Thanks for having me here, BC. Very cool place with lots of interesting nooks and crannies (I’m totally gonna have to check out episodes of Vaginal Fantasy Hangout – love, love, love Felicia Day).
Going new places and meeting new people are things I love about being an author. You see, I’ve spent the first 25 or so years of my life as a true introvert should: avoiding crowds and keeping my nose in a book. But from the moment I joined my local writing group, the new experiences started and haven’t stopped. Both virtually and IRL I’ve been a lot of places I’d never usually go and done a lot of things this introvert never dreamed of doing. Attending conferences with thousands of people and meeting people and making small talk – a concept that used to make me hyperventilate. Before writing I’d only ever been to 2 states, but with fellow authors I’ve visited the nation’s capital where I was recognized as a finalist in a prestigious national romance writing contest, attended workshops by editors and authors in New York City — a place I’d never wanted to visit before and now can’t wait to go back. Some authors that I’ve become very close to since I started writing 10 years ago even dragged me with them to Scotland, which is a miracle considering how much I’m afraid of flying.
But those are tame compared to the experiences I’ve had through my stories, published and unpublished. Through my books I’ve been a nurse, an administrative assistant in a wedding gown design firm, a bookstore owner (fulfilling a dream there), and even a vampire. I’m a twin, and one of my upcoming publications features a heroine who is a twin determined to find her missing sister. Introducing others to that unique aspect of my life, and letting them experience parts of it has been exciting.
In my newest release, the heroine was a nanny. Now, I’m a mom, so I know about raising children, but these children were special. First, they were teenagers – I’m almost, but not quite there. And these children were way too well behaved, so the book is definitely a fantasy. J Second, they were the children of a rock star. I’ve never met one, but through my heroine, Taylor, I did. He wasn’t as much of a stage hog as I expected. But Michael Korvello is dark and intense. Creative (in more ways than one). And lonely in a way I never imagined someone with so much attention could be.
Every part of being a writer has taught me so much: how to learn from people, how to listen to my instincts, how to overcome nerves, and mostly how to have fun! And just like the introvert in me was able to visit places and do things through books, now I have the joy of creating those worlds myself and opening them up to readers of my own. Which is, I must say, a really cool job!
What’s the coolest place you’ve been or person you’ve met (in or out of a book)?
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Thanks for having me, BC!
Finding Her Rhythm:
Struggling after the death of her parents, Taylor let her hormones lead her into the biggest mistake of her life. Now she has a dangerous ex who still wants to own her and a desperate need for safety. What could be safer than her new job as a rock star nanny? Except now she’s locked herself in with a man who is potentially more dangerous…to her heart.
Michael Korvello has a dominant nature and a lonely heart that he keeps firmly under wraps. His kids have suffered enough for the mistakes of his past. But his new nanny has those dark desires howling at the gate. The only thing keeping him in check is the fear lurking in those brilliant green eyes. Can he earn her trust, and the right to transform all her desires into reality?
Just when neither can deny their need for each other, Taylor’s ex shows up like an unlucky charm, intent on taking back what he considers his…even if he has to destroy Michael’s world to get to her. Can two kindred souls protect the passionate love they ache for from an outsider bent on ripping them apart?
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