Did you choose your genre or did it choose you?
It chose me. I’ve loved superheroes ever since I was a kid. Ever since I started writing I’ve wanted to do a book with superheroes.
Did you enjoy language arts in school? Did you have a teacher that particularly encouraged you to write?
Depends on the grade. But in 8th Grade Mrs. Doherty sat me down and told me that I should stick with writing and never give up. Right before she red-inked a paper Id’ turned in. Lol.
It’s five o’clock somewhere…Let’s have a drink! What cocktail best describes you and why?
Caipirinha – It’s tropical and potent like me J
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?
A tattoo on my back (no, not a tramp stamp) It’s and adinkra symbol from Ghana called Gye Nyame. It means I fear nothing except God.
I have two muses, Arwen and Bronwyn, they have very distinct personalities. Can you share a bit about your muse?
Ha, that crazy bitch abandons me all the time to go sun herself. While I occasionally believe in muses, I follow the get your butt in the chair model. Some days the muse will be there, but the days she’s not, it’s me that gets the hard work done no matter what.
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?
Ha. For me it was a physics book, but for me it was about the teacher teaching the material and not so much the book, though it might as well been Chinese to me.
You have a million dollars that you must donate to one charitable organization. Which one would you choose and why?
This Organization called Autism Awareness Care and Training, they are an Autism school and training center in Accra, Ghana. My younger brother is autistic and they’ve done so much good work there.
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?
I’m a software project manager. I would happily cut off my left arm to write full time.
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?
I think its bullshit. Who are those editors and what lines do they edit for? The whole point is for character growth and to have someone people can identify with. No one can identify with anyone who hasn’t had a moment of hardship.
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?
Uhm, I’m not generally squeamish. I write very hot. But I stay away from gore mostly because it’s just not my thing. But like relationships, there is something for everyone.
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?
HAHAHAHAHHA. Yes, all the time. I smile beatifically and say yes J while my husband rolls his eyes.
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 yes, my critique partner/beta reader Misty Fanderclai. Without her, I never would have had my book published. She merrily points out where things aren’t working primarily because she wants to read the finished product.
Wine or beer? I can’t stand either. I prefer mixed drinks.
Satin or cotton? If we’re talking bedding, then Satin.
Fries or tots? Fries
Cake or pie? Cake
Steak or burgers? Burgers.Candle light or pitch dark? Candle light.
The enemy of her enemy is her friend.
Almost one year after escaping Gentech Facilities, Symone Jackson lives in the shadows with her nightmares. Thanks to horrible genetics experiments at the hand of Peter Reeser, her mere touch is lethal. It may be safer to stay in the darkness, but despite the monster she has become, she wants to be the hero…and only one man can help her.
Garrett Hunter thought he was one of the good guys, but on routine surveillance of a suspected terrorist, he discovers the awful truth…he’s not the only super human around. When Peter Reeser gave him the opportunity to beat a debilitating illness he jumped at the chance. But his decision to save the enemy—Symone Jackson—will endanger the only family he has.The way to salvation is with Garrett’s help. Can Symone overcome her mistrust and stop living in the shadows? Or will her nightmares become reality?