Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
Writing is like breathing, for me. I’ve jotted partial plots and sticky stories since before we had internet and cable television. Through school, I was known as the kid with her nose stuck in a book-enough that even the teachers knew.
I’m not sure what started this current drive. I’m a stay-at-home mom of two, and while I’ve played video games, do science projects just to do them, and read, I didn’t feel satisfied. In July of 2015, I saw a short story competition and by October, Cracked But Never Broken was written … I haven’t stopped since.
Tell us about your books.
Cracked But Never Broken is the first in the Laughing P family. Damien Payne is a man of many hats. Marine. Rancher’s Son. Twin. He thought coming home to the Laughing P would be easy, instead he’s a man without a cause, and the one cause he had, slowly slips from his grasp, secrets he wanted to stay bury become center stage, and can he tell friend from foe and get the girl?
Behind the Lens is the second novel in the Laughing P. Lexi’s had one heck of a year. First she was stalked, kidnapped, and killed a man. Then the shootout that would rival the OK Corral happened, and she lost two friends. Not to mention her relationship with a certain Payne created even more pain. All she wants is to go hunting and leave the drama at home. Instead someone is pulling the strings, secrets she doesn’t know threaten her very heart. Can she accept the future, while she knows the past?
The Devil’s Playground is coming in 2017. It follows Alex, a kitsune and guardian for the Supernatural Council. With her best friends Mira, werecougar, and Ronin, werewolf, she faces some of the world’s most unique supes while an evil stalks her from beyond the veil.
Both series have short stories that you may stumble upon in anthologies, giving you a glimpse into other characters and more.
How did you go about getting published?
I tried Traditional, but Cracked But Never Broken didn’t fit the standard tropes that they wanted. Going with my gut and the advice of my editor, Brian Paone, about how concise my work was, I decided to self-publish.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
With two kids, I tend to write the most in the evenings, but I do try to steal a few minutes during the day too.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I’m a museum, zoo, aquarium, and theme-park junkie. If I’m not walking the paths of those, I’m gaming or chasing my kids.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Hire someone or get other opinions. Don’t settle on the first one.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
If you don’t believe in yourself, who will?
What’s your favorite book?
Can I pick just one? Maybe by genre …
What are you reading now?
A Journey of Words
What’s your next book project?
I’m finishing up Forgotten, a Devil’s Playground novel. Alex and her team get sent to New Orleans, a town who should be in the forefront of supernatural relations, when weddings are being interrupted and people are being killed. Instead, something that should have stayed asleep has awoken with only one thing on their mind.