A survivor of sexual abuse, I have recently written the true account of my childhood, titled: Life After Hell: Surviving Sexual Abuse. I have tried to convey what happened to me as well as my journey to finally getting justice.
A lot of my own experiences have gone into my fictional works, especially my first book The Man of My Dreams. I created a vigilante vampire that rescues women and children from rapists and child molesters……
I’ve loved Vampires and the paranormal ever since I can remember and always envisaged myself writing a book or two on the subject! I have written 5 books in The Dream Series so far: The Man of my Dreams, Be Careful What You Wish For, The Chosen One, Succubus: An Erotic Companion and A Match Made in Hell. All Paranormal Romance novels with Vampires(of course) as well as a bit of blood and gore thrown in and the 4th one is slightly on the erotic side! These characters are very close to my heart and I hope you will come to love them as much as I have.
I’ve also written my first Contemporary Romance trilogy which will be released in July 2014. The “Someone to Love Me” series will consist of 3 novellas: Undeserving, Unforgiving and Understanding – plus a new adult romance titled Entwined that will be out September 2014. I hope you enjoy them.
I recently published a short story (Why Won’t Someone Help Me?) about my health issues and the trouble with getting diagnosed or treated for invisible illnesses.
What inspires you to write?
I have no choice but to write! If I don’t write, the voices in my head bug me all night until I get the words out. My own life experiences, dreams and the images and words that appear in my head are where the stories originate from.
Tell us about your writing process.
I tend to write around my kids – especially my three-year-old daughter. I usually end up writing late at night when the house is quiet and I can actually concentrate on what I am doing. I like the house to be either silent or music playing – depending on the mood I am in at the time. Sometimes I have no idea where the story is heading until I sit down and start, then the words just seem to flow.
I write the first draft from start to finish – although some chapters may be out of context or swapped around before I send it to the editor. I write the whole thing and then go back and rewrite, cut, add in scenes etc. I often go looking for a cover before I even start as the covers inspire me a lot as well. For my new adult romance, Entwined, the entire story came from the cover.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
All the time! My characters can be really pushy at getting me to finish the book.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. Nothing will happen unless you actually write. Once you start, the words will flow and you get better with practice. Also, always get your work professionally edited and use a cover artist that knows what they are doing. Readers do judge books by their covers and books that are full of typos or incorrect grammar everywhere, don’t sit very well with most readers.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I guess I am a control freak and the thought of being able to have complete say over the entire process, made Indie publishing very appealing to me. Plus it is extremely hard to get a traditional publisher to even look at your work and I don’t handle rejection well.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I know a lot of Indie authors that are doing extremely well and I see more and more authors going the same way.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Romance (Paranormal, Contemporary, New Adult), Non-Fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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