author, Royal Date
What is your favorite genre to write?
I love to write happily ever afters. I love romance, I love humor and wit, and I don’t like boring parts. So I try to leave all boring parts out of my books (who knows if I always succeed?). I’d describe my writing as sort of a romance/chick-lit/romantic comedy style. I also love to write historical romance, but I don’t think I’m as good at those.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I love to read the kind of stuff I love to write. I also love to read anything that entertains me. My taste is pretty eclectic – you’d have an easier time asking me what I don’t like to read (suspense, romantic suspense, horror). I’ll read pretty much anything besides those three because I really enjoy reading. My favorite kind of book is one that I can’t put down and have to stay up until in the morning to finish it.
Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?
Because I want to write books that I can let my mom and my daughter read. There’s some stuff I don’t feel comfortable writing about, and I know there are readers who don’t feel comfortable reading it, either. I say let’s leave things behind closed doors. I don’t write steamy romance, and I don’t intend to. I do have passionate kissing/making out in my books, though. I don’t have any problem with that, but I think it’s good to warn people who don’t want anything beyond hand holding. :)
What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
Having a finished book. I love having a finished book. I wish I was better at getting to that point. I also love hearing from readers who enjoyed it. I love the idea that I made someone, somewhere, a little bit happy that day. That I wrote something that allowed them to escape their lives for a few hours and live inside a fairy tale I created. That’s extremely rewarding.
How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?
I have three traditionally published books, historical romances. I have a non-fiction book and contributed to a book of essays. I independently published a Young Adult romance (“The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back”), and “Royal Date” won a publishing contract in Amazon’s Kindle Scout program (a crowdsourcing site where readers get to nominate books they would like to see published), and it is being published by Kindle Press.
What are your hero and heroine of the story like?
I fell in love with both Nico and Kat. Nico is worldly, sophisticated, charming, witty, romantic, loving and understanding. He’s also drop-dead gorgeous, wealthy and a gentleman. Kat is an American who grew up in a trailer park. She’s a meticulous planner, loyal, funny, kindhearted, smart, watches Battlestar Galactica and is the kind of girl you’d love to have as a friend. She’s pretty and doesn’t know it (but Nico sure does!). Kat’s got a lot of baggage to deal with from her past and some bad situations she was put in. Good thing Nico’s there to help her sort it all out!
Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?
That’s like choosing between your children. My favorite is usually the latest one I’ve written. Right now Nico is my favorite. But as I start a new book, it’ll be someone else.