1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I’m currently in my twenties a citizen a born Canadian living in Toronto. It’s a city where people are either immigrants or immigrant descendants so getting interested in different cultures happened as I grew up. I started writing at 13 but after going to university for writing I wanted to get even more serious about my writing dreams so I researched the online publishing world and started to write and network. I’ve been active since 2012 after publishing a Christmas novella.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
On twitter you can see references to my hobby of watching Korean dramas and reality TV shows. I’ve been watching Asian dramas since high school so learning to speak and write in Korean is a big goal that I’m working on. I have a love of cooking after being a serious food network addict so cooking for friends and family is another thing that I enjoy. I try to go on a neighborhood run or do Pilates in the morning since it helps me to organize my thoughts and relieve stress as well.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
When I have an idea for a story I like to start organizing it right away. After opening a Scrivener document I start off with working titles and names for characters. I will look for pictures on Google so that I can start imagining how the characters will interact with each other so I can get a better idea of how to start their characterization.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
From everything! I’ll be talking with friends or watching something and start to get ideas out of things like that. For example with my Christmas novella Just As Good, I had the idea of a couple who got so comfortable with each other that they stopped working on romance. I wanted to complicate the situation of wanting to bring back romance by also bringing the in-laws along to the romantic setting of a cottage in Northern Ontario. So when it comes to story ideas I like to layer them as much as I can without losing sense of the hero and heroine’s journey.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
My latest novel Here’s To Hound Dogs is my favorite to date since it went through so many transformations as I wrote it especially the title which was changed from Deflowering Lily. I wrote the story on and off since 2011 since the story themes of self forgiveness, moving on from the past, and trusting a new love seemed to be straight forward as I outlined the story but going through the emotions with the characters was hard to write especially the middle parts of the story. I strive to stay as true to the characters as possible so that a reader who goes through the same situation will be able to relate and say: “I went through something similar and this story is realistic in showing what I went through.”
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I’m definitely a lover of spring and summer weather but fall comes with the best fashion for me especially knee high boots. I rarely find ones that I’m in complete love with but when I do find a great bargain on a pair of boots I’ll buy two in case something happens to the other one. It’s a habit that I should break for the betterment of my bank account but I find that the weather in Canada is too unpredictable to only rely on one pair.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Right now nothing that I’ve written in based on real life experiences. Some of the minor characters however are inspired by some people in my life. For major plots and characters I stay away from using direct experiences since I won’t be able to separate my feelings about the situation from the characters. I like to have a blank emotional slate to work with when I’m writing so I’ll be able to express how they feel properly.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
I don’t have a static muse I just get a really strong urge to write that will only stop if I start working on something even plotting helps. The closest thing I had to a muse was in my teens when I was working on a YA book on a site. The hero of the book I was working on showed up to dance in my mind whenever I needed to post another character to “Play” by David Banner.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
Right now I’ve only been working on my contemporary romance stories but I’m really interested in the world building for urban fantasy, sci-fi and even historical romances.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
I love every single one of the interracial authors out right now but at the moment I’m reading Sienna Mynx’s “Taming the Scotman” and that is becoming a favorite book of mine so I’m going to be checking out more of her stuff as well after finishing that one.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
I think my favorites as of right now would be Evan and Kitt from “Just As Good” because even though in the book they are going through a rough patch in their relationship they were really easy to write together like I knew them.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
I think I have to learn to balance more. When I’m working on a novel I tend to forget to meet up with friends since my mind is focused on what the characters are doing.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
I would tell them to write their books first and think about everything else later. I had people tell me how hard it was to try and be a writer or that there was no money in the profession but if listened to them I wouldn’t have published started up my network or been able to get “Just As Good” published. We only live life once so if writing makes you happy build your social network with other authors and book reviewers (blogging, twitter, facebook) etc and send out your polished manuscripts.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I’d probably be fashion blogging as a way to get into fashion styling and design. Before writing fashion design was my dream but I still can’t use a sewing machine. If I went for fashion I probably would have gotten jaded since I have a non-linear mind. With writing I can dream up whatever plots I want and find a niche audience for it but with fashion there is a lot of repetition in trends. I always applaud people who go into fashion because they can make clothing that stays fresh within those trends as well.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
Staying in an Italian villa for a summer is my dream get away. Plus since I’m single at the moment meeting handsome Italian men would be the romantic part of the getaway for me other than the perfect scenery and food.
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?
Right now I have the novella “Just As Good” out and am working on a submission of “Here’s To Hound Dogs.” You can stay in touch with me on website and other links to see the free stories that are on my website as well.
Evan Hermes traded in romance for pragmatism when he suggested marriage at their New Year's Eve party to his girlfriend Kitt Preston. It was a “suggestion” which wasn’t well received by the love of his life. Though it’s taken him most of the year to figure out the perfect proposal, this time romance is front and center to obtain a yes!
Kitt has been in love with Evan ever since he asked her out during their first year of college. Tall, handsome, and a family man, Evan is the kind of person that most women would be falling over themselves to marry…but not her. Kitt is only willing to say yes to a marriage proposal that is worthy of their love and years together.
Excerpt for Just As Good
4 days before Christmas
A second chance for Evan to propose felt about as miraculous as Santa Claus standing in the middle of his living room with an inheritance grand enough for him, Kitt, and their future children’s children to each share comfortably.
As a grown man, it was kind of silly to believe in things such as the miracle of the holidays, but even after discovering Santa’s nonexistence at the age of eight just as his mother lost her battle to cancer, he still saved some hope for Santa during the holidays.
Kitt had left the house that week to spend it helping her mother and stepfather get ready for their trip to Barbados. Evan shivered before pressing the doorbell to Kitt’s parent’s house. She had been the friend he lusted over for a greater part of first year until he confessed to her and they became a couple. He would forgive Santa for allowing people to say that he was someone who didn’t exist if the old man had his back for just this one holiday. He wanted to make it a Christmas that Kitt wouldn’t be able to forget.
Kitt opened the door with a large pink suitcase rolling behind her.
“Are you immigrating to my parent’s cottage?” he asked.
Evan smiled at her as Kitt stuck her tongue out at him. He knew her to be a person who traveled only after packing half of her closet even if it was just for a day.
“I always win your parents and brothers over with my runway model wardrobe,” Kitt teased. “And you know I have a lot of hair products.”
“I would figure,” he said.
Her thick, curly hair formed small spirals around her shoulders. It had been their first source of conversation after Kitt asked to stand under his umbrella on the first day of university classes. He had looked down at the shorter girl beside him seeing only curls, large glasses, and flawless brown skin before he decided that he had fallen for her.
He reached for her suitcase. “I’ll take that.”
“Ah…holding doors and carrying all of the heavy things…” she said. “Good boyfriend.”
She turned to lock her front door and then walked to his car. The word “boyfriend” was appearing in a grateful afterthought in her sentences. If he had done more than suggest marriage, he would be called “future husband” sweetly instead.
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