What genre of books do you adore?
I enjoy a good science fiction/fact book—James Rollins (SIGMA Force Series), Scooby-Doo for adults—Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (Agent Pendergast Series), ‘bad boy’ books—Lisa Renee Jones (Inside Out Trilogy—LOVED Chris Merit), and humorous rocker erotica—Kendall Grey (Hard Rock Harlots Series). I may have just made up my own genres….
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Inspiration comes from living life. Friends, family, books, movies and personal experiences all come together to tweak and foster imagination and inspiration.
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
I love this question. One would think the answer is writing, but no, it’s not. And publishing in the indie era is relatively easy. So that leaves marketing, which is BY FAR the most difficult aspect of being an author, in my opinion. There are millions of books in the marketplace and getting yours noticed is nothing short of a herculean effort.
What marketing works for you?
Word of mouth is the best marketing any author can have. Friends, family, and fans are the best form of advertising.
Do you plan to publish more books?
Definitely. I’m currently working on a new novel titled HellKat. I will be releasing it in 2014.
What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time…
I am an accountant and work from home. There are advantages and disadvantages to working from home, mostly advantages. The biggest disadvantage, however, is that it’s always staring me in the face. It’s not like leaving an office building to go home and easily separating my work life and home life. My job at home is always waiting for me. And now, with writing taking up so much of my time, that self-imposed pressure is even greater. It definitely requires motivation and strong organizational skills on my part.
How do you write – laptop, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
I use a laptop usually at my desk and seldom write anything down. However, I do mark up galley copies, but couldn’t even imagine having to hand write everything that I’ve typed! I just love technology.
How much sleep do you need to be your best?
I only need a good 6 or 7 hours of sleep to have all the energy I need for a day. I actually wish I could get by on less—more time to write!
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?
Well, of course, my husband is supportive and doesn’t say a word when laundry gets backed up or the dishwasher hasn’t been run in a few days. He knows how much I’m enjoying writing, networking and marketing my books. But I also have to mention my mom. She’s in her seventies and has read everything I’ve EVER written. She has been my biggest fan since day one—literally.
Shayna Chastain has ended her marriage and is ready to move forward with her life. That’s hard to do when your ex wants you back and your angry daughter has taken his side. However, Shayna rediscovered herself during the separation, and she isn’t easily persuaded. She’s entered a new stage in life, and she’s enjoying it.
Now Sean Parker, the new younger man in her life, is determined to make sure she doesn’t look back. Their attraction is instant but the fallout will last a lifetime. Ultimately, their chance encounter will not only change Shayna’s life, but will have a profound effect on those closest to her. As Sean and Shayna fall deeper, secrets surface that will ultimately have far-reaching, deadly consequences.
By the end, you’ll be asking yourself: “Who is Sean Parker?”
Will the glimpse you get be enough?
How well do you know the people you love?
Even the one’s you’ve known most of your life…
(Mature themes and sexual content for 18+)
Genre – Women’s Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Romance
Rating – R