Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)
I grew up in Northwest Ohio and at age 16 moved with my family to Florida. Moving at that age was rough so the moment I graduated I bought a bus ticket and moved back to Ohio and stayed with a good friend.
I now live in Tipp City, Ohio with my husband and 3 beautiful children. My mother still lives in Florida and my husband’s family lives in upstate New York so our vacations every year is to one of those destinations. Driving down the highway for hours on end is a comfortable place for me.
Fill in the blank favorites - Type of hero.
I love a man that is in control and honest. Confidence is sexy.
Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your "must read" list?
Unfortunately I’ve fallen behind on my reading since publishing Inevitable so there are a lot of books on my tbr list. On my nightstand I have a small stack of my go to books that I reread when I just need something to help me close out the day. Book 1 of Fifty Shades of Grey, Beautiful Disaster, Pride and Prejudice and Easy. Paperbacks that I can pick up and just open to any page and start reading. Something for every mood. I also have a long list of books on my Kindle that I’m dying to get into.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
Well being self-published that won’t be happening any time soon but if it ever did I’d say Paris. I’ve always wanted to go since I was a child. Also Spain. My husband spent a lot time there, so I’d love to have him give me a tour. I could draw inspiration from both places for any book.
What is your favorite genre to write?
New Adult and Contemporary Romance. I’ll always write romance.
What is your favorite genre to read?
The same that I like to write. Contemporary and New adult romance, but also some historical pirate romances. It’s so random but I read this great one a while ago and was hooked. If anyone has any good ones to recommend let me know. I am always searching my Kindle.
What got you started on your writing journey?
My daughter. When she was born I was reading a lot of classics as I rocked her to sleep in her nursery. All I did was read and one day I decided to give it a try.
I’ve been a stay at home mother for 13 years and it was important to show my daughter that you can do what you love and still raise a family. I want my kids to grow up and work hard to follow their dreams.
Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?
I write romance because I love love! Insta love or insta lust is not my thing. I enjoy a slow burn romance and when sex is finally introduced I want to feel the love and emotions they feel. That means I don’t need to have a visual of all the body parts. To me it’s about the feelings behind the act. Inevitable has no sex and I’ve had a lot of people enjoy that my couple did not rush into a superficial relationship. I’m working on book 2 now and I am writing it the way I wrote book 1, the way the characters speak to me. I’m not going to rush them into bed because people are waiting for it.
What other things do you have planned with your writing for the rest of the year 2013?
Writing on book 2 then focusing on getting the books out to more readers. I have another book I’ll be starting over the winter but don’t want to give anything away yet.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
The feeling inside of knowing I’m doing what I love. I find inspiration in everything and I love opening a word doc and creating fun scenes and new characters.
If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?
Strong, Independent, stubborn, emotionally alone.
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
It has what is missing in some romance new books, a slow burn of a couple becoming friends first. Oliver, an adorable 4 year old needing a good mother at his side.
Do you have a favorite character you have written so far? Logan. He has so many issues but above all only wants to protect his son. He’s honest and to the point. I could write him all day!