My first book, Unexpected Surprises, released in September 2014. Here is the blurb:
Five years ago, Kat lost her family in a car accident. Ever since, she has been in a deep depression. She quit her job and started writing so she would not have to leave her house. She lost herself. She has no idea how to come out of the ugliness. She decides that she needs to push herself out of the house but she needs to go where no memories exist. She decides to go visit the country where her family was from, Portugal. She rents an apartment from her uncle with the hopes of finally being able to start moving on.Rey is serving in the United States military. He is living in Germany but only has a few more months before he contract is up. He goes on leave for his cousin’s wedding which is taking place in Portugal. He rents his uncle’s apartment for a few weeks. When he gets there, he realizes someone is staying in there. When he realizes it is Kat, his world is turned upside down. Kat and Rey have a history. Although nothing ever happened between them, there were some feelings and emotions that were never expressed to no one. Rey vows to help Kat get out of the depression by getting her to go sightseeing and possibly open up. Will Kat allow Rey to help her? Can Kat get past the death of her family and allow someone into her heart? Will Rey’s military career put a stop to a relationship before it starts?
My second book, Shattered, released in February 2015. Here is the blurb:
Haylee was raped in high school. When she identified the rapist to the authorities, it was dismissed for no evidence. She had to live in fear until she graduated high school. Her parents have not been able to deal with what happened to her and have shut her out of their lives. She goes to college and meets Stacey. Stacey and her family become her family. She meets Zander, Stacey’s older brother, and immediately falls for him. She has never dated and he only experience she's had with a man was her rape. Zander feels the same for Haylee but she keeps pushing him away. One thing leads to another and Haylee decides she will not let the rape control her life anymore. Will Haylee allow herself to love Zander freely? Will Zander take those demons out of her head and show her what love is?
What does your writing process look like?
I write in the first person and focus on specific characters points of view.
Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
I like to sit in front of the TV. It helps me concentrate.
Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
I am the first in my family to graduate college so I would say that’s it.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully, writing full time and chasing teenage children.
Were you already a great writer? Have you always like to write?
I have written since I was 10 years old. I didn’t have the best childhood and teenage years, so I wrote to cope with what I was dealing with.
What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Don’t give up and don’t ever think your writing is not good enough. If you want it, go for it.
What was your first job?
I was secretary of my uncle’s construction business at 12 years old.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
I read them all. I respond to all if I can. Bad reviews are all about learning. They are going to be there and I take them as learning experiences and try to improve on what the bad review was about. I try not to get upset with them. I understand the business and I know it isn’t perfect.
What's your favorite love story? (movie or book)
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks (both the book and the movie)
What’s your favorite line from any movie?
“Nobody puts Baby in the corner.” Dirty Dancing
If we Googled your name what would we see?
My Author Facebook page
If I wasn't afraid I would _________ (What?)
Sky dive---I am afraid of heights!
Someday, I want to _________ (What?)
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Absolutely---I’m a romantic.
Does Prince Charming exist?
He exists to each individual person. What I think Prince Charming is to me will not be the same for the next girl.
What are your pet peeves or interesting things about you that you dislike?
I hate clicking noises. It drives me insane.
If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic comedy, action film, or science fiction? What would be the name of it, and who would play you?
It would be a drama. It would probably be called Turmoil and Candance Cameron Bure would probably play me.
Tea or coffee?
What's the one thing, you can't live without?
As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
What was your favorite decade? (50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, etc.)
What takes you out of your comfort zone?
What internet site do you surf to the most? Besides Dayreader Reviews, of course. Amazon
Describe your ideal romantic date.
Dinner at a romantic restaurant and a walk on the beach.
What is your favorite dessert?
What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
Who is your best friend? Tell us about him/her.
My husband is my best friend. He knows all my faults and insecurities. He knows all about my past and he doesn’t care about any of it. He loves me for me and never judges me. He supports me in everything I do.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Zap people whenever they do something mean to someone else.
If you can be a Disney character, who would you be and why?
Cinderella because she gets a happy ending.
When people look at me, they would never guess that I:
I am Portuguese but I look like a total white girl! Ha!
If someone rented a billboard for you, what would you put on it?
My book covers and where to buy them.
What is something you have that is of sentimental value?
Precious Moments figurines
Listener or talker?
Can you comfortably eat in a restaurant by yourself? Go to movie?
What was the first car you drove?
What do you miss most about childhood?
What one thing (modern convenience) could you not live without?
What was the first live concert you ever attended?
Never been to a concert
Do you like Tom or Jerry?
Sing in the rain or dance in the streets?
Dance in the streets
What comes first, Chicken or Egg?
What is something you cannot live without?
When is your birthday?
What will you do to celebrate your next birthday?
I don’t know. My husband and I share the same birthday so we decide together.
What is your favorite holiday?
Have you ever gone cowtipping?
Do you do dance crazy when no one is looking?
Do you like to sing in the shower?
At the beach would you rather play in the sand, or play in the water?
Play in the water
Do you think people should eat the fish they catch, or just let them go?
Either is fine with me
Do you scream on roller coasters?
I won’t get on roller coasters. I hate them.