Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have published two books and am currently writing the third in the series. I am a 52 year old school teacher. Wife and mother of three girls. I’ve always loved reading and just recently dived into writing and have come to love it pretty quickly. We live in Jacksonville, Florida but I am originally from Long Island, NY.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
As I stated, my books are part of a series. I started with my debut novel, Tatiana’s Chance which was released in July 2014. The sequel, Tatiana’s Choice was released in November 2014.
This series was inspired by my own life and my station in life. Society tends to think of 50 years of age as old or middle aged which denotes a feeling of being on the down slide. Twenty to thirty year olds think being fifty is ancient and that people over fifty have little to nothing left to contribute to society. That couldn’t be further from the truth! These same people think of passion and sex for the over fifty crowd as something bordering disgusting and that handholding should be the limit.
I am here to say that while men peak in their late teens to early twenties, that women peak much later in life. While women see their childbearing days getting further and further behind them, they can also gain a sense of freedom! Until I was in my mid forties, I was pretty much the basic “vanilla, no sprinkles” kind of woman, now I am much less inhibited and willing to do much more in the pursuit of physical and emotional satisfaction.
An author friend of mine says it like this, “fifty doesn’t have to have any shades of gray.” So, I’m spicing things up and letting my readers know that while some of the over 40/over 50 crowd may look like they’re slowing down on the outside, on the inside they are still young, vibrant, sexual beings but possess all their years of experience (and practice!)
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Unusual? No, I don’t think so. I like to listen to music and drink wine while I write. However, I don’t think that’s unusual.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
None have influenced me to write but because I haven’t really read much in the erotic/romance genre about people closer to my age I’ve decided to write them myself!
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on the third book in the Tatiana series, a book of poetry, and I am kicking around some ideas for a new novel.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am still a relative newbie to the publishing scene and for me, Facebook has been the most prolific outlet for promoting at this time.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never settle for mediocrity, do what you love and you will end up loving what you do.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
If it is too easy to do then you won’t have any real sense of accomplishment. No challenge, no change.
What are you reading now?
Right now, nothing because I am promoting and writing. But I have several waiting for me to free up some time.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am very interested in finishing the Tatiana series then I would love to do a Tatiana movie!
What is your favorite book of all time?
The only book that truly matters, The Bible, because it’s got EVERYTHING in it!!