Describe yourself in one word:
Best thing about being a wordsmith:
Putting my imagination in overdrive and letting it run amuck.
If you weren’t writing erotica, you’d be…
A movie poster designer. Or Chris Hemsworth’s personal back massager.
The ideal ‘International Heat’ man…
Has a killer smile, sarcasm in spades, a heart of gold, rescues puppies, works part-time as a fire-fighter, has a body so incredible it’s orgasm-inducing just to gaze upon and never needs to be asked for a foot massage. His eyes make love to you whenever he looks at you and he will beat the hell out of any man who dares hurts you…or puppies.
The ideal ‘International Heat’ woman…
Has no shame, an abundance of imagination, can unpick a set of handcuffs with the post of her diamond earring and will never, ever say no to a threesome with Mr. Darcy and Eric Northman. Never ever.
Where do you find inspiration for your writing?
Everywhere. Honestly, everywhere. I never know when it will hit me. I’ve found inspiration in the darkness of my hallway at 2am, and I’ve found inspiration in the guy who once jogged past my home with his dog. Every time I watch my husband trim his beard I get inspired. Every time I see Colin Firth, Chris Hemsworth or Ryan Reynolds on the screen inspiration hits me. As for my idea of true love, the inspiration for that is always my mum and dad, who started dating as teenagers and are still deeply in love in their 80s.
Favourite erotica/romance novelist and book?
Oooh, this is waaaaaay too hard to answer. I’m going to randomly point at my bookshelf and see what fate says. Ready? (closes eyes and points are bookshelf) Oh, okay, fate tells me its Jennifer Crusie, Welcome to Temptation. Yeah, I agree with that J
Something you’d like readers to know about erotica novels?
They are not porn! NOT PORN (I’m sure the other International Heat members will be far more eloquent than I am on this issue. Particularly Rhian Cahill. What I’d also like readers to know is erotica novels are FUN to read. FUN!
Something you’d like people to know about erotica novelists?
We all write in our underwear. It’s a strict uniform we agree to wear on pain of losing our imagination and creativity. Boas are compulsory. If we don’t wear this uniform, we are cuffed and dragged away by the men in uniform who patrol such a thing. They are all sexy but in committed relationships. Don’t believe anyone who tells you we write in normal clothes. They are just trying to maintain an image of normalcy J
Your favourite erotica topic to write about…
Strong, arrogant, sarcastic alpha men who aren’t just brought to their knees by a strong, independent woman, but are blindsided by the force of their desire for her. Who are so utterly rocked by what they feel for her they cannot fathom it. Most of the time, these men are Australians. Sometimes, I like to throw in some life-threatening danger, just to shake things up.
What book has changed your opinion/stance on something important to you, and why?
A book I’ve read? Ohh, this is a tricky question. My tongue-in-cheek answer is Jaws, by Peter Benchley. It had a scene where a guy was sexually pleasuring a woman while she was driving. I was on my Learner’s Permit at the time and it changed my whole attitude to driver safety. My serious answer is Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. I read it in high school and it opened my teenage eyes to the bureaucracy of war and government.
If you were a character in a novel, you’d be:
Trillian from The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Because she’s kick-arse, is the girlfriend of the Galactic President, gets to visit exotic planets, flies the coolest spaceship ever and never relies on anyone but herself.
Biggest accomplishment to date:
Raising my daughters to be quick-witted, independent-thinkers who would rather listen to Queen than One Direction. Okay, they’re only five and nine, but damn, I’m proud of them. So proud of them.
What’s next for you?
Release wise, Steady Beat, the fourth book in the Heart of Fame series, about an ADHD rock band drummer and the chronically shy woman who captures his heart. It’s available October this year from Samhain Publishing. Writing wise, the seventh book in the Heart of Fame series, Getting Played, about a cocky, mischievous keyboard player (from the same band) and the very naughty challenge given to him by his old girlfriend.
Desire like this wasn’t in the script… Heart of Fame, Book 3
Small-screen sex symbol Chris Huntley is on the fast track to becoming the next big action-blockbuster movie star. When his latest movie takes him to Australia for a red-carpet premiere, he thinks he’s ready for anything.
But nothing could have prepared him for his raw, carnal response to his Aussie bodyguard. Sexual attraction to a man is a first for Chris. Now he realizes why his relationships with women have never felt quite…complete.
Liev Reynolds is comfortable with his bisexuality, but his attraction to Chris is an inconvenience he must ignore. For starters, there’s his professional ethics. Then there’s the long trail of female broken hearts in Chris’s wake.
Hard as they both try to keep their minds on their jobs, desire and a little matchmaking tip them over the edge. But Hollywood endings aren’t real life. And when the truth leaks out, their careers aren’t the only collateral damage.
A hunky Hollywood sex symbol. A smoldering, stubborn Australian. A desire so powerful it cannot be denied. A kiss. And a photograph. This isn’t your normal boy-meets-boy story.