- Have your favorite character introduce, you what would they say?
I don’t have a favorite character, but I’ll have Etienne Rollins, the hero from my latest book, have the honor. Take it away, Etienne…
“Hello? Anyone out there? Anyway, I’ve known N.J. since I was a kid. My folks know her better. My dad, Gator, has mad respect for her. That means a lot coming from a badass werewolf like him. We had some miscommunication for a while. She was planning on me falling for someone else. I had to put my foot down on that one. It’s Amy for me, or no one. Fortunately for all of us, she listened. If not for her, I wouldn’t have my happily-ever-after. So, FYI, mess with her and I’m coming for you.”
- How many books have you published?
I think it’s up to 112 books now, and I have 5 more contracted.
- I know you write paranormal and erotic romance which is your favorite? Why?
I’ve written paranormal books from the beginning of my career. My first one was actually a vampire novella—Harker’s Journey. It was my second published book. It’s impossible to pick a favorite from all the ones I’ve written. I love all my series, for different reasons. Werewolves, drakons, vampires, immortal assassins, and shapeshifters of every kind—I’ve written it all.
- In your most recent book can you describe for the relationship between your hero and heroine?
Etienne Rollins and Amy Blanchard from WOLF IN PURSUIT, the second book in the Salvation Pack: The Next Generation series, are actually the children of characters from the Salvation Pack series. Childhood friends, things have recently changed and they’re seeing each other in a new light. I love Etienne’s intensity and Amy’s independent spirit.
- How long did it take you to write your most recent book?
I honestly don’t know. It varies from book to book. I’d say a couple of months for WOLF IN PURSUIT.
- When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I was in my thirties. I’d always been an avid reader, but it had never occurred to me to write anything beyond poetry and journal entries until then. I was reading a book one day and the thought occurred to me—I can do this. So, I did. Two books, and many rejections later, I gave it up for several years. I took it up again to enter a contest and ended up finishing the manuscript and submitting it. It became my first published book. That was back in 2004. I haven’t stopped writing since.
- What would you say is your interesting writer quirk?
Every author has their own way of doing things. I’m not very quirky, but I need silence to write. I’m also a linear writer. I start a book at the beginning and write it to the end. I don’t jump around from scene to scene. I don’t plot, so I never actually know what I’m going to write until I start. And I only work on one book at a time.
- What is your favorite book genre to read? To write?
Romance, of course. There’s such a variety within the genre—contemporary, suspense, paranormal, historical and more!
- What do you do when you get writer’s block?
I’d never had it until the pandemic hit. It wasn’t a lack of ideas but the will to sit in the chair and write. I had to learn to be patient with myself. After seventeen years of doing this job full-time, I think I just needed some time away from it to recharge. I’m writing again, but not as fast as I used to, but that’s okay. Any writing is good writing.
- do you like to do when you are not writing?
It will come as no surprise that I’m an avid reader. I enjoy watching movies, hunting thrift stores and yard sales for “treasure,” and spending time with family.
- What is your favorite writing snack?
I never eat while I’m writing. (Does that qualify as a quirky trait?) LOL) I always have a glass of water beside me, but that’s it. I’m not one of those writers who does marathon writing sessions. After a couple of hours, I’m done for the day and need to recharge.
- What about aliens do you believe in aliens? Why?
If we’re here, there should be other civilizations out there somewhere. I have no idea what they might be like. If they ever visit, they’ll be more technologically advanced than we are. Hopefully, they’ll be peaceful.
- What’s your favorite household job? Why?
Can’t say I have a favorite, but I do love it after I’ve dusted and vacuumed. The space always feels better.
- Do you believe in love at first sight?
Absolutely. I’m in the wrong business if I don’t.
February Question of the Month
What is your favorite on screen kiss? why
My favorite movie is The Crow. It’s just tears at my heartstrings every time. The screen time for the hero and heroine (Eric Draven and Shelly Webster) is very short. That makes it even more poignant. Real love is forever.