Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I live in Johannesburg, South Africa with my husband, three children and three poodles. My love for reading began with my weekly trips to the local library when I checked out Louis L’amour books for my father. It was during one of those trips that I discovered the Sweet Valley series and not long afterwards, my first romance novel – a historical Native American romance novel called Silken Savage. I’ve been a goner for romance novels ever since – both reading and writing them!
I am trying and failing to get over Game of Thrones and Sons of Anarchy and, to be clear, getting over Khal Drogo and Jax Teller.
I love chocolate in a way that terrifies my husband.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is Deep Flaming Red. I began writing it in 2013 because I wanted to explore the idea of what believing in something and not believing in something can do to a person. Deep Flaming Red, when stripped down to it’s core, is a story about the lies we believe about ourselves and how that informs every thought and decision.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I need to be warm when I write, so my writing space is situated where the sun shines through the most.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Wow, hard question. I’ve read so many wonderful books over the years. The book that had a profound impact on me as a child reading, was Heaven by VC Andrews. (I promised to name my daughter Heaven if I was ever blessed with one; she’s now 12! 🙂 )
Writing style: no surprise, I love Stephen King’s writing style. I love the honesty with which he writes.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on the second and final part of Deep Flaming Red, titled Rotten To The Core.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I love BookClub Pro (https://www.bookclubpro.com/) and Reading is our passion on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LOVEBOOKSWITHROMANCE/) . Their process is simple and quick!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just never, ever give up. Know that the feels feelings of inadequacy before AND after publishing are normal but they must not dictate your path. If you have a story in you, it must be told. Nothing else matters.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Tell your character’s truth. If your character is a serial killer, tell that truth. Don’t try to sugar coat it.
What are you reading now?
I just finished Pretty Broken Girl by Jeana E Mann and am about to start Betrayal by Aleatha Romig.
What’s next for you as a writer?
After finishing Rotten To The Core, I have a story in me about a broken girl who has the gift of playing the cello. It will be a deep love story off course.
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?
If I Break series (that’s counted as one, right!?!) by Portia Moore; Lisey’s Story by Stephen King; Silken Savage by Catherine Hart; Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh