Tell us about yourself.
I'm a little shy--have been all my life so writing is the perfect career for me. As a young girl I worked as a farmhand for my dad until I left the farm at the age of twenty-four. Mom loved horses so I grew up riding too. I love animals but didn't enjoy the "sport" of horseback riding as much as the companionship of my Quarter Horse mare, Tosha. I've been writing since grade school, started with poems and short stories then as a teen wrote full length romance novels in the privacy of my room when I could slip away. It was hard because Mom didn't allow me to stay indoors much so I did most of my writing at night instead of sleeping. That made schooling difficult because I was always exhausted. The only subjects I excelled in were English because I loved them so much I didn't fall asleep like I did in my other classes. In addition to my love for writing and animals, I love music. I taught myself how to play guitar and share a deep passion for many genres of music with my husband. This year we will celebrate our twenty-fifth anniversary. He loves my erotic novels and reads them all. I am blessed with such a wonderful loving and devoted man. He is my best friend and we do everything together.
Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?
Life…it's all around me. Everything I experience becomes a book in my head with embellishment and name changes of course. I absorb my surroundings and the aura of people I meet, it has always been natural for me to simply write it all into stories where I can control the outcome and create happy endings. I am rarely at a loss for words.
What made you chose to write erotic literature in particular? And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?
I never made the choice to write erotic romance, it just happened naturally because I like it. In fact, the first published novels I wrote were apparently erotic and I never even knew it until fellow authors began shunning me. I pulled those books out of print when I left that uptight publishing group and moved on to a much better one where my muse is free to roam. I have always loved writing hot, romantic love scenes into my stories. I can write in almost any genre and have even done a nonfiction book about animals. Erotic writing is just fun, really that's why I write it. I have no platform to push, no hidden agenda or any point to make. I've been writing erotic romance since a teen and now as a married woman find it very helpful to unwind after a hard day in real life. As a lady who stresses easily, my mind needs to be seduced before my body follows. My husband truly appreciates the perks of having an erotic romance author for his wife. I'm not sure if there is another genre I need to write as erotic romance covers all the subgenres. I have many books set for release, one each month into next year in various genres but all are erotic with different heat levels.
Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?
It varies. Sometimes a title will pop into my head and spark a story. Other times the story creates the title. I usually don't see the characters before the story though. For me, I feel a story coming on and have to wait for the characters to show themselves to me.
What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?
None of the above, once a story is in my head and the characters are on the page, they lead me. I don't force the plot. If the characters are tired, we take a little break. They always come back to me and tell me what happens next and I never know how a book is going to end. I think that's the most exciting part!
Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?
Definitely. My heroines tend to be distrusting and tough. They seek strong, passionate men who are worthy of their love but not controlling. Loyalty is a must in my books as is honesty. We have no tolerance for evil men or backstabbing women. We deliver justice when the system fails and we never back down. Abuse is a crime and we fight against it. Also, all my characters love animals.
Writing sex/romantic scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?
Not at all. I have been told I write sex scenes with a "deft touch". For me, the sex is part of the romance and the result of love. Once in a while you'll find a sex scene in my books between sub-characters just because we feel like being naughty. But the sex between my main characters is always accompanied by deep love and commitment. My inspiration? My husband. He is awesome and the most morally upright man I've ever known. I never knew men could be gentle, sweet and strong until I met him in May of 1986. Writing love scenes is so easy because of him.
Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?
Ah, whatever flows at the moment is my style. I have no method. I simply let the characters decide how they want it to go. The sex is always open with the bedroom door open as that is what erotic writing is. If you keep the sex behind closed doors then you have soft romance. Not that I couldn't do that, it's just more fun to thrill the readers. Sometimes the sex is slow and easy while other times we get very wild and intense--it's all good. We all need a little down time in this crazy world. I'd like to think that readers who choose my books will share them with their partner and have some fun together. Life is too short. Grab one of my books, your partner and get wild, because my books will turn you on.
Who is your favourite character, which you’ve created? And why?
Hands down no contest…Booker! I wrote him into the last chapter of my first book (that I never published) in 2006. He was supposed to be a bit character, come in, do his job and leave. I gave him a vague description to set the scene and he stole my heart. I had quite writing in 2011 until Booker found me again. He wanted to do his story his way. Fifteen days later the first book in Night Angels was born. My longtime affair with Booker is uncanny. I've even begun a blog about him at Extasy Books titled, Memoirs of a Vampire's Lover (Secret Life of a Housewife). My husband loves Booker which is even more peculiar. I think we have a supernatural threesome. Booker is my favorite because he carries what I call, "the cool factor" and he is loaded with charisma. Nobody can resist him, he's just that alluring. I wish I could take credit for his existence but the truth is he's such a strong character that even I feel like he is real. I have no idea where he came from. I tried to kill him three times in the first books but he loves me deeply and refuses to let go. He always tells me that he will never let me go.
Tell us about your newest release.
Vampire Pact--this is the fifth book in my Night Angels series. This story merges the clan from Vampire Ride (book 4) with Zoe's all female pack of vigilante vampires. The sparks fly during a steamy ritual to seal their blood and Zoe is forced to share her precious Booker for one night. One woman takes things too far and Zoe is faced with some tough decisions. The plot is fast paced, sexy and highly sensual with shocking twists as always because my characters often lack self-control.
Just for fun–
What is your favourite colour?
Which do you prefer a great hero or a great villain?
What is your favourite movie? And why?
Twister. I love weather and the characters in that movie all jive for me. I love how Bill's fiancé gracefully bows out at the end and how Joe's past provides motivation for her madness. The sub characters are all so cool and very well drawn. The movie never gets tiresome for me even though there are so many bloopers. The soundtrack is good too. It's the only movie that never grates on my nerves. It's a really cool love story while feeding my need for some great special effects and weather.
If you could be anyone in the world who would it be? And why?
A better me with a lot more money. I like who I am. But my shyness is often mistaken for conceitedness which is totally opposite of who I am.
Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
A lot more books published and hopefully enough money to help us get by. I plan to stay with Extasy books because I love it there. I'm not a big fan of major changes so when I find a good thing I tend to be content and stop looking for more. I'd like to see one of my novels as a movie.
Vampire Pact Night Angels Book 5
Booker and Zoe face unexpected challenges when a new vampire sect rides onto the scene. The war with Black Star has taken its toll on their relationship. When a merger is necessary to save her clan, the two lovers struggle to hold on. A shocking appearance from the past puts their love to the ultimate test. Can they find their way back to each other when fate pushes the limits? Will Zoe be able to forgive Booker when a ritual goes too far?
Booker covered her mouth with his in a kiss laden with hunger while Rider buried his face against her neck. Frantically she began tearing at his clothes, first the half-opened shirt then the fly to his worn jeans until he was naked. All the while Rider continued caressing and kissing any inch of skin he could reach while pulling off her clothes.
She turned to him with the same urgency, pushing his silky tee shirt up and over his head then urging him to shed the leather pants. Booker’s sensual lips trailed down her back as she kissed her way down Rider’s chest and over the rippling abs. Free of their clothes at last, the three of them knelt entwined on the rug.
“Sweet, sweet baby.” Rider sighed and let his head fall back as her teeth nipped at his neck. “Take your fill, I long to feel your bite.”
Before engaging in another bite she glanced back at Booker. His eyes shimmered with astounding love and he gave a sexy wink that fueled the ache between her thighs.
“Make love to me, baby,” she pleaded. “I want to feel you deep inside while I take Rider’s blood.” Her gaze shifted back to Rider. “I need you both more than anything right now.”
“No worries, doll.” His alluring eyes drew her into their dark depths. “I understand that we must take it slow for a while. You’re in good hands, my sweet.”
Tears blurred her eyes momentarily. His words touched her. Their overwhelming affection warmed her soul and she felt the ice of sorrow melt away for the time.
Booker’s arms encircled her waist as he eased into position behind her. Lowering his head to the curve between her neck and shoulder, his hair tumbled forward sending a cascade of silky spirals over her breasts. Strong yet gentle hands moved up her midriff then higher to caress her breasts and tease the nipples, making them tingle. She waited until his hard length slid between her thighs before leaning toward Rider again.
“Ohhh yesss…” She couldn’t halt a long moan of pleasure as hard male sex filled hers. It had been too long since joining with them.
Rider released a feral groan as she bit down hard. His blood spurted into her mouth and she felt his erection press firmly against her belly while Booker settled into a steady pace of thrusting in and out. Self-control dissipated quickly among them due to lack of recent action. Sucking greedily at her dark-haired lover’s neck, she spread her legs wider for deeper penetration from her alpha male.
Sandwiched between them and wrapped in a tense embrace, she climaxed quickly and shuddered with release. She lifted her head to gaze at Rider while Booker continued driving his awesome self into her throbbing sex. Her tongue swept over parted lips seconds before Rider swathed them with his, thrusting his tongue to the back of her throat.