Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I started writing for fun around two years ago but it took until March this year for me to build up enough courage to publish something. Since then I’ve launched four short stories, a four-part series, a standalone novelette and a box set! I also have two novels that are almost ready to launch. It’s been fun learning about self publishing. Getting the book ready is hard enough but finding ways to self promote is even harder. That’s where great sites like Pretty-Hot come in!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The name of my book is Throttle. I’ve been reading some dark romance recently and I wanted to start a story with a tragic circumstance and see how it impacted the characters in a more traditional romance setting.
The story is quite subtle, which I know is different from other ‘stepbrother’ romances, but I was happy with using the internal issues the main characters faced as the challenge they needed to overcome.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Currently I write at my kitchen table or at a local coffee shop. I’m looking at using dictation software so I’ll be able to ‘write’ during my car journey to work! That should be fun if it works out…I hate the dead time when I’m stuck in traffic…that’s usually when my mind churns out the best story ideas.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
There are many self-published authors that have been very successful and they have become an inspiration to me, particularly as they often face criticism from mainstream publishing.
I have some writer friends who beta read for me and play a big part in shaping my ideas.
I love Cara McKenna’s books. Her writing style and character development are great…I read pretty much everything she releases!
What are you working on now?
I am currently editing my New Adult Novel entitled Messed Up and Magic. I’m going to be releasing it in mid July. I’ve enjoyed writing about younger main characters and the challenges they face in their family lives and relationships. All the emotions seem heightened when a character is going through something for the first time.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I use facebook and twitter a lot. Goodreads can be good too. There are lots of newsletters to book into. It’s often hard to know which newsletter to choose based on price etc. Not every newsletter will work for every book.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write…every day if you can. Keep a note book by your bed to jot down ideas. Look around. The more observant you are, the more you have to draw on for your work.
If you want to make money doing this you have to write to the market.
Or just write what you like…I think I do a bit of both!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write and launch regularly to keep momentum. As a part time writer this is hard to do.
And network. You need to be in contact with other writers for support and advice. I’ve learnt so much that way, and continue to learn everyday.
What are you reading now?
Song of David by Amy Harmon, Sloth by Ella James,
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m going back to my Billionaire Behaving Badly Series to write a sister series. My Billionaire, Andrew Costner, has a brother and he’s been ‘bugging’ me to write his story!
And I have an idea for a dark romance series centered around a main character who’s a voyeur. I’ve been researching a lot to prepare for that one!
What is your favorite book of all time?
It changes all the time but I keep going back to The hand that first held mine by Maggie O’Farrell. It really touched me, maybe because I had just had a baby when I read it.
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