2. Remember the little things
3. Love notes are always appreciated
4. Hold hands
5. Always kiss goodnight
6. Always kiss good morning
7. Pick your battles-in any argument think “Do I want to be right, or do I want to end the argument”. There’s only one right choice.
8. Give gifts for “no reason”
9. Give your partner compliments when they least expect them
10. Put your phone down and have a conversation at least once a day, every single day.
Do you outline your books or wing it? Describe your process.
I am a total pantser. I get an idea, usually just one scene, or a backstory for a character and I just start writing to see where the character and the story will take me.
I write romantic suspense. I love reading romantic suspense and creating the dual story lines that genre is known for. In romantic suspense it’s not just about falling in love and living happily ever after, there is a bad guy out there who is trying to do something evil, and that has to be resolved before, or alongside the happily ever after.
No, I first fell in love with historicals and thought I would write those but if I’m being totally honest I found the research exhausting and way too much like work. Then I discovered contemporaries and started writing those. It wasn’t until I read my first romantic suspense and fell even more in love with the genre of romance that I knew that’s what I was meant to write.
In a word, editing!
My road to publication is long and winding, but to outsiders it probably seems like an overnight success. I first started submitting completed manuscripts to publishing houses before my son, who is now almost 13, was born. Then life got in the way and I stopped writing completely for several years. After starting a mom blog I reconnected with my passion for creating emotions and painting pictures with written words and started writing once again. That first novel I started back with became Hiding in Plain Sight. I had thought I would self-publish but had submitted to a handful of smaller houses just to see what would happen, after 2 requests for revisions from publishers I received an offer for a contract from Evernight Publishing. I did my research and heard only great things about the publisher so I signed my contract in November of 2015, and my book was ‘live’ on February 11 of 2016.
My day job includes managing social media for the companies I have worked for so I love being on social media. Readers will find that I’m active online and they can really get to know me and what’s coming next by connecting with me on Facebook and Twitter.
Romance Writers of America (RWA) as well as my local chapter, Missouri Romance Writers of America and the romantic suspense online chapter, Kiss of Death. I’m currently serving as the VP of Publicity for my local chapter.
My heroine, Kierra, suffers from panic and anxiety attacks following some trauma that happened when she was a teenager. I loved writing her because she has tremendous growth over the course of the story and not only finds her inner strength but becomes kind of a kick ass woman I’d love to hang out with before the story is finished. My hero is a small town sheriff and all around Mr. Protector for everyone he cares about. Writing his story was great because I knew I didn’t want the traditional Prince Charming who swoops in to save the damsel in distress so he is very supportive but encourages Kierra to find her own way towards strength and saving herself in the end.
I love authors like Roxanne St. Claire, Cindy Gerard and Laura Griffin. Those are my auto-buy authors and who I want to be like “when I grow up!
You’re having a party. What character do you hope doesn’t attend? Why?
The one I hope doesn’t attend is easy, Jack Bennett. You’ll have to read the story to find out why…