Where are the titles listed on Goodreads?
I've taken down a couple of my earlier titles. I wasn't happy with the plotting (in one book) and (in another) I disliked one of the characters. I think I'll stop reading what I have published, though. I don't want to take anything else down!
How much do you write each day?
It's rare for me to write more than 1,000 words a day (although it has been known to happen, especially if I'm at the start of a story where the ideas are pouring out). The good thing, though, is that even by writing a little each day you can have a story completed within a few months. (And then the editing begins.)
Sometimes my husband takes the kids on an outing or to see their fun uncle, who lives a couple hours away. A quiet house—my own personal writer's retreat. But that soon becomes, "Wow. Perfect time to scrub the kitchen floor." And, really, I don't write in stretches longer than an hour anyway.
Least favorite part of writing?
The revising, for sure. Sentences are like a puzzle and you have to make sure they fit together just right. (I'm still honing my puzzle-piecing skills.) Also, the minutia really needs to be looked at, like whether you repeated a character's name in consecutive sentences. Otherwise, you run the risk of a reader being jolted out of the story.
And, I can't forget the intimacy scenes. It's hard to find new ways to describe the same thing!
I'm never, ever done revising. That's a blessing and a curse with ebooks—you can always change them. And whenever I've reread what I have published, I've always found something I want to change.
How did you start writing?
When I was 23, I began a novel, but I didn't finish more than 20 pages. Part of it was a fear of being embarrassed by what I wrote. Part was not knowing how to write (something that everyone can learn, by the way, by reading books on the craft of writing) and a great deal of it was not having enough adult life experiences to draw from. I picked up writing again in 2012. I was so touched by the emotion in the Fifty Shades series that I was once again inspired to create my own work. Now I definitely have more life experience to draw from.
What characters do you plan to write about in the future?
The books that affect me the most tend to be series, and I'm excited to say I'm at work on The Danger Series with my writing partner, Caila Jaynes. Book one published in September 2016 and there will be at least two more books in the series. In book one, Camden Taylor is working undercover in an outlaw motorcycle club. Motorcycle clubs were up there on my writing bucket list so I'm very excited to have that checked off!