These things inspired her to pick up writing after more than a decade and her travels to see live concerts are what sparked the idea that became Marcu, Alyssa and eventually ILLUSIVE.
Currently there are two books in The Illusive Series, Illusive: Need vs. Want & Illusive: Friends & Adversaries (Released October 31, 2018).
1. What is your debut novel and what inspired its story?
My debut was Illusive: Need vs Want, a novella I released in July 2018. I was inspired while on my first trip to L.A. that spring.
2. Do you write one specific genre or are you a multi genre author?
The Illusive Series falls into the erotic romance category but I’ve already started planning a thriller for my next book. My only limitation for stories is my imagination.
3. Do you have any memorable quotations or ‘one-liners’ that you have written and love?
I’m very sarcastic and I try to write that and my dry humor into one character in the storyline. Right now, I don’t have a favorite line just characters I really connect with because I put some of myself into each one.
4. Do you have a favourite character that you have penned to life and why is this your favourite character?
My main female character in this series is my favorite by far. I started this series wanting to create a woman who wouldn’t just wait for her lover to save her. She’s a very smart and accomplish woman before she meets him so I thought it wouldn’t be authentic to have her just wait to be rescued or saved. She’s sweet but tough when she needs to be and that’s what draws men to her.
5. Are there any close friends/ family who have proven to be a pillar of support to you in your writing?
I have friends/coworkers who really encouraged me to keep writing after the novella was released. They give me great feedback to help me shape my stories into ones that my readers love.
6. What are you currently working on?
Currently I’m working on the third and last book in The Illusive Series. I feel like the story can be completed and the couple deserves their HEA.
7. What has been your greatest challenge as an author thus far and how are you dealing/have dealt with it?
My biggest challenge has always been finding time to write. Balancing family, work, and writing time is very tricky and I always have to remind myself to get plenty of sleep. I block out an hour or two every night to dedicate solely to writing and recently I’ve started to write on my lunch break at work. The weekends give me more free time and use as much as I can to write. There’s no simple answer to doing it but you have to do it.
8. How do you deal with criticism and how has it helped you as a writer?
I encourage all of my readers to give constructive criticism and some of them are really eager to help me out. I know that erotica is not everybody’s cup of tea so I appreciate when I hear back on anything good or bad.
9. How has social media helped in promoting and marketing your books?
I’ve learned so much this past year on the do’s and don’ts of running a social media account for promotion and sales. I’m becoming more comfortable with sharing personal details with my audience on my process and characters.
10. When writing your novel which aspect of the writing process do you find to be the most challenging?
Editing! To write tens of thousands of words and then erase them in bits and pieces really takes a lot of confidence and sometimes I have to dig really deep to find it.
11. How do you measure success as a writer/ author?
Completing my stories is what I measure as success. They are a labor of love and I’m so happy when I write the last line.
12. What short term and/or long term goals have you set?
Right now, I just want to keep writing for the love of it. I never went into this wanting to query or find an agent but following fellow writers online has started to change my mind. Someday I would love to write and publish on a larger scale and if I find the right people to support that dream, I’ll pursue it.
13. Do you have any upcoming book releases or events?
The third book in my series doesn’t have an exact release date yet but I’m shooting for end of Summer 2019. If I can manage to finish the first draft by late May, I may be able to do it.
14. What are your favourite book(s) and/or author(s)?
My favorite books are all from my early years, Encyclopedia Brown, Ramona the Great and The Outsiders. A few of my favorite authors are Toni Morrison, Anne Rice and Beverly Cleary.
15. What advice will you give to other Indie Authors or those who are thinking of writing and publishing?
The best advice I can give is to ask lots of questions, be supportive, and make friends with people who are doing it successfully. I love finding and reading new indie authors and they in turn are really encouraging. You will have a lot of learning curves but trust that if you keep at it you will be satisfied with what you produce.
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