1.Where are you from?
I’m originally from Long Island, New York.
2.Tell us your latest news?
My third book will be released soon! It is the third book in the Tatiana Series
3.When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always enjoyed writing since I was young but I only just recently began writing seriously in the last four or five years.
4.When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I started writing poetry but didn’t really think of myself as a writer until I slowly moved towards writing short stories. That was about four years ago.
5.What inspired you to write your first book?
I am a very private person so when I started facing some life changes I realized that when I wrote I felt a lot better about the things I was experiencing.
6.Do you have a specific writing style?
I do, in fact. I write in the present tense, first person. Most people write in third person. I don’t know how or why I adopted this particular style and most people don’t like reading and especially writing in first person. I’m not saying I am loyal to this style, it’s just what I’m doing now. I’ve received a lot of flack from my peers because of it, but for the moment, it makes me unique from other authors.
7.How did you come up with the title?
My main character’s name is in the title of my books. In the first book she faced a series of chance meetings that were extremely unusual. On the other side of that coin, she also faced some changes since her divorce and the opportunity to change her image, make improvements, redefine herself as she saw fit. The chance would only come around once; she took it.
8.Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, there is. The message is carried throughout the series. Middle age is not the end of a fun, fulfilling life. There are many changes happening through this period of life to a woman and they are profound. This not the time to take your place in the rocking chair to face the end of your life. You shouldn’t be willing to step into someone else’s definition of middle age. This is the bucket list years of your life; be what you feel. Go where you want. Embrace your changes. This is the time to stretch yourself beyond your self-imposed boundaries. Tatiana does this in every sense of the word, including sexually. She is not afraid to experience new things and neither should any woman! Tatiana’s chance comes at a point in her life when she should be looking at just a few more years until retirement, a pension. But this chance brings a new beginning. She needs to adjust to starting over, at her age.
9.How much of the book is realistic?
10.What books have most influenced your life most?
The Bible, Pride and Prejudice
11.If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Sylvia Day, Toni Morrison, Donna Hill
12.What book are you reading now?
Since I started writing my first novel I haven’t had nearly the time I’d like to read but right now I’m reading a book called Casualty of Love by L. Logan Chandler
13.Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Several, as a matter of fact. I’d like to read J.f. Silver, Clarence Pork Rylie, Don Abdul, John Tucker, Dion Cheese, and Cassy Roop
14.What are your current projects?
Like I mentioned earlier, I am in the final stages of writing the third book in the Tatiana series. I am looking forward to doing a couple of collaborations, I have a couple of new ideas I’d like to try and I’d really love to do a screenplay!
15.Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Well, first and foremost I give glory to God as my biggest supporter.
16.Do you see writing as a career?
Yes is my first and loudest answer. But this is a process and I’m still a new author. I know that patience is necessary to get to that YES!
17.If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I consider my latest book all three of the Tatiana books so, I’d probably make some minor changes to help the flow work better from one book to the next but for the most part, no. I’d leave everything else alone.
18.Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Vividly! But it is not a topic I’d care to go into at this time.
19.Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes, the tense is challenging at times, especially if I take a break and read other author’s work. It takes me a few minutes to remember to get back to my style.
Also, some of what I am writing is based on my own personal experience and/or the experiences of friends. I often need to change some of the information/setting to maintain the anonymity of those involved.
20. Do you travel much promoting your book(s)?
So far I have not done any travelling however, when the opportunity presents I do wish to travel.
21. Who designed the covers?
My cover designer is the incredibly talented Michael Horne. He worked very closely with me to project the image of my characters and the settings in a way that seems as if he simply pulled the concepts from my imagination and placed them on my books.
22. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest parts were sticking with the style and the timing. I had to go back dozens of times to remember the day of the week or month or even time of day to keep the flow moving forward.
23. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that if I just relax and open my thoughts that the story flows from me instead of me pushing the story out reluctantly. I know it may sound strange but the story and the characters take on a life and a purpose that will find their way to the page if I just let them.
24. Do you have any advice for other writers?
My advice is to do what you love so you’ll love what you do. If that is writing then great!
25. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I am getting to know my readers very well and I must say that I value their opinions, their suggestions, and their patience! Thank you so very much for supporting me and believing in my message that sexy fun is not just for women in their twenties or thirties!