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Hi Mandy and Welcome! We are glad you’ve joined us here today.
Is there anything you’d like to tell us about yourself? Maybe something most people don’t know?
Hmmm… My life is slowly becoming an open book (pardon the pun), so I’m not sure what I can say that hasn’t been said before. The first thing that comes to mind is that I’m a direct descendent of British royalty. This information (and documentation) has been passed down through generations. I remember hearing stories when I was little about my great-great-(times many) grandparents being kings and queens of England. In later generations even after coming over to the New World, my ancestors traveled back to England to get married there. Somewhere down the line they became true to the colonies and supported our independence. There are records of family members being friends with George Washington. It’s cool that my family has maintained this information over the centuries, and now my aunt has been able to help people in the digital age make the connection with their families to ours. And yes, I have a close friend who calls me “Princess”. Smartass.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for many years. Even before I became published, I wrote technical documentation for IT projects—specs, user manuals, etc. Yep, the boring stuff. But I was still writing, so it was something I enjoyed on some level. As for writing creatively, I started as kid writing song lyrics. I love music and writing, so at the time it was a wonderful creative outlet for me. As I got older though, I focused more on stories and less on songs.
What do you feel influences your writing?
Besides music? LOL! I guess many things do. I read just about anything that has romance in it, and there are times when I stick to a certain sub-genre for a short while. That definitely has an influence on what I write. On a larger level, the fans also influence my writing. When I wrote book one in this series, Surrounded by Woods, I hadn’t really considered writing books on the brothers. It was just going to be a standalone book. But I got a ton of fan mail asking when the next one would be out. So, yeah, that definitely had a major influence on this series.
How would you describe your writing style?
I tend to be blunt when I write. I want to keep things true to the story, but more times than not, my heroines are strong, smart women, who aren’t afraid to laugh at themselves. I like characters that aren’t perfect because no one is perfect. That doesn’t mean my heroes aren’t sexy as hell. But even imperfections can make a man yum-worthy.
Do you schedule your writing time or write when inspired?
Both. I’m always working. When I’m writing a first draft, I have a minimum word count goal, and I do my best to stick with it. Even in areas that I get stuck in, I keep writing and meet my daily goal. In a couple days the difficult areas tend to work themselves out. Sometimes that means rewrites, but I’d rather be rewriting something than staring at a blank page for several days. But there’s more to publishing than writing. There’s editing, promotion, networking, etc. I’d rather write all day, every day but that’s not the only thing I have to do when it comes to finishing a book.
When you have the time what genre do you usually read?
As long as it has romance, I’m game for just about anything. Paranormal, contemporary, suspense, historical, BDSM, M/M, etc., I just love a great love story.
Last and/or favorite book read?
I don’t have a favorite book. I read about 100 or so each year, so some stay with me while others are easily forgotten. Megan Hart’s Broken stands out as one of my favorites, as does Tymber Dalton’s The Reluctant Dom. LOL and those were both tearjerkers! Leave Me Breathless (Leather and Lace Series) by Cherrie Lynn is the last book I read, and it was awesome. She’s a new author for me, but after I read the first book in that series, I immediately bought Leave Me Breathless.
What do you want to tell us about your series?
This series is about a family of mountain lion shifters who live in self-imposed exile. They have such an intense need to mate with any available woman that they avoid all women unless one is already taken by a man. So even their sexual hookups have to be with women who are in committed, yet open, relationships. Otherwise, their beastly side will take over and force a mating. If that were to happen, the woman will attack, and they’ll fight to the death in a show of dominance. Their youngest brother was a victim of a force mating death, so they understand just how dire a situation it is to be around available women. They want to find love but are just unwilling to risk it.
What do you have planned next?
I have a lot coming out this year. I just finished an M/M that is currently in submission. I’m working on a BDSM book that involves minor characters from my first Ellora’s Cave release, Digital Possession. I’m also braining storming winter themed stories. Now I just need to find the time to finish everything! 🙂
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