I've been writing romance since I was fourteen. I was a huge romance novel junkie and I got frustrated because many of the stories weren't ending how I wanted them to. On a very old, very chunky computer my mom found at a garage sale I started writing and since then I've always had something in the works.
How did you become an author?
With a box full of notebooks I'd been working on for years, I just figured it was time to do something with the characters and stories I'd grown to love. I researched the whole writing process, submitted to a few places--very badly--and then found a group of writers who were willing to tell me what I was doing wrong (there was a pile of things). Shortly after that, I joined the Muse Online Writers Convention, pitched Poppy's Passions to Lyrical Press and I haven't slowed down since.
What was your first published piece?
Poppy's Passions, a menage novel featuring Poppy and the three Paraby brothers was my first. I'm thrilled because I have it in three versions: notebook, eBook and in paperback now.
Where was it published?
Lyrical Press. They are a fabulous company based out of New York. Renee Rocco did the cover art and Pamela Tyner, a beautiful soul, edited it and gave me many writing lessons.
How long ago?
April 19, 2010--I don't think I'll be forgetting that date. My writing dreams came true...and I made some wicked good cupcakes.
What did you do before embarking on your writing career? Was it an asset to your writing? How?
Life and being busy are two huge assets for any writer. Occupation wise, I worked as a nurse aide for several years and I think that taught me how to listen and appreciate a good story. More recently I've been a wife and mom, two things that keep me busy and constantly keep me learning and provide me with inspiration.
What inspires you?
Elderly couples holding hands. Teenagers looking at each other with googly eyes, but who are too shy to do more than that. Parents playing in the park with their kids. Life inspires me and makes me happy.
Please share one of your successful marketing techniques
I love hosting fun game-show type events online. Meeting readers from all over the world and even right next door thrills me and helps me make connections that sometimes result in awesome knitting patterns and fudge recipes.
Who taught you knit?
Early in our marriage, when our daughter was barely a year old our house burned down. My husband and I stayed with his parents for a winter and in that time my mother in law taught me how to knit.
What knitting method do you use? Continental or English?
I can do both and it's nice to switch it up.
What is your favourite stitch pattern? Your favourite item to knit is...
I like the way moss stitch looks and I'm a fan of most checkerboard style looks. Hats are probably my favourite things to make. They're usually pretty quick to finish and are something I personally love to wear.
Do you currently have stitches on needles? If so, what will it be when you cast off and sew up the seams?
I always have a project or two...or three...and yes, sometimes four-through we're not going to talk about that-in the works. Right now I have a baby hat, a sweater for myself and a summer tank for myself in the works. Before long I have big plans to make another skirt for my younger daughter.