1) Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?

I originally started writing women’s fiction, but all my books had a romantic angle.
Eventually, I tried my hand at a ‘sweet romance’ and fell in love with the genre.
Ultimately, I want to tell a story that allows readers escape and I think romance
does that the best.

2) Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?

I’m inspired by so many. Right now Bella Andre is a particular inspiration. I love
her stories and the way she’s able to capture the feelings and emotions of her
characters so completely to draw you in. Also, Lilliana Hart. The steam in her
books is second to none and she also writes very compelling (and hot) characters.
I’m also very inspired by both of these women on a professional level.

3) Please, tell us about your latest book and, if you can, about your
future projects.

I’m taking a break from my Castle Mountain Lodge series to launch a new series, The
Springs. The first book, Summer of Change will be out mid-February. This is a
cross-over series, so fans of Castle Mountain will still see some of their favorite
characters, although the heat level is definitely kicked up a bit in this new
series.

4) How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get
published?

I’ve been writing since I was a child, but only got serious about writing fiction
since about 2004. In 2011, I made the conscious decision to pull my books from
consideration with agents and dive into the world of indie publishing. Doing this
myself allows me to offer new books to my readers much faster then if I was with a
traditional publisher, and ultimately that’s my goal—to please my readers.

5) What’s your opinion about this Ebook revolution?

I absolutely love it. Besides allowing my own career to flourish, I’ve discovered so
many fabulous authors and new books. I never leave home without my Kindle and I’m
constantly downloading new reads. That being said, I also have overflowing book
shelves at home. So maybe I just have a book addiction, electronic or otherwise. 🙂

6) Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use Social media a lot
to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to
write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are
your thoughts?

In my opinion, social media is a reality of life in 2014 and it simply cannot be
ignored. I prefer to use it to chat with my readers, get their thoughts and input on
new books and characters and just connect. Of course I do use social media to let
readers know about my new releases as well. But it’s a highlight of my day when I
get a chance to chat with women who enjoy my books and want to let me know what they
think. And let me tell you, there are a lot of strong opinions out there. I love it!

 

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