1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
In my personal life, I am a country girl with a city girl heart, lol. I prefer action to romance in both my books and movies. But, I’m not a tomboy. I like heels, though I can’t wear them for very long. I love animals. I’m afraid of insects, especially spiders. Professionally, I’ve been published with several eBook publishers, including Cobblestone Press and Amira Press. My story, Doing Bris, was featured in Zane’s Chocolate Flava 4 : Busy Bodies anthology. I have many projects coming next year.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I took a bellydancing course a few years ago and fell in love with it. I try to do it as often as I can. I do yoga, but I’m not as dedicated as I should be. I love football (Go, Ravens!) So, my Sundays are spent on the couch in front of the television.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
I try to write every day. Even if it’s just a paragraph on several projects. If I can go longer on project, that’s a victory for me! I work best when I multi-task on several different stories at once.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
My ideas come from everywhere. Whether it’s real life or something I’ve read in the newspaper. I believe you can’t have a good story unless you have strong characters. So, I usually start there.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
I love all my stories for different reasons. Right now, I’m in love with my panther Jack from the New Breed series I’m writing for Amira Press. Jack is a nerd turned hottie who is also a shape shifter. It’s been fun to watch his development from college professor to panther.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I’m psychic. I used to have very strong dreams when I was a child. Up until a few years ago, someone could take a new deck of cards, shuffle it, fan it out in front of me face down. And I could go down the line and tell you the face value of each one without picking it up. It was getting to be too much for me, so I’ve shut it off. But, now, I miss it and will probably turn it back on.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Unfortunately, I’m painfully single. So, all of my stories are based on imagination.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
I don’t have a muse. Well, maybe I do. All of my characters are muses. They inspire me to write.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I am currently rewriting a young adult and getting it ready for publishing. It’s not really young adult, but the new genre ‘new adult’. It’s a story I wrote many, many years ago. Even then, I was ahead of my time.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
I love Janet Eckford’s stories. The characters are complex and simple at the same time.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
I love Jack and Zahara from the New Breed series. They are sexy and intriguing. Every time I try to storyboard, or, outline their paths, they, usually Zahara, makes me tear them up and adds a twist that blows my mind. And, I’m the one writing it.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Starting is the hardest thing about writing. Whether its starting a story, or just getting started, period. Because that while page with the black cursor blinking at you can be daunting.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
My advice would be to just go with it. Ignore everyone and everything that maybe in your path and just do it. You don’t know what’s going to happen if you don’t try.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now? I’d continue to be a librarian or maybe go into real estate.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
Somewhere that has a mixture of museums and old world charm/architecture with a mild climate that’s perfect for relaxing on the beach.
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?
Coming October 4th is book two of my New Breed series with Amira Press. HUNGER picks up where book one, Crave, left off. In Hunger, Dr. Jackson Weiland is on the hunt for the panther that killed his mother. It’s a search that uncovers more clues about his true identity as a panther shifter, and leads to more bloodshed. As things continue to heat up between him and his soul mate, Zahara Nnembia, Jack can’t shake the feeling that the beautiful panther knows more about what’s happening than she’s letting on. Zahara is indeed withholding information from Jackson. She’s afraid that once Jackson learns of her roll, he will leave her. She goes to great lengths to hide her involvement in a rival pack’s quest to locate Jackson. But Zahara, in trying to correct her mistake, makes things worse.
Here’s the excerpt:
The humidity in the air seemed to rise as he climbed
onto the porch. He shifted into his human form. His muscles ached while his
bones snapped back into alignment. He waited for the pain to subside, then
climbed to his feet. Ignoring his clothes, which still lay where he left them, he
made his way inside.
Beads of sweat dripped from his hair and into his eyes as he made his
way to the master bedroom, then into the bathroom for a shower. He wasn’t
due to the hospital until later, but it was on his agenda to go to his father’s
house to retrieve the computer and all of the files in Tobias’s office. There
had to be something in there that would reveal who Jack was and why he was
Jack stood under the hot spray of water. He ran his hands over his
biceps, noting how his muscles had doubled in size. His abs were flatter,
sleeker. The mild-mannered college professor he once was, was now
unrecognizable in light of the changes to his body. That was fine with him.
He reached for the soap. Stopped. Inhaled deeply. Zahara. Her honeysuckle
scent seemed to coat his soul, rendering him motionless. Immediately, his
cock thickened and lengthened against his thigh.
When he turned, he could make out her outline on the other side of the
frosted glass. He opened the door to get a better view. Zahara Nnembia.
Panther. Daughter of Elon. Capturer of his heart. Jack studied her long,
black tresses that fell over her shoulders in silky waves. She had a petite but
athletic frame that was covered by a pink nightgown. Within the deep V
neckline, he could see the creamy texture of her chocolate skin and began to
Zahara had his clothes in her hand, which she now tossed on the floor.
With deep-set hazel eyes, she gazed at him as if appraising his body from
head to toe. Jack’s heart thundered. Oh, how he loved this woman.
Controlling himself around her was never an option. He felt his hunger for
her rising to near panic levels and turned off the water.
“I thought you were going to go running with me,” Jack said.
“I wanted to give you some space.”
Jack nodded. He was disappointed, but he understood. “Right now, I just
need you. Come here.”
www.amirapress.com to purchase. While you’re there, pick up the first book in the series Crave.