What’s with the ‘love & stuff?’
and other FAQs
Seriously, ‘love & stuff?’ Why?
Well, because proper romance authors write about love. And I guess I’m an improper romance author. Or at very least, much more than a romance author since I also write highly personal creative non-fiction, helpful non-fiction, and humorous women’s fiction. So… love… and stuff!
Do you really believe in love at first sight and happily ever after?
When my wusband and I met, it was absolutely love at first sight… okay, lust, lust at first sight. Love came when he invited me over for dinner three days later and made me a vegetarian lasagne, even though he ate meat. I was absolutely, head-over-heels with the guy and we moved in together within a month of meeting, got married and had over ten great years together.
But then he fell in love at first sight a second time. Which brings me to my happily ever after husband…
I never said that a person’s love at first sight lover had to be the same as their happiliy ever after lover…
How long have you been writing fiction?
I started writing my first book in 2005. If I had to pin it down as a single genre it was a ‘lovers to enemies’ story… kind of an anti-romance. It was 120,000 words of practice and taught me, among other things, that I had no idea how to use a semi-colon and that the old adage, “write from the scar not the wound” was excellent advice!
Fast forward to November 2014 when I wrote 50,000 words of what became Mother Teresa’s Advice for Jilted Lovers which I completed and published in 2016. I was happy just to have a real book in the world and didn’t do a lick of promotion so… those characters have never gotten the love they deserve.
Jump again to December 2019 when Nick and Sophie, the at-odds firefighters in my first romance, First In, woke me up and insisted I tell their story. By New Year’s Day, I had 80,000 words written and a crazy idea: to write another romance and tell my technical writing clients that I was all booked up with… well, love & stuff!
Where are you on social?
Does your husband read your books? Has he read your sex scenes?
Nope and nope.
He’s more of a Clive Cussler kind of reader. But I do tell him about the stories and have tried a few scenes out with him to, you know, really understand how a person would react in certain sexy situations…
Too much info? Then for goodness sake, do not read my creative non-fiction!
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Ugh. I hate that question and the source of my stress in trying to answer also speaks to why I only had one child. I knew that if I had two, my first would always be my favorite… and I know that picking favorites is not nice.
But, what I can tell you is that these authors were a huge influence to me when I decided to switch my day job from writing technical words to writing love & stuff:
CJ Hunt. I love the Touch of Magic series.
Odette Stone, specifically, Home Game. I still feel those characters a year later.
Jaine Diamond, Dirty Like Me… whoah! And there’s a whole series of Dirty stories.
Lucy Score. Protecting What’s Mine is brilliant. Sexy and smart. That’s a solid win.
LJ Shen. She’s my book version of Netflix binging.
Pippa Grant. Sex and laughter are my religion. Pippa’s books feed me.