About the Author
I’m a wife and mother to five incredible kids and a former singer/songwriter. I began ‘borrowing’ Harlequin romances from my grandmother at eight years old and fell in love with the happily ever after stories. My career in writing started with paranormal and the Tears of Crimson vampire series, but then something changed. My muse was flooded with all these great ideas for contemporary romance and I just couldn’t stop!
When I’m not being mom I write. I’ve always loved entertaining and doing it from the comfort of my home while still helping support a family has been the biggest blessing. 2014 started off great with Five Nights hitting the top 100 paid on Amazon and having Whore climbing the bestseller charts as well. I’m probably the most down to earth person you’ll ever meet and love talking with my readers, as well as other authors. If you’d like to find out more about me, all the information is on my blog. www.tearsofcrimson.com
Thanks for all the support and most of all for proving that dreams can come true as long as you continue to work toward them.
What inspires you to write romance books?
I think it’s my way of growing old gracefully. I know that sounds like a line, but when you’re raising kids, and trying to be a great wife, it’s easy to forget that you’re still a sexy woman hiding underneath the apron. Writing let’s me pretend I’m a young adult again and relive all those fun times that seem to dwindle down when you take on the responsibility for a family. I’ve found the perfect fountain of youth! Now if only I could bottle that stuff up I’d be unstoppable!
Tell us about how you write:
I’m one of those writers who don’t outline, or plan anything. When my muse hits, it knocks me off my feet and doesn’t shut up until I get it out. With my kids now in school I have eight hour days that I can give in to the fantasies of my mind. There’s a lot of writing getting done these days, let me tell you!
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters don’t shut up when they have something to say. I like to say the only reason I’m still considered sane, is because I can tell people I’m an author! These guys will fill my dreams, stop me in the middle of dinner, and refuse to let me get anything else done until I tell their stories.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing! I was told that in the beginning and shrugged it off like the person was nuts. The truth is it’s the only way to go. The market changes so fast these days that you just have to hope you get in on a trend. I’ve watched unknown authors hit a bestseller list and others never get over the 100,000 rank. No matter how good your story is, if people aren’t in the mood for it, they won’t be buying. So write, and write some more!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Back in 2008 I was laid off at my job in Respiratory. I had tons of time and nothing to do so I decided to start working on a book that had filled my dreams for over 20 years. It was paranormal romance and believe me it was rough! I’ve redone that book several times since then and thanks to some of my other contemporary romance taking off, it’s helped to push my original baby.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think we’ll continue to see self-published authors hitting the bestseller lists and more traditional authors walking away from the big publishing houses. It’s almost impossible for the traditional authors to compete with the prices we offer on our books. We don’t have the overhead that the big six do, so we can offer value and still make a decent profit.
What genres do you write?
Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, New Adult Romance
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print