Shelli, Thanks for agreeing to be a guest on my blog.
Thanks for having me! I’m excited to be here 🙂
Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?
Well, let’s see. I’m a single mom living in the Pacific Northwest and completely addicted to volunteering for things (like being president of my local RWA chapter!).
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a young teen (complete crap then, but I loved it!), and started seriously writing to get published in my early twenties.
What is your writing process like?
Let’s see, I’m a bit of a cross between a pantser and a plotter. Though, now that I’m working more on proposal, I’ve become a plotter. I tend to purge the first few pages then delve into the synopsis. I also write at night when the kid is asleep.
You have two new releases coming out Take Me and Luck Be Delanie, can you tell us about both of these?
Take Me is my first Kensington Aphrodisia release. It’s a very hot futuristic romance that I loved to write. It’s got a lot of action, sex and is romantic at the same time. Luck be Delanie is the second release in my Chances Are series (the first was Anybody but Justin which released in May). It’s a contemporary romance about a couple who might just find love when they’re given a second chance.
Do you have any other books coming out this year?
I do! I’m also a part of the Aphrodisia anthology Sexy Beast VII with Kate Douglas and Anitra Lynn McLeod, which releases September 1st. Then I have the third book in my Chances Are series, Protecting Phoebe, releasing in November.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on a couple of proposals that I’ve sent to my editor. Hoping I get a green light!
Where do you get your ideas for your books?
Everything and anything. Seriously, I can be walking down the street, see something, and I’ll just get inspired.
As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?
Cherry Adair and Karin Tabke are on my autobuy. But I read so many people and such a variety. I love historical (especially medieval) even though I don’t write it! I adore Lora Leigh, Jane Porter, and so much more. I’ll read anyone if the plot catches my interest.
What books are on your keeper shelf?
Hmm. My latest one I kept was Wild Card by Lora Leigh. It was just so hot and romantic and sweet. And with a bit of action. Loved it. I also kept my signed version of Jane Porter’s Flirting with Forty because it was so fabulous. Really I have a couple of shelves of keepers.
Do you read books other than romance books?
I do. Sometimes I love a good action or suspense book (I got hooked on Daniel Silva for a bit!). And then just a good fiction book can grab my interest. But I have to say I avoid downer books, meaning anything that’s going to leave me depressed. I read for the escapism. I don’t want too much reality.
What was the first romance book you read?
Hmm. It was a Harlequin Presents I grabbed from my mom’s shelf. I can’t remember the title (something to do with a girl getting stranded on an island or something), but I loved it. My eyes were like half dollars the whole time. I read every romance novel on my mom’s shelf after that, and then filled out the form to join the Harlequin book club. I think I got in trouble for that part! LOL.
If one of your books was made into a movie, which book would you like it to be and which actors would like to see as the lead characters?
Hmm. I’d love my novella in Sexy Beast VII to be turned into a movie. Or Take Me. Both have good underlying action storylines. Of course they’d have to be toned down heat wise 😉 And as to actors. Hmmm. Maybe Gerard Butler or Joaquin Pheonix (pre-hippie zoned out days). Actresses, I’m pretty easy. 😛
If you could switch lives with one of your characters who would if be & why?
Hmmm. Probably Madison from Dangerous Grounds. She’s fit, rich, and falls for a sexy cop who’ll do anything for her.
When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?
I’m out talking walks, enjoying being out doors. If I get the chance to travel I love sightseeing historic places. I just love getting out and doing things. But if I’m not outside, chances are I’ve gotten sucked into the internet 😉
If you could ask readers anyone question, what would it be?
Are there any genres you wish had more books on the shelves? Or that you can’t find anymore?
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