I have been married for 30 years this year and have four children and three grandchildren. I have always wanted to write and am just now realizing this dream by writing every chance I get. My husband and I live just outside of Green Bay, Wisconsin and are empty nesters. We bike whenever we get the chance and where ever we can go.
Tell us about your latest book.
My latest book, which just came out January 9, 2015 is titled Rydin’ the Storm Out. It is the second book in the Rolling Thunder series. Ryder is a shy veteran, a biker with a heart and loving. When he meets Molly at his dad’s wedding, he is smitten, but can’t ask her out. Molly thinks he isn’t interested, especially when she walks into a local bar and finds Ryder there with another woman.
Later this spring I will release Danny’s War, the third book in the Rolling Thunder series. I will also be re-releasing my first book, Second Chances and in late summer I will be releasing Gunnin’ for You, the fourth book in the Rolling Thunder series.
What genre do you enjoy writing the most and why?
I enjoy contemporary romance. I love love. But after the Rolling Thunder series is finished, I am going to dip my toe in paranormal romance.
From where do you draw your inspiration?
People. People are very interesting. I work in a law office and I see some of the quirky things people do, which never ceases to amaze me. Truth truly is stranger than fiction.
Do you ever base your characters on real people in your life?
All the time. Maybe not the whole character, but I take bits and pieces of people I know or situations I have heard of and weave them into my stories.
What authors inspire your writing?
Sylvia Day is a big inspiration for me. So is Joanna Wylde and Loren Dane.
What kind of books do you like to read?
I love all romance. Cozy Mysterys, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance. I’ve also read some fabulous women’s fiction recently, that I enjoyed so much more than I thought I would.
How have your real life experiences influenced your writing?
Well, as bikers we get around a bit. We are also in groups of people on a regular basis. So, these experiences usually turn up all kinds of fabulous fodder for my stories.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I mentioned I’m a biker, so we do that every chance we get. We take a very large trip each year on the bikes and we take many weekenders during the summer here. During the winter, we spend time with family and plan our next big adventure.
What was your road to publishing like? Tell us about it.
Ahh, well, anytime you step into an arena you have never been in before can be scary and fraught with unpleasantness. Developing social media accounts and twitter accounts was the first big hurdle. Then, I realized how big this ocean really is. You can write the best book in the world, but if you don’t have people carry that message out there, no one will know about your book. It’s amazing really, how many new books each year are published.
How did you come up with the title of your book?
Ryder Sheppard is the name of my H. Because of the REO Speedwagon song of the same name, the title was a natural for me.
Is your book a stand alone or a series?
It’s part of a series but it is also a stand alone.
Have you joined any writer’s groups?
I’ve joined several writers groups and I love them. I have met so many fabulous people and couldn’t have done this without their support.