What inspired you to write (erotic) romance in general?
When I decided that I wanted to write romance, I knew I wanted to write passionate stories about vivacious women and amazing men as they journeyed toward finding true love. I didn’t want to close the bedroom door; instead I wanted the reader to experience the eroticism and romance along with my characters. I believe it makes for a much more satisfying read.
What should readers know about your books before they buy them?
I truly seek to delve into my characters psyche. Who they are, what drives and motivates them; what makes them tick. To this end, my stories are very much character driven.
My books are about everyday women and men who fall in love. I always first, and foremost, seek to focus on the woman; her emotional, spiritual and sexual empowerment is a driving factor in my novels, and one of the reasons I decided to write.
I write stories that reach across racial lines while focusing on the romance between two individuals who often are of different races, but never is race the driving factor in any of my novels. I want the reader to close the last page of one of my romances with a sigh of pleasure and a naughty smile on her face thinking of what could be…
Should your books be read in any particular order?
Although I have many characters that make appearances within other stories, each story I write is written so that the reader is able to read and enjoy them independently.
Do your books have a HEA (Happily-Ever-After)?
*smile*, YES. For my romances, I am a sucker for the traditional Happily Ever after! In romance, I believe the reader is seeking to find true fulfilment, and toward that end, I prefer that they feel the couple are committed to one another and are in it for the long haul. However, I do have a women’s fiction/erotic novel, that will not focus on the happily ever after in one of my upcoming novels, published with Zane/Simon and Schuster. This novel (Auctioned; An Invitation Erotic Odyssey) is more about the woman’s journey to self discovery and empowerment, and the focus is on her sexual journey versus a romantic HEA.
What are your heroes and heroines like?
My heroines tend to be strong, independent women, who have gone through some drama in their past. I love drama! It feels real to my readers because it’s life. And, I’m a drama queen. What can I say? *smile* My heroes are unabashedly alpha men who are hell bent on taking care of their woman by any means necessary. Sometimes, that gets them in trouble…
What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your books?
A feeling of empowerment! I truly believe that erotic romances are amazing and I have great respect for those who choose to write in this genre. Not only does it empower me as a woman, but also as an author, to write in this genre. I’m always humbled when I receive an email from a reader who tells me that one of my books has changed her perception in some way. About her life, her sexuality, her own power as she feels more in tuned with herself on so many levels new to her. She feels empowered and is more than ready to tap into her sensuality!
What do you hope they will understand about romantic fiction/erotic romance and/or about you?
That it’s not all about the bump and grind. Bump and grind is hot. Can be downright delicious, but it’s so much more than that. It’s about that amazing connection between two people as they try and figure out the other, catch the other’s vibe, and find bliss together.
Most of your stories are Contemporaries. What do you like about this genre so much and can you imagine to write in other genres, say Paranormals or Historicals, in the future?
I love the “realness” of contemporary romances. I love to write about everyday women and men that people can relate to. However… I am an ever growing woman and have learned to go with the flow, accept the ever changing person that I am, and never rule anything out. In fact, there are plans for me to pen an urban fantasy series. You’ll have to stay tuned for that ;)
Are there any plans to re-publish LOVE’S REDEMPTION and PLEASURE PRINCIPLE (Wicked Delights anthology), that are currently out-of-print?
Hmmm. Maybe ;)
Where do you get your ideas?
Life. Life is the best research tool I’ve found and invaluable!
How many books do you usually write a year?
Ack! I’m a fairly new author, my first book released in 2006, so I’m full of ideas, lol! Last year I wrote three full lengths, one novella, and two “quickies”. On my plate this year, I have a full length (which is just about done) and have written a novella…and it’s early yet. Who knows what will happen for the rest of the year!
What do you like most about being a writer?
The freedom. Freedom to write stories about people who find each other and fall in love. Pretty simple.
How much research do you do and how do you do it?
It depends on the story. I did a tremendous amount of research on passenger trains alone for Ridin’ the Rails! For my suspense/thrillers, the research is of course, quite detailed, but I am a nerd, secretly. I LOVE research!
Will the secondary characters from RIDIN’ THE RAILS, Brice’s best friend Seth, and Naomi’s best friend and editor Rochelle, get their own story?
I get asked this question quite a bit, and the answer to that is a resounding YES!
You write a lot of Interracial Romances, are there any African American titles available from you?
Currently the only mono-raced title I have (which I absolutely LOVE) is Ridin’ the Rails. However, although I’ll continue to primarily write interracial/multi-racial romances/fiction titles, I will write an occasional mono-raced story as well. Love comes in all colors, shades and hues. My heroes and heroines tell me who they are. I’ve learned not to try and “force” them to be what they aren’t ;)