What were you like at school?
Believe it or not I was quiet. I spent a lot of time helping my mom with brothers and sisters while she worked.
Were you good at English?
Yep one of my favorite subjects
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
To get better with every book
Which writers inspire you?
Mina Carter not only is one of my favorites, but she is very supportive. Every newbie writer needs a Mina Carter. Cynthia Sax, Lori Foster, Jayne Ann Krentz, Eden Bradley.
So, what have you written?
I have so far published 4, my fifth one comes out Aug 11.
The first one I published was The Anniversary Present.
For several months Carly Adams has worked at Bennett Services. She loves her job but rumor has it that the more popular assistants do more than file, or errands. When Carly gets the opportunity step in for someone at work, she meets Parker and Amber. They need someone to assist them for the upcoming game convention in Las Vegas.
But this is also their anniversary and Parker always gets Amber what she wants for their anniversary. This year her present is Carly.
Sexual Chemistry: Love, Sex, Rock and Roll
Chelsea Davidson has no idea what her next step in life was going to be until she runs into who she thinks is a lookalike for her favorite band lead singer Jacki Knight in her building. When the elevator breaks down and she is finds out it is really Sexual Chemistry lead singer Jacki and she offers her the biggest fantasy she has ever had. Jacki and Sam Knight live in a open marriage. They often have Men or Women in their bed, But with the scandal over sex slaves in the news they are trying to keep a low profile. Chelsea is a want they can’t resist and after one kiss they can’t keep away from her. Their one night turns into more. How will the rest of Sexual Chemistry react to Chelsea?
Rachel Nichols works at the switchboard with her best friend Lisa Farmer for a local television station. Lisa and Rachel have been best friends since the second grade and have done almost everything together. The one thing they never admitted, though, is that they are attracted to each other. Money is tight for both of them, Lisa’s mom was in a bad car accident and has a bunch of medical bills and Rachel’s mom has a gambling problem. Lisa recently started a second job to help with the bills. The job? She works at Smexy Studios making sex videos with people who have fantasies. When her shoot is canceled, she gets Rachel to come and shoot the video with her. Justin Abernathy and Steve Westmoreland, like Rachel and Lisa, have been best friends since elementary school. Justin is the quarterback and Steve the running back for the same professional football team and they are secretly lovers. When rumors start to circulate about their relationship, Justin and Steve enlist the help of Rachel and Lisa to pretend that they are lovers. They decide to make a video that will be “leaked” to the media.
Sexual Chemistry Too: Jasmine’s Seduction
It’s the follow-up to Sexual Chemistry.
Jasmine has always wanted Troy. She knows Troy has a secret.
Troy has always wanted Jasmine. He doesn’t think she would be able to accept his secret.
But when his secret is waiting when they get home from a tour, he has an offer neither one of them can resist.
Bridget’s Phantasies (Coming Aug 11)
Bridget Parker has worked for Scott Davis’ company Davis Industries for the past six months. Her life up until now has not been an easy one. Her mother was a drug addict that always chose men and drugs over her daughter. Bridget is summoned to Scott’s office unexpectedly. When she arrives she is in for a shock when she sees her mother sitting in the office.
Her mother had used Bridget’s credentials to log in and embezzle funds from Scott’s business accounts. She offers Bridget’s services in exchange for them dropping the charges.
Scott and his head of security Nick have more than a working relationship. They also like to share women. It was well known around the company that women came and went very quickly. Most of them tried to go after Scott and his money.
Bridget had seen them in the elevator and wanted them ever since. She even had named her favorite vibrators after them. When her mother embezzles from Scott’s company she knows that her fantasy of being with them will never happen. But Nick and Scott are not going to let her go that easily.
Where can we buy or see them?
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
I think that with my characters they tend to have to overcome objections by other people.
What are you working on at the minute?
Bite Thy Neighbor it’s my first paranormal.
What’s it about?
Nikki Shea has feelings for Carter Simmons. She knows he is a vampire, just when she is about to give up on him he declares she is his mate.
But there is something about Nikki that she isn’t even aware of.
What genre are your books?
What draws you to this genre?
I love to read them.
How much research do you do?
Google is my friend.
Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
Not yet. I wouldn’t say no.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I was dared by Iris Pross. Before I started writing I was perfectly happy doing promotional stuff. I moderate writer chats at Writerspace and someone was talking about their book. Iris saw it and said that she bets that I could write. So she convinced me to give it a try.
Why do you write?
Cause the characters don’t shut up.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
Iris threatened me. Plus she kept sending me links for people looking for submissions.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
Part time. I work a full time job. I want to write full time though
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I work in a call center and write in between calls. I also write on my days off.
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
I try to write a little every day
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I write longhand when at work and type the info in the computer when I get home. On my days off I write on computer
Where do the your ideas come from?
Talking to customers, watching television, I like thinking what if? But the stories themselves come to me at 3am which is inconvenient when I have to be at work the next morning.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I think, or hope that my writing has gotten better.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Finding time to do it when stuff gets in the way
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Not being easily distracted
What is the easiest thing about writing?
Once I’m in the zone, I can type quick.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
A couple months
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
I either work on something else, or will read through what I have written so far. It sometimes helps.
If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
Bridget is supposed to be the 3rd book in series. But the first book in the series Phantasy House was supposed to be out in May, but the publisher folded. It is now at Hot Ink Press and will be out in November.
What are your thoughts on writing a book series.
I didn’t intend to write a series but other characters started talking and wanting their story told.
Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.
Not as much as I used to with writing. The same authors that inspire me are my favorites.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I don’t have a preference
What book/s are you reading at present?
Dangerously Broken by Eden Bradley
Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?
Sexual Chemistry Too is self-published. I hired Megahan McCarthy who is the daughter of one of my favorite writers Erin McCarthy. She is really good and very reasonable.
In Bridget Karmin Dahl edited it, she works for Hot Ink Press.
Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.
The first two covers were designed by the awesome Mina Carter, Smexy Phantasies and Bridget’s Phantasies were designed by Rue Volley. Sexual Chemistry Too was done by Iris Pross.
What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
Main advantage you have total control. Disadvantage is paying for stuff like covers, editing.
How do you market your books?
All over Facebook and blog tours
Why did you choose this route?
Because social media is the best way to market them,
Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
Find a group of people who have your back. Make sure they will promote your books. I am slowly building a good street team. The main thing is to find people who will promote you.
Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?
I have a group of friends I have trust, but am open to anyone who will review.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Good/bad reviews is part of the writing process. Even a bad review you can learn something from it.
Any tips on what to do and what not to do?
Do not flood social media with your post so that other books are pushed to the bottom.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
I would love to but not that creative. There is a friend though who is talented enough to make them
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
I don’t think it works that much that’s why I don’t give many away.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Just write. Don’t let others tell you what you want to write won’t sell.
Where do you see publishing going in the future?
Indie market will get bigger. More and more traditional writers are going indie. There is more freedom.
Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
I think you are cute. (Aww thanks Iz!)
Thanks Izzy for joining us this week and for sharing your experiences with us!
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