Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am an author of 20 books in the various genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. I live in the Midwest with my family and three cats. I have been writing for over twenty years, and I have more works in progress than I can count on two hands.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest release is Second Nature, which came out in December and is the first book of the Blood at First Sight Series. I always wanted to write about vampires and I got my chance when I stumbled across a scene in my archives that I knew would fit perfectly. I liked the idea of a woman getting kidnapped by a supernatural character, and how she might deal with that strange reality.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I use gel pens and pretty journals a lot. Sometimes I must have the full story in front of me to start writing. At other times, the muse strikes me in the shower or someplace where I have to stop and find a way to write it down. It’s a good thing I keep a lot of paper on hand.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I was definitely influenced by Catherine Coulter’s Devil’s Embrace when I was about sixteen. Also a few books by Rosemary Rogers. Those two authors sparked my interest in the historical romance genre, which I still find myself writing today. Other authors who influenced me? J.R. Ward, P.C. Cast, Kerrelyn Sparks, Chloe Neill, Emma Wildes, Nora Roberts, and the list goes on.
What are you working on now?
Right now, I am finishing up edits on Upon Your Love, which will be book three of the Heiresses in Love Series, my Victorian romance saga. I also hope to see A Little Magick release soon. That’s a children’s fantasy and book two of the Magick Series. Books one and three are romantic fantasy. I am also gearing up to work on a contemporary romance story for an upcoming anthology. That is tentatively titled “The Unfortunate Night”.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I often dance between Facebook, Twitter and Google+. I am comfortable with all three, and I try to promote my work whenever I can.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Perseverance and persistence. Perseverance because you’re the only one suffering the most if you give up, and persistence because you need a hard shell to get through the journey. If you don’t keep going and trying new options with regards to writing, publishing and promotion, you won’t be able to evolve as a writer.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice I ever heard, which I scoffed at when I was younger, was to not limit yourself to one genre. There may be publishers out there who want you to stay in the same genre, but I say be open to new things. Let your characters and your story guide you in whatever direction they go. Even if you’re uncomfortable with the genre at first, take the risk and dive into the story. I doubt you’ll be sorry when you come up for air. The whole point of the writing journey is to test your boundaries and find out just what kind of writer you can be.
What are you reading now?
Right now, I am between books, but I am about to read Kresley Cole’s A Hunger Like No Other. I also have a pretty insane urge to read J.R. Ward’s last book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, The Shadows. As soon as I can get a copy of that, I’ll start reading it.
What’s next for you as a writer?
After I finish up edits on Upon Your Love, I’ll send it to beta readers, critique partners and my proofreader before shooting it over to my publisher. I may take a small break and then start focusing on book two of the Blood at First Sight Series, Blood Instincts.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Thus far, my favorite is Dark Lover by J.R. Ward. Wrath is my favorite Black Dagger Brotherhood character.