When did you start writing?
Nine years old. That year I wrote/illustrated “Dimples the Adventurous Flea” about a flea who jumped from dog to dog. When he was on a French poodle, he thought he was in France. When he was on a German shepherd – yep, you guessed it – he thought he was in Germany. I made copies of the book and went around the neighborhood selling them to my friends’ parents. My first book tour!
What’s the difference between erotic romance and erotica? Is there a difference?
Huge difference. Erotica is about the sexual journey (think Story of O). There doesn’t have to be a romance or an HEA. Erotic romance on the other hand, has to have a moving love story at its core with an HEA or HFN. Erotic romance is no different from sweet romance except for the explicit bed scenes. Both need strong characters, a moving love story, a tight plot, and a satisfying resolution.
Were you at all influenced by Fifty Shades of Grey?
I applaud any writer who can achieve such fame and wealth on any book. Although I enjoy BDSM and Alpha males, I prefer heroes with a quick wit who are honorable, have a good heart, would crawl over hot coals for their ladies, and don’t have a lot of emotional baggage.
Have you ever considered writing in other genres?
Absolutely. I actually wrote many thrillers before I moved into romance.
Are you a plotter or panster?
Plotter. My plots are meticulous and are usually longer than my books. I like everything in place before I write the first line of the first chapter. For me, to sit down and start writing a book without an outline/plot is like jumping in my car and driving to New York (I live in California) without a map. Yeah, I’d eventually get there, but it would take less time if I had planned the route.
Tell us about your typical writing day.
I get up at 2 a.m. (much cooler and quieter at that time) and write until I get my word count in. Usually 5000 words per day.
What part of writing do you consider the most difficult?
First drafts. Trying to get descriptions/mood/setting/background in without making the story screech to a halt.
Is their passion strong enough to break her chains?
Andalucía Spain, 1489: Innocent Beatriz is desperate to escape the threat of a miserable marriage to a cruel Marquis. Forced into the betrothal by her ruthless merchant papá, her only hope is to conceal her identity and become a servant in a nearby castle—a life drastically different from her comfortable upbringing.
Tomás doesn’t know what to make of his well-spoken new servant girl. Her beauty and charm captivates the military hero; her mysterious nature intrigues him. And the desire she ignites burns brighter with each glance, as does his longing to claim her for his own.
Beatriz can’t resist Tomás’ passion nor deny the heat of her own. But neither the lush countryside nor the walls of the opulent Moorish castle can entirely protect her—and if he were to discover her secret, she could be torn away from him forever. Yet how can she sustain his love if she’s living a lie?
“The story is brimming with risqué retorts and searing sex scenes.” --Publishers Weekly