Got Questions?

How do you find time to write?
Ah, if only there was a magic wand! Actually, there is. It's the ability to put your dreams first and thumb your nose at the rest of the world when it tries to tell you that there are other things you should be doing with your time. Who says that a clean house is more important that your dreams? Or you're a bad person if you don't help fund raise for a wonderful organization that needs your help? You make the call on what you need to make your heart sing, not any one else. Yes, we all have obligations that take up our time, but you can write an amazing amount by squeezing it in. I write in seven minute increments: if I have at least seven minutes, I will write. One day, I had errands to run all day, but I was on deadline, so I took my computer with me. At each stop, before I got out of the car, I wrote for seven minutes, sometimes a bit more if I got rolling. By the end of the day, I'd written 3000 words and gotten all my errands done. There's always a way. You just have to take ownership of your dreams and decide they are worthy of the time and energy you want to give them.
How many books did you write before you sold your first one?
Eighteen complete novels, and nine partials. I sold book #17 first, then I sold #18. All the rest are retired, and everything else I've sold has been new projects.
Do you have a critique group or partner?
Nope. I did try a couple times, but I realized I like to work at my own pace and do my own thing. I also discovered that I am my best problem-solver, because no one knows all the little nuances of my story except me. I have, however, spent a great deal of time in workshops, developing the tools I need to problem-solve story blocks and learning how to self-edit and self-critique. Many authors swear by critique partners, but plenty of them go solo as well. Do what works for you, and don't worry about what anyone else thinks you should be doing. Only you know what's right for you.
Where do you get your ideas?
They come from everywhere. Every experience, every conversation, every observation, every moment I've lived. They all go into what I call "the Vault," where they percolate, sometimes for years, until suddenly they pop outand find their way into a book. As for the creation of the actual story, sometimes I begin with a character andthen build on that. Or sometimes a traumatic event takes shape in my mind, and I allow the story to evolve from there. Or it might be a villain. Or a conflict. Or a theme. And sometimes, I simply start writing down the emotions of the story, and then I allow the story to gain momentum from those feelings that have come to life through my brainstorming.
In the back of Sex & the Immortal Bad Boy, there is a teaser for a book called: The Order of the Blade: The First Seduction. I can't find that book anywhere. How do I find it?
I'm thrilled to announce that that the Order of the Blade series has finally been released. The title of the first book was changed from The First Seduction to Darkness Awakened, and it was released as an eBook on March 15, 2012. The second book in the series, Darkness Seduced, was released on April 15, 2012, and the third book in the series, Darkness Surrendered, was released on May 15, 2012. They're all available now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and All Romance eBooks.
Are you ever going to write Mona and Rafi's story, in your Immortally Sexy series?
Yes!!! After a long wait, I'm so excited that Mona and Rafi are finally going to get their story told! Look for their book to be coming out sometime in the future (exact release date and title are still pending).
Do you write books for teens?
I have written six contemporary romances for teens, under the pen name Stephie Davis, which were published in print several years ago. The eBook versions of The Girlfriends' Guide to Boys series were released in November 2011 (titles include: Putting Boys On The Ledge (Book One), Studying Boys (Book Two), Who Needs Boys? (Book Three), and Smart Boys & Fast Girls (Book Four). My other two books, The Boyfriend Trick and the Boyfriend Game will both be released as eBooks as well. The Boyfriend Trick has already been updated and released under the as The Fake Boyfriend Experiment. In addition, my new pre-teen fantasy series launched in November 2011 with Penelope Moonswoggle: The Girl Who Could Not Ride a Dragon. I also wrote several horse books for pre-teens under the name of Heather Brooks. They are big hits in Germany, but not very easy to find in the US.