Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a wife and mom to two adult children. When they left for college, I purchased a Kindle and never looked back when I stumbled upon great works of contemporary romances. Deciding to dust off my writing skills, I wrote and self-published my first book in November 2014. To date, I have written 5 books and 1 novella. I never dreamed I would enjoy writing as much as I have.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Finding Karma was inspired by my daughter when she was still in high school. I watched her in her first real relationship and couldn't help witness the struggle between who she really was and who HE wanted her to be. It made me think and wonder about how many girls lose themselves when it comes to their boyfriends. Finding Karma is about a high school couple so in love but Karma finds herself lost in her boyfriend's – Braden – shadow. After graduation, she takes an unexpected road trip and discovers what she wants to do with her life. However, this doesn't fit into Braden's plans that he has mapped out for them, and they find themselves torn apart. Years later, they are brought together when Braden hires Karma to photograph an important marketing campaign and they quickly discover their chemistry is still off the charts, neither of them ever getting over the other. Sparks fly and old feelings surface as they try to navigate their way into their adult relationship.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I think most would find it odd that I don't outline my books. I usually have a beginning, middle, and end in mind and fill in the rest as my characters dictate. Sometimes I'm surprised when they lead me in a totally different direction but that's what keeps the writing fresh.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Tarryn Fisher has been a huge inspiration. Her writing is so real, gritty, raw – her characters flawed. She doesn't mold her stories around a particular genre or style to please the masses, knowing she would find her audience one way or another. I'm quite in awe of her ability to tell a story.
What are you working on now?
I'm working on a book about a married woman who has an emotional affair with a young man 15 years her junior. He helps her to realize the current state of her marriage and just what she's been missing out on for years.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Promoting my books is a daunting task. It's like introducing that proverbial blade of grass in an open meadow.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don't compare yourself to other writers or their successes. Find your own voice and put on those blinders, only focusing on yourself and your writing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Not to get caught up in expecting success. The best advice I receive time and time again is to keep reading and writing. When you finish your next book, start another and then another.
What are you reading now?
Aced by K. Bromberg
What’s next for you as a writer?
To finish my WIP and hopefully attend my first book signing this next year.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher.