Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I was born and raised in Hawaii, and I’ve always been a dreamer. I’ve been writing since I was a little girl. In high school I wrote my first romance novel, and I gave a few chapters to my English Teacher. Then I was walking through the halls one day and another teacher came up to me and demanded that I finish the book because she had to know what happened. My English teacher had shared the book with a friend. That was when I realized that maybe I could actually do this for a living.
Tell us about your books.
I like strong heroines with a good sense of humor, and alpha type males of the paranormal variety. Why have a regular man when you could have a god? My books always have fantasy in them, romance with some sex, and often a trauma to overcome. I like inspiring women to be strong.
How did you go about getting published?
I played the agent game for many years, then was stung along by a very large publishing house (I won’t name names) for a year before they rejected me. I was fed up and decided to self-publish. I’m so glad I did. Self-publishing has offered me a freedom and an income that surpassed the traditional process, and now, publishers are approaching me.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I do this for a living, so I write most days. I get up, have a smoothie, then go down to my office and write. The day is usually fueled by a lot of tea annd whatever snacks are nearby, because when I start writing, I don’t like to stop. I’ll take small breaks sometimes, but usually I write until 7pm.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I’m a total cat lady, crazy to the hilt. I also love shopping and dining out. That’s about it. I prefer to be writing.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
I’m also an artist, and I had to study a lot to learn this new digital art thing, but now I do my own covers and I feel like it was worth it. Put some effort into learning it, and it will save you loads later.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Connect with your readers in any way you can. Facebook is probably the best social media site for finding readers.
What’s your favorite book?
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
What are you reading now?
Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin Series
What’s your next book project?
My most recent book is called The Last Lullaby. It’s about a woman who is half siren and half witch, able to sing magic into being. She uses her talent to fix problems for people within the Beneath, the paranormal community in the Human Realm. But she gets drawn to Tir na nOg, the Fairy Realm, and into a fey war.