Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Born in Nashville TN, I'm the second oldest of four girls and occasionally I suffer from middle child syndrome. I met the love of my life online in August of 2004, on his birthday of all days, and married him in September 2005. Currently we have no human children only the room full of colourful robots that transform into vehicles and the large headed Pop Funko’s who represent our favourite characters. Collecting movies, shotglasses, Pop Funkos, and dust bunnies are some of my favourite pastimes. In September of 2011 I began writing and independently published my first YA novel called Cascades of Moonlight, Book one of the Parker Harris Series the following May. My first book was a means of therapy as it enabled me to escape reality for a while during a difficult transition in life. I have 6 self published Young Adult novels. In 2016 I joined the team of authors at Hot Tree Publishing. With Hot Tree I've released five books with a sixth book on the way. Recently I won "Favorite New Adult Romance Author" in the 2017 Year End awards for the Two Crazy Ladies Love Romance Book Blog.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
A Little Spark is a Romantic Comedy releasing in 03/31/18. I began this book due to an open submission call from Hot Tree Publishing for books about rescue workers. At first I considered writing about a sexy fireman finding love and then I started doing some research. I found that only 4% of firefighters are female. I decided to write about a bad add female firefighter, to show a heroic female in a male run industry. And so I started writing about Jillian Hartford, a sassy, tough as nails, firefighter.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
To me they don't seem unusual. I don't use an outline. I begin the story and just write until the ending comes to me. Then I go back and jot down notes to be sure the timeline matches up correctly. With a full time job I have to find time to write during the week. I schedule two hours a night on the weeknights and then about four hours a day on the weekends if we have no other engagements.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Stephanie Meyer, JK Rowling, Rachel Caine, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kelley Armstrong, there are so many authors who have influenced me. I could go on for days.
What are you working on now?
The 4th and final book in The Southern Devotion Series. My New Adult Romance which revolves around the same group of friends, but each story gives a different character their HEA. I'm hoping to release this by the end of 2018.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Facebook is what I use mostly for promotions. I have my Author fan page, and a private group for readers. I also use book blogs to help get the word out, I have a blog of my own where I share my books and other authors as well.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don't give up. Not everyone will like your books and that's okay. Focus on the ones who do. Don't read reviews. While some will raise your confidence, others can crush it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
"1-2 star reviews suck. We recognize this, embrace it as fact, and then flip them off (safely of course)" I'm paraphrasing, but basically the advice was not to let bad reviews make you want to give up. We all get them. Even authors like Stephen King, JK Rowling, etc.
What are you reading now?
Three Empty Words by Gen Ryan
What’s next for you as a writer?
After I release The Southern Devotion series final book, I plan to write more stand alones. I love the two series I have, but each time they come to an end it's heartbreaking. I feel as though I'm saying goodbye to my best friends. In the future I want to try something new as well, maybe a suspense thriller.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling. I've read it so many times I've lost count.
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