How did you get into writing?
I’ve always known that on some level from the time I could say the ABC’s and I memorized The Little Red Hen. At that point I couldn’t write down stories, but I was really good at making them up. I had a very vivid imagination.
When I was in sixth grade we traded teachers once a day in our teeny country school (I graduated in a class of fifty-two) and I was introduced to the world of creative writing by Mr. Trokey. I was very much taken in when he told me I had a knack for carrying a story line and that someday he knew he’d get the first signed copy of a book I’d written.
I really doubt he thought that book would come in the form of an erotic romance. From there I tinkered with writing off and on until my muses went dormant when the children arrived. Apparently crying, screaming babies tend to terrify muses and they flee for the hills at the sound.
Then one day I looked up and figured out I had turned forty and my dream was yet to be realized. It was at that point I dusted off the old notebook, found an idea or two and turned them into The Executive Officer’s Wife.
And you know, it’s strange. I hear writers of our sort telling horror stories all the time about how they get accused of writing porn or worse and people shun them at every turn. I’ve never experienced this from a family member, friend or anyone I’ve met and told what I do. I have complete support, and my husband is my biggest fan.
How do you get into the writing mood?
Music, movies, food, drinks, scents, specific place.
I usually don’t have to get in the mood, the mood is with me almost constantly by way of two very demanding muses. When I do need a boost however, I do my plotting in a hot bubble bath.
How long does it take you to finish a book?
That depends entirely on the book. I write, for the most part, novel length works. These usually take a few months from conception to edits.
Tell us about your new book.
Assumed Identity is book 3 in my Identity series and tells the story of one Julie Marie Hayden Chelsea Stevens. And her newly found lover Mason Seidler, Doctor of Psychology. Julie’s life up until age nineteen wasn’t the epitome of the white picket fence family and doubts about her place in the world plague her. As it turns out, Julie needs Mason in ways she never imagined possible to help her cope and maintain control of her world.
What’s next for you?
I’m currently working on book 4 in the Identity series, Assumed Master, which is the continuation of Julie’s story many years later. I also plan on finished my Slower Lower Love series this year and I have a brand new series in the works, The Sergeants of Echo Co.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
You know I used to truly believe I knew the answer to that question, but recent self-analysis shows I’m still deciding.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
If I told that, everyone would know they it wouldn’t be a secret anymore. J
Where is one place you’ve always wanted to visit? Or if you’ve already been there, your favorite place to visit.
Being a military wife I’ve pretty much traversed the globe, however, I want to do the European tour before I’m too old to enjoy it.
What made you pick your genre?
My genre picked me to an extent. My original intent was not to cross the line into the BDSM or ménage realms but after some thorough counseling from Bronwyn, naughty muse number two, here we are.
Do you ever combine or switch from this selection?
I do. I write some very sensual romance that can be simply labeled contemporary, that’s actually how I started, and later this year I’ll return to that a bit. It gets rave reviews and I enjoy writing it very much.
Where can readers find you on the web? Social media sites, blogging, website, etc.
I can be found at http://realmanticmoments.blogspot.com
Thanks so much for having me by today, Sara!
Zoey Matthews is in love. She’s been in love since the day she was dropped off by a social worker at yet another foster home on a back country road miles from nowhere, Missouri. At age ten, she met the men of her dreams. Over the course of sixteen years, Dane Cardwell, Jack Devereux and Ryan Wilkins fell in love with her, too. They’ve each told her they love her, they’ve shown her and each man has gone so far as to ask her to marry him. But what they don’t know is Zoey loves them all.
Her game of kiss and not tell all comes crashing down around her the night of her graduation from veterinary school and Zoey runs for the mountains. Of Colorado. Hoping to outrun her obsession with three men and forget them all together, she stays gone for ten years. But the wound has never healed. In fact, it’s done nothing but fester. Needing to clear the air, Zoey agrees to spend a few days back home with the boys never imagining it would turn into a week filled with comparison sex as Dane, Jack and Ryan each try to get Zoey to choose between them and their varied tastes.
When she finally tells the truth, a truth only one of them has known all along, Zoey fears the foursome will never be able to make a sharing relationship work. After all, aren’t there just too many personalities and desires to sort through? Add in the kink factor and things get really complicated. Zoey’s not convinced the truth has any merit, but there’s one thing she knows for sure…this time she’s playing for keeps.