Ha, just kidding! Okay, no I’m not. But seriously, I am *cough* 35 *cough*, married to my high school sweetheart (no joke, we met on the school bus when we were 12), have 2 kids, entirely too many pets and live in Ohio.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I kind of always wanted to do something creative in that regards. I’ve been writing poems and short stories for as long as I can remember. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I finally decided to just bite the bullet, concentrate, and write a full-length book.
Your books are so funny, do you write in any other genre besides romantic comedy? I do! I have a new romantic suspense series coming out soon. The first book, A Beautiful Lie, will be out on January 3, 2013.
What inspired you to write the chocolate lover series? My friends and family. We’re all a little bit nuts and a lot of the situations and conversations that take place in the series are real-life events. It makes it a little bit easier to come up with a good storyline when you have a basis of funny stories to tell already in your head.
Who is your favorite character in this series? And why? Claire. Mostly because she is a lot like me in the way she acts and thinks. She says what she’s thinking and is just a normal human being who doesn’t have fifteen orgasms the first time she has sex and hates cuddling when she’s trying to sleep.
Which book in the chocolate lovers series was your favorite book to write? And why? Troubles and Treats. Drew and Jenny are just so loveably dumb and I probably could have written five books starring just them! Drew isn’t afraid to say what everyone is thinking and Jenny never thinks before she speaks. It’s fun misusing a word or a phrase when I’m writing and then not having to correct myself!
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I never use an outline. I start a story with a general idea of what I want to get across and then I get ideas as I go. It’s kind of a hot mess but it works for me!
Is there anything in particular that you found challenging when you were writing troubles and treats? The ending. The ending drove me nuts for days. The ending that is in there now is not how I originally finished the series. I loved my first ending. Loved it to death, but it just wasn’t right.
Can you tell us anything about your up coming projects? Well, aside from my romantic suspense series, I am also working on a one-off, tentatively called Watch Over Me that will have a bit of a paranormal twist. This one is near and dear to my heart because it revolves around the death of the main character’s mother. I lost my mother almost 2 years ago so I’m digging deep for this one.