I love to spend time in nature in order to focus on creating the perfect plot. My favorite days are often spent on the beaches of California in order to gain inspiration. Escaping from the city life helps me dive into new projects (as well as silencing my phone when working). I recently published my first internationally available book called Melting The Model’s Heart and have never felt so proud in my life.
What inspires you to write?
Melting The Model’s Heart was inspired by my passion for strong female protagonists. I love to create characters that have complex emotions and stories. I gained the idea for the novel when abroad as I was reflecting on how romance novels could use lead characters more relatable to modern women. I drew from my personal experiences as well as my imagination in order to create Tessa, the main character of Melting The Model’s Heart. I wanted a lead character that was relatable and that needed to work throughout the novel in order to achieve personal happiness. I love strong and complicated characters so I figured why not create a jaded model down on her luck?
Tell us about your writing process.
I love to drink insane amounts of coffee throughout the day before sitting down to brainstorm ideas. All of my first drafts are actually written by hand and then eventually typed out on the computer. I prefer pen and paper, as I believe it allows a better amount of clarity and focus that a computer screen cannot offer. Believe it or not, it takes me the longest amount of time to come up with a general idea and then there’s no stopping until I’ve reached the end.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I love to write characters as if they were people who were my dearest friends. That means I love to know everything about them and understand how they would react in any everyday situation. When I’m writing a novel, I often root for my characters to succeed as if they were real people.
Who are your favorite authors?
I am currently devouring the classic Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Even with one chapter left of the book, it’s so difficult to slow down and pace myself. I love Achebe’s creativity and ability to paint such a vivid description of events in precolonial Africa. Admittedly, this is not the first time that I have read the book. I enjoy rereading because I believe that each time presents a different image and perception of the same events. I love the adventure and intelligence that the novel has to offer. In general, I am a firm believer that it is important to read different books and to step out of your comfort zone in order to become well-rounded.
I love all different genres and authors. I enjoy trying to read about as many different time periods as possible because I find reading the cheaper and more attainable version of time travel. As a child, I adored George Eliot and her detailed novels. While reading Eliot, I felt as if I could envision each scene so perfectly that it was like I was actually a little mouse watching within the provincial homes of Middlemarch. George Eliot was a strong woman who understood how to make even the mundane interesting with well thought-out characters that I still remember today.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wanted to publish my book because I feel that it’s important to have more complex female characters within the romance and even erotic romance novel field. In a similar fashion, I want to take charge of my books and found the best way was through self-publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I feel that the future of book publishing will only become more diversified as the ability to spread books through various outlets becomes easier. As time goes on there will most likely be more options on how to publish a book.
What genres do you write?
romance , fiction, erotic suspense, erotic romance
What formats are your books in?
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