What inspired your latest book?
The idea of what would happen if something in your past, something you’d do just about anything to keep secret, was exposed. What impact would it have on your life, on the lives of your family? Friends?
What is your typical day like?
I get up in the morning and get the coffe going, let the dog out, feed the dog, consume copious amounts of caffeine, take the dog for a walk, go to work. In the evenings there’s dinner, another dog walk and then its time for writing!
How much time do you spend promoting your books? What works best for you?
Not as much time as I should and more time than I’d like to! When I have print books out I do book signings but that doesn’t work as well for ebooks. Sometimes I do personal appearances and speak to book clubs about my book or on the topic of writing. I haven’t found any one venue that works particularly well – yet. But I’ll keep at it.
How has your experience with self-publishing been?
As of today, I have only published with small press publishers. I may consider selfpublishing in the future.
Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
My stories are about conquering life’s trials and my ideas generally come from brainstorming with other writer friends on the topic.
What advice do you have for other authors wanting to self-publish?
I’d say do your homework and make sure to hire quality people to edit, create covers, etc. There’s a lot that’s involved in the process and you need to make sure to get it right.
Do you have critique partners?
Yes, we have a group of 5 of us. Since we all write something different it works out well.
What is your favorite dessert/food?
Just about anything chocolate!
How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book?
I don’t usually create characters based on people I know, at least not on a conscious level. I’m more likely to use assorted personality traits from many people to create one character.
Was your road to publication fraught with peril or a walk in the park?
Definitely not a walk in the park, but not fraught with peril either. I’ve been rejected, too many times to count at this stage of the game, but I don’t give up.
Give us an elevator pitch for your book.
A secret she must keep… A man she can’t resist.
Do you have a view in your writing space? What does your space look like?
I don’t have a dedicated space. If I need complete solitude I take my portable desk into my bedroom and lock the door. So far it has worked for me.
Tell us about your hero. Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.
Max is a hard worker (he built his own business from the ground up). He gives back to those who have helped him and he comes to Nicole’s rescue (the heroine) not once but twice. His weakness is he doesn’t trust women (Wait until you find out why! Max also has a little secret he’d like to keep hidden).
Tell us about your heroine. Give us one of her strengths and one of her weaknesses.
Nicole has a strong sense of family and would do just about anything for her sisters. Her weakness is she always chooses the wrong type of man to get involved with. Most of the time she ends up with a broken heart but one man, in particular, cost her much more.
What genres are you drawn to as a reader?
Romantic suspense, contemporary, historical, and sci-fi to name just a few.
Do you prefer to read in the same genres you write in or do you avoid reading that genre? Why?
I write contemporary romance with elements of suspense, but I like reading a variety of romance genres. Why? Because there are a LOT of great stories out there and I don’t like to limit myself to anyone kind.
How far do you plan ahead?
In terms of my writing, I’ve written one novel, have another novella in The Forever Yours trilogy planned for this year and I want to finish my other WIP before the end of the year as well.
Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring authors?
Believe in yourself and never, ever give up on your dream.
What did you want to be when you were a child? Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
I can’t even remember what I wanted to be. It changed so many times, but I can tell you a writer was not one of the careers I’d imagined for myself as a child or even as a new adult. It wasn’t until I was in my thirties that I even considered it.
Do you or have you belonged to a writing organization? Which one? Have they helped you with your writing? How?
I belong to the following writing organizations:
- The Connecticut Chapter of Romance Writers of America (CTRWA)
- Charter Oak Romance Writers (CORW)
- RWA Contemporary Romance Writers
Have they helped – you betcha! These are some of the most supportive, inspiring people I have ever met and I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am today as a writer without them. How have they helped? Mentoring programs, critique groups, words of advice, and inspiring guest speakers at the monthly meetings, just to name a few.
Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.
It’s filled with passion and romance, mystery and suspense! Here’s a little snippet to whet your appetite:
Passion ignites between Nicole Bradford and Max Paradis the moment they lay eyes on each other, but despite the sizzling attraction and Max’s to-die-for-kisses, Nicole is reluctant to get involved. She’s been burned by love before.
Carlo had been her ideal mate but the dream became a nightmare when his drug smuggling past was revealed.
Now all Nicole wants is to get on with her life and keep the secret she’s been hiding for the last six years.
Still, how can she resist the handsome and sexy Max when he’s everything she’s ever wanted in a man? And what will she do when Carlo returns and threatens to expose her ugly past?
Nicole will have to trust Max with the truth if she wants to win his love and get Carlo out of her life for good. If she doesn’t Carlo could destroy everything that matters most to her.
Describe the genre of this particular title, and is this the only genre you write in?
This is a contemporary romance with elements of mystery and suspense. I’d say I write contemporary romance with verying elements of suspense / intrigue / mystery.
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