1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I was born, raised, and reside in Houston, Texas. My primary genre is mystery/suspense and crime fiction with interracial romantic elements. I’ve always been a mystery buff. When I was a child in the 80’s I used to curl up with my mom and watch all the old Hitchcock films. That’s how I got a love for suspense. Hitchcock is my biggest idol and he’s the main reason I got into mystery writing. I am also a feature writer and interviewer for NINA (Woman 2 Woman) Magazine, and Black Literature Magazine.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I’m a homebody and introvert so I love to just take it easy and stay in the house. I enjoy reading, watching TV, listening to music, and searching the net. I’m always reading things online and learning. I love learning. Also I’m in school so even though that is a professional endeavor, I enjoy it 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 either write down the idea or jump right into writing. It depends on what mood I’m. Sometimes I feel like starting a new story immediately and sometimes I let the idea simmer.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
My ideas usually come out of nowhere and straight into my head. I rarely run out of ideas.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
I’d say all the books in the Bree and Steven series because I love those characters so much. Also, this series is the main thing I’ve been concentrating on lately so I have grown very close to it.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I talk to myself. I always have. I don’t know why but I say my thoughts out loud when I’m alone. I tend to start chatting to myself as if someone is there. LOL! I think it comes from me being an only child. I had to make up brothers and sisters when I was growing up. I also think that talking to myself comforts me. Then again maybe I’m just insane.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Imagination. The best part of writing fiction to me is escaping who I am and going into another world. I wouldn’t wanna write about things I’ve experienced. I wanna experience new things through my stories.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
I never thought about it before, but her name would just be Stacy II. LOL!
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
Even though mystery/suspense is my primary genre I have written in other genres before. I would love to write Historicals and regencies because I’m a huge HR buff. I’m addicted to Historical romance. One of my closest friends is a bestselling historical/regency author and I love her work. I admire her so much because even though I’d love to write that, I am intimidated by it.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
Shelia Goss, Ruth Ann Nordin, Linda Howard, and Francine Craft to name a few.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Detectives Brianna “Bree” Morris and Steven Kemp from my current series. I fell in love with them when they first appeared in my 2007 release Melody. It was an instant attraction. I love Bree because she’s a beautiful, strong, black detective and we need more black women officers in books. I love what Bree stands for. She is third-dimensional, which means she also has a vulnerable side even though she is a cop. I hate characters that are too hard or too soft. People have different sides to them and that should be reflected in characters. I love Steven because I created him because I’ve had a LONG time crush on the actor Stephen Dorff. So he inspired Steven down to the name, looks, and even the way he acts. So that character is very close to me because I’m so obsessed. LOL!
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
For me personally it’s second-guessing myself. I gotta remember not to be so hard on myself sometimes but that stems from confidence issues I had growing up.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
They need to research and not rush into anything. They should take their time and actually learn about writing before getting out there and trying to be a writer.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I’d probably be a publisher, editor, or working behind the scenes in film.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
A secluded island
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?
The Wild Life is the third installment in the Bree and Steven Interracial Romantic Mystery series.
When Albany Detective Brianna “Bree” Morris learns that Cuban crime lord Milan Varela wants her estranged father dead, she heads off to Miami to find out why. With Homicide Detective Jayce Matthews and her ex-lover Detective Steven Kemp she devises a plot to get close to the Varela organization.
Brianna finds herself attracted to the older Milan and falls deep into his web of seduction while fighting to keep her mind on her mission. Milan is equally drawn to Brianna and vows to win her trust and her heart.
Is Milan really the villain when it comes to Brianna’s father? Or is he the victim?
Is Brianna’s father really in danger or is there more to the story than anyone could ever imagine?
Brianna risks her life to save her father’s but will she end up losing her own?
The steamy, explosive, and super-hot new installment in the Bree and Steven Series!
(Peace in the Storm Publishing)
“What do you expect me to say, Steve?” Brianna sat beside Jayce. “I don’t even know what’s going on.”
He bent over her. “Can’t anything go well for you, woman? Why do you keep getting yourself in these predicaments?”
“Oh excuse me for coming home and finding a man in my kitchen!”
Jersey tugged on her ears. “I have a huge headache and one of my officers has just been attacked. The last thing I need is for you two to argue.”
Steven and Brianna made faces at each other.
“We’re worried about you, Morris. Tell us what’s going on so we can help.”
“I don’t know if you can help.”
Davis slunk into the room and rested at Brianna’s feet. She scooped up the brown feline.
“The guy that tried to kill me…” She scratched Davis’ ear. “Well he worked for Milan Varela.”
Steven gaped. “What the f*** did you just say?”
“Are you f***** kidding me? A man who worked for the head of the Southern Cuban Mafia was here? Here?”
“I was telling Bree that a friend of mine in the FBI might be able to help her,” Jayce said. “It’s about her father. They’re looking for him.”
“George?” Jersey’s green eyes beamed from behind her glasses. “What the hell would the Cuban Mafia want with George?”
“No telling. You know the life my father lives. It’s full of risks and he makes no apologies for it.”
Jersey touched the back of her neck. “How the hell could he even get close to Milan Varela in the first place?”
“So this is the type of stuff your father’s always into?”
“Jayce my father has never been a father to me. He stays gone for decades at a time and pops up probably once every ten or fifteen years when he wants something. I wonder if he even remembers he has a
daughter half the time.” She kissed Davis’ head. “Right now what’s important is this mess he’s got going with Milan. Why would he want my dad dead?”
“I just can’t believe this. I mean your dad has been involved in some shady things during his life but nothing like this. What are you gonna do, Morris?”
“As much as I hate him, I can’t let anything happen to him. I gotta find out where he is.”
I have many things coming up. I have started three serials. The first installments of the serials will be released soon. Right now the publisher is getting the covers together. My next novel, The Ultimate Rush will be released in March 2014. After that Harm a Fly, the fourth installment in the Bree and Steven series will be released December 2014. In 2015, the fifth installment in the series, “Theodore’s Ring”, is slated for release.
The Wild Life is available in ebook and print.
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