I’m a Jersey girl, through and through. I live about twenty-five minutes outside of Philadelphia. So, we’re able to catch lots of Phillies games. Not that that is a good thing at the moment.L
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I knew I wanted to be a writer. I was always jotting things down, creating imaginary people and coming up with stories.
Tell us about your latest book.
Make Me Stay is a BDSM romance. It’s a story of a rekindled love and finding a way to make the crazy work.
Can the sub teach the Dom to play?
Natural submissive Gracie Miller thought she had found her other half in Cade Jameson. Not only did he help her through a difficult time in her life, in the bedroom he brought her more pleasure than she could have ever imagined. They seemed perfect for each other.
Cade knew what he wanted in the bedroom. Gracie brought out his domineering side and ignited his passion. But he feared he was too dominant for this beautiful, naïve girl, who was so young and impressionable, so he ended their relationship.
Two and a half years later, Gracie returns to town a new woman. She had moved to the city and found a “Master” who showed her what she was truly capable of. Now she’s back and wants to show Cade exactly what kind of submissive she could be for him.
But after hearing all that she’s experienced, Cade now wonders if he’s dominant enough to satisfy her. Can he be the man Gracie needs him to be?
Content Warning: graphic sex, BDSM themes
Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it?
I just recently signed a contract with Decadent Publishing for a 1NS (one-night stand) story that I’m really excited about. It’s called One Night of Need. It’s a May/December romance.
I’m also working on a sequel to Make Me Stay that will center on Martin (he’s featured in Make Me Stay). Martin is a no nonsense Dom who happens to be falling for his not so submissive attorney. Fun times… The book is called Surrender to Me.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?
For me, it’s trying to control the plot bunnies. I have so many stories that need to be told. I just have to find the time to do it. Once I focus, the plots flow and the characters grow.
What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
Be patient and learn your craft. Writing is an ongoing process. I’m still learning new things every day. Also, create an on-line presence and connect with other writers. The support is great and needed.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
I’ve been pretty fortunate. The stories have been flowing. But there are times when I can’t work out a scene. When that happens, I walk away and take a break. Sometimes I’ll search the internet for sexy pictures to help me with inspiration. Studying an image seems to get my creative juices going.
How did you deal with rejection letters?
They always sting! But after I get over the rejection, I go back and read what the editor has said and why they rejected it. I’ve learned some valuable information and have used it to make the manuscript better. In a couple cases, I’ve taken the advice offered and resubmitted the story. I received a positive response the second time around.
Now that I’m published, I try not to take the rejection so personally. It’s one person’s opinion. Just because one editor couldn’t use the story doesn’t mean another won’t. I just keep trying.
What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
I can’t live without my laptop. It follows me all over the house. I’m also in love with my netbook. I take that with me to my kids sporting events and write every chance I get. I get so much done while I’m waiting out the kids’ practices.
This really isn’t a tool, but I must have a Starbucks Iced Tea when I’m writing. It fuels me;)
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