When did you develop a liking towards writing? Do you remember the first piece you wrote?
Since learning to read, I was in love with reading for entertainment. In fifth grade my reading and English teacher introduced me to creative writing. We wrote comics and short stories and poems. Each week she chose stories to post in the hallway on the bulletin board, mine were usually there and that's when I realized I had something creative in me I could share with people who were interested in what I had to write. I liked knowing I could do that because I was just average in other things like cooking, designing, etc.
Where did you go to college? What did you study? After high school, I didn't really know what to do. I was kind of tired of school, or rather the structure of it, so I went to the Marine Corps for two years. It was an experience and I'll leave it at that. I finally went to college in Memphis, Tennessee and did some hours studying Education thinking I wanted to be a teacher.Eventually, I quit, deciding I'd rather work fulltime.
All your books, irrespective of the genre, have a touch of romance. Does this stem from a bigger belief of love being a part of everything else in our lives?
I have a romantic nature and I believe in true love. Whether it lasts forever or a few weeks, it's love and should be appreciated and honored. The idea of realizing who or what you want, and going after it is adventurous and beautiful. Everyone should experience it at least once in their lives. I understand why sailors claim they are married to the sea, or their mistress is the sea. It's about the life they love and never want to give up. I write about love and try to make it an on going adventure. I don't know if I can write a story and not include romance because I don't see the point much in reading something unromantic.