Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a creative person at my core and love art in all its forms. But, there is something about books and their ability to create whole new worlds that captured me as a child and never let go. Due to my great appreciation for the written word, there has rarely been a week that passed where I wasn’t devouring a book. But, as years past I found myself stagnant when it came to self-expression. I hadn’t written, painted or sketched in years and came to the realization that it was wasteful to have an unrealized passion. Life is simply too short to ignore the things that spark creativity in favor of the mundane and tedious, so I made a resolution to write a book. This is my first book and I can’t begin to express how fulfilling it was to complete it
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Five Days Her Slave was inspired by a need to stretch myself. I have written poetry and short stories before but never anything longer than about 20 pages. I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone, write about a topic that might be considered taboo and was generally not a part of my day to day conversations.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
My unusual habit is that I write in the dark. For me the only way I can see the story I want to tell is if I kill the lights, drown out all noise and let the story play out in my mind like a movie. Darkness and isolation make it easier to for me to focus on the nuances of each character.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on three books actually. One is a follow-up to my first book, the second is a paranormal story and the other is a dark romance.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I find social media to be the best way to get your name and work out to the masses.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
My advice would be to treat writing like a 9 to 5 job. Give it the same time, focus and dedication.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice I ever got was to “choose my battles.” It’s easy to get caught up in the trivial aspects of life and give them greater importance than they deserve, so it’s important to be able to step back from a situation and really decide if is worth the fight.
What are you reading now?
Right now I am reading “The World in Reverse.” By Latrivia Nelson. It’s a really great book with lots of drama and intrigue. It has murder, human trafficking, corrupt cops, family dynamics, romance and the Russian mobsters are actually the good guys. I read the first three books and held off on this one because I thought it would be a great departure from what I enjoyed but so far it has walked a perfect line.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I want to keep pushing myself, expanding on my ability to create. I would love to try my hand at a YA fantasy novel.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I could never pick just one but my top three would be Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. Beauty and the Barracuda by Nikki Winter because I can’t even begin to explain the stomach cramping laughter that ensued a few pages into this book. Last but definitely not least is Lover Awakened by JR Ward. There was just something about the journey that the main character(Zsadist) had from beginning to end that stuck with me. It’s one of many in a series of paranormal vampire books but the world she created grounded all these characters in reality.