What is your newest book about? Healing Rain: The Second Novel in The Rain Trilogy will be available in August, and it picks up right where Saving Rain left off. This novel jumps right in with the continuation of the powerful love story between Kas and Raina. Here is the back cover of Healing Rain: Shattered when Raina runs after his marriage proposal, Kas is hell-bent to find her and bring her home, where she belongs. He will bend every law necessary to do so, willing to do anything to protect Raina from her demons and the men who haunt her, going as far as placing his career and life on the line to save hers. Raina will give up everything she has worked so hard to achieve, even flee the country to keep Kas from the wrath and powerful reach of her abusive father. In the midst of the FBI team closing in on the Ghost, another ghost from Raina's past taunts her, promising that she will be his. Meanwhile, a different trafficking ring is gaining strength in New Jersey. Michael solicits Raina's help, needing her smooth, sultry voice to win the audition for the new singer in the ring leader's swanky night club. Raina knows her life is in jeopardy with the dangers of being undercover, but she is blindsided when she discovers that it's her heart that is threatened with a mortal blow. Raina tries to heal from the nightmares of her dark past as the grisly bodies of innocent victims surface when the team gets closer to discovering the identity of the man responsible for the infuriatingly clever and powerful slavery ring. When Raina finally comes face to face with the Ghost, he quickly engulfs her in a twisted game of cat and mouse, delivering a veiled threat as he slips through her fingers. As the ghosts of her past and present ensnare her in their deadly web, Raina realizes the danger has just begun.
What inspired you to write? I have always loved books, especially romance. When I decided to write, I knew I would write about love, but I wanted it to mean more, which is why I included the dark social issues of abuse and human trafficking. My humble hope is to shed a little light on these depraving subjects through The Rain Trilogy. The love between Kas and Rain is powerful, redeeming, and the novels show how far each would go to save the other.
What is the writing process like for you? Wow, I really love this question because I don't have a clear answer for it! I don't really have a process, I'm all over the place when I write. I can't seem to sit down and write from beginning to end, I write scenes depending on my mood at that moment. I had parts of After the Rain, the final novel in The Rain Trilogy, written while I was working on the first novel, Saving Rain. Music is a HUGE inspiration to me, I listen to music almost all the time when I write, it helps get my head where it needs to be. I also usually write in my PJ's, it's so much more comfortable that way!
What did you do before you became an author? I still have my "day job," and I'm also a wife and mother, so like everyone else, my plate's pretty full, but I LOVE it! I do have some experience working with survivors of domestic violence. I have a bachelor in Social Work.
How does it feel to be a published author? That's a really interesting question. I was just talking about this with a friend of mine the other day. I'm not going to lie, it's a pretty amazing feeling in those moments when it hits me that I am really an author! It's also quite surreal. I don't want to sound cliche, but it really is a dream come true.
Any advice for struggling writer's? Don't ever give up! Follow your gut, and don't let your fears hold you back.
Where do you see book publishing heading? I'm very new to this business, so I don't know all of the trade secrets, but I don't see paper books going away anytime soon. I adore my Kindle, I'm addicted to it, but my mother swears she will never own one. She much prefers the feel of a physical book in her hand.