Last book you purchased? Tell us about it.
I just finished reading Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir. Growing up, she was my muse. A lot of my friends were really into Madonna, but not me. Cyndi Lauper showed the world it was okay to be different, that creativity should be valued and respected and revered. I adore her. To this day, I’m greatly inspired by her commitment to be her and no one else. Individuality wasn’t exactly the cool thing in the early 80s, but she did exactly what she wanted. She busted her ass to become successful and she never gave up. In the book she talks about one of her favorite personal sayings: “In the darkest place, shed the brightest light.” I take those words to heart. They are words to write and live by.
Are there any new authors that have sparked your interest and why?
I’m really enjoying the work of paranormal romance author Kait Ballenger. She knows how to craft a compelling story.
Do you have any suggestions for new writers?
The teacher in me says to study your craft. You owe it to your writing and your readers to know about technique and style. It is very important to write as often as possible. Frequency not only makes you a stronger writer, but it can help you strengthen your voice and lead you to discoveries about your work.
Tell us a bit about your family.
My mother knew from an early age that I was passionate about writing. When I was thirteen, she bought me a typewriter to encourage me to pursue a career in it. I taught myself to type and the rest, as they say, is history. My father has dabbled in writing poetry. He published a chapbook of his work when I was young. I have four younger brothers. One of my brothers is very involved in music and photography. Another is an artist. They’re very talented.
Without a doubt, the person is my family who had the greatest influence on me was my maternal grandmother. I spent a lot of time with her when I was very young. She really encouraged me to be creative. We often put on shows in her living room and made up fun stories. My childhood consisted of imaginary tea parties and soap operas, thanks to her. She always instilled in me that anything was possible. This is something that’s always stayed with me.
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?
Aside from my wonderful and very faithful readers and my friends and family, the true unsung hero in my life is my partner, Edward. Living with a writer is not easy. My life is very unconventional to say the least. Yet, he gives me more support than I could ever ask for. Not only does he read every word I write, but he travels with me frequently to literary events. He’s quiet and shy and is a true introvert, so big crowds and the spotlight are not for him. But he toughs it out just for me.
Sometimes love can blow you away.
When struggling college student Adam Parsh accepts a tutoring position, he is immediately drawn into the unknown world of the wealthy Vassalo family. Fighting off the sexual advances of Dario Vassalo, the Greek tycoon and patriarch, Adam finds himself the object of the dangerous desires of one of the most powerful men in the world—his married employer. Torn between his attraction to Dario and his deepening love for his best friend, Victor Maldonado, Adam is forced to choose between right and wrong. Surrounded by lust, glamour, and greed, Adam soon uncovers dark secrets strong enough to destroy lives forever.
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Genre - Gay Romance, Suspense
Rating – R
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