She lives in the Greater Boston area in a small town in New Hampshire. She spends her days writing, reading, learning, and working. And maybe sometimes she flirts with the mailman. Some of her most favorite activities involve understanding and learning about emotions and relationships.
She adores pondering sexuality and sensualness. Most of her writing delves into this in some way, exploring reactions and relationships between different people. While she enjoys writing erotica and erotic romance, her goal is to also keep a certain literary appeal to the writing instead of something purely pornographic. Every story she writes has a delightful plot along with the more devious and delicious scenes we all want to read.
She prefers romance settings, with the occasional monster or fairytale. Her secret kinks include reluctance, interesting paranormal creatures, romance(even with monsters), and fun. She loves writing about all of these things, though very strongly acknowledges that fantasies are fiction and nothing more.
What inspires you to write?
I don’t really know what inspires me exactly, but I just love to do it. I think writing is a really fun way of expressing yourself and it offers a lot of freedom from an everyday regular routine. There’s so many different genres and types of stories to tell, that I don’t think I could ever get tired of it.
I get a lot of random inspiration from things that happen to me or things that I’ve seen, too.
Tell us about your writing process.
I guess I just sit down and write? Sometimes I outline what I want to write beforehand, but I like to just let the characters do what they want to do most of the time. Occasionally they surprise you, you know? Usually when I start writing something, I have a general idea of how it’s going to end, but sometimes the story gets away from me and takes an entirely different direction, too.
For my actual writing process, I pretty much always listen to ambient rain sounds to keep me focused. I time myself when I write, just to see how long I’ve done it for the day as a guiding post, but I don’t aim for anything too specific. When I’m editing my work later, I have a playlist of music that I listen to that’s basically a bunch of songs without words (vocal stuff distracts me from editing a lot of times). Both of these things help set the mood, too. I know when there’s rain sounds, it’s time to write, and the no-vocal playlist is time to edit. It’s a habit and it’s helped me train myself to be more productive, I guess.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I think I sort of become the characters in a way? That’s the best way I can explain it. I feel a lot of what the characters are feeling, and sometimes some of that is writing from experience. If you’ve never felt sad, how can you write about someone being sad, right?
That’s basically what it’s like. If something bad is about to happen to one of the characters, I know I need to write it, but I don’t like writing those parts. It hurts, you know? I want them to be happy as much as anyone else, but sometimes it’s necessary to have some upsetting parts in a story, because otherwise the story’s not that great.
What advice would you give other writers?
The main advice I would give to other writers is to stop worrying. I used to worry a lot about writing and I thought that maybe I wasn’t good enough. Except how do you know? Who’s going to tell you that you’re finally good enough?
There’s no one to tell you that, and I don’t think anyone really can tell you that, either. You just need to do the best you can and go from there. There’s no reason to overanalyze and fret and try to polish your writing to extreme perfection. No one’s perfect, anyways, and if you spend too much time worrying about that kind of thing, people are never going to read your books.
There’s something for everyone, and I’m not saying that people should write junk or anything, but sometimes what you think is bad just… isn’t, you know? I’ve literally thought, at one point or another, that every single thing I’ve written is the worst thing I’ve ever written. It’s just how it is. Everyone is too critical of themselves, and you have to ignore that part of you sometimes in order to move forward and become better.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Well, I decided to start self-publishing because I wanted to get into short stories, since I didn’t have a lot of free time outside of work to focus on something a lot longer. There’s not a huge market for shorter stories in traditional publishing, especially outside of fantasy, horror, and science fiction, so if you write in any other genre, it’s basically self-publishing or sending stories to anthologies. I opted for self-publishing because it sounded fun and I’m a little weird like that. It’s a ton of work, but I think the work is fun, too.
After that, I just kept going with it. I’m not necessarily averse to sending manuscripts to traditional publishing houses, but I don’t see much of a point, either. Sometimes what I write isn’t what mainstream publishers would want to work with, but that doesn’t mean there’s not an audience for it. Big publishers want “the next big thing” and I mean… I’d love to be the next big thing, but I think it’s perfectly fine and acceptable to have something smaller, too.
I have some books that have never really sold a lot and no big publisher would even care to look at them, but for me they’re still important and I love those books. Maybe only a few hundred people have read them instead of the tens of thousands or millions that a big publisher goes after, but that’s alright. Being able to reach the thousands of people that like something that the big publishing houses would completely ignore is just as important, I think.
And, you never know, right? No one’s perfect and no one knows everything. The thing that traditional publishers ignore now might end up being the next popular thing in the future. Self-publishing gives you that opportunity.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think smaller publishing houses will become more important, and self-publishing will, too. I definitely think it’s possible to see publishing co-ops popping up from a bunch of like-minded and similar authors, also. There’s a lot of stretching and growing currently in the publishing business, and it’s changed so much just in the past five years (or even just this past year), that it’s kind of crazy.
It’s definitely an exciting time to be a writer, that’s for sure. I think the future is looking really interesting, and I look forward to it.
What genres do you write?
romance, fantasy, fairytales, paranormal, contemporary, erotica, erotic romance
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print