Many of us turn to our four-legged friends when our hearts have been broken and with good reason. They don’t ask questions. They snuggle and bring us comfort without asking for much in return. Their non-judgmental companionship is a treasure.
It’s crazy and more than a little disconcerting how a split second decision can alter the course of one’s life. Four years in college, burning the midnight oil to keep ahead of the bill collectors and to complete enough assignments to graduate, all blown to hell through the fall out of one decision.
Never let your past determine your future. Sounds simple doesn't it? Funny, how it rarely is. When we're young, most of us want to break away and start fresh, see new sights, gain our independence and live our own lives far away from the familiar comforts of home.
What’s the world coming to? It’s impossible to find a decent mirror these days. Each one I gaze into reflects back such a narrow view of the real me that they have to be defective. As a young woman, I tried so hard to hide the fun-loving side of me, to always present a serene, professional front. It seems now that persona is the only one reflected back.
When I started writing Bondage Anniversary, I never dreamed it would be my breakthrough piece. It began as a naughty tale meant for my husband’s eyes only. He had been away on a business trip and I spent many lonely hours working on the story. Once I emailed it to him, he told me, “This is it, baby. This is the one.” Turns out he was right.
Now, I have five books published and two more, including the opening book of a new series, coming out in March.
Everyone needs balance in life. Even work you love can build up stress. For years, while holding down my day job, writing was my relaxing outlet. Once it became my career, I needed another source of ‘down time’. I found that release in stained glass.
• Edward Lewis and Vivian Ward. In Pretty Woman, both characters were struggling to find their way. Edward was highly successful, yet unfulfilled. Vivian was a misguided girl who was attracted to the wrong type of man. Together, they learned a new way to live. He taught her to believe in herself and she showed him there was more to life than making money.
Why do you love your stories to be so scorching hot?
Subtlety has its place in the world, but my characters feel a burning passion for each other that doesn’t lend itself to veiled innuendos. Besides, I’m about as subtle as a bulldozer; it would be contrary to my nature.