1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer? I had no idea I wanted to be a writer although I would critique each book after I finished it. Not to tear the book down, mind you. I always had a different idea about some scenes. Then, one day I read The Color of Love by Sandra Kitt. It was so close to the perfect love story that I lost myself in it at that time. Well worth every minute of every time I've read it. What were some of your first steps toward making your dream a reality? I spent a lot of time researching, at the brick and mortar library, back then. I read. I wrote. I submitted. And I was rejected. So, I took a breather from submitting, but never stopped writing.
2. What 3 things would you like readers to know about you? Three things I'd like readers to know about me. Hmmm. I think I cover that in my simple bio.
I'm a cruise-loving, people-watching, picture-snapping baby boomer with time on her hands. So, I write sweet and spicy relationship-based mainstream contemporary romantic love stories for you to enjoy.
3. Tell us about your books. Genre, titles, any favorite characters? What can we look forward to from you in the near future? WIP’s, upcoming releases
I call my novels relationship-based love stories. They are all mainstream contemporary with a sensual heat level. So far, I write in two different sub-genres. I write African-American and Interracial romances.
I'll list them for you starting with the most current first. I call my heroines Louisiana Ladies on Parade.
Like Slow Sweet Molasses (2013) IR - RRP Bestseller
Teacher Angela Munso has lost control—of her spiraling life. She can control the fallout of recent news from whose loins she sprang as easily as she can her heart’s pitter-patter for arrogant Lt. Brock Alexander, whom she now wants to hate. Will love intervene and school their arrested hearts?
Cutie and the Cowboy Trucker (2012) AA - #1 Bookstrand Mainstream Bestseller
Widow Veronica Torres needs something desperately—invisibility. A rash decision puts her on the road and right into the path of trucker Mike Masterson. Will he be just another speed bump in her life? Or will Mike's compassionate ways make all of Veronica's troubles disappear?
How many things can go wrong at one time?
That question plagues feisty divorcée Sharlene Mouton. A lost job. An oil spill ecological disaster threatening her rural Louisiana community. What else can happen? How about repeated run-ins with suave Drake Cormier, the oil company’s liaison officer, and someone barely older than her daughters.
Nicked Hearts (2011) IR - RRP Bestseller
A Hawaiian escape is just what runaway K.C. Montreaux needs to mend her broken heart. Not the lies and deceit of her self-appointed rescuer. But—that’s not all Dr. Nick Hart supplies her.
Reclusive Mesha Rayburn’s horrible secret keeps her shattered heart under lock and key. Can helicopter mechanic Jack Connolly break in to make the necessary repairs?
As far as favorite characters, I love all of my creations. Each one has a different personality from the ones in the previous novel. I must admit, though, to having a special connection with Mesha. She's the heroine in my first love story, Louisiana Hot Sauce.
My WIP list is growing. However, I write everyday on one particular story that's still in its infancy. So, you'll have to hold on awhile longer before I release the storyline. I can tell you it's not your typical lovers-reunited story.
4. Is there a common thread in your books? Yes. There's always a common thread in my books. That thread is l-o-v-e. How do your values show up in your writing? I don't know if it's my values, exactly. I sometimes wonder if it's the baby boomer in me coming out. I'd like for anyone who has read my novels to comment on that question. What do you want readers to take from your writing? That love is huge and not always packaged the same for everyone.
5. What do you look for in a good book? I definitely look for the relationship between the main characters to be believable, intriguing and sometimes contentious.
6. What are some of the best social media, marketing, and publicity tips you’ve come across? I read an article where an author would visit bookstores and place a bookmark from one of his books in books on the shelves. Sounds daring to me. Readers and authors, I'd like to know what you think about that.
7. What are some things you know now about writing and being an author that you wish someone had told you at the very beginning? I had never heard of head-hopping. Now that I finally have an understanding, I know that I'm a fan of it. Head-hopping is the same to me as watching a movie in my head. That's the way my characters interact with me. Although I have made a conscious effort to control how I put those movie scenes into play in my novels, I still like to see how my main characters react to the same situation, at the same time.
Readers, what are your views on occasional head-hopping when reading a novel?
8. Along that same line, what are some of your favorite resources?
I love it when authors support one another. My favorite resources are groups where authors share their vast collective knowledge. I'm a questioner because I was taught "if you don't know something...ask." I try not to bombard them. But, if I need to know something, I need an answer.
9. What lifts your spirits when you’re discouraged?
Music. I love all types. Definitely something with lots of bass and drums. Something that works my sub-woofer. That's also great for getting me up off the couch. (Couch? Old people term. LOL)
10. What tips can you offer towards building and maintaining a strong support system as a writer?
Sometimes support can come from outside of your family and circle of friends. Show yourself genuinely supportive of others' endeavors. You could be cultivating a bond that enriches your writing efforts.
Like Slow Sweet Molasses
Teacher Angela Munso has lost control—of her spiraling life. She can control the fallout of recent news from whose loins she sprang as easily as she can her heart’s pitter-patter. To have feelings for a man who is everything she now wants to hate? That’s the last straw!
Lt. Brock "Chance" Alexander’s arrogance baits Angela. And—he knows it. It’s never so obvious to him as when she lobs that insulting phrase at the side of his head. She pushes all of his hot buttons. But, there’s one he dares her to touch—the one that pushes him out of her life.
"Are you coming in for a few minutes?" Angela asked Chance once they arrived at her door.
"I shouldn’t," he declined.
"I guess you’re right. What’s the point? This so-called relationship failed its first test."
"That’s not the way I see it, Angela." Chance cut the motor but stayed on the bike. "We’re both afraid of circumstances beyond our control. I’m more than certain I want you, exclusively, in my life. I’m just not certain you feel the same about me…and my profession."
"I’ve confessed to having a humongous crush on you, Chance. An infatuation that supersedes all the anguish I’ve experienced in my lifetime. What would I do if you’re mortally wounded?" Her eyes closed at the thought and opened to him closing in for a kiss.
Chance relished the closeness as she melted in his arms accepting his affection. The kiss would have to last him several days for his next mission, assigned to him months before meeting her, would take him away from her and out of the state. He held on imprinting the feeling into his heart, rebelling at the thought of releasing her. "I’m going to walk away, now. I won’t be responsible for what might happen next in this relationship if I enter behind those doors."
"I can tell," she quietly admitted, her own passion rising. "Can I say something and you won’t think I’m easy?"
"I would never think that about you, Angela."
"I’m glad you refused my offer to come inside. Lately, my will isn’t my own when I’m so close to you."
He hoped she felt that way if she learned of his omission to inform her of his call to duty. If everything went according to schedule, she’d be none the wiser.
"Then, there is hope for us." He drew from her well of sweetness once more, mounted his bike and left the words, "I’ll call you," in the wind as he drove away.
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