What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
I’ve written off and on since I was a child. As an adult, I’ve written for blogs and online magazines but never undertook a full-length novel. I always had the dream but never seemed to have the perseverance. Then, in July last year, I had the most spectacular, vivid dream. It played out like a movie and when I woke up, I decided to try writing it down. The idea just kept going until, lo and behold, a book was born.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
I write every single day, every free moment I have. Since July, I am in the midst of finishing the second book in the series so it’s very consuming. I also have a day job, attend university classes, I’m married, and still manage to sleep a full eight hours per night. I chalk it up to my high-strung Type A personality. I have always been a person who juggles numerous things at one time. If I love something, like I love this book, I throw myself in. Admittedly though, I could use a pedicure.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
I write contemporary romance, which is ironic since I don’t typically read romances. When I read for fun, I usually choose non-fiction. I bowed to peer pressure last summer and read once of the most talked about novels and enjoyed it. It was reading that trilogy, that I feel sparked my own creativity, even though my book is quite different. Some have compared me to authors who write erotic fiction. I think I’m somewhere between that and a traditional romance. Is there a new genre for that? I think that is a fascinating avenue to consider.
What draws you to write in that genre?
The fantasy aspect of falling into someone else’s world and watching two people fall in love is what appeals to me. I like the strong, slightly arrogant hero tamed by the beautiful but humble heroine. It’s a nice break from real life.
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
I just published the first book in my Sunflower series, Turn Towards the Sun, in October 2012. I self-published with Createspace, and learned a lot in the process. I’m now finishing the revision process on book two in the series, which is tentatively titled, Seduced by the Sun. I’m also working on my marketing plan. No sense in writing a book no one knows about, right?
What are your writing plans for the future?
Finish book two, publish it, and get the word out. Next, start writing book three in the series. I should be busy for some time. I have some ideas of writing a pseudo memoir about being a forty-ish wife. I’d like to bring a humorous aspect to it and empower women to realize that life is still fun and there is so much we can do with it.
Where can people find out more about you?