1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I live in the U.P. of Michigan and am the mama to three canine kids. I am also a college student studying for my Associate’s degree in English with a minor in Women’s Studies. I was born and raised in Michigan though I have lived in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma throughout the years.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Spare time? Who has that? (grin) I love to read and watch movies. When I have a lot of down time to devote to the hobby, I also love to scrapbook and cross-stitch.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
My daily routine is pretty much the same so matter what. I get up and walk the dogs, feed and water the dogs, check my email, go to school, and I write in between classes.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
I dream in bright, bold colors so my stories are all dreams I have had. I never know what will happen until I actually sit down and put my dreams into words.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
Wow, this is a tough one! I think The Golden Dragon’s Treasure (which is in edits) is my favorite. The couple, Brady and Silver, are so similar to my husband and I so that makes them special. Though the couple I’m currently writing is pretty special, too.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
For our final exam in my Women’s Studies class last semester, we had to give a presentation in front of the class. I couldn’t get the class computer to cooperate and dropped the f-bomb in front of the class. My professor looked at me in shock, then burst out laughing as did the class. I was so embarrassed, but apparently my classmates could hardly believe the quiet woman who sits in the back of the class could cuss like that.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
My stories are all imagination. There may be an element or two with some real-life experience, but for the most part, it is all just make-believe.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
My muse’s name is Sebastian. He takes many different forms, but for the most part, he is a gorgeous stone gargoyle who keeps me on track.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I’ve been toying with an erotic romance story for a while, but I’m not sure if it will ever see the light of day. I actually wanted to write contemporary romance instead of urban fantasy/paranormal, but the paranormal rules my world at this point. Maybe someday I’ll break into my vault of stories and fix a contemporary to submit.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
You’d be better off asking who I DON’T read. (grin) I am a Nora Roberts addict. Diana Gabaldon and Hannah Howell, Saranna DeWylde, Virginia Nelson, Heather Geoffries, J.R. Ward, Barbara Bretton, Yasmine Galenorn, the list could go on forever.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Luna McIntyre and Adam Thomas are pretty amazing people. They fell in love in high school, were torn apart, and they went on with their lives. What they never lost was the love they had for one another. To have a love that burns that pure and hot for that long is magickal.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
For me, it is the self-promotions. I hate begging people to buy my books, but it is a necessary part of this industry, I’m afraid. Putting myself out there for the world to see is hard for this author. However, I’m working making a name that readers will recognize when it is mentioned in conversation.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Write, write, write. And when you think you’re done, write some more. Always take time out of your day to write. Don’t let fear rule your world. Be confident and move forward.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now? Oh goodness, I’d probably still be a 41 year old college student, but I’d probably be more focused on a business degree so I could open my own bookstore.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
My idea of perfect is a fully stocked cabin along the shores of Lake Superior in the middle of a winter storm. The wind would be howling outside the windows while the snow blows over the lake. There would be a fire crackling in the fireplace to keep us warm. We would have no phone, internet, or television to ruin the mood.
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?
Natural Born Enemies is my current release. This is the second book in the Cedar River series. Adam is so special to me because he was in the military. My dad was a veteran and I wanted to honor him in some way. This is my tribute to him.
Cedar River, Michigan is a wonderful place to fall in love. Some people see change as a good thing, but there are a few others who can’t let go of the “old ways.” “Breeds should stay within their breeds,” they say.
Adam Thomas is the deputy sheriff in Cedar River. His black puma shifter side got him released from the military and sent back home. His demons followed, but they are nothing compared to the ones within his pride.
Luna McIntyre is the only daughter and shaman to the McIntyre pack. She is tired of being smothered and told what to do in regards to her life. She’s opened a sweet shop and moved forward with her life. However, the love of her teen years is back in town and her family is trying to rein her in again.
Someone in this small town is so set in their beliefs that they can’t see how love is sometimes simply love. Cats and canines may be natural born enemies, but love may be enough to get past the differences.
I’ll never forget the first look I got of Adam. He wore his bad attitude like a well-worn pair of jeans. Gods, I wanted to be the woman to tame his wild side. The anger radiated off him in waves, but I knew in my heart that he was simply hurting.
Every year since I could remember, the pack and the pride would lay aside their differences and would help with the clearing of downed trees in the woods between the two lands. Roman Pierce recruited Adam to help. He was a young and able body. His lanky muscles bunched and relaxed with each piece of wood he tossed into the waiting trailers. My mouth still waters at that memory. Then, Adam got arrested. My dad warned me to stay away from Adam, but there was something about that young man. I started to make excuses to go into town with my girlfriends in hopes of catching his eye.
“He’s nothing but bad news, Luna,” my friend, Maria, said.
"If that’s what bad news looks like, you can deliver it to me every day,” was my reply.
Adam’s black hair was always in his eyes, but when those piercing green eyes turned my way, I felt my insides melt. A mere glance from the Pierce Pride bad boy sent my heart racing. I would watch him in the halls at school and on the football field. His speed made him the best receiver on the Cedar River Miners. I’d watch him on the side lines palling around with “Bodacious” Bowie Golden. Those two together were enough to make a girl’s panties drop with a simple smile.
The Golden Dragon’s Treasure is the third book in this series. It is currently in edits and will be self-published. I am hoping to have it out this summer so I can finish writing the fourth book. I’m also working on the first books in three new series.
Buy Links for Natural Born Enemies: Leap of Faith Publishing- http://leapoffaithpublishing.com/#!/~/product/category=2613677&id=18412886
Cedar River series FB page: http://www.facebook.com/CedarRiverSeries