What is your newest book about? My first book, Code Red, is about a woman who has no interest in getting into a relationship but is forced to work with a man who tempts her in every single way. She's a bit nuts and a lot of fun. My second book, The Hot Corner, will be out next year and it's about a writer reconnecting with her famous ex to work on his biography. Sparks will fly!
What inspired you to write it? I have a lot of stories in my head and after writing fanfiction for years, I decided to try to create my own characters.
What is the writing process like for you? I tend to be a fly by the seat of your pants type of writer. I have the idea, the main plot points and the ending in my head, but getting between the points just flows from the brain to the computer. I don't outline beyond a loose piece of paper with notes about characters looks and relationships so I don't mix things up down the line. I like to just let the words come out of me and follow the characters wherever they lead.
What did you do before you became an author? I have a full-time boring research job that would take paragraphs to explain and would make bore everyone to tears. This is probably why I have so many stories in my head, to take me away from the mundane of my every day.
How does it feel to be a published author? It feels incredible, a dream that I never even voiced aloud that came to fruition. The idea that my words are out there for people to read, to hopefully enjoy and have fun with, makes me giddy. It means more than I can say really.
Any advice for struggling writers? First, just write. Get the story out, tell it the way that you want it and write to please yourself first. Then, get ready for the storm. Not everybody is going to like your story. Publishers may not want it, readers may reject it. That happens to everyone. Keep going. Remember, YOU need to like your story. For every one that may not like it, there'll be another that does. Dealing with critics is hard but it'll make you a better writer and a tougher person in the end. If you can't get anyone to go for your story, I hear self-publishing is pretty darn easy these days. Keep on persevering.
Where do you see book publishing heading? Self pub will probably get bigger and bigger. Obviously e-books and online are the wave of the future. I love holding a book in my hand, no doubt about it, but my house doesn't love me bringing more and more in. Convenience is the key I think. Big publishers are looking at indie writers more and more and getting their stories out to the masses which is pretty awesome. It'd be a dream come true for sure.