Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I grew up in rural North Carolina. After graduating from high school I went to North Carolina Central University. Due to my lack of discipline, I partied my way out of college and promptly went home and got pregnant with my daughter.
She died in a fire with my parents in 1998 and to deal with the grief I joined the Navy. Two years later I had a seizure when we were sailing near Turkey and was diagnosed with epilepsy which was aggravated by my job.
After leaving the Navy I simply couldn’t find a place to fit or anything that I wanted to do. About twelve years later I suffered a badly broken thigh-bone and had a lot of time to read. After having enough free time to read one book per day a friend said that I should write my own. My debut novel Web of Seduction is on sale February 10, 2019.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The name of my debut novel is Web of Seduction. It has been in my head for years but I never expected to write it until I began to grow a bit weary of knowing what was going to happen in all of the romance books I read. I tumbled into dark romance and it was surprisingly refreshing to actually be afraid that the hero and heroine might not get together. That’s when I thought perhaps I could write a book with a little bit of everything in it.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t think I have any unusual writing habits unless you count that my choice spot for writing is my recliner. It’s just more comfortable and I’m relaxed enough to let my mind work.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My favorite book is Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon. She is my favorite paranormal romance author. My dark romance favorite is Lily White. When it comes to historical romance Sarah MacLean is great. I love all types of romance and have read almost every type I could find.
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on book two in the Playground Series. It is the follow-up to Web of Seduction which goes on sale on February 10, 2019.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I try to keep up with all of the social media sites but Twitter is my favorite.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
The first thing is to never give up. The second thing is not to let anyone tell you that your strategy for writing is not the correct way to do it. In the end, it’s your book and you should write it how you see fit. For example, I don’t do outlines. I could never understand it in school and writing is more fun for me if I don’t know where the story is going until I write it. Choose your own method and just accept that it’s different. Lastly is read, read, read. That’s how I learned. I don’t have a degree. I just read a lot of books and went from there.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never give up, always do your best, and read.
What are you reading now?
I’m busy writing so I haven’t had much time to read, but I’m behind on my Sherrilyn Kenyon so I’ll probably read her Stygian within the next day or so.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I just want to continue to publish my books and hope that my readers enjoy them. That’s it. That’s what makes me happy.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Anthologies of Edgar Allan Poe, Shakespeare, and a very large world history book.