Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have three major passions in life – my family, writing, and Detroit Red Wings hockey! Although I’ve been writing erotic stories for fifteen years, I did not pursue publishing anything until 2015 when I self-published three.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Interview with The Mistress is the most popular work I’ve published thus far. I was thrilled when a reviewer (another author) put me in contact with her publisher regarrding developing it into a full-length novel.
The story is fiction; however, the characters are based on actual people of my acquaintance. As I like to say, the names have been changed to protect the sexy!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
We have three adopted Lab mixes in our family. I have become adept at typing with a large dog on my lap. It also gives me an excuse for typos.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I am a voracious reader, anything from trash to classics. My favorite book of all time is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. If I could write like that…it would be winning the lottery. As far as erotic romance authors, I am completely obsessed with Tiffany Reisz’s Original Sinners series. (I’m in love with Kingsley but don’t tell my husband.)
What are you working on now?
Currently I am alternating between three projects – Xander’s Garden, a sci-fi/fantasy I affectionately refer to as The Best Little Whorehouse in Space; For Love or Money, a suspenseful romance, and the as yet untitled novel featuring Mistress Aleksandra. Oops, I just spilled the beans on what the “A” in Mistress A. stands for.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Social networking has been very good to me in promoting my work. However, finding websites like Pretty-Hot.com is a blessing! Any self-published author will tell you that there are more websites that do not promote erotica than ones who do. I am a big advocate of paying it forward and make it a point to read and post reviews for other authors in my genre. Karma will bring the same back to me.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice I take to heart is actually a quote from The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving – “Keep passing the open windows.” It means don’t take the easy way out,, don’t give up, and don’t check out!
What are you reading now?
I just finished Across Worlds: Collision by S. A. Snow; a good, fun read! I am waiting anxiously for the next Tiffany Reisz release on March 31.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Another short story, Second Chances, is in the hands of my beta readers at the moment. I hope to have it published in mid-April. Unfortunately, that will be it until one of the novels is finished. I just cannot write fast enough!
What is your favorite book of all time?
I don’t mind repeating myself; my husband says I do it all the time. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee can never be topped in my humble opinion. The film version also happens to be my favorite movie of all time. I think given what is happening in the US right now with regard to racism makes the book as relevant now as it was when first published. It should STILL be part of every middle school English curriculum.