Books: “Lock & Key”, “Wolfsgate”
Q: What inspired you to start writing?
A: I’ve been journaling and writing short stories since I was in elementary school. Being an introverted only child, reading was a huge escape and refuge for me from the real world. I had to write to make sense of my thoughts and feelings and for the world to make sense to me. I’ve done a lot of freelance writing for magazines and have two childrens books tradionally published under my maiden name.
Q: What is your favorite genre to write? Read?
A: I love writing contemporary romance drama. I like reading it as well, but I also enjoy reading romance comedies, erotic suspense/thrillers, and some historicals.
Q: What will we find on your bookshelves?
A: The classics of British, French and Russian literature and a number of American classics as well, especially Edith Wharton, Ayn Rand and Henry Miller. My digital bookshelves are full of indie writers and “Outlander”!
Q: What writer/Book speaks to your soul?
A: Ah, there are quite a few! I love Kristen Lavransdatter
A: It’s a coming of age story of passionate first love that sears for a lifetime. There are brief moments of happiness, but there’s a lot of deep, life-changing love, terrible loss, burning emotion that can hardly ever be gotten over, striving to do the right thing despite yourself…real life in an epic sweep in medieval Scandinavia.
Q: What was your the inspiration for your book?
A: For “Lock & Key” I wanted to read a bike club drama that involved an older set of characters who were accustomed to club life and were at a crossroads in their lives. Not the usual “instalove with an ab-hottie alpha, and shock at the criminal activities of these bad boy bikers and their lifestyle” kind of story. Something a bit more realistic, less the fantasy of the “biker.” For “Wolfsgate,” I was fascinated with the pressures of 18th century society and having an arranged marriage where the couple actually falls in love.
Q: Do you write from your own experiences?
A: When it comes to the relationships and the struggles the female characters face, somewhat, yes. There are pieces that are similar that are fit with pieces that are not from my personal experience.
Q: Do you listen to music for inspiration when writing?
A: Always. As I move through the writing I’m creating a playlist with songs that reflect a character’s struggle, mood, or a scene’s theme. Then it’s all I listen to, whether I’m exercising, folding laundry, or writing.
Q: What type?
A: For Lock & Key it was a lot of country, classic rock, and alternative rock music. For Wolfsgate it was Bach and moody, contemporary British synth, like Depeche Mode and Hurts.
Q: Which of your books/characters relates most to you?
A: My heroines. They both have this inner resiliance that keeps them afloat through thick and thin. Even though we’re sceptics, we still believe in the good underneath it all and that keeps us hopeful and persevering.
Q: What message, if any, would you like readers to get from your book?
A: In “Lock & Key” it’s that there are second chances at finding your true self. And sometimes you have to get really shaken up and knocked out of the box you’ve created for yourself to finally stand up and say enough, this is what I want and need. In “Wolfsgate” it’s finally realizing what’s important and shedding the superficial trivialities of your life, and no matter how it stings, fighting for who and what you believe in.
Q: What book do you wish you had written yourself?
A: I love the premise of “Twilight”!
Q: What would you like readers to know about you?
A: I’m living in Europe now, and although I’m enjoying the different way of life and the incredible natural beauty of where I live, I do miss home!
Q: What do/did you do for a living before writing?
A: Actor, art gallery person, special events coordinator, restaurant hostess, Macy’s saleswoman, freelance writer for periodicals.
Genre specific questions
●Bad Boys/Girls piercings and Tats
Q: Do you Have any tattoos or piercings?
A: I don’t have any tattoos, but I would really like one! I only have pierced ears.
Q: IRL, do you like a partner with tattoos or piercings?
A: Yes I do- tattoos and earrings. But my husband doesn’t have any. He did have a temporary tattoo once that lasted a couple of months, and we both liked it.
Q: What draws you to the Biker/MC scene?
A: It’s their living life on the fringe of conventional society. For someone like me who was raised in a traditional, conservative home, the MC scene is the forbidden thrill ride, the brash anything goes, and the excitement of the independent spirit forging its own way, giving the finger to conventional expectations.
A writer, a scribbler, a daydreamer, a lip-biting romantic, an optimist with a twist and a twisted imagination.
And I don’t want to be cured of any of those. Ever.
was born and raised in New York City, but also spent a few years in Europe and Texas along the way. As an introverted, only child, she had very big, but very secret dreams for herself. She graduated from Vassar College, was a struggling actress, an art gallery girl, special events planner, freelance writer and had all sorts of other crazy jobs all hours of the day and night to help make her dreams come true. She has two children’s books traditionally published under her maiden name. She now lives in Athens, Greece with her husband and three children, and freaks out regularly and still daydreams way too much. She is addicted to the History Channel, her iPad, her husband’s homemade red wine, really dark chocolate, and her Nespresso coffee machine. Writing keeps her somewhat sane, extremely happy, and a productive member of society.
PS/ Look, here’s a photo of me on my last trip to the USA a couple of years ago. I’m on the subway in New York City after a full day of running around and being enthralled with my hometown once again, getting reacquainted with my favorite haunts and of course getting lots of shopping in. I’m exhausted. I’m laughing, though. Couldn’t stop laughing. Which is good. Because the day before I had just laid my mother to rest next to my dad in a Brooklyn cemetery. My cousin took this shot, teasing me mercilessly as I was high on our crazy day and, yes, fueled by a super huge Mocha Frappuccino, all of which had left me reeling with my daughter holding my hand on the ride home. See that white shopping bag in my lap? That’s my brand new shiny laptop in there. Yes. This was the day I made the investment in me; re-committing myself to writing full-time after almost ten years of pushing it aside. All around me people were getting on and off the train with e-readers in their hands…and excitement, nerves and lunacy were buzzing through my veins. And it felt good.
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