What sparked your interest in becoming a romance writer?
I often joke that I became a writer of romance and erotica because it was the best way for me to parlay my passions into a career.
What was the first romance novel you read that made an impression on you?
When I was really young, I read The Thornbirds. It was the naughtiest book I could imagine. I remember thinking that I needed to be able to write like that. So, that’s what I try to do.
Tell us 5 surprising things about yourself.
1. I have a tattoo.
2. I want more…small, sexy, meaningful.
3. My palate has really become more sophisticated…as evidenced by my love of sushi and asparagus…sometimes even together.
4. I think cruising is the only way to travel.
5. For someone so intrigued by sex, I didn’t lose my virginity for a really long time.
What is your writing environment.
I write wherever I am comfortable at the moment. It could be in the living room, lying on the bed, on the garage couch, or even the floor. I abhor writing at desks. It feels too much like work and I just want to have fun with it.
One of your favorite quotes.
By Mae West: You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
Do you have a website recommendation for other writers?
Great ideas. I’m working to implement them…especially marketing.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
I think the perfect hero is perfectly imperfect. I think he has flaws, but that when he finds love, they make him more real, less god-like. He doesn’t have to have this model-esque body. He says the right things, even if he doesn’t say them smoothly. My favorite heroes are the reformed players, the ones who have been around and finally found everything they never knew they always wanted with the unlikeliest of women.
Which authors have caught your interest lately? Why?
Hmmm. In the author groups, I’m finding ones that I try to emulate, that I admire for their skill and their abilities. JB McGee has a new book coming out,,,Skipping Stones. I’ve been able to beta that a bit. And Brandy Dorsch is an aspiring writer who has an interesting looking paranormal romance coming out soon.
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
It has taken me forever, but Sin at Sea is the kind of book I always wanted to be brave enough to write. There is something so liberating about not worrying over pushing the envelope. At the same time, I think while writing something very erotic, I kept it classy. That’s important. Even my smut has a story.
Who are your dream dinner party guests?
If I could have anyone come to my parties…Channing Tatum…oh hell, the entire cast of Magic Mike. Ummm…I don’t really think I’d need to invite anyone else…at all. We’ll keep it nice and intimate.
What’s the last movie you watched and loved?
Loved? Wow. It has been a while since I loved a movie. Dating means I watch movies that the guy loves…like action, horror, and thrillers. Me, I prefer movies with meaning, movies that speak to me…like Under the Tuscan Sun or Love Actually.
Most _____________ in high school. (popular, nerdy, sporty…) Why?
It’s funny. I thought I was nerdy. I thought I was shy. And then I go to a reunion and discover that everyone else thought I was popular. I just did my own thing, whatever made me happy. Still do. It’s the best way to live.
Top three things on your bucket list.
1. Take a Mediterranean cruise.
2. Explore Greece
3. Take a hot air balloon ride. That one might be challenging since I also have a fear of heights. Still…
How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
My goal was to write this great beach read. It kind of forced me to go through with it, get it published for summer. I took everything that I loved about summer…the water, the beaches, the travel, vacations, hot guys, and sexy times. There are a lot of my own personal experiences in it.
What is your favorite scene in your new release?
I love where they meet, how they meet, their interaction. Yes, Alysin and Mr. Bedroom Eyes have chemistry from the start.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
I would love to be Alysin, so supremely confident, so independent. She speaks her mind. She’s very worldly. She’s tough.
Which actor or book character do you have a crush on?
Whew…I can only pick one? The Rock, Dwayne Johnson.
What’s your favorite body part of the opposite sex?
The chest. I like a nice chest to rest my head on.
What does love feel like?
Scariest most incredible feeling ever. Love is being naked and vulnerable all the time.
When was your last kiss?
I get kissed pretty much daily. The last one that really affected me that would be harder to pin down.
What’s an absolute no-no in a relationship?
Cheating. That’s a deal breaker.
What’s your idea of a perfect date?
I love new twists on old cliché moments. I love candlelight dinners. I love picnics. Put the two together…bliss.
If you could take a romantic trip, where would it be?
Someplace warm and sandy.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Nope. I believe in lust at first sight.
Boxers or Briefs? Boxer briefs
Facial hair or clean shaven? Goatee
Alpha or Beta? Alpha
Planner or Panster? Planner
White wine or red? White
Coffee or tea? Tea
Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate
Sweet or salty? Sweet
Sleep in or get up early? early
Laptop or desktop? laptop
Beach or mountains? beach
Winter or summer? summer
Cat or dog? Cat
Twilight or Fifty Shades? Fifty Shades
Spotlight or In the Shadows? Shadows
City or Country? Country
Clubbing or candlelight dinner? Candlelight
Backpacking or luxury hotel? Luxury hotel
Morning or night person? Both, it’s the middle of the day I suck at
Christmas or Halloween? Christmas
Optimist or pessimist? optimist