Did you choose your genre or did it choose you?
It chose me. I was relatively new to the romance world when I began writing. I didn’t even know what the different genres were called. I knew I had to write fantasy. I read to escape real life so contemporary had no interest for me. So as I wrote Destiny Divided, I learned about the paranormal romance genre. Then I researched what women wanted and wrote to it. Luckily, what women want to read and what I want to write matched up pretty well.
Did you enjoy language arts in school? Did you have a teacher that particularly encouraged you to write?
It’s five o’clock somewhere…Let’s have a drink! What cocktail best describes you and why?
My husband would say a hurricane because he thinks I’m a chaotic mess. I’d say a margherita – a little salty and a little sweet
On my desk I have a rhino that my husband gave me to remind me I’m rhino-tough, as you have to be in the business. Is there anything you have that you use to remind you of that?
I have two muses, Arwen and Bronwyn, they have very distinct personalities. Can you share a bit about your muse?
It seems we all endured English and/or World literature coming up in high school…What was the worst book you were ever forced to read and what about it turned you off?
I’ve had to read some pretty rough stuff being in a critique group. I won’t mention any names but after reading a pretty…unique erotica story, I ran around the house yelling, “Toothbrush for my brain! Toothbrush for my brain!” Unfortunately, there’s some stuff you just can’t unread.
You have a million dollars that you must donate to one charitable organization. Which one would you choose and why?
Operation Smile. My son was born with a cleft lip and palate. We’re lucky to live in this country where fixing it is so easy and the support and therapy is accessible. In third-world countries the kids born this way are ostracized. They aren’t allowed to go to school. Depending on how severe the condition is, some kids may die of malnutrition because they can’t eat well. Operation Smile brings doctors and therapists to these countries to fix the worst cases they can. It saddens me to watch the commercial for it because there are so many hopeful parents that get turned away because there’s just not enough money to help all of the children. It only costs $240 to fix a cleft lip and palate. We’ve collected money as a family to donate a few times. Friends and family are very generation because they love our son so much.
Do you have one of those pesky day jobs, or are you a full-time writer? If you do have another career what do you do and do you enjoy it?
Due to the world we live in, most editors will tell a romance writer they have the moral obligation to protect their characters from scary life altering things, thereby being obligated to the reader. What are your thoughts on this? Do you protect your characters and how?
No. My characters get beat up, bloodied up, have terrible things happen to them, even die. Since I’m self-published I can torture them any way I want J
Romance has come a long, long way since Fabio graced the covers regularly…it seems the hinges are off the proverbial door. How far is too far in your mind? Are there things you simply won’t write?
I don’t fiction should have boundaries. That’s what makes it fiction. I can write whatever the hell I want to write and that’s all there is to it. It doesn’t even have to make sense. That being said, I have my boundaries within my own writing. And my limits are pretty conservative comparatively. If we’re talking heat factor, I won’t do ménage or same sex or dubious consent. It’s just not my thing. I write alpha males, rough sex, sometimes some light bondage, but other than that, I’m pretty traditional.
I’ve been asked, as has my husband, if we do “all that stuff in my stories.” Do you get asked this and if so how do you handle it?
Bahahahahaha!!! Yes, I do! And here’s my answer, “Do you have sex that includes blood drinking, rolling around on a cave floor, hours of foreplay, multiple orgasms, and a geyser-like explosion of pleasure at the end with a man who looks like Antonio Banderas, says all the right things, touches all the right places, and cares only about your pleasure?” Didn’t think so.
I had an editor early on that showed me the way…have you had anyone in particular that gave you a gentle **ahem** nudge in the right direction? How did they do that and how did you react?
Oh, I had a big old nudge. Actually, I’d say it was more like a shove off a cliff. I joined a critique group and got shredded to bits. But I learned sooo much and I wouldn’t change that for the world.
Wine or beer? Beer
Satin or cotton? Cotton
Fries or tots? Fries
Cake or pie? Ice creamCandle light or pitch dark? Dark
Erin Bolton knows her former foster sister is a sorceress and a witch, but she wants nothing to do with that world. The day before her twenty first birthday, a tall, dark, and terrifying vampire, Marcelo, turns Erin's world upside down. He convinces her that he was sent to escort her to the safety of the Underworld, where her sister is waiting. But she wonders, who will keep her safe from him?
They call her The Huntress. A vampire with lethal focus, Natalia hunts rogue werewolves and kills them without mercy. She buried her heart centuries ago. Now she lives only for revenge. But when she’s forced to team up with the alpha of the northwest werewolf pack to catch a werewolf serial killer, her carefully controlled world is shattered by the passionate Cristian. Will Natalia accept Cristian’s claim on her heart even if it means sacrificing a part of who she is?
I began my writing journey while I was stranded at the airport waiting for my delayed flight. I browsed the Border’s kiosk and grew frustrated that I couldn’t find the “it factor” — the perfect combination of alpha male-ness, ass-kickery, strong females, magic, and sex. So I spent the next four hours on an airplane writing my first book on scraps of paper and an airsick bag (which thankfully I didn't need to use).
Now I spend too much time in my head, plotting evil villains and the hot men (and women) who ruthlessly kill them. I think far too much about fae politics, dragon power games, and how fast werewolves can change forms. But writing my paranormal romance series has given me a productive place to express those dark places in my mind.
I live in New England with my husband and two kids. Though I will go to my grave denying it, my husband insists I would be thrilled if he suddenly sprouted fangs.