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What is an author goal you want to accomplish this year?

Honestly, I'd like to finish a project! Working two day jobs has left little time to write, and it's starting to show.

What is something that keeps you motivated as an author?

My own self drive normally, but recently the desire to get something done before 2019 rolls in.

Why is writing important to you?

It provides me with an outlet for my imagination and I can even work through personal issue with my writing.

How much real life do you put into or influences your books?

I try and keep the character interactions grounded in reality. Over the top, out of character actions aren't something I'm into and I don't like them in writing. So, I try to keep the characters feeling like people you'd meet in a day to day scenario, even if their surroundings are far from "real life".

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

The ending! I struggle immensely with wrapping a project up and ending it neatly.

What are your current projects?

I have multiple projects in the works, including my third Tulsa Immortals book, the next in my Itayu Lake series, and some new projects that I'm hoping readers will enjoy.

How do you go about choosing the title for your book(s)?

Usually the title has to have something to do with the setting, characters, or plot of the story. I try and keep it intimate with that book and the overall message for the book.

What is your favorite genre to write?

MM scifi or MM paranormal. It's a toss up.

Generally, how long does it take you to complete a book from idea to publishing?

If I can do nothing but write, about four to six months. If I have others things to do a year it seems.

Do you ever use someone in your life as a sounding board for ideas or do you prefer to work alone?

I have a sound board, and she is awesome! If I ever get stuck and bring her into the idea, maybe even read her (or let her read) what I have already and discuss the particulars and where I hope to take the story from there. The fact my sound board is someone close to me helps her understand my thinking process (it's a mess in my brain) and smooth out some wrinkles.

How much research do you do for your books?

It depends on the topic honestly. If it's a modern paranormal not a lot. If it's a scifi then I research for days if not weeks before I start writing.

Did you learn anything while writing your book(s)?

Absolutely! For instance I learned orcas don't have a sense of smell for a current project.

What would be your next best choice if not writing as a career?

My formal education was geared toward the medical field, particularly nursing. I personally chose to steer away from it and focus on writing after I realized I enjoyed it so much.

Do you have any advice for new authors looking to make their own literary statement?

Write what you want and don't listen to naysayers! I'm know my books don't appeal to everyone, but there are those that love them and they make it all the better. I know it's cliche, but write the story you want to read. There's bound to be someone else out there that wants to read it to.

Also, do not give up, again cliche. There are so many different avenues for you to take now in publishing your works. Traditional, indie, and self-publishing. Find the niche that works best for you and run with it.

It's also a good idea to make some friends in the writing world. My fellow authors have been a huge help to me, and I don't think I could've gotten to even this point without them.

I've written 22 books. My current favorite is either Roy's Jaguar or Rendezvous in the South Pacific.

Why did you choose to use a publisher instead of self-publishing? *

As a new author the idea of doing everything myself was daunting, so I chose to go with an indie house for publishing. I have since self-published a few works, including my Tulsa Immortals novels.

Do you have a favorite Hero or Heroine from any of your books and why? *

Tony from Abroad in the Stars is by far my favorite Hero. He's spunky, bad ass, and loyal to a fault.

Share one thing about yourself that would surprise people who know you. *

I don't really have any secrets from those close to me. For the most part I'm an open book. A fun fact though is I have only been with one partner sexually and am still with him.

If you could go anywhere at all on your next vacation where would you go? *

Europe. I want to travel Europe and see all of it!

Favorite social network and why? *

My most used social network is Facebook, because of familiarity. I guess that makes it my current favorite. I do have a twitter and a mewe as well, but I don't really use them as much as I should.

What was your "dream" job as a child? *

I wanted to be a veterinarian. I loved animals and wanted to help them. About fourteen I realized that also meant watching animals die, be abandoned, and hurt. I don't have the stomach for that, so I changed direction. It took me some times to find something else that interested me.

Do you have anything you would like to say to your current readers or to those that haven't yet read your work(s)? *

Yes, I love you guys and I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to get something new out! I swear I'm working on projects and hopefully something will be coming soon.

To hopeful new readers, If you want a book to start off with I love my Galaxia Pirates series, but Itayu Lake is where I started and I know is a reader favorite.

Book Questions

1. What is your latest release about?

My latest release is Photographic Heart, Itayu Lake 8, and it continues the story of the shifters living on Itayu Lake and their struggle with staying hidden from Hunters. This particular story focuses and Brannon and Kyle and is the first Mpreg in the series.

2. What is the best thing a reader has said or done for your books?

One reader in particular has been huge in pushing me to continue writing and introducing me to other authors, readers, and promoters. I don't think I'd be where am today without her effort to push me forward. Thanks Fluffy <3

3.What is the funniest thing a reader has done?

Probably the funniest thing a reader has done is a suggest that I'm sure they didn't mean to be something serious, that turned into a wonderful idea for a plot twist.

Thank you!

Submitted 9/22/18, 1:13 PM

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