Author Q&A:

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

To be honest, it chose me. I started out writing in all kinds of genres. I thought I was going to be a historical romance writer. Yeah, not so much. I was terrible, lol. As I searched for my voice I started to realize that all of my heroes had a military background and shared the same alpha traits. Then I picked up a Suzanne Brockmann novel and I never looked back. I love writing military romance and romantic suspense.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

From a long line of songwriters, singers, and poets. I grew up watching my dad and his brothers play in a band—so much fun! My dad is a writer-not published yet, but working on it-my two sisters enjoy writing so I guess you could say it’s in my blood. And, from the hordes of books I devoured all through my life. My youngest sister sings in a band with her husband and my middle sister is working on a novel so it definitely runs in the family. My son is an English major and also a songwriter, also. My daughter is a very talented story-teller—I’m waiting for the day she decided to pen her first novel.

How long have you been writing?

Since I can remember. I spent my childhood locked in my room writing stories of romance and adventure. My parents had to get creative with my groundings because they couldn’t send me to my room, lol. 

What kind(s) of writing do you do?

Military romance and romantic suspense. I’ve dabbled in sweet romance with my holiday story, Christmas with the Conroys.

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?  What impact have they had on your writing?

Oh so many! Janet Dailey, Cherry Adair, Suzanne Brockmann, Stephen King (yeah, I know, he’s amazing), anything Harlequin. Pretty much anything I could get my hands on, lol. They inspired me to write my own stories. The more I read, the more I wanted to write. 

Are you a full-time or part-time writer?  How does that affect your writing?

Full-time. I took the plunge in 2012 to become a full-time writer and make my dream a reality. With the support of my husband and kids I quit my job as a Respiratory Therapist and started writing. Oh, happy times! I haven’t had one day of regret. I LOVE my job! Even if I do work harder now than I did as a therapist, lol.

What are some day jobs that you have held?  If any of them impacted your writing, share an example.

As mentioned above, I was a Respiratory Therapist before I decided to follow my dream to become a writer. The 13 years I spent working in hospitals really taught me a lot. It’s so nice to use that knowledge in my books-saves me research time, lol. 

What do you like to read in your free time?

I read in pretty much any genre. I have so many amazing books on my shelf to be read!

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

I don’t know if this is strange or not, but I often get plots and characters worked out while I’m trying to go to sleep or in the shower, lol. Yeah, when I want to relax, my characters want to talk. 

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

To write faster, lol. I know, not much of a superpower but it would be so awesome to be able to write superfast.

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?

Ireland. Back to my roots.