I will likely change these up periodically, just to keep things interesting 🙂
Favorite childhood memory
When I was little, from infant to about age five, my dad had a Harley Sportster. When he’d get back from a ride, he would sit me on the seat and walk the bike a short distance to make me feel like I was riding it just like him. Mom wouldn’t let him take me on an actual ride, even though I know he asked. She thought it was too dangerous, and it probably was. (I’m hoping my mom can find a picture that I can share with you).
Why write about bad boys?
Probably because I’ve always been attracted to them, which didn’t always work out so great for me. I guess a lot of women are attracted to that type though, hoping they’ll be the one to tame the guy’s wicked ways.
Why an MC series?
While my family has never been part of an MC, my dad, maternal grandfather, great-aunt and great-uncle, my mom’s brother were all bike enthusiasts. My great-aunt, who was a Motor Maid, and my great-uncle have passed, but my dad, grandfather, and uncle all still have Harleys.
Why write heroes who are so much older than the heroines?
Probably because I’ve always been attracted to older men. Older men tend to be more confident (not to be confused with the cockiness of 20-year-old males). So, I guess since I’m attracted to older men (If I were single, I’d totally date the guy on Torch’s cover!), I tend to write heroes who are older than my heroines. And yes, my husband is quite a bit older than me, even though he’s not quite as old as my parents.
Ebook or Paperback?
I like reading my young adult books in paperback, but everything else I prefer e-book. Probably because I don’t read YA all that often, but I read so many adult romances that I wouldn’t have room to keep them all, not to mention all the great titles out there only available in e-book. As far as my writing goes, at this point, all Harley Wylde books are only in e-book and that’s because my publisher is mostly a digital publisher. They do offer paperbacks on a case by case basis, so it’s possible in the future there could be some Harley Wylde paperbacks up on Amazon.
Paper or Computer when writing?
I used to do a lot of writing longhand, but my Lupus and arthritis have gotten too bad to hold a pen longer than it takes to write a short note to someone. My doctor told me my joints look like that of professional, retired football players who were in the sport for years. And I’m not even 40! So, writing on the computer is much easier on me. When my Lupus flares up, I do have to slow down even on the computer though.
Early Attempt at Writing
I wrote stories even back when I was still using crayons and that widely spaced paper they used to make us use in elementary school, but by high school, I was writing short stories and poetry. The first poem that I had the guts to submit somewhere received an editor’s choice award. Three of my poems were published in anthologies by the time I was 16. I don’t know that any of those books still exist, and I honestly can’t remember their titles. It wasn’t until 2008 that I completed my first novel-length book and had a friend encourage me to submit it to a publisher.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee. More specifically, a white mocha from Starbucks (unless they’re out of white mocha, then I get a raspberry mocha). Hot, of course. I can’t stand cold coffee or frappuccinos. If I’m drinking tea, it’s either a glass of sweet tea, or hot tea with honey when I have a sore throat. Otherwise, I’m definitely a coffee person. The leaded version, because the only place for decaf is in the trash.
I could no sooner pick a favorite book than a favorite child. I read a wide variety of romance genres: contemporary, paranormal, science fiction, urban fantasy, historical, cowboy…pretty much anything but dark romance.
Laurann Dohner for sure. I adore her New Species and Cyborg series. When I first discovered the New Species series, I read the book in one sitting, and then I just had to have everything she’d ever written. Her writing is off the charts hot and her heroes are over the top alpha. I would love to have a New Species guy of my own, and I’m not even picky about which one LOL They’re all delicious. So if you like scifi/fantasy erotic romances, you have just got to look up her books. You won’t be disappointed!
I love so many of them, I don’t think I could choose just one. But a few of my favorites are Overboard, Letters to Juliet, Sixteen Candles, all of the Harry Potter movies, Rose Red, It (both the 1990 and 2017 versions), The Haunting, Poltergeist (old and new), Here Comes the Boom, and so many, many others.
At the moment, Perfect by Ed Sheeran, or Hallelujah by Pentatonix. And if I had to pick a third favorite, then probably Cheap Thrills by Sia. But I love a variety of music from hair bands of the 80’s, to late 90’s and early 2000’s country, to current pop hits. There are even some classical songs I like, as well as Scottish and Irish songs. Loch Lomond has always been a favorite and I own several versions of it. One of the songs I’ve played A LOT while working on Dixie Reapers is Poison by Alice Cooper.
Sports I’ve tried…
I’m not sure how many consider bowling a sport, but I bowled in a league during my teen years. I frequented the shooting range with my grandparents during my teens as well. And I’m a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Places I’ve lived
Texas, California, Louisiana, Georgia, and Tennessee. Out of those, Georgia felt the most like home and I sometimes miss it.
I went to Freeport, Bahamas when I was a teen and absolutely loved it (not the boat ride there though, that was miserable). As far as within the US, my favorite vacation spot is Key West. Can you see a theme here? LOL I love the beach, even though I burn if I’m in the sun for a half hour.
Normally, I would say my cats (because I adore my furbabies), but today they’re all in trouble. In the last five minutes, they’ve run across the keyboard three times and knocked stuff off my work table. I definitely am more of a cat person than a dog person.
Want to know something else about me? You can email me anytime at email@example.com! If I’m currently working on a book, it might take me a few days to respond. When I’m in the zone, I don’t always remember to check my email.
Harley through the years…
Harley Fall 1998
Harley December 2008
(2008 is when I decided to take writing seriously)
and yes, my hair is naturally curly, but I usually look like an electrocuted poodle, so I tend to flatiron it
Harley February 2018