When I’m in the mood for reading, my favorite literary genres are fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. I prefer stories centered around adult characters. That’s the reason I only write Adult Romance—it’s what I enjoy the most. Being a hopeless romantic, my inspiration usually comes from attractive British men I’ve seen on film, television, or the Internet. Their foreign allure sparks my creativity and I imagine fictional love stories with heroes who resemble them.
My first book A Rose to the Fallen is a contemporary romance with a supernatural twist involving fallen angels. It was inspired by British actor Toby Hemingway after I saw him in the film The Covenant in September 2006. A few chapters were also inspired by the films The Notebook and Meeting Joe Black. The book began as a collection of Toby fanfiction I wrote in July 2007, and was comprised of two novels and five short stories. I hosted my writing on LiveJournal until I created my own Toby Hemingway Fanfiction website in January 2008. Some of my readers told me the story was better suited as a book. I decided to take their advice, especially because one of my life goals was to publish at least one novel.
Over the next few months, I consolidated and edited the two novels and two of the short stories into a manuscript for the book. A new story title was created, and the manuscript was self-published through Author House. I closed my fanfiction website in November 2008 when I announced I would be publishing a book. A Rose to the Fallen was released in December 2008 and I opened a new author website.
In July 2009, British actor Alex Pettyfer inspired me to write my second novel, a paranormal romance entitled The Howling Heart. I was also inspired after watching the film Blood and Chocolate and the television series Wolf Lake. The love story has a unique spin on werewolf mythology that involves Norse gods. It was released by Eternal Press in August 2013.
A few years later, I started writing standalone short stories in different romance subgenres to broaden my skills. Eros, My Love was my first published short story. It’s an urban fantasy inspired by the Greek myth about Eros and Psyche. It was published by Summerhouse Publishing in September 2011, but discontinued in September 2012. The manuscript was then acquired by Cobblestone Press and re-released in February 2013.
In late summer 2011, I edited one of my old Toby Hemingway short stories to be original fiction. That’s how Right Here, Right Now was born. It’s a contemporary romance with a dash of S&M that was published by Decadent Publishing in January 2012.
Love Addiction is my first romantic comedy, but it has some erotic love scenes. It was inspired by British actor Daniel Sharman after watching him in the MTV series Teen Wolf. I was lucky to once again have Cobblestone Press publish it in May 2013.
After writing about fallen angels, werewolves, and Greek gods, I decided to take on vampires in my fourth and final short story, A Dark Scandal. I wrote the historical paranormal romance in December 2011, and used to host it on deviantART as a free story. It was inspired by British male model, Paddy Mitchell, because I found him to be the epitome of a young man I’d like to see frozen in time with ageless immortal beauty. It’s the first story I’ve written in third-person narrative. I’m most comfortable with first-person, but I wanted to challenge myself and try something different. Since removing the story from deviantART, the manuscript was acquired by Secret Cravings Publishing in August 2013, and will be released in December 2013.
My hope for the future is that one of my stories get adapted for film. I would love to see my characters on the big screen. I’m a realist, and I know the odds of a film being produced are slim to none, but hey…a girl can dream.