Getting to Know You

  • Tell us about yourself. How did you begin your career as a writer?

    • I’m an introvert, which is weird because I like people, but conversation is just weird for me. I’ve been with my other half for almost twenty-five years. We have two teenage girls and one grown man. I work as an Accounting Clerk during the day and a writer by night. Numbers, words, and music are my jam. I self-published my first book in 2017. It was one of the hardest but most rewarding things that I’d ever done. I always say that time was a huge factor in me writing that first book, and it was. My kids were getting older, more independent, and writing is something I’d always wanted to do. It balances me in a way that’s hard to describe, and I have no plans of ever quitting.
  • What’s a typical day in your life? Do you have a set routine? How do you manage work-life balance?

    • I drive thirty minutes—both directions—every day, to work an eight-hour per day job. In the evenings, I cook while helping with homework, if needed. Then we eat dinner. Afterward, I take an hour or two to write before sleep takes me. My routine is definitely set. Honestly, I don’t know how I do it. I just do because I must.
  • As an author, what is your definition of success?

    • Success, for me, is putting my words out into the universe, having someone read them, and actually enjoy it. Knowing that those same words made a positive impact, regardless of how small is a success. Of course, I would love to reach more people, and be read around the world. That’s always a plus.
  • Aside from writing, what other creative outlets do you enjoy?

    • I dabble in graphic design. I played clarinet in high school. So, I practice with my daughter on occasion. I’m still in the beginning stages of knitting. I’m not an artist, but I draw things from time to time.

Your Work and Life as a Writer

  • You write various types of romance. What’s the difference between writing New Adult and Contemporary Romance? How is romance different in those age groups?

    • My books are a combination of the two sub-genres. They’re all modern and are usually dropped into one or both categories by readers. My characters range from age 16-30.
  • What would you say is the hardest part about writing romance? Why did you choose to write for this genre?

    • The hardest part is the misperception of the genre. Many don’t realize or don’t care that romance isn’t just about the physical, but the mental as well. I chose this genre because I love the idea of love. I’ve always loved reading romance, so naturally, my heart feels at home writing it.
  • Do you have a favorite trope? Least favorite?

    • I don’t really have a favorite or least favorite trope.
  • Where do you find inspiration for your stories and characters? Do you draw from your own experiences and life?

    • My inspiration comes from music and experience—things I’ve seen or gone through, songs that resonate with me. I won’t say what, but I’ve used my personal experiences in some of my books.
  • How do you deal with everyone’s expectations, opinions, and feedback? How do you stay true to yourself as a writer while also meeting market demands?

    •  I have learned that it’s impossible to please everyone at the same time because we like different things. So, the only expectations I try to live up to are ones that I’ve set for myself. I appreciate the feedback and I respect everyone’s opinions.

Something Extra for Your Fans

  • Favorite quote about love?

    • “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls, to arrive at its destination full of hope.” ~Maya Angelou
  • Who’s the perfect fictional couple?

    • In current time, Beth & Randall – This Is Us. They are perfectly imperfect.
  • Which of your characters would you like to date?

    • If I wasn’t already taken and a few years younger, I’d choose Luke from Refined Cadence. He’s just the right amount of everything—edgy, sweet, humble, driven, caring, sexy.
  • Which book or movie or art has influenced your work the most?

    •  There are so many, but I really enjoy anything by Nicholas Sparks.
  • Do you have any phobias?

    • I have a fear of mice, snakes, and being enclosed in tight spaces.
  • What would you like to tell your past self and future self?

    • I would tell my past self not to stress over the little things. To my future self, stay true to you and enjoy the journey.

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