1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
It's funny, but when people first meet me, I guess I put out a persona that I'm a Soccer mom. Once they do get to know me though, that all changes. I was told by an 8th grade teacher that I was born in the wrong decade. I should have been a Flower Child. I'm very down to earth and some would go so far to say a dreamer of sorts. I will give you the shirt off my back if need be and I will always find time for you. One of the things that shock people the most about me is that I have a tattoo.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Wow, that's hard to say. I never really have spare time. I'm a mom and wife so most of my time I give to my family. On the off chance I do find time, I love to cook or just sit outside and read in the quiet.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
After I get the hubby off to work and kids to school, I will sit and mill it around in my head for a while. Sort of play out a scene and once I think I have it ready, I sit and just go. There are times I just zone out and when I look up again it's like 1 am and I need to get to bed.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
As strange as it is I have to say, but my dreams. I have some pretty crazy ones. I will wake up and think about how it can work out. If it will play out the way I want or if I can put a twist to it. That was how my first book started. That and my kids making me watch the “Kid Choice Awards” with the Jonas Brothers on it.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
I have to say “In Another Life”. It just flowed from me and it is taken from a very personal experience. I love how it turned out. I wanted to also teach a very valuable lesson that now a days gets over looked. We judge people by how they look. It is very rare we take the chance to stop and get to know the real person inside. We are missing out on so many experiences that could not only change our lives, but also the ones around us.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
Wow, that's a hard one. I guess I get into these strange moods where I will talk with a different accent. I use to do it to make my daughter laugh, but it just comes out at the strangest times. What is really bad, is I do it around my friends sometimes and I get them into it. By the time we are done, we have laughed so hard our stomachs hurt.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination? My newest book, “In Another Life” came from my own real life experience. It was very hard to write but in a way it just flowed when I did. I plan on writing more like this, like the story of my daughter's adoption and my brother's death. But I love coming up with stories too, using my imagination and letting it run wild to see what I can come up with.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
I think it is safe to say, I have not really employed or I have been picked with any one particular 'muse' per say. I think I have different ones for each book I have written. They just seem to pop up and whisper in my ear about what to write.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing? I plan on going outside the YA/Sweet Romance box in the future. I have a couple paranormal ideas and also want to move onto more adult romance.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
I have so many. I would fill up this page if I had to name them. It's hard because some are friends and some I have never met but would love to. I am going to play this one safe and say, there really isn't one or two authors I like. Lets just say, if I read your book and it touches me in some way, you are now one of my favorite authors.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
In the “Fallen Angel Series” I have to say my favorite male is 'Kevin'. I love him for his humor and the way he can be so serious at the drop of a hat. Female is 'Chloe' because I love how she developed though the book. With “In Another Life” I have to say 'Nate' and 'Annie'. There are others in the story, but since the story is about them, I'm a little more bias to them.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
For me, it was finding the confidence to take the steps to put myself out there. I have been writing for years but never thought I would accomplish doing anything like publishing something I wrote. I have honestly been amazed and humbled by the response I have gotten to my work.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Don't give up on your dream. It's yours and no one can take that from you. All it takes is baby steps and then a huge leap of faith to make that dream a reality.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I think I would be dyeing the gray out of my hair less. Really, I'm not sure because I love being a mom and giving my time to help people. I probably would have gotten into more charity work.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
A secluded beach. Hands down. There is nothing more romantic then spending time getting lost in each other while enjoying the quiet of the ocean air and suns heat.
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?
Here's the blurb:
A Sweet YA Novel~ Based on a True To Life Story...
With Nate, Annie sees what love really means. She learns how wonderful life can be. And how at anytime, things can change without warning.
If she’d stayed in her safe, little world, Annie would have missed her chance at love. But because of an irresistible attraction for a boy, she just couldn't forget? She finds out what she’s really made of and what’s it’s like— living in another life.
Here is one of my Favorite Exerts from the book:
“The only thing I thought about today while hooked up to that stupid machine, was the taste of your sweet lips.” He almost purred.
“There's so much I need to learn about you. So many things I wanted to ask, but felt funny to question you about.” What he said about the stupid machine made me realize, this wasn't going to be a normal relationship, if that's what it turned into. I wanted it to last longer than a week, but would he? He could decide I maybe just as crazy as Jim and end it or he could use John's excuse, I was just too plain.
Instead, he shook his head and moved away from me.
I could see hurt in his eyes.
“Is this where I tell you how sick I really am and you call me later and say it's just isn’t going to work?” He walked back to his bed, taking a defensive pose, as he crossed his arms over his chest, almost daring me in away.
I sat next to him. I taking his hand, holding it in both of mine. Slowly, I moved my hand to touch the lump that rested on the inside of his forearm, almost afraid of how it would feel. I placed my hand on top of it, feeling his blood rushing through it, pulsating beneath my fingers. I could feel him watching me intently. “I just wanted you to tell me what I need to know if you’re in trouble. What to expect when you’re sick, so I can help you if I can. That’s what a girlfriend's supposed to do.”
He took my hand and pulled me close to him, holding me tight against his body. “I really wouldn't know, I’ve never had one before. Most of the girls I know are friends, the ones I did like, turned out to be too shallow to even talk to me, let alone take the time to get to know me.”
“You should know, I'm nothing like that. I thought you would've known that about me by now.” It hurt to think that he that he would think I could be shallow like Stacy. and use him for an advantage.
“So, I’m not some kind of freak to you? Someone you’re going to show off like the main attraction at a carnival?”
“If I thought you were a freak, I would’ve slapped you when you kissed me last night. Instead I did this…” I leaned in and kissed him, deeper than the night before. After a long moment, I pulled my lips away.
Nate stroked my hair, and smiled at me. “So, what do you want to know?”
“If I said you were a circus freak, could we get avoid the wait at some places?” I needed to make a joke, something, to break these feelings I was having, just being close to him. I hated feeling this way, it scared me, it was way too soon for this to be happening.
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