1. We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment.
My upcoming release (Feb 20, 2021) is Surrender Love – Antonello Brothers: Immortal. In 2014 the book went out of print when the rights reverted to me. I planned a sequel called Forever Love, but had so much trouble with getting the hero and villain to do what they were supposed to do that I gave up and wrote other things. After several years, I figured out what was wrong, fixed it, and began a complete rewrite of the story. Re-releasing Surrender Love means I’m close to releasing Forever Love as well. That book comes out May 13th. In between those two books is a short story called Forbid My Heart, which will be exclusive for readers of Surrender Love. There will be a link to the story at the end of the book. Anyone who loved Luc and Izzorah’s romance will want to read that. Forbid My Heart leads directly to Ring of the Dragon. You can skip that book and go straight to Forever Love, but if you read it, you’ll have a much greater experience and see deeper into the overall story. Plus, Ring is told completely from the viewpoint of the immortal king, Pietas. It’s a don’t-miss story. There will be a sequel to that book in the near future.
2. In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.
I have multiple books set in the same story universe. The Antonello Brothers: Immortal series is a spinoff from the Antonello Brothers series. Those books are A Stolen Heart, Bro, At the Mercy of Her Pleasure, For Women Only. In that series, the focus is on Senth and Khyff, half-brothers who are reunited as adults. The immortals are in the background but vital to the story. In the spinoff, it focuses on the immortals and the brothers are in the background.
3. As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!)
Tracking everything. I do it, and it helps me, but going back and seeing how sales are going and what promotion or sale worked is a bit boring. But it’s part of the job and it’s important.
4. Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?
I love plotting and figuring out how to connect various parts of the story to another part. Because my books are all interrelated, I have a chance to write in characters from one book into another. When I realize I wrote something in book C that can work in book K, it’s exciting.
5. If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.)
Heather Gladney and Mary Renault’s magic with words. I love their writing.
6. Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best?
I must say it is not unexpected. They know better than to try strong-arming me. I don’t budge when it comes to story, but I will give them what they want if they insist. When I wrote Surrender Love, it was supposed to give Luc a quick fling and heal his broken heart after a breakup. I didn’t expect that Luc would demand that I give him Izzorah forever. I know it’s weird, but characters can be so intense in your mind when you’re writing them that you know you’re not going to win unless you give them their way. I found a way to make Izzorah immortal like Luc, and the happy-ever-after was born.
7. You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why?
They will beat me like a dead horse. I have no idea how to play poker. It will always come out in the other person’s favor, I’m afraid.
8. Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.)
Don’t worry about how the opening sounds until you’ve written most of the book. Chances are, your first few chapters will end up somewhere else. Even when outlining, writers don’t always see the right structure for a story. It takes delving into it a ways to figure that out. So if you can’t think of a hook for that opening line, write anything and just get started. Remember, you will edit the living daylights out of this thing anyway! Give yourself permission to write a rotten first draft. The point is to get it onto the paper / screen. You can edit in your head but no one can read it there.
9. Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe.
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