My latest full novel in my Sutton Capital Series is The Billionaire’s Suite Dreams, a steamy story about a hotel mogul falling for a pop star when she comes to him for help. Gabe Sawyer has appeared in previous Sutton books and it was so much fun to see him finally land his own leading lady.
What does your writing process look like?
I’m a plotter. I plot heavily, write a first draft, and then I have to put it aside and daydream about the characters for a couple of weeks. It’s the daydreaming that really lets their characters come to life in my head. Then, I go back and capture those characters on the page.
Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? Do you write naked?
LOL! I do a lot of my plotting in the shower. With three kids age five and under, I don’t get a lot of quiet time. The shower works!
How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
The names are really crucial, I think. And, it turns out, I’m not always great at it. So, I’ve started letting my Facebook fans and my street team have a say. I run contests and get suggestions and then choose winners from there. Some of my favorite names have come from my fans!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Oh, I hope still writing, watching my kids live happy lives, and meeting fans and readers.
What was your first job?
Oh, I’m cringing at this. My poor sister. She had a job at a dry cleaners. She got me a job there, but I was awful. I got fired. Poor, poor sister!!!
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?
Yes! I love to hear from readers and I treasure the good reviews. They keep me going. With the bad ones, I usually ask myself if the person had any valid points or if the book simply wasn’t their cup of tea. I’ve learned a lot from early reviews that weren’t flattering. I reworked my first book based on them and was grateful for the review. You learn, then move on! And, never engage, debate, or respond. That person is entitled to their opinion. End of story.
What's your next project?
I’m writing the next book in the Sutton Series. This one deals with PTSD for a returning military member so it’s got some heaviness to it, but the suspense story that’s interwoven is one I love and the characters are already so much more alive for me than others I’ve written. Logan and Samantha will be great when I get them from my head onto the page.
If you could live one month on T.V., like it was your real life, which show would like to live on?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
What’s your favorite line from any movie?
I’m drowning in footwear. Wait, that’s a television show. Um…… You take care of my little girl. That’s your job now.
You were just given a yacht. What would you name it?
No kids allowed.
If you could have been told one thing that you weren't told when you were a teenager, what would you like to have heard?
Respect yourself. A lot.
If I could be anybody besides myself, I would be…
A witch. Hands down. Wait, no a vampire. No, wait. The blood is gross. Let’s go with witch.
If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?
Let’s Start Over.
Name one thing that drives you crazy.
Posting negative crap on Facebook.
As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
Wonder Woman… of course.
If you could have picked your own name, what would it be?
I have. I use an alias in real life and I use a pen name for my writing. The interview for TSA Precheck was interesting.
She lives with an extremely understanding husband, two wonderful children (with another on the way!), two mostly well-behaved dogs, and a lone little cat in Austin, Texas. It's a bit of a zoo, but she wouldn't change a thing. She loves to connect with her readers. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or subscribe to her blog.
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