I was born on the 13th, which explains a lot.
I write every day and get twitchy on the days when I’m prevented from writing.
I live by the beach, so you’ll find a beach scene in all of my books sooner or later.
Hobbies include ogling hot surfers.
I carry a notebook EVERYWHERE. I never know when ideas will come to me. I even write notes to myself at night in the dark. Hopefully I can read the scrawl I’ve written in the morning.
There’s a little part of me in every book I write. The philosophy from ‘Playing in the Rain’ is that you have to make the most of the life you’re given—choose to be happy as much as you can and look for the positive. I don’t always make it, but I do try.
Seven facts that may or not be true
1. I have worked with prostitutes.
True. I worked for a sexual health charity when I was 21 and we put on a joint conference with the Collective of Prostitutes. They taught me which condoms to avoid because the spermicide took off your nail polish.
2. I shared a house with two male models.
False. I shared a house with two male rugby players. One of them was a total chick magnet and I can’t tell you the number of times I had to offer a shoulder to cry on to girls doing the walk of shame.
3. I’m a crack shot. Um, crap shot.
True. I won a silver cup for rifle shooting when I was 16.
4. The book I’m writing at the moment is called ‘At Your Beck & Call’ about a male escort who once worked in the porn industry. I did very thorough research : )
True. I’m always careful with research. But I also once shared a house with a guy who’d worked in porn movies to pay for his college degree.
5. I am a black belt in Karate.
False. I’ve never done Karate, but I have studied Judo, Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu. I wasn’t very good, but I did get a few belts.
6. I hate writing sex scenes in my books.
False. Although until I started writing contemporary romance, I didn’t think I could write a sex scene. Turns out I was wrong. I really enjoy writing about love and sex.
7. I am a good liar.
True and false. I’m terrible at telling personal lies – I always look and sound guilty. I also forget what I lied about and who I lied to. But I’m good at making things up – like my books. It’s all fiction, and some people think that’s a form of lying. You can make up your own mind on that one!
Originally featured on Kelsey’s Korner Blog.
20 Questions Time With The Sub Club!
1. What is your favorite word?
Syzygy – no vowels, and a really cool meaning: a mystical alignment of planets, or wait… celestial bodies. That sounds better, doesn’t it?
2. What is your least favorite word?
C**t, used when someone is trying to be offensive.
3. What turns you on?
4. What turns you off?
5. What sound or noise do you love?
6. What sound or noise do you hate?
7. What is your favorite curse word?
For fuck’s sake!
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
9. What profession would you not like to do?
10. What are you reading right now?
‘Precious Boys’ about rent boys/mm love; and ‘The Sea of Tranquility’ – again.
11. What book(s) do you urge readers to read?
Leah Raeder’s ‘Unteachable’. Beautiful. Anything by Jane Austen.
12. What inspires you?
13. What is your favorite indulgence? You need to ask?
14. What is your favourite movie?
‘Point Break’. It changed by life. No, seriously. It made me want to go skydiving and surfing. So I did. I wouldn’t be living by the ocean now if I hadn’t fallen in love with surfing. I did a couple of parachute jumps too, but that never caught my imagination.
15. What is your favourite piece of clothing?
A floor length silk cheongsam in peacock blue—beautiful, decadent, worn to impress (twice, I think). I bought it in Xian. The saleswoman had to get size XXL and she said, “Oh, you European women with your big hips.” Um, she works in sales?
16. What is your favourite ice cream flavour?
17. What is something you like to collect?
Pebbles from the beach. I have vases full of them.
18. What item must you have with you at all times?
Notebook and pen.
19. What city could you get lost in for hours to explore?
Tokyo, or New York.
20. What is one thing about you that would surprise us?
I never thought I could write romance.
Originally featured on The Sub Club.