What sparked your interest in becoming a romance writer?
Really, who doesn’t love some kind of romance? And being able to imagine something new with every book? It really is like being able to play out every girls dream
What was the first romance novel you read that made an impression on you?
That is an extremely hard question because I’ve been reading for so long! Still thinking…still thinking. I’m gonna have to go with a more current one; SC Stephens, Thoughtless. My mind was blown!
Tell us 5 surprising things about yourself.
1. I’m an extremely calm person. A building could be on fire, and I would be able to have a straight head.
2. I danced when I was younger, and was a dancer at a studio that Katie Holmes was a student and teacher at. I never had her, but my sister did!
3. I hate shopping! Yes, I know, most women love it, but I just don’t. I go to the store to get what I need, and I’m out. My husband, on the other hand, loves to look around and it drives me nuts.
4. I’m a fondue fanatic. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if possible. I should’ve been born in the seventies or something.
5. I’m obsessed with the beach. That’s really not too surprising, but if I could move to the beach tomorrow, I would pack my family up and do it.
What is your writing environment?
98% of the time it is pure chaos! I’m a stay at home mom, and have three little ones 4, 3, and 4 months, so really I have no peace and quiet. Luckily, I’m able to find a little bit of time, and can work with a ton of noise. By the time they’re all settled for the night, I can barely keep my eyes open, but I still peck away at the keyboard for a little while.
Do you have a website recommendation for other writers?
I had no clue what I was getting into when I first started writing. Facebook was really the most helpful, there are just so many resources. I still have a ton to learn, but there’s always new pages that I find with something helpful almost every day.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
One that has flaws, because no one is perfect.
Which authors have caught your interest lately? Why?
Nicole Reed, I like the laugh factor she took with Cake. It was something different from her, and I loved it. I also have to immediately read anything by Jillian Dodd as soon as it’s released.
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
I was really into paranormal books for a while, and I was like hmmm…I wonder if I could write one of those?? Then I decided, I couldn’t. I mean that stuff is probably one of the most creative genres out there, and it simply blows my mind.
Who are your dream dinner party guests?
I would love to have dinner with a group of my favorite authors; Jillian Dodd, K.A. Linde, Claire Contreras, Tara Sivec. Just to name a few!
What’s the last movie you watched and loved?
Catching Fire, best one yet, but I can’t wait for Mockingjay now!
Most _____________in high school. (popular, nerdy, sporty…) Why?
I would have to go with shy. I didn’t have the best experience in high school, and really, wouldn’t ever want to repeat the experience. EVER AGAIN.
Top three things on your bucket list.
1.Go to Italy.
2.Try out scuba diving, even though I think I’ll only ever be brave enough to do snorkeling.
3. Attend a movie premiere.
How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
Well, One Simple Step is Ally’s story from the Journey series. I really felt like she needed her story even though it seemed to be wrapped up at the end of Limitless, but I just wasn’t happy with her ending quite yet.
What is your favorite scene in your new release?
My favorite part has to be the breakup scene. I’m not going to give away the specific details because I don’t want to spoil things, but it was my favorite part. Yeah, that might sound a little twisted, but I just love when books can give you that stomach-in-knots feeling, even when you’re the one writing it.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
Even though you don’t see her too much in this book, I would have to go with Leah. She has a dry sense of humor that I can definitely relate to.
Which actor or book character do you have a crush on?
Hands down, Ian Somerhalder. Even if I didn’t like Vampire Diaries, I would still watch it muted just because of him. He. Is. Amazing.
What’s your favorite body part of the opposite sex?
Hmm…that is a really hard question. I’m gonna have to go with the ass as long as it’s in a pair of football pants. Yeah, I make my husband walk around in those things all the time.
What does love feel like?
It’s an overwhelming feeling that you just can’t get enough, can’t live without, and never want to go away. You can also occasionally want to slap the ones you love, especially husbands, but that just makes the love even more special!
Hey, baby! What’s your sign?
When was your last kiss?
Five minutes ago from my four year old. Does that count?
What’s an absolute no-no in a relationship?
Cheating. Hell. No. Bye-bye. See ya later!
How did you meet your significant other?
I was dating his step brother, and he was dating one of my friends. A little while after we both ended our relationships, we started dating when I was fifteen and he was eighteen, and we’ve been together ever since.
What’s your idea of a perfect date?
A trip to Melting Pot, the best restaurant ever, and either a movie or a night out at the hot tubs.
If you could take a romantic trip, where would it be?
Somewhere secluded and kid free. I love my kids but a one night break would be amazing. I would probably just want to sleep!
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Boxers or Briefs? Boxers
Facial hair or clean shaven? Hmm…depends on the situation.
Alpha or Beta? Alpha
Planner or Panster? I plan so much it annoys ME.
White wine or red? White
Coffee or tea? Neither
Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate
Sweet or salty? Sweet
Sleep in or get up early?
Well, I like to sleep past eight, but my kids have different ideas.
Laptop or desktop? Laptop
Beach or mountains? Beach
Winter or summer? Summer
Cat or dog? Dog
Twilight or Fifty Shades? Fifty when I’m looking for a dirty read. Twilight if I’m looking for something paranormal.
Spotlight or In the Shadows? In the shadows
City or Country? Country
Clubbing or candlelight dinner? Candlelight dinner
Backpacking or luxury hotel? Luxury hotel
Morning or night person? Morning. I turn into a pumpkin if I stay up past ten, according to my husband.
Christmas or Halloween? Umm…Christmas! Duh, as I type this out looking at my tree that’s already up.
Optimist or pessimist? Optimist