As someone who is a fan and follows your career, first I have to say that you are one busy author. You write under 3 different pen names and just under your Tess Oliver author name you have four Goodreads pages worth of novels you’ve written.
- Well, the Scottie Barrett name is a coauthor team with my sister. We recently got the rights back to several of our books, historical erotica, and we’re republishing them again. It’s been about seven years but now we are working on a contemporary erotic romance under our old pen name. It’s fun to be working with my sister again. I recently retired early from my long time career as a teacher to become a full time writer. And I love being able to spend my whole day creating stories. It gives me a lot more time to develop characters and plots. The Scottie Barrett stuff has a different flavor than my Tess Oliver books because my sister and me combine our styles in the creation of those books.
That’s really interesting and it must be great to be able to share an experience like this with someone you are so close with!
-Now that we’ve established how busy you already are, what new books do you have in the works for us and can you tell on anything about them?
- I’m working on a project that I’m really in love with. It’s a standalone contemporary new adult romance titled That Time with Sugar. It’s something I’ve been working on between the Barringer Brothers books. It’s coming out in March and we’ll have some sample chapters up on my web site soon. I hope readers enjoy it as much as I’m enjoying writing it.
I will definitely be checking out the new work, as I am sure most others will be. I can’t wait for the sneak peaks!
-Who or what inspires your stories: other authors, people in your life, things that have happened to you in your life, etc.?
- Tidbits of my life end up in a lot of my stories. People, conversations, events, places, they show up in my writing– sometimes on purpose and sometimes by accident.
- Good question! Blackpool Cove takes place in a small 19th century American town on the coast with a lighthouse and a hot vampire. I would definitely live there.
- When I wrote the sequel to Camille, it was so much fun bringing all those characters back to my computer that the story just wrote itself. Same with The Wedding. Diving back into the Custom Culture world felt like coming home. I hadn’t realized how much I’d missed the guys until they popped back onto my keyboard. With romances, I like to leave off when the characters have overcome the obstacles and reached their happily ever after moment.
- I’ve been a vegetarian since I was nineteen and I raised my kids without meat.
- I’m scared to death of ventriloquist dummies.
- Before I was a teacher, I was a microbiologist.
- I’m a hardcore romantic.
- I’m an unabashed flirt.
- Chocolate , chocolate and more chocolate.
- I actually have a published science book under my real name. It’s a kid’s science book . But mostly I used a pen name because I was an elementary school teacher for many years. Just seemed better not to use my real name on sexy romances.
-What are the benefits and disadvantages for you by using a Pen name?
- The only disadvantage that I’ve found is confusion with royalties, taxes and financial stuff.
Salty or sweet?
- Sweet, always sweet.
- Beach– I’m a California native!
- Hot – again the California thing. I’ve only seen snow a handful of times.
- I married a bad boy who lived in the next town. Does that work?
- I like them but I don’t have any.
- Definitely casual.
- I don’t think you can have one without the other. I was lucky enough to find both in the same man!