Thank you so much for doing this interview with us! How are you doing?
Thank you so much for interviewing me! And I’m doing great, just chilling and drinking some chamomile tea J.
Recently the first book of the Twist me trilogy has been released in dutch. How did it feel knowing readers liked your book that much?
It’s an amazing feeling! I’m so glad Nora & Julian’s story is resonating with my Dutch readers.
Are there plans on releasing more of your books in dutch?
Yes, all of my books will eventually come out in Dutch. Book 2 of the Twist Me trilogy is currently in the editing process, so it should be out shortly, and then all the rest of the books will follow.
What inspired you to write Dark Romance books?
I love to read this genre—always have, starting with the bodice rippers of the 80s. And I write what I enjoy reading J.
Do you read Dark Romance as well? Or do you enjoy reading other genre?
I love all genres of romance, and every once in a while, I’ll venture out into other genres, like science fiction or thrillers.
I’ve read the Krinar Chronicles, Twist me and Capture me trilogies. These men are dominant, dark and a bit arrogant. Are they inspired on men you know in real life?
Only their good parts ;).
I understand you cowork with your husband a lot? How does it work when either of you had a writersblock and the other doesnt?
We help each other in everything, from plotting to providing inspiration. When one of us is stumped, the other one comes to the rescue.
You have written a lot of books, but who is your favorite character?
Ooh, that’s a tough one, as I love them all. I’ll say my very first series, The Krinar Chronicles, is closest to my heart, as it started my writing journey. So if you’re talking about a female character, it’s probably Mia. If male, then Korum :).
If you had to kill one of your own characters, who would it be?
No! Don’t make me do it!
Did you ever had a character that has made writing incredibly difficult?
Yes! Julian from Twist Me. He was so unapologetically bad that I had to stop writing that book when I was 1/3 of the way through it and set it aside for several months.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
I became much more conscious of reader expectations, and it actually slowed me down. I’ve had to relearn how to focus on just the flow of writing itself, rather than worrying about what everyone will think of this specific phrase or scene.
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
I feel like I always knew that. I’ve loved reading and books ever since my grandmother taught me to read, so I’ve always appreciated the written word.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Hmm, maybe four or five? I do have a tendency to start books and then set them aside when other characters speak to me louder. I plan to pick up at least two of the unfinished manuscripts again, but the rest may never see the light of day.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
I think it’s just that initial understanding of what the opposite sex is like. For instance, men tend to be less introspective, more action-oriented, less focused on describing clothing or decorations. They may swear a bit more, or use cruder humor—though, obviously, there are always exceptions. My first male POV from first person, though, was Julian’s, and that had the additional problem of him being very ruthless, almost psychopathic in his thinking. So that was extra hard J.
If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
I was an equity portfolio manager on Wall Street before I started writing, so most likely, I would still be doing that.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
It really varies. My first book took about 2.5 months from idea conception to publication, but I’ve had some books take as long as 8 months.
Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
I usually (but not always) have a rough idea of the overarching plot. I don’t do detailed outlines, though, because I like to have a lot of freedom to meander and explore different threads.
What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
Actually finishing a book J.
Which of your own books is your favorite?
Ooh, toughie. Maybe Tormentor Mine? Of course, I’m currently writing that series, so that biases me quite a bit.
What was your favorite childhood book?
Gone with the Wind. I think I read it like 200 times.
Who is your favorite author?
Linda Howard. Love her writing style J
How many hours of the day do you spend on writing?
I just finished a rough draft, so right now, zero—all my time is spent editing J. But normally, 4-6 hours every day, weekends included. The rest of the time I catch up on business tasks and edit with my husband.
Are you currently writing a book? And can you tell a little bit about it?
Haha, see above. The book that I just finished is Destiny Mine, book 3 of Peter Sokolov’s story. My Dutch readers will soon meet him as a secondary character in the Twist Me trilogy.
Do you have to do a lot of research before writing a new book?
Not really. I tend to write what I know, and fill in the blanks with some research as I go along.
Why should people read your books?
I’ve been told they’re entertaining ;).
Do you have any tips for writers?
Yes. The number one thing is to read a lot. The number two thing is to write.
Thank you very much for allowing me to do this interview with you!