What is your most current work out?
released on May 14th is my most recent available work. Itís
a sizzling, sci-fi romance replete with abduction and
pleasurable probes available at Amira Press. (http://www.amirapress.com)
Tell us a little about Alien Mate what inspired you
to write this story?
Iíve always loved stories and shows about aliens. The X
Files were a huge favorite of mine back when they ran, as
were the entire Star Trek series. Doing housework one day,
my mind as usual wandered, and I was struck with the thought
of what would I do if an alien suddenly appeared and told me
he was my leader? Well, that quick jot of notes soon led to
a quickly unfolding novella of spicy proportions. And before
you ask, yes, heís blue down there too.
When you start writing, do you already have the story
plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will
Iíd like to say Iím really organized with a linear plan
about where I am going, but that would be a huge lie. I only
ever seem to start with that opening scene and from there
the story unfolds. As I go along though I will jot myself
notes of scenes Iíd like to include. For example in my most
recent WIP about a witch, I knew I had to find a way to
slide some vamps in, just because theyíre fun. And of course
I needed a scene where my wicked witch gets to showcase her
jealous side. Cautionary note: donít piss off a witch. LOL.
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre
you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
Well, all my tales so far have been romance oriented,
although Iíve noticed them noticeably veering towards the
more erotic side, especially in my most recent work. Turns
out I like the big naughty words LOL. That said though my
genre has tended towards the fantasy romance with paranormal
overtones or in the case of Alien Mate, extra
Do you have a favorite character you have written?
Wow thatís a common question and until recently Iíve been
saying Muriel, the heroine from Luciferís Daughter,
contracted with Liquid Silver Books. But as I keep expanding
on my witch story, Iíve got to say, Iím finding myself more
and more entranced and laughing out loud at just how evil
Evangaline is. Turns out I have a wicked side that delights
in insulting and scaring people. Not to mention Ryker, the
shifter who canít help himself where she is concerned, is
Do you have a character that you look back on now and don't
No matter the character and their annoying traits, I canít
dislike any of them. Each was unique and flawed which made
them seem so real to me, and each served a purpose whether
it be hero or protagonist.
Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life?
Any fun stories you could share?
In The Hunter, I drew on my own children to
properly portray the kids in that tale, course my kids donít
have the special abilities those two did, but they do whine
in about the same pitch. I know I draw some of the alpha
characteristics for my heroes from my hubby. He tends to
laugh and shake his head when I go running up to him and
outline a scenario and ask what his reaction would be. Yeah,
for tough guys who support their wives!
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know
I donít like to socialize, seriously. I almost have panic
attacks when I know we have a planned outing. I am a
homebody and I like it that way. I kind of hoped that as a
writer, Iíd be able to become a hermit, but alas, that myth
has been killed. But itís not all bad. Iíve made some
interesting new friends online. LOL - Socializing without
leaving the house, its total genius.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
A few actually. One is chips and dip. Once that bag crosses
the threshold of my home, it is mine, my precious, and I
donít like to share to my childrenís annoyance. But I am
trying to reform, one small bowl, begrudgingly given at a
time. I also love a handful of TV shows, Vampire Diaries
sitting at the top of that list currently. Gotta love Damon
and his eyes.
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is
just a must have or the creative juice don't flow?
All I need to start is the first line, which never lasts the
course. For example, I started Alien Mate with
the line, ĎGreetings earthling, I am your leader.í and from
there the snowball charged down that hill. I do prefer some
quiet too, with maybe just some eighties tunes in the
background, but my four year old who doesnít start school
until the fall, tends to be rather distracting, as does the
chorus for Dora The Explorer.
Does music influence your writing? If so, do any of your
stories have a theme song?
I love to listen to hits from the eighties when I work
because I personally think all the greatest love songs came
from that time. As to whether they influence me, Iíd have to
say yes and no. Most of the time they just keep me happy,
but on one story, Luciferís Daughter, there
was a song by Honeymoon Suite that totally inspired me,
which was kind of distracting since I was driving at the
time. My husband has suggested I get a Dictaphone, but that
would take the fun away from chanting the lines I come up
with over and over until I can get home to write them down.
If your story was optioned for a movie, who would play your
Hmm, which story is the first problem, I love them all. But
if we were to go with Alien Mate, Iíd say Ian
Somerhalder, what can I say? I love him from Vampire
Diaries. For his female love interest, can I raise my hand?
LOL. Actually her part would be harder to cast because in
the book, sheís a girl with curves, something our media
isnít too keen on representing. Personally, I think curves
Where were you when you got your first contract? Who did
you tell first?
I was sitting in my office chair at five thirty in the
morning when I got the email with a contract offer for
Take A Chance coming June 1st from
Champagne Books. Hubby who was getting ready for work was
the first one I told, well once he could figure out what all
the hopping up and down meant.
Then I told my parents, who were like, ďWhatís an e-book?Ē
They still donít quite get it but are enjoying telling
people their daughter is a writer.
What are you currently working on?
Right now Iím working on a story about a wicked witch who
canít help lusting after a shifter. Itís shaping up to be a
sizzling tale, and I hope to be finished with it in the next
few weeks before I pass out from heat stroke. After that
piece is done I am going to be working on a sequel to
Luciferís Daughter that will delve into the mťnage
concept. I canít wait to orchestrate that scene LOL. Iím
also fleshing (editorial
note Ė she did say fleshing, I wonder if she meant flushing
but with a Freudian slip out came fleshingÖ) out
a second short story to be a continuation of My
Secretary, My Mistress coming soon with Cobblestone
Where can readers find you?
The best place to find out whatís going on with me is my
All my current and upcoming books can be found there, as
well as excerpts and smoking covers. You can also check and
see on some of the projects Iím working on. Under my
contacts tab, you can find links to my FaceBook fan page and
other social networks. I do hope youíll pop on by and say
And for the silly side - What is your favorite type of
Screw the chocolate; give me some sour cream and onion chips
Thank you everyone at Joyfully Reviewed for the fun
interview and a big thank you to everyone who popped by to
check it out.