Why do you write romance?
I didn’t really start with romance as a preference. In fact I was more of a straight fantasy writer, my first works had no romance at all. It wasn’t until my late teens and early twenties that I got into romance novels. I was one of those people who got embarrassed by the cover art, the kind with Fabio embracing a very enraptured damsel in distress…yeah…once I finally got over the initial “its not for me it’s for my mother” phase, I found that I loved reading Romance, and started to experiment by combining my fantasy stories with elements of Romance. And voila… a bond was created.
What romance subgenres do you write in? Why?
I have written contemporary shorts. However, my favorites are science fiction, fantasy and paranormal. When I started writing, it was more for my one sanity than anything else. All my stories have a piece of experience from my past in them, the genre is often my own need to escape from or at least to some degree change the out-come of a painful memory. My imagination is my freedom and my escape. I love creating new worlds and alternate realities. I think that if I didn’t write I would probably be schizophrenic.
What inspires your stories?
I really believe the question should be “What doesn’t inspire me to write.” Every day life. My own battles, my growth as a person, as a woman. I find inspiration in everything I do, I read and the people I meet along the way. Life is a journey.
What is your writing schedule?
Late evening until early hours. I’m usually wired.
What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
I started reading Erotica about five years ago and have added quite a bit of eroticism to most of my works. Sex sells. But I write it because…well…who doesn’t love hot, heart pounding sex? I also have a passion for painting and roller coasters…
Do you have any other passions besides writing? If yes, what are they? Why?
Other Passions besides writing?…? I suppose art history, and UFOology…love me some CSI and crime dramas too. I’m a really criminal justice fanatic. It’s actually what I majored in College.
Are you aware of any themes that run through your stories? If so, what are they?
Well besides the hot romance and sexy alpha heros…I would say my characters tend to be sassy, with much quirky personalities. The heroine especially. I like to created a heroine with “real women” physical traits. On occasion I will have a supermodel type, but she always has some weird personality trait that makes her relatable to the reader. My hero is usually hot, hot, hot…hot…did I mention hot…oh yeah I give them the brains with all that brawn.
What is your favorite comfort food?
Chocolate covered raisons and pizza…
What relaxes you?
Snuggling with my baby, family time and of course reading.
What is your favorite fairy tale? Why?
The ugly duckling, because you can never judge a book by it’s cover. Inner beauty never fades.
What do you enjoy doing, when not writing?
Watching cartoons, reading Comic books and playing my daughters DSI.
What would you like readers to take away from your stories?
I would love for readers to remember my stories, and read them over and over again. I try to write vividly and with emotion, so my readers will be able to live the story through the characters and worlds I create.
It was great having you on NN Emma.