Getting to Know You
- Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I live in central Texas with my husband, chocolate lab, four cats, and endless wildlife friends! I write contemporary romance, I love to read, especially historical romance. I’m not a fan of heights or swimming in the ocean, even though I love the ocean. If I had to choose, I would be in a cabin up in the mountains with nothing but a typewriter and an endless supply of books. I love the outdoors and camping is one of my favorite things to do.
- When did you start writing and what made you decide to publish?
I’ve been doing some form of writing since high school. I’ve always loved to read, and have always had a knack for telling stories, so it is no wonder the two would collide. I published first book in 2012 when I finally decided to take the leap and do it! I haven’t looked back since.
- Why did you choose romance as your genre? Were you an avid romance fan before you became a writer?
I’ve always been a huge fan of romance, historical especially. I also love to read YA, and some suspense. I guess that is why I write romance. Write what you love as they say!
- How do you like to spend your free days?
LOL! I don’t have many of those, but when I do I’m either going to be cleaning around the house, playing in the garden, or just enjoying being outside. I love birds so I spend a lot of time filling up the countless feeders I have and looking in my big book of birds to learn who is who!
- Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
Gosh, I’ve been inspired by a lot of people in some form or fashion. Jane Austen is the one who really caused me to fall in love with reading. If I had to pick who was my biggest inspiration it would be my mother. She taught me to never give up on something I truly believed in and that if you’re going to do something, give it 110%. She was a single mom who struggled to raise all of us and never complained. I strive to be like her and hope that she is looking down on me and is proud of the woman I have become.
Your Work and Life as a Writer
- You’re known for small town, southern romance. What attracts you to those kinds of settings or stories? How is it different from big city stories?
I think I’m attracted to it because I live in a small town in central Texas. It goes back to that whole, right what you know/love. I am in no way a city girl. I absolutely hate big cities and each time I’ve been to New York City I nearly break out in hives! I love the feel of a small town with everyone knowing everyone. Family is a big thing in each of my books as well, and I’m positive that is because I’m the youngest of 8 kids!
- Can you describe your ideal hero?
Southern gentleman (waggles eye brows), sweet, compassionate, caring, devoted, faithful and dimples. *swoon* something about dimples!!!
- Your website has a “Books by Trope” section. Do you have a favorite trope? Least favorite?
As a reader, I love friends to lovers or enemies to lovers. I do love me a surprise pregnancy! Second chance romance I think is also up there for me, and most likely why I write so many of them. A least favorite? Hmmm, I would say a love triangle. As far as favorite tropes coming from the writer in me, I obviously love me a good second chance romance. I love surprise pregnancy, marriages of convenience. I do not ever see myself writing PNR.
- Describe your writing process. Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Oh, I am for sure a pantser. My books usually start with a few sentences I’ve jotted down in a notebook for an idea for the story. I do not outline at all. When I start a book I usually have a general idea of how it will go, but 99.9% of the time it changes as I start to write it and dive deeper into the world and the characters, sometimes I’m surprised where my fingers take me, other times I’m not. There have been plenty of times I have written something, gasped, stood, then had to leave and go for a walk because I was shaken up by it.
- What is the biggest misconception about romance writers?
That all we do is write about sex. Don’t get me wrong, I love to write me a good sex scene, but what I desire as a writer is for the reader to be moved by the story I’ve told. I want them to feel like they’ve been along on the journey with the hero and heroine. That they are friends or feel like part of the family. I want to tell a story that has both romance in it and something that will stay with the reader long after they’ve read “The End”.
Something Extra for Your Fans
- Which of your heroines would you love to be BFFs with?
Oh, man that is a hard one for me! I love each of them for so many different reasons. If forced to pick, I would probably say Ari, from my Wanted series.
- Paperback or ebook?
- Favorite music genre and artist?
I am a lover of music and have very eclectic taste. One second I could have Eminem playing and the next Amy Grant. I love country, old rock, rap, anything by Christina Aguilera, Boston, LANY, Keith Urban, and Taylor Swift…just to name a few favorites.
- Biggest plot twist of your life?
Ending up with my husband. I actually dated his best friend first. But that story is for another time!
- If you could pick any person, dead or alive, to spend the day with, who would it be? My mother.
- What is your writing must-have?
Honestly, the only thing I need is my computer, a notebook, and something to drink! I prefer to write outside, but that’s not always an option. I don’t have any weird traditions or routines I do before I write. Boring, I know!
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