1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I don’t really know what to say except I write the stories the character in my head tell me. I really love what I do and have been writing since I was about 11. It started with a diary and grew into exploring feelings and characters. Now, I get to do that with a publisher who thinks I’m decent while living in the mountains of the tropical island where I was born. Life is a challenge but it’s still really good.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I had my computer die and a great friend of mine loan me her Mac and alert me that there were some movies on there that I could watch. I did and I realized that I missed Netflix and spare time. So to answer your question, I will have spare time again and when I do, Amazon/Netflix movies will be my treat!
3. Where do you get your ideas?
I think right now, I’m wondering, “Where don’t I get story ideas?” I spent years watching TV and movies plus read a decent number of books. All of them stirred my imagination in one form or another so these stories are partly from those experiences mixed with my own, taken to the nth degree of drama.
4. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, which would be your favorite and why?
Oh, that’s like choosing a favorite child…I love them all for different reasons so I can’t really choose. I love Unchained Hearts because it was my first book and slapped me as I wrote it. I loved the other two books from the Baxter Family series because they were all sorts of dramatic fun. I love Eyubea Girls because it’s the one that took me down the rabbit hold and I loved the ride. I love Tobey Fine because it feels like a truly fun sports-based series that I could also get into…more to come
5. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
They all have some real life element. For example, the Thai restaurant in Tobey Fine is inspired by one of my favorites places in Miami. The ice cream place in Unchained Hearts is inspired by a small family-owned place my Dad took me to one day. We had no idea it existed even though it was less than a couple of miles from us. So, yeah, these stories have real elements as well as imagination.
6. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I started writing supernatural stuff and I think I’m going to be opening that door in the next couple of years. I have earmarked 2016 as the year for historical, as I have the follow-up to Eyubea Girls as well as another series outlines. So 2017/2018 looks like supernatural time.
7. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
You know I love Sable Hunter. Her McCoy brother Jacob is my favorite and was part of the reason I got back into fiction writing with BC support. I loved Isobelle Cate’s Cynn Cruor series, Katherine Rhodes’ Club Imperial, Emily Lawrence’s Soul’s Desire series. I’m checking out some of our other authors, like Lyn Croft, Tina Bass, Alicia Sparks, Aurora Zahni…we have some really great talent at BC.
8. Who are your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
I like Marge Steinger. She’s the head of the SFL from the Sacked & Tackled series. She’s tough, levelheaded and fair. I think she’ll show what she’s made of in an upcoming book. There’s a secret she’s kept that may need to be revealed. Male…Winston. I haven’t even written him yet but I’ve had him in my head for about a year and a half. He’s from the new series that starts with Quinn Baxter’s story. He’s going to break some hearts, I think
9. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Doing what you love when you realize that it’s what you love is just great and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. The business side of it is tough but necessary and I’m all for it. I think trying to give equal time to both sides is tough. I don’t use the word balance because my scale will always tip more towards writing but I make sure that when I do any promo, planning is key. I don’t worry too much about the trappings. I just work on getting my brand out there as much as possible in the best ways possible. With the field being what it is, that’s to tough part.
10. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Be ready to market. Just because you wrote this story, it’s really just the beginning. There’s still a lot of learning and working to do and it has to be consistent. Write always. Don’t give up. Market smart because that’s going to help readers find and love your work.
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?
My latest story is called Tobey Fine. It’s book 1 in the Sacked & Tackled series. It’s a sports romance when I found my physical inspiration for Tobey Fine in a former NFL player named Will Demps; it made the writing this story a lot more fun. Tobey’s a player. He’s confident, of course, but not an obnoxious, arrogant guy. Plus he’s smart. Not that ‘dumb jock’ stereotype at all. However, he did something to Niveah a while back and it’s come back to bite him. I think readers will love Tobey and Niveah because I really enjoyed reading this story even as I was editing it, which is a good sign. It’s a quick read that’s just fun and I hope to give readers a little more insight into what’s brewing in the SFL with the upcoming books.
Tobey Fine Blurb:
Tobey Fine, the ‘Blasian Sensation’ is at the top of his game as the face of the Miami Medusas, a Steinger Football League team. When he's introduced to his teammate's best friend, the Blasian Sensation comes face-to-face with his reckoning.
Niveah Wallace is the founder of Carmicon Technologies, a software development company contracted to do a pilot game app featuring the Miami Medusas and team rivals, the Atlanta Mercury. If this project goes well, it will put CarmTech on the map.
Still smarting from Tobey’s rejection years ago, Niveah is presented with her chance to get back at him—but forgets that revenge can be a double-edged sword.
Despite their initial fallout, Tobey and Niveah grow close in a way neither expected. But inside the SFL there’s trouble brewing as a piece of Tobey’s past threatens to upend his present and jeopardize his future. He'll do whatever it takes to keep his love no matter who he has to fight to do it.
What happened next, she would look back on as the low blow that was her final straw. Just a little before lunch time the following day, the most delicious tangy sweet smell hit her hard. She came out and saw a man in a puff chef’s hat in front of two circular hot plates. He ladled some white liquid onto one of the plates and carefully spread it out with a flat edge.
She loved crêpes.
Tobey Fine had decided to play dirty and he was not going to get away with it.
She grabbed her phone and called him.
Tobey was just finishing up his set when he heard his phone dance on the bench.
CarmTech. Niveah. Allowing himself to enjoy what he thought was a small victory, he smiled and let it ring for another second before answering.
“Three days,” he spouted.
Taken aback by something other than a ‘hello,’ Niveah responded, “What?”
“It took you three days to call me back. Flowers then lunch from your favorite supermarket deli. You are not easy.”
“My favorite—how the hell did you—” Blake Allan Berrios was a dead man. “I’m going to kill him until he dies.”
“Now that’s not nice.” Tobey was enjoying the frustration he was hearing on the other end of the line.
“What do you want, Tobey?”
“A do-over,” he replied.
“What is this, middle school? You can’t undo that. It doesn’t work that way.”
“Okay, then I want to make it up to you. Properly.”
“Why?” Niveah’s voice was more tender than she meant it to be. A part of her had dreamed that he would say those words but when the moment had come, she didn’t trust it or the man saying it. Seven years was a long time and she wasn’t about to make it easy for him to see how much she wanted this. “Why do you want to make it up to me? It’s over and done. You made it clear and I got the message. So why this?”
Tobey sighed. He heard her tough words and it made him proud for some reason. But underneath all of that something in her voice was challenging him to prove himself, his intentions. He decided he was up to the challenge. “Because while it took you three days to call me back, you could have just said nothing at all. That means I have a chance to say I’m sorry for what I did and that you’d actually forgive me for being a jerk that night.”
Niveah was prepared for some tired story about how fine she looked now compared to then. She was ready for all of that drivel but not for something so...sincere. She couldn’t believe what she was about to do but maybe, just maybe, he wasn’t as bad as she thought after all.
“All right.” She relented before she had a chance to change her mind…
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