Okay, here's the first 6. I'd love to hear from you.
1) Looking over the past year, what has been the best moment for you in your writing career?
-This is a really difficult question to answer, so much has happened over the last year and choosing one moment is next to impossible. Writing related though, I’m going to say, meeting my writing partner was about the most amazing. It’s the first time in my life I got to actually sit down and talk non-stop writing with someone who is so like me it’s crazy. Jenna and I have been friends for a few years, but only online and we all know how that can be. People have a tendency to stretch, or shrink, the truth and can get away with it if you never have a face to face. Seeing and talking with Jenna, it became instantly clear that what I saw online was exactly what she’s like in person. A tad nuts, a woman who has deep beliefs in her family and would do anything for them, and one who is a great friend.
2) Have you read anything outside your own genre that has made an impression upon you?
-You know, this took me some thinking time. I suppose you mean erotica or romance as ‘my genre’. But, I don’t see it that simply. Yes, I write stories that include sex, but they also have mystery, science fiction, paranormal elements that take them beyond just the sex. Take out the sex and they’d still be a story, just not as rich or as much fun.
Am I sidestepping the question? Sort of. Honestly, everything I read, no matter what genre, influences me in some way. I’ll be reminded to try to do something or not to do what another author has done. Bits of stories from a book will creep into something I’m writing. That’s something I really have to be careful of. Ideas I can use, but that’s it.
3) Apart from writing, what do you enjoy doing with your spare time ? (ha ha!)
-Evading my in-laws…He he he! Bet that’s not what you were expecting.
Okay, seriously, I love the animals we have around our place. We’re close to the bush here and we have an abundance of wildlife showing up at all hours of the day and night. For years I was very active in the conservation and education of the outdoors and wildlife in the area and it’s been a love of mine for as long as I can remember. Seeing the animals in the yard is pretty amazing. We have deer and raccoons who have been visiting us for years. There are also black bears and cougars here, but I try not to get too close to them. We’ve been given permission to put food out for them in the winter and there’s nothing cooler than to see a big old buck tucking into his dinner not twenty feet from where I’m eating mine.
Not a real answer maybe, I don’t ‘do’ much with the animals, but they are a big part of my days. Stick in gardening when I’m in the mood and cooking at all times, and that pretty much takes care of me. Oh, and family. As much as I moan about them and what they put me through sometimes, I’m not sure what I’d do without them.
4) Regardless of how the book was received, what is your favourite book / short story?
-Dayum, good question! The one I always think of with this question is, Scorpio Tattoo. To me, that story was vivid and the characters talked so freely to me. I’ve read it once or twice since writing it and am surprised I managed it.
5) If you could change one thing that you have written, what would it be?
-Chuckling here. Scorpio Tattoo. I’d have let this one go on much longer. Gone into more detail, drawn the story out and let the characters really show us their lives and deaths. It’s one of those stories I’ll never feel was complete enough, but loved it right from the word go.
6) Who do you see as being your average reader?-None of my readers are average. You’re all amazing people who have made the time to read me. I think of you as usually female, in your mid-thirties to mid-fifties, with busy lives and in need of a little distraction. You enjoy sex and are eager to escape into a nice naughty story.
Remember, part 2 tomorrow and if you have questions, email me!