When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I realized how influenced I was by the written word when I was twelve years
old. That year, I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. And
tried several times, quite unsuccessfully, to get into Narnia through my
bedroom closet. Since then, I’ve been tinkering with writing, but have
been doing it seriously for the last ten years.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your
books? Great question! Being someone who is obsessed with anything
paranormal, much of my inspiration comes from that world. Currently, I am
all about Greek gods, and there are so many ideas right there in the fabulous
Greek myths. I take a myth that I like, imagine what might have happened
since, and go from there!
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in
creating your book? I was so pleasantly surprised at how much input my publisher
asked for regarding cover art ideas. Liquid Silver has a wonderful arts
department, and still asked me what I’d like to see on my covers. I gave
them my vision, never dreaming that they’d use it, and they did! When I
saw the finished product, it was like seeing my baby being born! I love
the covers they did for me. I may be biased, but I’m pretty sure they’re
better than the Sistine Chapel and the statue of David!J
How many books have you written? Which is your
favorite? I have five completed novels under my belt, two of those about
to be published with Liquid Silver. For the Love of a God will be
released April 23, and Up in Flames will be released May 28. Aside from
these, I have at least ten novellas that I’ve written. Everything from historical
romance to vampires to regency naughtiness!
Where are you from? Toronto, Canada…home of the CN
Tower, the Hockey Hall of Fame and the best street meat in the world!
What inspired you to write your first book? The first
(unpublished) novel I ever wrote was a meandering historical/love story/ghost
story. It was inspired by a trip to London, England and a visit to
Kensington Palace. There, I saw a beautiful portrait of a gorgeous
nobleman from the Regency era. I couldn’t stop thinking of that portrait
and the enigmatic man! I began my first novel after getting home from
that trip. The novel began with a woman visiting a country estate, and
falling for a portrait of a man who’d been dead for two hundred years…or was he
dead at all?
Do you have a specific writing style? I would say my
writing style is pretty contemporary, with a definite mocking, self-deprecating
humor. I love heroines who aren’t perfect, even geeky, and who aren’t
afraid to admit it. As much as I love romance and eroticism, for me there
has to be humor too. My writing reflects that.
What book are you reading now? I’m reading Lauren
Kate’s “Fallen” series. I love the doomed relationship between the
heroine and her angel hero. Even though it’s a young adult book, I find
it so evocative and sensual. And I love the idea of seducing an angel! J
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Absolutely! For the Love of a God is set in a museum in Toronto.
The female protagonist Maia is a conservator of Grecian statuary and
self-confessed museum geek. She pines over a seductive statue of the
Greek god Eryx, god of love. What Maia does not know is that Eryx exists,
and is about to become her new boss at the museum. For his part, Eryx is
determined to avoid all women because of an ancient curse that has doomed any
woman he’s tried to love. However, when he sees the awkward, yet
curvaceous Maia, he finds it hard to resist her charms.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change
anything in your latest book? I don’t wish to sound egotistical, but I
don’t think I could change anything. One becomes so attached to one’s
characters. I’ve grown to love Eryx and Maia and their tempestuous
relationship and how it blossoms into a real love. I think if I could
change anything, it would be to have the chance to live with this story a
little longer. I hate putting my peeps away! And yet, I’m so
excited to release them into the world at the same time.
What are your current projects? I am currently
finishing up a novel which takes off from where For the Love of a God
ends. However, in this case, my hero is now the god Dionysus, the randy
Greek god of wine. He’s about to embark on a journey to the underworld,
and find true love in the process. I am also about to start a new WIP
about the sexy god Apollo. I love me some Greek gods!
Do you have any advice for other writers? Be
flexible! I learned such important skills in the editing and submission
process. Your publisher wants to see you succeed. One must be open
to criticism and suggestion, as hard as it can sometimes be. Remember,
feedback is a gift. J
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your
readers? Just that I really hope you love For the Love of a God as much
as I loved writing it. I hope I can lure you away from your world for a
while, and into my world. I think you’ll like it there.