When did you decide to pursue writing seriously?
It was a long process for me. I had a story, a series idea really, and it took over my life. Writing became a daily “need” and I wanted to get my work out there. After pursuing the traditional route for a while, (with lukewarm results) I decided I wanted to go it alone and self-publish. It wasn’t an easy decision. Self-publishing still carries a bit of a stigma (though the market is changing), but I just couldn’t let my baby sit and collect dust on the computer. One story led to another and another and now I have 5 published titles with another couple “on the way.” Writing, editing, revising, etc… it took me over, like a calling, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
How did you choose what genre to write – or did it choose you?
I’ve been a vampire fan for as long as I can remember. I just had to start writing about them and giving my own characters their story. The genre’s I write in are: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Erotica. Though I may have an idea on how I want the story to go, it tends to dictate what genre it wants to belong in and “chooses” for me.
Tell us a little about your writing process. How do you get from idea to completed draft?
Ideas come from all kinds of sources: daily life, things I see in the news, things I read, things I watch on TV, etc… When the idea strikes, I tend to jot it down very quickly.
Vampire works in Brothel – House of Immortal Pleasures.
Halloween costume ball with real vampires – Halloween Fantasies.
Rock Stars & Vampires – Karma & Melodies
Once I have the basic Idea, I just sit and “free write.”
What are some of your favorite authors to read?
I love the same genre’s I write in. There are the well-known authors: Patricia Briggs, Laurel K. Hamilton, etc… and then there are the super Indies too: H.P. Mallory, Tina Folsom, etc…
What do you like do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing I am with my family. I spend so many hours of the day attached to my computer, it borders on insanity. So I do try to make lots of time for them. We have Movie nights, Family Game night, and go hiking when weather permits.
How do you balance writing with the other aspects of your life?
I wish I could say I am an expert at balancing work and life but I’m not. I tend to sleep on the couch, not because me and the Hubby are fighting, but because I am always up so late, working on writing, that I simply pass out there.
What I do try to do is make sure I take care of the family’s needs when they are around (i.e. not at work or school) and work when they are not. Dinner, homework, Cheerleading, GirlScouts, Gymnastics, Laundry, Movie night, Game night, etc… all of these things are non “work time” for me. That often leads to my late night writing escapades. Sometimes I don’t get quiet time to write until Munchkin and Hubby are off to bed.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Just a thank you to your readers for taking the time out to have a look at this interview and (hopefully) my work. You, dear reader, are the reason we write. Knowing that you are entertained by our stories is the best compliment a writer can receive. So thank you and Happy reading!!
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