I believe that a series should be a series of related stories, not one story chopped into multiple pieces to sell more books.
Love scenes should be tastefully erotic and occur where they fit—after a buildup of attraction and sexual tension, not gratuitous random sex thrown in.
I strongly believe that a book should be well-edited and proofread prior to being released. Anything less is still a draft copy and should not be offered as a finished product. As a reader I want to get lost in a story, not be constantly slapped in the face with misspelled words, grammatical errors and plot contradictions.
My goal is to provide enough detail to create a vivid image in the reader's mind without boring them. I want the reader to FEEL as they read—to laugh out loud, to hold their breath in anticipation, to cry—not be bogged down with irrelevant details.
While I recognize that it takes writing skill to fill five pages with intricate descriptions of an empty white room, I personally don't care to read that. I want the details of the room that are pertinent in that moment.
Is the character trapped? Then it might be a stark white room with no window to escape through. To me, it makes no difference if the walls are eggshell white or oyster white, or that the paint is textured in repeated scallop patterns. You get the idea. :)
For those of you who want to know about me—I must admit, that's a lot harder to write than creating a character. :)
I'm a private person. My husband and I live on a farm in the western US, where I enjoy anything and everything outdoors. I'm an avid horsewoman and gardener. I love raising goats and growing giant pumpkins.
When I was younger I traveled extensively throughout North America, Europe, Africa and the South Pacific. I worked at a variety of jobs, from packing caviar in a salmon cannery in South Naknek, Alaska, to driving a forklift in Key Largo, Florida, before ultimately becoming a medical professional.
Through all of that, I always felt the draw to write fiction. After placing second with two novels in two separate genres (historical romance and contemporary mainstream) in a national contest, I began to focus more seriously on writing.
No matter the genre, I try to draw upon my travel experiences and diverse cultural exposures to create vivid, unique characters set in rich, deep, believable settings.
UPDATE: First published novel, NENA, wins 2019 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal, and 2019 B.R.A.G. Medallion.