I am a 38 year old, Navy wife, mother of two, student of Complementary and Alternative medicine, Football team AD, and all around busy gal. I married my hubby when we were 23, though I’ve known him since we were 16. I live in Suburbia SoCal, with my kids, my two Golden Retrievers, 1 cat and a lizard. Basically, I am the girl next door.
I also happen to love writing erotic romance.
What inspires you to write?
It started when I realized that the stories I had ‘playing’ in my head were better than the ones I was currently reading. I have always had a crazy active imagination, been able to lose myself in my own world, even as a child. As an adult, that world got spicier, sexier, and a lot more involved. When I finally felt like I needed to at least ‘read’ the story I had running through my head, I decided to write it down. Today, that first story is known as ‘Siochain”.
Once I had one story down on paper, it was almost immediately followed by another. Then another. Right now I have two stories fighting for dominance and three more floating around on the back burner.
Tell us about your writing process
A book idea can start with either a situation or a person. Sometimes I will see a picture, or a person walking down the street with an odd expression on their face. I start to wonder why they look like that and create an entire back story as to how they ended up where they are. Once I have one character, be it male or female, I begin to determine what kind of person would be ‘the one’ for them. Who would break the mold, why would that person be able to break down the barriers, etc.
Once the characters are basically fleshed out, they become as real as my next door neighbor. Then I have to figure out their situation. What draws them together, what pushes them apart. Often times this is based on a scene that seems absolutely perfect. Once I have ‘the scene’, I just work the story around that scene.
I am definitely a seat of my pants writer. Sometimes things that I have expected to happen just don’t fit the characters. Just like real people they develop and change throughout the course of the story and something I have planned doesn’t seem to fit their plans. I need to be open to those changes and make sure they stay true to themselves, even as they change.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Both! My license plate frame actually says “You’re just jealous because the voices talk to me”. My characters are very real to me, almost too much. When I’m writing, I can hear and feel everything they are feeling, everything I put on the page. Including dialogue. I can hear the tone of voice, the sarcasm, the pain, the anger… all of it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
With a lot of encouragement from my friends! I liked my book, but I wasn’t entirely sure anyone else would. It took a lot of encouragement from my husband, and two of my good friends to go ahead and decide to try to publish. And a lot more encouragement when I got the NO responses.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I chose my publisher because they chose me, honestly. I had no idea what I was doing, only now after three books am I starting to figure it out. I knew it was a small print company, but I also knew I had to start somewhere.
I am actually looking at submitting to new publishers for my next book. I am also considering looking for agents to help me figure out how to navigate this crazy world of publishing.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Contemporary Erotic Romance
What formats are your books in?