When is your next book coming out?
Assuming you have already read my latest f/f romance, Not the Marrying Kind, which was published in May, the next one will be out in November. It’s a contemporary romance titled The Roommate Arrangement. If you don’t want to miss any new releases, feel free to sign up for my newsletter.
What is your next book about?
Here’s the back cover description for The Roommate Arrangement:
Comedian Stephanie Renshaw hopes to finally get her big break in LA. A chance encounter lands her the perfect apartment close to the comedy clubs, but it comes with a catch: she needs a roommate to afford the rent.
Enter Rae Coleman, a former police officer working the door at one of the top comedy clubs. After getting injured in the line of duty and losing her job with the LAPD, Rae guards her wounded soul behind a tough exterior.
At first, the two clash horribly before a tentative friendship develops. Bit by bit, Steph manages to break through the walls Rae has built around her.
But Steph has never been in a relationship, preferring casual flings, and Rae isn’t sure she’s ready to be happy again. Will they find the courage to open themselves up to love?
Falling in love is not a laughing matter in this opposites-attract lesbian romance with a bit of a fake relationship thrown in.
Are any of your books available for free?
The best way to get free stories is to sign up for my “free reads” list. You can subscribe here and will get a free copy of my short story collection Love at First Write. I’ll also send you a free book any time I have one available.
Are any of your books available in KU (Kindle Unlimited)?
Not the novel-length books, but if you want to sample my writing, check out my short story “Worth the Wait” in Ylva Publishing’s latest erotica anthology Laid Bare, which is in KU.
Will you write any more books in the Oregon series?
I’ve learned to never say “never,” but I don’t have another book in the Oregon series planned right now. However, did you know that one of the characters in Shaken to the Core is Luke & Nora’s granddaughter, Lucy?
Will Lucy from Shaken to the Core get her own book?
Yes, she definitely will. I already have an idea for her story, but historical fiction requires a lot of research, so it’ll be some time until I can write that novel.
Will you write any more books in the Hollywood series?
“Worth the Wait,” a short story about Jill & Crash, has just been published in the anthology Laid Bare, a collection of 11 steamy short stories.
By the way, Just for Show is an unofficial part of the Hollywood series. Jill & Crash from Just Physical make several appearances in Just for Show.
Lauren & Grace from Damage Control also made an appearance in Not the Marrying Kind.
Will you write any more books in the Portland Police Bureau series?
Yes! Novel #3 is one of the books I’m planning for 2020.
Will you write any more books in the Shape-Shifter series?
Yes! I want to give Tala, the fox-shifter from True Nature, her own story. I’m hoping to get around to it either in 2020 or in 2021.
I love the characters from your short story “The Midnight Couch.” Is there any chance of a longer book about these two?
I’d love to turn the short story into a novella or even a novel, but I don’t know when I’ll find the time to actually write that book. Radio show host Dr. Christine Graham makes a surprise appearance in Just for Show, though.
What are you working on right now?
I just finished the final revisions for my upcoming novel The Roommate Arrangement. While I’m waiting to get the edits back from the editor, I’m translating Hidden Truths into German, which is quite an endeavor since the book has about 160,000 words—so it’s twice as long as the average novel.
I haven’t read any of your books yet. Which one should I start with?
That depends on what kind of books you like. If you like historical romances, I’d say start with Backwards to Oregon. If you prefer paranormal romances, start with Second Nature. If you like contemporary romance novels, try Damage Control.
Which order should I read your books in?
Most of my books can be read in whatever order you want to. Even the books in my series are usually standalones without any cliffhanger endings.
The only exceptions are:
- The Shape-Shifter series: While each book in the series has different main characters and can be read as a standalone, I think it would be more fun if you start with Second Nature, then read the short story collection Natural Family Disaster and the novella Manhattan Moon before reading True Nature. Once you have read True Nature, you can read the two short stories that go with it, first “Nature of the Pack” and then “Pigeon Post.”
- The Oregon series: I’d suggest reading Backwards to Oregon first, followed by the collection of short stories titled Beyond the Trail, and then Hidden Truths, which is a novel with the same main characters but is set 15 years after the ending of book 1. The short story “Lessons in Love & Life” goes with Hidden Truths and should be read last.
- The Portland Police Bureau series: Start with Conflict of Interest, then Next of Kin, and finally read the short story “Change of Pace.”
For the Hollywood series, it really doesn’t matter since each book has different main characters. But if you want to read the books in the order in which I wrote them, start with Departure from the Script, then Damage Control, then the short story “Dress-tease,” then Just Physical, and finally Just for Show, which is an unofficial part of the Hollywood series.
How are your books connected?
If you have read several of my books, you have probably noticed that I like to connect my books in small ways. While most of my books can be read as standalones, some of the characters make appearances as supporting characters in other books. That gives readers a glimpse into how their favorite couple is doing after their book ended.
For an overview of how my books are connected, take a look at this pretty impressive—or maybe obsessive—chart.
Are your books available in languages other than English?
Yes! Most of my books are available in German since I’m writing in English and then translating my books into my native language, German. Please visit my German website for a list of my books published in German.
Departure from the Script is also available in Italian. The title of the Italian version is Non eri nel copione.
Are there any audio editions of your books?
I’m happy to say that several of my novels are available as audiobooks. So far, you can listen to nine of my novels in audio format, including Just for Show, Conflict of Interest, Backwards to Oregon, and Perfect Rhythm. You can find them on Audible. There are three more in the works, so check back regularly or subscribe to my newsletter so you don’t miss them.
Where do you get your ideas?
That’s a question I get asked a lot, and I’m still not sure of the answer. My ideas come from a lot of sources: something I read about or see on TV, things I experience, people I talk to, a dream, or simply a “what-if” question.
Most often, an idea for a book starts with a character for me. What if I paired an overly neat perfectionist with a messy actress was the basic idea for Just for Show, for example.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends on the book. Writing the first draft usually takes me two to three months. During that time, I write every day, seven days a week. Depending on the book, revisions and editing take about the same amount of time. Research takes between a couple of weeks if I write about a setting and jobs I know well as I did in Paper Love, which is set in the city where I live, and half a year for historical fiction such as Backwards to Oregon.
Realistically, I can write and publish two novels a year.
I’m an aspiring writer. Do you have any advice for me?
You know that old joke: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? The answer is: Practice, practice, practice. That’s certainly true not just for musicians but for writers too. Writing is a craft, which means it has to be learned. Read books about writing to learn the basics such as handling point of view and show, don’t tell. Write and rewrite until you can’t make the book any better by yourself. Then find yourself a couple of beta readers or, even better, a mentor or an editor who will give you detailed feedback.
Also, read a lot, especially in the genre you want to write in. A good book can teach you a lot about writing. Heck, even a bad book can teach you a lot! Take notes on what is and isn’t working.
For more advice, feel free to visit my website for writers.
What do you do in your spare time?
If I’m honest, I don’t have a lot of spare time since I’m not only a writer but also an editor. If you turn your favorite hobby into your full-time job, it’s easy to become a workaholic. When I do have some free time, I still love reading. I like traveling (especially to any place near the ocean), spending time with friends and family, and keeping up with my favorite TV shows. I also have a stationery and fountain pen addiction that my friends love to tease me about.
What are your favorite books or authors?
I have far too many favorite books to list them all. In the lesbian fiction genre, a few of my favorites are (in no particular order): Without a Front by Fletcher DeLancey, Coming Home by Lois Cloarec Hart, Ask Tell by EJ Noyes, Battle Scars by Meghan O’Brien, And Playing the Role of Herself by K.E. Lane, as well as several books by Gerri Hill and Lynn Galli.
What book are you reading right now?
Gold by EJ Noyes is waiting for me on my bedside table right now.
What’s playing on your TV right now?
I just finished Supergirl, and I’m a little in love with Gentleman Jack right now.
What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
That’s as tough to answer as the question about my favorite books. If you’d force me to pick one, I’d say peanut butter. Too bad that it’s so hard to get that flavor in Germany.