1. How did your writing career begin?
Actually, it started when I was twenty years old! I mapped out and hand-wrote an entire chapter for Keeper of the Spirit. Then I shoved it into the bottom of my underwear drawer where it stayed for another twenty years. When I turned forty and once again pulled those dog-eared pages out and began to read, I stood and walked to my computer and typed in a chapter. The rest is history. My kids were finally old enough that I was allowed some time to do something I’d always wanted to do. And that was to finish the story of two lovers who had lived in my head all those years!
2. What’s your writing schedule? Are you a night owl or early bird?
Both! I’m fortunate to have a wonderful office in my house and my own business where I can call my hours. So, if I can’t sleep?? Off to the office I go whether it’s the middle of the night or morning or afternoon.
3. Do you listen to music while you write or do you require silence? Do you have any rituals, such as lighting candles or eating a certain type of candy or snack while you write?
In the early days of my writing I always had soft country music on. Now I need total silence. I rather enjoy burrowing in my office and when the door is shut, everyone in the house knows not to knock unless they’re bleeding profusely!
4. Have you ever experienced writer’s block, and if so how did you overcome it?
Every author experiences writer’s block. I found that if I take a day off, then park my butt in the chair and time myself. I don’t allow myself to leave that chair for an entire hour. Usually I’m able to pound something out eventually.
5. Are you a member of any writing groups or do you participate in an online critique group?
I belong to two writing groups. The Sizzling Scribes and the Sensual Sirens. Writing/author groups are the best thing for me. Even if I’m wasting time by posting to the group, I’m still attached to the writing world and somewhere in my psyche I’m formulating some sort of book.
6. You write erotic and non-erotic romance and specifically westerns. Did you choose your genre or did your genre choose you?
The historical western definitely chose me! Years ago Kathleen Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers grabbed me by the throat and never let go. I loved readying their ‘hot’ stories. Whoa…if those two trailblazers could see how we’ve amped up the ‘hot’ stories now! I love history and to be able to combine erotica with that was exciting. But I will always hold the sweet western romances close to my heart!
7. Do you like to read and if so, what are you currently reading?
I love to read. I think I was born with a book in my hand. Becoming an author has slowed that process down. If I pick up a book, I know that nothing will get done until the book is completed and when I’m on deadline, I need to use that time writing…not reading. *Sigh* I do have two books on my bedstand right now and I do plan to get both of them read. One story is called Giants In The Earth, A Saga of the Prairie. Of course it’s a story about a pioneer family’s struggles in the Dakota Territory. ( I LOVE THAT STUFF) The other book is called The Fallen, given to me by my nephew last month as he insisted I read it. Supernatural/contemporary. But if my nephew says I need to read it, then I’m going to give this genre a try!
8. Can you tell us a little about your new release Diamond in the Rough?
Diamond In The Rough is the third book in the anthology, DIAMOND STUDS, written by myself, Ruth Kerce and Diana Hunter. Our Ellora’s Cave editor paired us up a few years back and we began to map a project out where all three stories would have something in common. We came up with DS, deciding that all three heroes were college friends who all had a diamond tattooed on their sexy butts. What a fun time that was. Now Ellora’s Cave is re-releasing this story as a separate novella. We’ve since published another studs series called WINTER STUDS and plan to do one more. My individual story was fun to write because I had two main plots running – one contemporary and one a fantasy and brought them together. Here’s a bit of a blurb:
”With a stroke of Cupid's red pen, Claire Holliday and Brian Valentine's lives are changed forever. Two lonely people, each coping with emotional wounds, each believing wholeheartedly that exceptional love and fiery passion will forever be beyond their reach.
Little do they know that love cannot be suppressed. The heated touch of shared acceptance can capture the wounded heart and magically heal it. Who's to know what force really brings lonely souls together. It could be simple fate, or maybe Cupid actually exists, and continually stands guard over our hearts.”
9. Are you working on a new book or writing project now?
Yes – I’ve got a number of things going on. I do have to have an erotic submitted by the end of the year. I’m working on a sequel to DRAGCON’S SNARE, a STUDS story, a non-erotic woman’s story, plus researching for a fourth book in the KEEPER SERIES.
10. What’s your favorite indulgence, non-writing related, of course?
Lying in bed and watching TV. Might sound mundane, but my life is so busy! I don’t get to do this that often so when it happens, it’s magical and wonderful!
11. Can you tell readers where they can find your work online? Website address, blog, links, etc.
YES! Here are some links! Check them out – and thanks, Taylor, for the interview!
And I just opened a twitter account so be patient – I’m learning!
To all my readers! I would you to know how much I appreciate your support and kind words in regard to my writing. Also, never ever be afraid to tap me on the shoulder (or wallop me across the arm) to get my attention. I love talking and getting personal!
Thank you so much for taking the time to be here, Ruby.