• 1) Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

    I could not pass up telling the story of three Russian brothers who fell in love with the American women in their lives.  I have so many short stories from my time in Russia, I started writing and the Teplov brothers were happily in love.

  • 2) What are you currently working on?

    Shawn the red-headed fireman.  He has lived with enough pain; it is time for his Happily Ever After.

  • 3) Do you Believe in “writer’s block”?

    I believe in “Writer’s distraction”. A busy life can be very distracting.

    To get back on track I do it all:

    • I read a lot, fiction of all kinds, though I gravitate towards urban fantasy/romance.
    • The books I have found most helpful Craft books.
    • Impasse for a fight scene, I read writing fight scene books.
    • Trying to develop a religion for an unknown world, I read world building books.
    • I read other writers’ advice blogs
    • I take online writing classes that cover specialize subjects: history, marketing, plotting, editing, dialogue, science fiction, romance, and the list goes on.
  • 4) What is your favorite romance novel?

    My first romance will always be my favorite. Kathleen Woodiwiss “Wolf and the Dove

  • 5) If you could tell your younger-writing-self anything, what would it be?

    Do not wait to finish your stories. Not finishing my stories at a young age became the hardest habit I am still trying to break.

  • 6) What is the best thing about being a writer?

    Creating, writing, and sharing stories.

  • 7) What is your advice for aspiring writers?

    As a new writer myself, I have read advice from other writer’s blogs.

    As a self-publishing author, I suggest having more than one book almost read. The multiple books will give you a chance to release books on a more beneficial schedule. I have also found that it is important to make a writing environment where you can be comfortable in for hours. Just do not forget to stretch your legs intermittently.

  • 8) What comes first, the plot or characters?

    In most cases, I am a character-based “What If” writer.

    What if – you meet the man of your dreams rescuing your grandmother.

    What if – your son and his father finally meet.

    What if – the man you have a not so secret longing for, finally notices.

    Once I have the what if, I end up with the Who, then the plot, setting, and everything else come on board to create the story.

  • 9) What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

    Professional editing – I know most of us, self-publishing authors, it is a struggle in the beginning and one of the reasons I do not produce quickly. Professional editing makes a huge difference.

    Professional Cover design – packaging is everything.

  • 10) How do you get inspired to write?
    • Everything inspires.
    • Some of the stories I am working on now I developed while in the real world, jotting them down in a small notebook I kept on me… (now some digital notes on my phone).
    • Conversations with family and friends.
    • Causal observances.