1. Tell us about your newest release.
Playing the Maestro is a sweet contemporary romance set in the classical music world. This is a romance for anyone who was a band geek, or who wanted to play a musical instrument. There's a sexy conductor, lots of political intrigue, and an ex from Germany that resembles a bad guy in an Indiana Jones film- everything you need to make a good story- eh?
Here's the link on Amazon:
2. Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?
I LOVE when the conductor's ex shows up at the big gala fundraiser at the end. Writing that scene was so much fun for me- but I'm sure it wasn't fun for anyone else in the book! Sparks fly, and not just the romantic kind.
3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I've written my whole life. Actually, I wanted to be a flutist. Writing was just something I did on the side. Then, 30 came around, and I had a mid life crisis of sorts, wondering where I'd be if I'd chosen another career. so, I made a promise to myself not to let music rule my life. I started writing seriously, and here I am today.
I write in the morning before work. Then, I practice my flute and teach lessons. I write again at night before I go to bed. I shoot for 1k a day, 365 days a year, which is about 4 books a year.
5. Do you have an interesting writing quirk or habit?
I see the story as a movie in my head, then I try to write what I see on paper. Sometimes I can capture the scene how I want it, and sometimes it takes me three or four rewrites to get it just right.
6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned as a published author?
That you don't get rich and famous right away! I thought- I'll write one book, then I'll be all set- I'll buy a beach house, a gold flute, and I won't have to teach 40 flute lessons a week. But, it's not like that. It's a lot of hard work, and you have to write everyday- producing several books to make a living at it. It's a craft like playing an instrument, painting, or any of the other arts.
7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
Movies influenced me more than books: Star Wars, Star Trek, The Last Unicorn, The Goonies, Indiana Jones. I watched a lot of movies growing up in the 80's and 90's, and I'd say those decades really influenced what I write today.
8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
They think it's really neat. They are very supportive, coming to my book signings and telling their friends about me. I have a very strong and loving family.
9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
I'm a big Trekkie. I'm going to a Star Trek convention in June, and I'm so excited! With two careers, I don't have much time for hobbies. I've kind of made my hobbies into careers!
10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?
Yes! I'm currently working on a story with the Greek Gods Pan and Syrinx. This is going to be a contemporary paranormal romance. Also, my young adult book, Reconnaissance, comes out May 1st from Inkspell Publishing. This is the second book in my Paradise Reclaimed trilogy, and it features big, scary, alien spiders! Just what you want to read about, right? Here's a link to the print book, which is already available on Amazon!
If you want to read book 1, here you go:
11. How can readers connect with you online?
A big thank you to Aubrie for being our guest today. She also is giving away a download to one lucky winner of Playing the Maestro. Please post a comment and you'll be entered to win.