Willow took a sip of her margarita and glanced down at Alex’s big hands, tanned and sprinkled with a smattering of dark hair. Funny, she never found a man’s hands sexy. Suddenly her mind filled with images of Alex trailing those big, masculine hands over her body. She wondered if he fit the stereotype. Big hands, big… “You never did answer my question. Are you considering taking me up on my offer?” The sound of his voice pulled her from a host of fantasies. Willow dug her nails into her palm to get her head back in the game. She shouldn’t be thinking about this man in such a raw, sexual way. “Why not? My car’s parked in the back.” She probed through the nearby crowd to check if Alex came here with bodyguards. A virtual cacophony of conversations invaded her thoughts, but nothing about protection for Alex. Once she got him alone, she’d take her chances and pray she wouldn’t be outnumbered. “Then let’s get out of here. Unless of course I’ve got some competition.” He motioned over her shoulder to the incubus whose head now lolled forward over the bar. “I think you’re flying solo here.” She’d set her trap and let the consequences be damned. She rubbed her finger along the rim of the glass and licked off the salt. She lifted the glass to her lips, savoring the tangy flavor of margarita mix along with the zing of tequila as it slid down her throat. Headrush. No surprise there, she couldn’t remember the last time she’d slept or eaten in the past forty-eight hours, existing on a combination of raw nerves and pure adrenaline. “You missed a spot.” He ran his thumb along the seam of her lip. He put it to his mouth and licked. “Mmm, sweet.” Her plan didn’t involve foreplay…but damn he was hot. In another time and another place she would be seriously into this guy. Too bad I might have to kill him.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
No, actually I wanted to go into advertising, which of course requires you to write, but that never panned out. I guess I always wanted to use the creative side of my brain.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer?
I guess after I finished my first book, which is under the bed. But probably after I entered several contests and got some decent feedback from the judges. But certainly getting offers on the book really helped!
How long did it take to get your first book published?
This is my first book. So I guess about twelve years. It’s been a long journey. I’m very grateful and humbled by the whole experience.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
Well I work part time for my husband’s law firm. I do the billing. But over the years I’ve waitressed and mixed cocktails while I was in college. I’ve also worked in corporate sales, and even sold cars for a few months. You name it, and I did it to earn money, wait that didn’t come out right. But you know what I mean.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Witch Hunter. In a desperate attempt to catch a killer, a special agent hires a notorious felon to come work for the agency. In the midst of the investigation, they succumb to the dark edges of desire placing both their lives in danger. I hope that’s not over 20. Sorry.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Well at least a year. I’m hoping to do it much faster for my next book.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I’ve been working on the second book in the Ravens Hollow series. It’s about a medium that’s forced to banish a vengeful female spirit from a haunted inn and she ends up falling in love with the sexy inn keeper. I also have some ideas for a few contemporaries as well. I love this whole billionaire trend. I think it’s cool and fun. I would love to jump on that band wagon!
What genre would you place your books into?
Erotic paranormal or erotic thriller.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I’ve always loved the paranormal genre, ghosts, witches, demons and vamps. I’m fascinated with legends, lore and myths. I grew up in a small town in Connecticut where everyone had a ghost story or knew someone that lived in a haunted house. I love all things paranormal, UFO’s, Nessie, mermaids and anything surrounding the occult.
Do you have a favorite character from your books?
And why are they your favorite? I love my heroine, Willow. She’s a seriously flawed person with a giant heart, which I think most women can relate to. She carries guilt and shame from her past, but through trial and error and the support and love of the hero, she learns to overcome these negative emotions and take charge of her life. Eventually, she finds the courage to make a fresh start and have that HEA.
How long have you been writing? and who or what inspired you to write?
I’ve been writing for more than twelve years. JK Rowling inspired me to write. I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter series and even read all the fan fiction when the last book came out. I never wanted the books to end. I knew it was time to start writing my own novels and creating my own characters, which were swirling around in my head for years. Going to conferences and hearing what authors were doing to fulfill their dreams was inspiring and made me follow my own.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? If you listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I do have a new play list for each book. I like to write in my office, but I will write in Starbucks, my car, anywhere I can.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
So far I’ve gotten seven reviews on Amazon and they’ve all been wonderful. I can't complain. I'm truly humbled. I received one review on a blog that was also extremely complimentary, although the reviewer admitted to not liking the cover, which I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on. So I figure everyone’s entitled to their own opinion as long as they liked the writing, the story and the characters, I’m happy. I'm still waiting for some other reviews to come out and keeping my fingers and toes crossed. The book has been out a little over a month.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I wrote the book then my critique partners helped me chose the title.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
I looked up their names on websites that gave the meanings and origins behind them. I think they fit the characters. The setting is a fictional town in New Jersey called Ravens Hollow. It just came to me to create an eerie place, where humans coexist with magickal creatures, kind of like Bon Temps in True Blood, but close to NYC.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I think both. I do pretty detailed character sketches beforehand, and horoscope charts to really nail down the personality traits before I sit down to write. But the characters become more alive and three dimensional as I go along.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesop’s Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
I think the hidden meaning is redemption for both the hero and the heroine. They are forced to overcome old wounds from their pasts and forgive themselves as well as other who have hurt them.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I love the EBook because it doesn’t have a shelf life which is great as an author. There seems to be no end to promotion. Of course, like anything, for those that don’t have E readers, family for example, and some friends, they can’t read it, which is disappointing.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
I have so many favorites. Probably too many to name! lol. I loved Kiss of the Demon King by Kresley Cole. I’ve read it many, many times. The writing is so sharp and the love scenes are so sensual. I also loved the Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day. All three books were fantastic! The characters are incredibly flawed and their feelings for each other are so raw and honest. That’s what I love about romance. I’ve also read every Harry Potter book at least four times, maybe more. I can get lost for days in those books.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
Well I’m still waiting for Fifty Shades of Grey to come out. I’ll let you know what I think. But it looks really steamy!
Your favorite food is?
I love salmon, sushi and any kind of grilled chicken or shrimp and my weakness is chocolate. Soufflé is my favorite.
Your favorite singer/group is?
I love Adele. Her voice is so amazing ... haunting and Damien Rice is a new fave. I love U2, and Coldplay.
Your favorite Author is?
I have so many. Kresley Cole, Emma Chase, Sylvia Day, Alice Clayton, (she just accepted my FB friend request and I nearly fell over.)Christina Lauren, JK Rowling. I could list many more.