Tell us something unexpected about yourself!
I’m actually allergic to dogs! I wish I wasn’t. Most of them are really cute, but if I am near one, I can’t stop sneezing. It’s the same with certain cat breeds.
How did you get into writing?
You could say that I just stumbled into it. All throughout my childhood, I had ideas running through my head – scenes on play that weren’t from films, but instead from my own imagination. As soon as I could write, I began to write them all down. Suddenly, I realized that I was writing stories, and that’s when I knew I wanted to be an author.
What are your top 3 books of all time?
Tough one! I’ll name a few off the top of my head…Dark Lover by J.R. Ward, Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill, and Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts.
Where did you get the inspiration for your current book?
Directions of the Heart came from current events, from countless stories of trauma that I’d read about. I also got a chance to delve into the pain of my own past with this one. I wanted to tell the stories of trauma survivors, to impress upon readers how much they deserved to find peace and happiness.
How long did it take you to write this book?
I think this one took me six months to write and polish.
Have you got any writing rituals?
It helps to have a good pen, preferably a pleasant color with a flowing tip like a gel pen. I also love to write in pretty journals, but if necessary, I’ll use a cheap notebook. I need complete peace and quiet to really focus on my work. Now and then, however, I have been known to play music softly. Sometimes it seasons what I’m writing about.
How important is marketing and social media for you?
I think every author needs to have some type of web presence in order to survive the chaos that is the internet. Readers also like to have a way to follow their favorite author, to keep updated on new book releases and such. I believe we have to keep working to reach readers in different ways.
Do you read your book reviews?
Yes, I usually do.
What advice would you have for other writers?
Be patient with the journey (it takes however long it takes), but don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone either. Who knows? Maybe it will behoove you to try something new with marketing or writing, to take an extra step you might not have imagined before, in order to reach your goals.
What are you reading now?
Right now, I am rereading the first book of J.R. Ward’s offshoot series from the Black Dagger Brotherhood, the Black Dagger Legacy Series. The novel is called Blood Kiss. It’s pretty good! You should try it.
What’s your next step?
My next step is to finish editing the sequel to Second Nature. This is book two of the Blood at First Sight Series. The novel is titled Blood Instincts, and it’s a futuristic paranormal romance/urban fantasy. I should be done in a month or so, then it will go out to beta readers before I finalize everything and send it my publisher. I’m really excited about this book! 🙂
Embark on a remarkable journey of drama, romance, and passion…
In all of these amazing stories, there’s one burning question…is love worth the risk?
Reece and Jenna are two childhood friends separated by time and distance. Can they find a way to heal their bond, or perhaps forge a new one?
Spurred by her friend’s close call, Victoria decides to take a risk and prove the lifestyle she led was her downfall. But as Tory sinks deeper into the tumultuous abyss of desire with the mysterious Rick, can she climb back out before it’s too late? Or does she even want to?
Struggling to run her family’s farm on her own, Sadie takes on a hired hand, Matt. As they grow closer, so does the danger. Someone wants her legacy. Can they combat this new threat, as well as the demons of the past, before Sadie loses everything, including her life?
A Touch of Dawn
Caitlyn thought she’d be in the dark forever. But with the light came Jack, the police consultant who found her. Can they take a journey of healing together, or will Caitlyn retreat into the darkness of her mind, where she lived for so long?
(CONTENT WARNING: With an abuse awareness theme in this collection, there may be triggers here for past trauma sufferers. However, HEAs are guaranteed.)
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