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1. Where do you write from?
We don't have a whole lot of room at home, so I have my PC set up in the master bedroom and I write from there. This works well enough, as long as nobody (dear hubby, I'm looking at you!) decides to watch TV in bed while I'm working. Even so, for those occasions, I have a pair of very geeky large headphones which keep the noise out.
2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
It wasn't a conscious decision; I just always really liked daydreaming. It occurred to me later that I should be writing all that stuff down, not just think about it.
3. How long does it take you to write a book?
Lately I've been writing a novella a month, but that only works when I have a solid idea of where the story is going and I can only keep it up for so long without feeling burned out. That's why I'm taking a couple of weeks over Christmas before starting the next book (Lucille's Valentine, coming in February 2017).
4. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
A lot of my inspiration comes from places I've visited or that I'm somehow familiar with. My favorite holiday destination in the UK is Scotland, hence the Scottish Werebears books. London is always inspiring, so my Vampires of London books are set there, etc.
5. When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I vaguely remember my mom showing me a story I wrote (and illustrated) in shaky cursive; something about having a pet dinosaur. Since my writing was so clumsy, I would assume it must have been very short after learning how to write, so about 6? I'm counting it as a book, because I had stapled the pages together and even drawn a cover for it and everything. My first proper book was Scottish Werebear: An Unexpected Affair in September 2015.
6. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I love to bake and try new recipes. And I watch probably way too much TV, but I'm counting that as research.
7. What Genre do you write?
Paranormal Romance mostly, though I have written one Contemporary Romantic Suspense and am playing with the idea of trying Urban Fantasy without much romance.
8. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Including my latest, which I've only just finished, I'm up to 10. It's tough to pick a favorite, but I'd have to say probably Scottish Werebear: A New Beginning. I adored Matthew, the werebear who does not realize werebears exist and hence thinks he's crazy.
9. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I get a fair number of emails from readers, and so far been lucky that they've only had nice things to say ;) Some of them share recipes and book recommendations, which is really fun.
10. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Every month, I'd want to do something else. I could never really decide on one thing, but the common thread among most those ideas was that they were sort of creative, so with my writing I've managed to achieve that!
11. Tell us about your current project.
I have only just completed Alpha Squad: Boot Camp (releasing today as I write this, on the 23rd of December 2016), and have not yet started a new project. It's the first book in the brand new spin off series of the Scottish Werebears. Shifters have gone public and it's a brave new world for humans and shifters alike. The government sets up Alpha Squad to deal with shifter related law enforcement matters, but unfortunately not everyone is thrilled about this new initiative. To make matters even more complicated, it turns out that one of the shifter recruits, Eric King, and the squad's leader, Maj. Janine Williams are meant to be mates. Talk about inappropriate...
12. How do you handle writers block?
Writer's block for me usually means that there is something wrong with the story I'm working on. Usually when I'm blocked, the best thing to do is to go through the events I've mapped out for the story and figure out if something needs to be swapped around or removed/added. Once I've fixed the story problem, I can write freely again.
13. What one subject is TABOO in your writing?
I suppose killing off main characters. I've not done that, and don't plan to. I dislike depressing books or even movies, so I don't plan to write things that make me sad.
14. If there was one book you wish you'd written, which would it be?
This is going to be really unexpected considering the genre I'm in, but probably 1984 by George Orwell. So good and so scary in its realism.
15. What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who don't follow "the rules". I know, it's really petty, but I mean people who insist on walking into the "exit only" doors at a mall and block the way for people correctly using the door to exit. That sort of thing drives me completely nuts.
16. Is there one current tv show that is a "can't miss" for you?
Westworld stands out, but of course Season 1 is finished now. I quite enjoy Lucifer as well.
17. Who was your greatest influence?
The indie authors I started reading Paranormal Romance with; Tina Folsom, Milly Taiden, T.S. Joyce.
18. How do you choose your book covers?
I spend an insane amount of time on stock photo websites looking at pictures of half naked men ;-) Basically I choose the models first, and then try to figure out how to fit them into a good looking book cover. My cover designer has told me I have a special talent for finding the hottest torsos out there. LOL
19. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
I speak three languages (English (obviously), German and Dutch) and hold a German passport.
20. How would a reader find you online? IE: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Street Team, Reader Group. Please include all your links.