Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m from southern Louisiana, but I’ve always been a big city girl. I’ve called Houston, San Diego, and even New York City home, but now I’ve returned home to be close to family and raise my daughter. City life experiences have provided plenty of writing inspiration and you’ll find lots of adventure in every romance from me. I love live music, tattoos, classic cars, and corgis. I’ve published six books and am halfway through writing the first draft of my seventh.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
King Me was my first venture into self-publishing and it debuted this past January. I loved learning the process of indie publishing and look forward to adding more titles. The story of King Me has been in my head for 10 years. I started writing it in 2008 and was doing research in New Orleans about Voodoo for the book. One day, I was told to “stop digging.” So, I took that as a warning and stopped writing, moving on to other projects. Finally, I decided that it’s fiction and I can make up what I don’t know. So, I finished the book in record time (for me) and released it. It’s one of my favorites that I’ve written.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’m not sure how unusual it is, because everyone has their own writing process. But I am a complete “pantser,” meaning I do not outline and write by the seat of my pants. When I sit down to write a novel, I know the beginning and end, everything else is up in the air.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I barely read romance before I started writing it. I was into Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Dan Brown, and Anne Rice. I think that’s why all my books have so many elements of adventure, suspense, and surprises.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on my first RomCom right now and it is so much fun, but so different than anything else I’ve done. I’m excited and a bit nervous!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I haven’t figured that out yet. ;P
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just. Keep. Writing.
If it’s all you think about and you need to do it to be happy, it doesn’t matter how many books you sell or reviews you get. Just keep going. Keep telling your stories. I guarantee, your words matter to someone.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Do not compare yourself to others. Only compare yourself to who you were yesterday.
What are you reading now?
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
What’s next for you as a writer?
Who knows. I’m up for anything and have so many stories to tell. I’ve been kicking around a YA storyline for a bit and may end up seeing if I can write it.
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?
The Outsiders, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Under the Tuscan Sun, The Sound and the Fury, and Paradise Lost.