Thank you for this interview! I’d like to know more about you as a person first. What do you do when you’re not writing?
First, let me just say thank you for conducting this interview. It is an honor and pleasure to be sharing a snippet of myself with fellow-indies and readers. Yay, I’m excited to be a part of this!
When I’m not writing, I spend time with my sons and husband. We like to go camping, watch family movies, or go out and do a fun activity. I also perform a lot of community service because my hubby and I are big on “paying it forward.” He is active duty in the military, and is also a volunteer EMT and firefighter for our local township; so we are quite busy. I work full-time and if I’m not writing, then I am most definitely reading. OMG books are my life! I’d prefer a book to a movie or TV program any day of the week. I need the escape that only a book can offer when I’m stressed.
When did you start writing?
I wrote poetry in high school and a few essays here and there that won some contests in my teens. I was also the Sports Editor of my high school newspaper. During college, however, I was on hiatus from any type of writing because of my studies; reading and writing held no enjoyment for me during those years. It wasn’t until about 4 years ago, after falling in love with erotic romance novels, that I thought I’d try my hand at writing my own kinky tales; I quickly realized I had a knack for it. I also wrote an essay recently about my adventures with my twins, and being the mom of an autistic son.
In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?
No. I actually used locations and places I was familiar with. I’ve lived in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Jersey, so I used those as inspiration.
As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?
I think it was a few weeks ago when I finally signed up for a book signing that is scheduled for next year. Not only did I finally have that moment where I said to myself, “I’m finally doing this,” but also it was confirmation that I am getting out there. The event may be a year away, but it’s near and dear to my heart because it’s a venue for authors of military romances. Being a military wife, I was compelled to support it. Anything military-related and related to special needs kiddos, I’m a big supporter of. If one day I gain enough notoriety, I hope to host events as an author in support of the military and special needs children; that is ultimately one of the biggest goals I’m working towards. In the meantime though, I participate in events that well-established authors host, so I can at least help in raising funds and awareness.