Frequently asked questions

Did you have a specific inspiration for this book?

The series, Tempered Steel, revolves around
the efforts of one family to rebuild their community after a devastating flood. I know just
how horrific a flood can be to a small town like Grafton, Illinois. My friends and family lived
through the Mississippi River Flood of 1993 in Grafton. I saw the pictures on the news and
heard the stories from other family members, but unless you are actually there, you just can’t
fathom that type of destruction. It gave me the idea for this series, and Whistlin’ Dixie is the
first book. So what better setting than a town than had actually endured it and rebuilt to
become bigger and better.

Did you have a favorite character in the book? Why?

Well, I’m pretty partial to Dixie. She may
be small, but she’s mighty! She is ferocious if she thinks someone is messing with the people
she cares about, but she is also insecure in her own self worth. She needs a man who
understands that. Someone who will cherish her, boost her self confidence, and keep her safe
from her reckless temper.

What is the best part of being an author?

I’m not sure I can pick one part. As a new author, it’s
all pretty fantastic. From finding a cover designer, to an editor that said she likes my work
and wants to help, to all these fabulous readers who like my page or leave comments and
reviews, it’s unbelievable. I wrote Whistlin’ Dixie because the story wouldn’t leave my head
and now it’s out there in the real world for everyone. That’s incredible to me.

When and Why did you begin writing?

Actually writing the stories in my head down came
when I was in middle school, I guess. Before that, I would just make them up in my head and
leave them there to bring out at my leisure and add to them. I didn’t have an ideal childhood,
so reading and making up stories was a means of escape for me. There wasn’t a lot I could do
about my situation as a child, but I could create a better place in my fantasies and writing.

Do you prefer to write books that are in a series, or standalone?

Well, they all seem to start
out as a standalone and then, BAM, I’ve got to add on or change a situation. One thing leads
to another and I’ve got a series, a novella, and soon, a cookbook for Tempered Steel and the
Coalson family.

Can you tell us about any books you might have in the planning stage?

Since Tempered Steel is
a series and Whistlin’ Dixie is the first book, I’ve got my work cut out for me. There are seven
super hot alpha brothers in the Coalson family, and they each deserve their own story, plus
maybe a novella to tie in a bit of mystery. Then there is the cookbook. I’ve included a recipe
that’s mentioned in the book at the end of story, but since the Coalsons love to eat, well, a
cookbook of their favorite recipes mentioned throughout the series is a must! Aside from that, I have a paranormal trilogy involving a sorcerer, a vampire, a werewolf, a
fairy, and time travel.
Oh, and, I’ve written a trilogy of erotic romance, but I’m thinking I may need to increase it to
a series. Those voices in my head keep giving me ideas!

What books by other authors have influenced your life?

The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen
Woodiwiss was the first romance book I ever read (fairytales don’t count!). It remains my
favorite. Every time I thought my world was bad, I’d escape into the book. I love Amanda
Quick, Jayne Ann Krentz, Julia Quinn, Lexi Blake and Shayla Black. And I’ve read Charlaine
Harris’ “Sookie Stackhouse” books probably a dozen times. Sometimes back to back and I
start again! She’s brilliant at bringing an entire new world into our world.

Which writer would you consider to be a mentor?

Cali MacKay. I’ve only been on the horizon
for less than six months, but she reached out to me in a message when I first started my
facebook page, offering help. We bonded over trading recipes! She’s just a lovely, thoughtful
person and I’m blessed to have her friendship. Her writing style is similar to mine so that
helps if I need to discuss a situation with her. And her “inspirational man candy” posts are
always a hoot!

What are you currently reading?

My TBR list is sooo long, but I try to read something new at
least once a week. Currently, I’m reading Uncover Me by Chelle Bliss. It’s the latest in her
Men of Ink series and I absolutely love it!

Do you have any hobbies other than reading?

I love dancing! Unfortunately, my husband
doesn’t. So I freestyle it a lot around the house. It’s not unusual for the mailman to catch me
bouncing out to just about anything. I love music almost as much as I love books.

Are there any new authors who have captured your interest?

Of course! It just depends on the
genre. Rosemary Rey’s Bound series is erotic romance with suspense. C. C. Cartwright’s My
Mr. series is sexy fun contemporary romance.

If you could have a dinner party and invite four authors, living or dead, any genre, who would you invite and why?

Alexander Dumas because his classics never go out of style; Cali MacKay
because she’s my friend and I’d like a buddy there; Mark Twain because I love the way he
looks at the little things in life; and Luke, from the Bible, to get the real scoop.

What four items do you always have in your fridge or pantry?

milk, coffee, popcorn, peanut butter

Is there anything else you would like readers to know?

Book Two of the Tempered Steel series is set for release on Feb 28 th , 2015. Here’s an overview: Sam Coalson, ex-Navy Seal, has returned to Grafton for the wedding
of his brother. After being run out of town fifteen years ago for a
crime he didn’t commit, he’s determined to claim what is rightfully his
and take on anyone crazy enough to try and stop him.
Angel Devereaux is smart, sexy and definitely on Sam’s blacklist.
After siding with Sam’s enemy fifteen years ago, Angel can’t help but
wonder what if….what if Sam had never left? What if he could forgive
her now? She had her reasons, but he won’t listen. So enough with
words, sometimes action is exactly what’s called for.