Hi April! Thanks for joining us today.
Tell us a little about yourself. What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
AW: I’m a single mom with one teenage daughter, four dogs, and two cats. I have a master’s degree in education and another one in English, and I work at a college. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a child. I have stacks and stacks of manuscripts all over my house – most of which are garbage. 🙂 It dawned on me in July 2014 that the indie publishing market had really taken off, and that’s when I realized my time had come. I sat down that very day and started writing what turned out to be my first published novel – Vulnerable, which I self-published almost exactly one year later. Now I’m working on my second novel, and I have quite a few books on the drawing board. Unfortunately, there just aren’t enough hours in the day.
What do I do when I’m not writing? Honestly, there’s not much time that I’m not writing. I write every chance I get – seven days a week. I absolutely love to write. Since I work full-time outside the home, I try to get as much writing done as I can in the evenings and weekends. I take time out to play games with my daughter, visit my family, and watch The Walking Dead and Outlander. I’m also a voracious reader of romance novels.
Do you write in any other genres besides romance? What draws you to romance?
AW: I write romance. I like almost all sub-genres of romance and plan to write books that fit in different sub-genres. I’m also planning a mystery-romance series – but at the heart of everything I write is romance. I’m just a romantic at heart. I love romance novels, romantic movies, everything romance. To me, romance is what makes the world go ‘round. Just think where we’d be if there was no such thing as romance – humans would probably be extinct already.
Where did your inspiration for Vulnerable come from?
AW: The inspiration for Vulnerable started with a scene that appears early in the book. The scene involves a young woman reading an anthology of spanking stories in a bookstore. She’s mortified when she hears a stranger – a man – say, “Do you like what you’re reading?” That’s it. That little scene rattled around in my head literally for years, until July 4th, 2014, when I put it down on paper. The rest, as they say, is history. Out of that scene grew a 440-page contemporary romance novel that I’m very proud of.
Here are a few quick one-word answer questions:
Coffee or Tea? Pepsi
Wine or Beer? Pepsi
Cake or Pie? Chocolate cake
Toilet paper roll Over or Under? Over.
Burgers or Pizza? I have to choose? Really? Pizza, if I must choose.
Do you have any advice to people when they say they want to write a book?
AW: Writing is a learned skill, and you learn it in two ways: write as much as you can and read as much as you can. Read other examples in your genre – both good examples and bad. From the good examples, you’ll learn what to do; from the bad examples, you’ll learn what not to do. Both are equally important. Once you’ve practiced and practiced until you’re blue in the face, write a compelling story that a lot of people will want to read; write it well, and make sure it’s edited and proofread by a skilled professional. Add a professionally designed book cover, and then publish it yourself. Don’t wait around for someone else to publish your book – if you do, you’re likely to wait a really long time. Life’s too short to wait that long.
Vulnerable (McIntyre Security Bodyguard series, book 1)
Beth Jamison had a rough start in life. She survived a childhood abduction, but her emotionally traumatic past still haunts her, and she suffers from anxiety and issues with intimacy. Beth doesn’t know it, but the man who kidnapped her has just been released early from prison. When Beth’s brother hires McIntyre Security, Inc. to protect Beth and conduct surveillance on her kidnapper, Beth has no idea she has secret bodyguards keeping her safe 24/7. With his money and good looks, CEO Shane McIntyre has never been short on feminine company, and he’s developed a reputation as a “love ‘em and leave ‘em” kind of guy. But everything changes when Shane meets Beth. Their mutual attraction is instant and intense, and Shane falls hard for Beth. Shane has his work cut out for him if he’s going to gain her trust and get past her fears before it’s too late. This alpha protector is determined to keep Beth safe, but he’s also determined to make her his.
Available on Amazon