Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a former English/Literature teacher who gave up the classroom two years ago to follow my dreams of being a fulltime romance author. I self-published my first novel, The Doctor’s Secret Bride-Book One in the Billionaire Brides of Granite Falls series in May, 2012. During the past thee years, I wrote Books 2, 3, 4, and I just recently finished Book 5, which is being released on June 7, 2015.
I also wrote and published three short stories before I published the Granite Falls series, two of which are a kind of introduction to the town of Granite Falls.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is With These Four Rings. It is Volume 5 in my Billionaire Brides of Granite Falls series, and it chronicles the lives of the four couples for entire series.
I was inspired to write WTFR because of demands from my diehard fans who’ve grown to love the couples over the years. None of them got married in church in their individual story, so I was asked to write a novella where they get married in style. The novella eventually turned into a full-length 85k words book that consequently addressed some issues and answered some questions that were left unanswered in each book.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t think I have any unusual writing habits. I’m not a plotter, so when I sit down to write, I have no idea where my characters will lead me. I must have visual stimulation though–images of the characters, the settings, maps, etc so I be as descriptive as possible. Other than that, I just sit and write until I’m hungry.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’ve been influenced by George Eliot Brenda Jackson, Amanda Quick, Linda Lael Miller, and a host of other authors.
What are you working on now?
I’m about to begin working on my Beyond Granite Falls series which is a spinoff of the Billionaire Brides, and chronicles the love story of some of the secondary characters. Book 1, Loving Yasmine from the Doctor’s Secret Bride. Book 2, The Neglected Heir from The Playboy’s Fugitive Bride and The Tycoon’s Temporary Bride, and Book 3, Desire’s Chase form With These Four Rings.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Sites like Pretty Hot and Face Book are great for advertising. I find Face Book the best way to stay in touch with my fans to let them know what’s happening in my life and the lives of the characters they’ve grown to love.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never give up on your dreams.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“You have to tell the truth.”
What are you reading now?
Pulling Me Close by Renee Kelly.
What’s next for you as a writer?
What is your favorite book of all time?
Middlemarch, by George Eliot.