About the Author
I have loved reading ever since I was a kid, so much so that I liked to make up my own stories. I enjoy writing romance, science fiction, suspense, horror, and even poetry. My first story is a romance, with some sci-fi, paranormal, suspense elements. My style is more gritty than sweet and I look forward to writing many more stories with strong heroines and imperfect but determined characters.
When I’m not writing, I like to spend time with my family. I enjoy reading, hiking, running, swimming, and exploring new places.
What inspires you to write romance books?
I read my first romance novel a few years ago and I was hooked. I love the idea of characters finding themselves unexpectedly falling for someone and the fact that so many things can go wrong from there. In my stories, I like to show violence, pain, fear, regret, and indecision along with hope, kindness, and love but not in flowery kind of way.
Tell us about how you write:
Wolf's Challenge is the first book I have completed. During the writing process, I had several episodes of writer's block. When I would get stuck with the story, I began writing other stories so at least my stalling and procrastination was productive.
Once I get an idea for a book or a scene I write it down as soon as I can so I don't forget anything. Next, I fill in the details. I tend to write scenes out of order because the ideas don't always come to me in a nice orderly fashion.
I do create character outlines as I am beginning a story. Some things in the outline change as the story and characters evolve but the outlines are a nice organizational tool.
I like to write down my ideas using pen and paper first. For whatever reason it helps me think.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters. I think about how they would feel and act in certain situations, anything from a long line at the grocery store to a zombie apocalypse. That helps me to write them in better detail. I see my characters in my head as I'm writing their scenes and if they are halting and hesitating, then I know the scene isn't right and I start again.
What advice would you give other writers?
Join clubs and go to events featuring other romance writers so you can meet other romance writers. Also, make sure you have a good social media presence so readers can find you online and check for updates on new books coming out. Hosting contests and giveaways on your social media sites is a fun way to get readers interested in your work and in you as a writer.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have never published before. Previously, I worked in case management, sales, and personal training so writing was outside my realm of expertise. I wanted to go through a publisher because I wanted the experience an editor, publisher, and cover designer could offer me. New authors should research both publishing and self-publishing options and think about what is best for them. There are positive aspects and advantages to both options.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there will continue to be a rise in e book publishing as well as self publishing. I don't think that traditional bookstores will vanish though, because too many people (myself included) enjoy the bookstore experience.
What genres do you write:: Romance, paranormal, shifters, suspense
What formats are your books in: eBook