I have begun submissions for my latest manuscript, a contemporary romance. Inner Diva is the story of Monica, a play-by-the-rules wannabe actress and Carlos, a hot Hispanic reformed bad boy. They are total opposites with nothing obvious in common. However, as their relationship develops they realize that each is instrumental in helping the other achieve their deepest personal dreams. Inner Diva is a little bit hotter on the sensuality scale than any of my previous novels. Although far from erotic, I really let loose and opened up the sensuality levels for this book! The pages sizzle with Carlos and Monica’s passion for each other. I hope to be able to announce to my readers a new release soon!
Q3: If you were to choose one of your five published titles to suggest to a new reader of your work, which one would you choose and why?
As a writer, I think I have a touch of ADD – each of my books have been very different as far as genre. Of my five books, I’ve published one contemporary romance, two mainstream fictions, an inspirational romance and a Young Adult romance. Although each one has a different target audience and genre, I believe the tone and voice for each of my books are consistent. Having said that, when I meet someone new to my writing and they ask which one they should start with, I usually tell them: Preacher
Q4: Your first book, Whispers of the Heart, was released in 2000, what sage advice can you share with new authors beginning their journey?
I don’t really have a story, but just some guidelines to follow when you’re trying to match up with a critique partner. It’s sort of like finding a spouse. Don’t commit to one just to say you have one. Wait till the right one comes along! A critique partner should be someone you have a mutual respect for – you should respect their advice, and they should have a respect for your work. They need to be able to point out things about your work that need changes, and they need to be able to communicate those changes in a way that leaves you feeling clear and comfortable about them. Effective communication with the right amount of tactfulness is a vital skill between partners.
Q6: What about a horror story? (ha ha)
If a critique makes you want to curl up in a ball, cry and never go near your manuscript again – that’s a horror story! And that’s the wrong critique partner for you! Be careful about giving over your work, just like you’re careful about giving over your heart!
Q7: As authors, we have to be our biggest promoters ourselves, plugging away at blogs, interviews, appearances, etc. For the readers just meeting you today, please describe in a brief paragraph why they should read your books.
In my books you’ll meet ordinary people who meet up with extraordinary circumstances. Every day life with just a touch of worst case scenario. Stories that will live on long after the book is closed.
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