What inspired you to write your first book?
Well that’s a bit of a tricky question. The first book I ever wrote remains unpublished as of yet, however it was inspired by love of course. I’m a hopeless romantic as you may have guessed and have always dreamed of finding my knight in shining armor. My first published book however, Sweet Charity, was inspired by my love of motorcycle books and some of my favorite authors such as Jordan Marie, Leslie Wilder, Nina Levine, to name just a few.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m not really sure that I have a style or not. I like to make notes as ideas come up and then I will create a brief outline for each book before I dive into writing, but I’m kind of one of those people who sits down at the computer and just starts typing. Sometimes the story takes me to a totally different place than I thought it was going. Sometimes the characters just speak to me and then the story evolves in a different manner than I originally thought.
How did you come up with your titles?
Well my title for my first book, Sweet Charity, came about purely from character development. I knew what her occupation was going to be and that lead me to the “Sweet” part and “Charity” came from a list of female names that I have always liked. I have a long list of male and female character names that I love. Kind of like an expectant parent who might have a list of potential names for their babies. LOL!
Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?
For this first series of books, no there isn’t a specific message in the books. Though I do like to focus on both strong male and female characters. I love an alpha male who empowers his woman and stands beside her in support of whatever her passion is.
How much of your books are realistic?
I think that most if not all of the circumstances in my current books are and could be very realistic.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
LOL! I’ll never tell. Seriously though neither Sweet Charity or Finding Faith are autobiographical at all. They are complete works of fiction.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Hmmmm, that’s such a tough question as there are way too many to mention. I will say I am a huge fan of To Kill a Mockingbird as well as Wuthering Heights. As far as romance books go I started out reading books by Lavryle Spencer and Sandra Brown and I still read them today. Some I’ve reread many times. I also love to read poetry. I love Robert Serviss. As far as the genre of books which I write, I am most influenced by Chelle Bliss, Nina Levine, Leslie Wilder, and I’m in love with Alana Sapphire’s books.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Probably Leslie Wilder because she is the person who taught me all about self publishing and she is always there to answer all of my silly questions
What book are you reading now?
I am currently not reading anything just because when I am working on writing a book I like to stay focused on my own work Plus when I am writing, I keep kind of odd hours and I don’t really have time to read. I do however love to read books by the authors mentioned above and by others such as Winter Travers, Vicki Green, Jordan Marie, RB Hilliard, Kaylee Song, Sierra Rayne, and AF Crowell to name only a few.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I love to read Angel Rose.
What are your current projects?
I am currently writing the third novel in The Black Mavericks MC Series, called Saving Grace. It is the story of Rocker, one of the prospects of the motorcycle club.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I have had a lot of support from fellow author friends, Leslie Wilder, Jordan Marie and RB Hilliard right from the very beginning. The completely embraced me into their circle. Also I have an awesome street team called Sherri’s Sirens and they are so supportive of me. They have become wonderful friends. And friends such as Rosie Snowdon, Veronica Garcia, Kaci Stewart and Amy Jones to name a few, offer me unconditional support and love.
Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to be able to one day see writing as a career. Until I have more books, it is hard to make that commitment.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Oh yeah, I know that there are some mistakes in there that I would change in a heartbeat, but as far as storyline goes, no, I wouldn’t change a thing.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I have always loved to write from quite a young age. I liked to write stories and keep journals as kid and then longer stories evolved as I got older. I find writing is a great outlet when you are stressed about something as it kind of takes you away from your own problems. I got away from writing for a few years due to work and family obligations taking up too much time, however a few years back after the passing of my parents, I turned back to my joy of writing to help me get through my grief.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I can share a little of my latest release, Finding Faith, with you all.
He leaned back resting his head against the back of the couch and ran his hand up over his forehead, then threaded his fingers into the tousled red mane of his. All he could think about was Faith. She was so fucking gorgeous, sexy with all of the right curves in all of the right places. Her long blonde hair would feel so good spread across his naked skin, or wrapped around his fist or his cock. With just that thought he shifted uncomfortably, as his cock began to throb. Then there was her smell, she smelled like fresh laundry and soft powder. He groaned out loud as he reached down to unfasten his jeans releasing his aching cock. He tightly wrapped his hands around his rigid flesh and began stroking and himself. Aiden thought about how good Faith had felt on the back of his bike with her body wrapped around him, and while he did this he stroked faster and faster. Within a few minutes, he came all over his hands as he growled out her name.
Getting up and heading to the bathroom, Aiden reached in the shower and turned the water on to heat up. He proceeded to strip all of his clothes off and stepped into the shower. For a few minutes he just stood there facing the multiple shower heads letting the water pummel his face and his body. Then stepping back he shook the water out of his eyes and began to lather himself up. It had been a hell of a long time since he’d resorted to jerking off, he thought. Not since he’d been a young teenage boy looking at Roxy and Donna, the girls that regularly “serviced” the club when he and Jackson’s fathers were the patched members. He had to know more about Faith. Who was she and why was she so damned sad and tightly wound? What made her that way?
Turning the shower off and stepping out, he wrapped a towel low on his hips and tied a knot in front. Stepping in front of the mirror he looked at his reflection in the mirror and said, “You poor bastard. What have you gone and gotten yourself involved in now?” Then turning and hitting the light he turned the loft into darkness except for the rays of the streetlights outside that shone in through the high transom windows above his bed. Pulling the towel off, crawling into bed and stretching out he vowed that tomorrow he was going to find out a bit more about Faith and he knew exactly where to start.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I find that I am my own worst critic and when I sit down to write, I find myself editing my previous work continually to the point that it impacts my writing goals for the day. I need to just carry forward with my writing rather than spending so much time editing.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
My favorite author is Chelle Bliss. I absolutely love her characters and the alpha males that she writes about. I love how she weaves characters from previous stories into her latest books so that we can sort of keep up with our favorites. I can’t find one thing about Chelle’s books that I don’t absolutely love.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I haven’t traveled with respect to my book yet, however I will be attending my first book signing as a signing author in a few weeks in Pittsburgh, PA. I am very excited to meet fans and other authors who I’ve only met online but have become close friends with.
Who designed the covers?
My covers were designed by Dana Leah, of Designs By Dana.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
The hardest part of writing my books is hmmm, probably the continuous editing that I spoke of above.
Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
Omg! I’ve learned so much from writing my books. The whole process from start to end has been a learning experience with each book. I had to learn everything about self-publishing, editing, formatting, cover design, etc. Thank goodness I had some wonderful friends to coach me through the whole process.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
If you’ve always dreamed of writing…make sure that you follow your dreams. It is such a satisfying thing when you first see a book with your name of the cover. When it all comes together and when people send you messages telling you that they just loved your books. Well, there’s nothing quite like it. Also, make sure that you network and make some good contacts in the self publishing world who can be your reference as you go through the process.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you! From the bottom of my heart…thank you for purchasing my books. Thank you for reading them and reviewing them, and thank you for the countless messages telling me how you enjoyed my books. I read every one of them and they have touched my heart more than I can ever say.
What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing your books to life?
For me the biggest challenge to bringing my books to life is time. I find it challenging to balance the time writing with the time spend promoting and interacting with my readers. I love the social interactions however, it is very time consuming and can quickly eat into valuable writing time.
Coffee – Tea: Tea
Boxer – Briefs: Boxer
Jeans – Sweats: Jeans
Silk – Cotton: Cotton
Rightie – Leftie: Rightie
Rock n roll – Country — Both
Mountains – Beach –Both
Cat –Dog: Dog
Favorite Movie: Dirty Dancing
Favorite Book: Too many to choose
Favorite TV Show: Outlander
Favorite Car: Any sports car red/silver/or blue
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Male Film Star: Edris Elba
Favorite Female Film Star: Kate Winslet
Favorite Fast Food: Pizza
Favorite Cocktail: Anything fruity and sweet
Favorite Musical Band: Too many to choose
Favorite Singer: Too many to choose
Favorite Song: Amazing Grace
Favorite Season: Fall
Favorite Candy: Anything Chocolate