I am a wife, mother, and Media Assistant at a school library. I love reading and writing stories. I live in Oklahoma with my family and three fat dogs.
Tell us about your latest book.
The Vampire and the Necromancer: An out of Sequence Love Story is book 2 in my multiracial monsters series (They can be read in any order). Ivan was born into a long line of necromancers, and when he transfers to a new middle school, he meets Noah, a fellow biracial classmate, and falls for his quirky twin Nova. Nova is an overachiever, vegan and violinists (orch-dork), her senior year of high school, after a misunderstanding with Ivan, she goes to a party and gets turned into a vampire. It is magical realism, so not real heavy on the supernatural, and follows a couple from 7th grade, when they were just friends, through their freshman year of college. Oh, and it’s not written in order, but most people are able to follow it just fine.
What do you have coming out in the future?
I am working on an interracial romance novella, following two college students, Travis and Legend, and I’m trying to keep all the supernatural stuff out of it. So far so good. Also I’m working on book 3 of my Multiracial Monsters series which follows Ko, a black and Japanese bratty cheerleader, and Noah (Nova’s twin)with Kleine-Levin syndrome. I hope to have both books out in April. Fingers crossed.
Is your book a stand-alone or a series?
They are technically a series, but they can be read as a stand-alone, or in any order. They run parallel to each other.
Why romance and what makes your particular brand of romance special?
I love love stories! I think my stories are original, and relatable despite the presence of a werewolf, vampire, or necromancer here and there.
Is romance the only genre that you write in or do you write in other genres? If so what other genres do you write in?
Right now, I think I’ll stick to romance. I don’t intend to only write paranormal romance. If a story came to me that wasn’t a romance, I would pursue it.
My everyday life. My husband, my kids, social issues, work, music, movies, shows.
Do you ever base your characters on real people in your life?
I think so. Many of my characters have personalities, thoughts, and traits similar to myself, or my kids, or my hubby. The situations are fictional.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Binge watching horror shows, hanging out with my kids, cooking, reading, on Goodreads, or trying to learn Twitter.
What was your road to publishing like? Tell us about it.
I submitted my work to a few places, and got a lot of positive feedback but no offers, so I self-published. I’m impatient.
How did you come up with the title of your book?
The Vampire and the Necromacer: An out of Sequence Love Story, I wanted people to know that it was out of order so they didn’t get their hands on it, hate it, hate me, and be completely confused. With Wolf Girl finds necRomance, I was making a pun about necromancy having the word Romance in it. My daughter hates the title.
Do you read romance or do you prefer other genres?
Mostly Romance, some horror, some magical realism short stories.
What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?
Just getting the ideas, out of my head and on the computer.
What is the easiest part of the writing process for you?
Coming up with ideas, and dialogue.
Which of your characters is your favorite and why?
Nova is my favorite, because I love her nerdy quirkiness, and her sometimes irrational behavior.
What is your preferred writing environment?
In bed, with coffee or tea, with the TV for background noise.
How would you describe your writing style?
I write in 1st person, with alternating points of view. I’ve tried other styles, but I’m most comfortable in other people’s heads.
Do you have a careful plan when plotting your stories or do you just go with the flow?
I just go with the flow. I usually don’t outline at all. I let the people in my head do whatever they want to.
When did you know you truly wanted to give writing a shot?
My husband said, “You always say you want to write, give it a shot. Write something. He’s my biggest cheerleader and my editor.
What is your favorite quote
“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss
Do you have any advice for other writers and what is it?
Just write for yourself. You won’t be able to please everyone. Some won’t like your writing style or stories. Not everyone will get it. Just write the stories you want to hear, and they will be the stories that others want to hear. Some will connect with your work, and be moved by it, and read more of your stuff.
Wild Card Question.
As an author, what is the one question that you wish people would ask you, but no one ever has and what would your answer be to that question?
No one has ever asked me about advice for other authors before you, so in addition to: write what you want to read, I would say if you have writer’s block, just write badly and clean it up later.