How do you research your books? Do you visit people/places? Do web research?
I do a lot of research because it’s really important to me to create as realistic of a picture and story for my readers. I use every resource I can find. I use the net a lot but I try to talk to someone who knows the area or subject once I’ve done my initial research.
If I can visit a place it helps a great deal though it is not always possible.
What is your creative process?
I tend to draft an entire story long in advance of writing it. I use music to help me get into scenes and believe it or not, the gym is a where I get a great amount of thinking time. I often come up with ideas while at the gym for the next scenes I intend to write.
How does your support system help or hinder your writing?
When I started writing I had some people close to me that really didn’t support me, and the longer it took me to find success the more they seemed to look down on my choices. I felt passionately that I was doing what I was suppose to do though, and stuck with it. My fiancée never doubted me and kept me positive many times. Furthermore, I have a couple author buddies that really lifted me up when I was down and that means so much. And finally, I have a group of readers, my Underground Angels, who help me promote, and show me tons of love and support. The group shares life together as friends and they keep me from feeling isolated when writing can create that feeling. They truly are my angels.
What’s currently selling? Do the popular stories make you want to stay away from certain subjects, themes, or plot lines?
What is currently selling changes from month to month and I try not to get wrapped up in trends. I try to write what I feel passionate about. Early in my career I worried more about trends though, because I was trying to find the place I’d get noticed as a writer. I would tell aspiring writers to also write what they are passionate about because it shows through in your writing and speaks to the readers.
How often do you read? What do you put on hold to read?
I listen to audio books at the gym and I work out six days a week. I do have to be careful about being sure to listen in the same POV I am writing in or I get off of the details in my writing. Once I get to a certain point in a book though I can’t read/listen. I have to focus completely on what I am writing. A good book can distract me and make me think of it instead of the story I am writing.
What’s your Favorite Genre to read & which is your Favorite to write?
I read all genres and enjoy them all. I love a good historical because I can’t write them and they really become an escape. I enjoy suspense with and without paranormal elements. Dark contemporary with a suspense element has always been my favorite genre to write. I got pulled away from from writing for a while and I feel at home being back in it now.
Are you going to write more Knights of White?
I want to but it is going to be a while before I’m able to.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
No. I wanted to be an actress and did a lot of film and theatre. I actually made it all the way to starring in a film that went to the film festivals. It made me want to keep going but ultimately I had my kids young and felt I couldn’t really pursue acting and be a good parent. But I needed a creative outlet badly and writing allowed me that outlet and as soon as I started it felt like home to me.
Will there be more vampires and werewolves?
Yes. I have stories planned but it will be summer 2013 before I can offer many updates on this. I have a crazy travel and writing schedule through summer. I do look forward to bringing these stories to readers!
When can I get the Tall Dark & Deadly series somewhere other than Amazon?
When can I get the entire Tall, Dark and Deadly series places other than Amazon?
- Secrets Exposed December 25th
- Hot Secrets December 30th
- Dangerous Secrets January 8th
- The Box Set January 8th
Where do you get your ideas?
I find that living life is important. If I get out and do things, I have ideas come to me. The Inside Out trilogy idea came from my fiancée buying and selling storage units for eight years. He actually found a journal and it sparked the idea to create the story. I’d also been to San Francisco many times and love it, so that became another component of the series.
Which characters in your books do you see yourself in?
Santa Baby is about a woman who loves books and is clumsy. That fits me pretty well!
What advice would you give a new writer?
Never give up and read! Reading is learning.
How long did it take you to really break into writing and find a publisher?
I was lucky enough to get published very quickly but being published and making a living at writing are two different things. It took me MANY years to make a living at writing. I had a lot of rejections and struggles along the way.