routine. But I do have is a couple of journals I carry with everywhere. When an idea hits me, I pull one out of my trusty journal and jot it down. Then when I get home, I try to carve some time out to get it into my computer.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
My ideas come from EVERYWHERE! I’ve always thought everyone has a story to be told. So I look around and try to figure out people’s story. I also get a ton of inspiration from music, either by what the music says, or by what it makes me feel.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
Trapped in My Dreams is probably my favorite, for more than one reason. First, it was a real challenge for me. It was my first attempt at writing a novella (which is hard for someone that hates to say “THE END”). It was also my first attempt at erotic romance. I’m very pleased with the finished product. Second, it not something too farfetched and it could happen to real people. Besides, who hasn’t had a crush on a boss at one time or another!
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
Wow! This one was tough. But there is one thing that only my family knows about me...until now! I’m deathly afraid of…FROGS. Yes, I said frogs. And I don’t mean just a little squeamish about them. I’m terrified of them. The story behind this: When I was young, my grandpa took me fishing with him. He caught a frog. Now, I’m sure the frog was not any larger than typical, but in my 5 year-old mind (and in my 45 year –old memory) that frog was HUGE! Like, monster-sized huge. To this day, I can’t stand them.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Not yet. However, I have thought of a few that would require me to call upon some of my real life experiences. Right now, it’s mostly just been my imagination.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
I have not named my muse, or muses, depending on the day and story. But maybe I should name them. Perhaps they’d be more cooperative!
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I’d like to write more in erotic romance. There are so many aspects to explore with the ER genre. And I’d like to try Romantic Suspense some day.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
Now this is a tough one! I have WAY too many to name them all. Some of my absolute favorites are: Cat Johnson, Jeanine Frost, Yasmine Galenorn, Mari Carr, Jayne Rylon, Eve Langlais, Mandy M. Roth….the list could go on for pages.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
I really like Chance from A Chance of Fate (Book 1 of the Dominion Creek Pack series). I love alpha males, and he’s definitely alpha. And I love his mate, Stephanie. She’s independent and smart. And she keeps Chance in his place. Gotta love a woman like that!
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
For me, the hardest thing is finding time. I self-publish so I do everything myself. I hire out the cover and the editor, but writing, formatting, publishing, and promoting all fall to me. It’s very hard to find the time to that, especially when I still have that pesky day job. I’ve always had pretty good time management skills, but I’ve had to learn to fine tune them.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Research. Know what you want write. Be familiar with what you’re writing about. Do you want to self-publish or have a publisher? There are a lot of things to know and do once that first draft is written.
Talk to other writers. Get advice and find some mentors.
Then WRITE! There is no right or wrong way to do it. You will hear a lot about outline, and plotting. The fact is you need to write the way it works for you.
And the hardest thing a writer – or any artist – has to learn is not take everything to heart. You will do read through of your work and think, “What the heck was I thinking?” Then there will be other times you’ll read your work and say, “Hey…I’m not half bad!” You’re going to hear the same thing from readers and critics. Take each and every comment not as a criticism but as an opportunity to grow.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
Well, I’m doing it right now! I currently work for a major global company as a Project Manager. However, at one time in my life I wanted to be a doctor. Unfortunately, Chemistry 101 killed that dream after I failed it. 3 times.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
A secluded white sand beach being waited on constantly! Or even better, a secluded cabin in the mountains, with all the modern conveniences of course, including a deep, claw foot bathtub in front of the fireplace. Sounds heavenly!
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?
I’m currently in the middle of Book 2 for the Dominion Creek Pack series. I hope to have Scars of Destiny out this summer.
My most recent is my erotic romance novella, Trapped in My Dreams.
Trapped in My Dreams
Hot, sensual daydreams fill Nicole Dubois’ mind and drenches her in desire whenever she catches a glimpse of her boss’s brother, Mitch. He’s gorgeous and kind - and never going to happen since she’s sure he doesn’t know she exists.
Mitch Graham has wanted Nicole since the day he set eyes on her. Her beauty stopped him in his tracks and her smile left him breathless. Every night she is with him — in his dreams.
Their secret attraction to each is strong, but will a late night trapped on an elevator bring their fantasies to life or end them forever?
Enjoy this excerpt from Trapped in My Dreams:
The pressure from her arms against her sensitive breasts, however, shot her arousal up another notch, and a small moan escaped her lips before she could stop it.
Mitch’s voice was gruff with worry. “Are you okay, Nicole?” He must have taken her moan as a sign of an injury from her near collapse at his feet. If he only knew what type of pain she felt right now. The kind he alone could alleviate. The kind deep down between her thighs where her throbbing clit screamed out for relief.
She couldn’t look at him, couldn’t let him see the desire that burned in her eyes at the moment. She kept her chin down and muttered a “yes” to him.
But he wasn’t convinced. Mitch took hold of her arm with one hand, pulling her closer to him and tipping her chin up with his other hand. His brow was wrinkled, and his eyes narrowed as he inspected her for injuries. He moved his hand up and down her arm in a rhythm meant to calm her. Wanting to assure him she was fine, she lifted her eyes to his, opening her mouth to speak words of assurance.
Except once her gaze caught his, words would not form. She was mesmerized by the weight of his stare. She felt like she was drowning in the dark forest of his eyes as they caressed her, and she got lightheaded from the lack of oxygen. She felt herself sway a bit, and his hand dropped from her chin to grab onto her other arm. His firm grip was the only thing keeping her upright.
She parted her lips to say something - anything. But her throat was too dry, her mind too muddled to form a coherent thought. She watched as Mitch lowered his head toward hers. There was no speed in his movements, giving her time to stop anything from happening. His eyes were focused on her waiting lips. Her hand reached out to touch his chest, and as he closed the remaining distance between them, she curled her fingers into his shirt. She closed her eyes just as his mouth grazed hers.
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