Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I'm the author of three romantic suspense/thrillers, about ordinary people who get caught up in extraordinary circumstances. All deal with themes of vengeance, forgiveness, and redemption.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest published book is Stirred, a contemporary romantic suspense, very heavy on romance. It was inspired by a real-life event where a fan got a little too close. It made me consider all the dark things that could happen to someone with a public persona.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Nothing unusual really. I tend to read across several genres: Romantic thrillers & suspense, contemporary romance, as well as general, historical, and women's fiction
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Three authors have greatly influenced me and all write in my general genre of suspense: Greg Iles, John Hart, and Lisa Regan, who's become a great friend and supporter of my work.
What are you working on now?
Currently, I'm working on a romantic military/political thriller titled "Against Orders". It's based loosely on our current political climate, with two romantically involved characters outrunning a politically ambitious billionaire seeking to influence overseas war to enrich his business interests.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
While I do have a longstanding blog, I rarely use it anymore and prefer using social media (Facebook & Twitter) to engage with my readers and promote my own work, as well as those authors I've come to trust and know well.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
First and foremost, write. Get that story on virtual paper. Finish it. Then engage with as many published, more experienced authors and writers in your genre that you can. Ask them to critique your work.
In the meantime, learn the craft, all the ins and outs, every nuance and trend. Same's true with the publishing business. The industry is in constant flux and requires a great deal of effort to understand and work within its constraints.
Then revise, revise, revise! And find out who your new indie friends use for cover art, book formatting, and promotion. Build a supportive team of professionals you can count on.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write what you're passionate about. Don't waste your time pandering to trends, unless that trend interests you and you know it well. And know this is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time to build a career, to build your name, your brand, and your catalog.
What are you reading now?
Just last night, I finished critiquing Lisa Regan's newest forthcoming crime novel called Losing Leah Holloway. It's easily the best book I've ever read, even better than her award-winning debut, Finding Claire Fletcher. In fact it's the sequel, and Ms. Regan ratchets up the tension high.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Just keep writing what I love and like to read best. I try to always write about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances, but my overriding theme is always revenge and the resulting fallout.
What is your favorite book of all time?
My favorite published book of all time is Finding Claire Fletcher by Lisa Regan, but its sequel, Losing Leah Holloway, coming sometime in 2017, will likely overtake that.
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