His management style might not be HR approved, but he was the boss and she was his assistant. So, he set the rules.
Can you tell us a little bit about where you are from? I was born and raised in Greenwich, CT, worked at a major television network in New York City, and in the advertising department of well-known health care company. Moved to the west coast when I worked in Hollywood for a bit, then slowly moved back east. I currently reside in a suburb of Cincinnati, OH.
What inspired you to write your first book? Though I love romance books, my first interest was horror. I find the vampire myth to be erotic and seductive. So, I wondered what would I be willing to do in order to save the life of someone I loved. Would I willingly condemn them to a life of perpetual darkness just to keep them alive? Is that living?
Do you have a specific writing style? In other words, are you a plotter or a pantser? I’d say I’m a pantser who tries to get a semblance of a plot down first.
How did you come up with the titles to your book(s)? Some titles come to me before the book is even written, others are more of a struggle. My first book, Mortal Illusions, was originally titled By Invitation Only, since vampires can only enter your home through an invitation and becoming one is sort of like joining a by invitation only club. But the publisher felt the title wasn’t romantic enough. Since he heroine in that novel had some illusions about the vampire myth and she as mortal, the title soon followed.
The book that gave me the most title trouble was Acting Lessons. It’s based on the idea of Kiss Me Kate, only the actors are actually doing Kiss Me Kate, not Taming of the Shrew, and they were once married and in a domestic discipline relationship where he spanked her. For the longest time it simply had the characters’ names of Kate and Peter, but then I realized the hero is indeed the heroine’s former college acting teacher and he is trying to give her lessons in how to behave, when actually she’s the one who teaches him to be more considerate of others. Thus Acting Lessons was born.
Is there a message in your book(s) that you want readers to grasp? Most of my books deal with realizations of some sort where the heroine and often the hero come to realize they are indeed worthy of love. Love, worthiness and respect. And since I write stories that primarily deal with the concept of domestic discipline, I want to show how the practice is completely different from abuse. In fact, my novel “A Simple Misunderstanding” spells out the difference in very direct terms.
How much of your book(s) have a bit of you in the characters? I’m probably more similar to my heroes than my heroines, but there’s a little bit of me in all my characters. My heroines have a lot more spirit and gumption than I have, though I stand up for myself and others when I feel it’s necessary, usually through humor.
What are you currently working on? Can you give us a sneak peek? I’m between books at the moment, but I have a prequel to A Dom’s Dilemma, my only BDSM story, that I worked on during the last NaNoWriMo. It’s an age play story, which means the male character prefers his submissives be adult little girls. The male protagonist, who is a hero in his own right and someone the heroine falls in love with, does some things I’m not entirely comfortable with, so it’s simmering on a back burner right now. I need to reach out to some other age play authors and see if they have any recommendations or if they think I should allow him to do the things he’s insisting on doing.
Do you have any advice to offer new writers? Read as much as you can in the genre you’re thinking of writing. If you don’t enjoy reading it, believe me, you won’t enjoy writing it. You spend hours with these characters in their world, so you need to feel comfortable being in their presence. It’s okay that they occasionally do things that take you out of your comfort zone, but for the most part you should recognize worth and feel they’re worth all the effort you’ll be putting into bringing them to life.